The Covid-19 pandemic has reignited interest in a so-called "pancoronavirus" vaccine—one that could protect people against all coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, its variants, and even some seasonal colds. Here are the promising takeaways from early research, Carl Zimmer writes in the New York Times.
When Patricia Mason was rushed to the ED with severe Covid-19, her focus was on survival. But after weeks in the ICU, Mason received medical charges totaling more than $1 million—and due to little-known quirks in health care laws, she was expected to pay more than $40,000 out-of-pocket.
After coming down with a suspected case of Covid-19 last summer, Daily Briefing's Ashley Fuoco Antonelli recently underwent serology testing so see whether she has antibodies to the novel coronavirus—a process she thought would finally give her some definitive answers. But the experience ultimately made her realize something public health experts have been saying since the pandemic's start: For most patients, coronavirus antibody tests really don't mean much. Here's why.
President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his administration has "now purchased enough vaccine to vaccinate all Americans"—but he cautioned that it would be some time before all Americans can actually receive the vaccine. Here's the timeline for when new vaccine doses will be delivered.
A World Health Organization panel says AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine likely provides some level of protection against a new coronavirus variant; FDA authorizes a rapid coronavirus test for use in airports, schools, and businesses; and more.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will distribute $2 billion in funds to help families pay for the funerals of patients who died from Covid-19, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Louisiana, and Maryland.
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