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Risk for severe COVID-19 increases with each decade of age

iStock/Halfpoint(NEW YORK) — As the novel coronavirus outbreak rages on, researchers are learning more about which individuals are at risk of being severely sickened — or dying — from the disease.A study published this week in the journal The Lancet examined data from individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in 38 countries and found that…read more »

Some hospitals are facing an oxygen shortage amid coronavirus crisis

Vadym Terelyuk/iStock(NEW YORK) — Hospitals across the U.S. battling the coronavirus have been consistently reporting shortages of personal protective gear, ventilators and drugs used to help patients with pain management. But medical professionals in the state that’s become the front line in America’s fight against COVID-19 say they’re concerned about the flow of oxygen itself…read more »

What we know and don’t about asymptomatic transmission and coronavirus

FilippoBacci/iStock(NEW YORK) — With new stories emerging about the rapid spread of COVID-19, public health experts are now warning the public to stay inside even if they feel healthy. The reason? You may be an asymptomatic carrier. “Asymptomatic transmission means you can be infected with the virus, have no symptoms and still be contagious,” Dr.…read more »

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine: Fast, but fast enough?

MarianVejcik/iStock(NEW YORK) — Dozens of scientists across the globe are expeditiously developing and testing a variety of therapeutic treatments for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, dozens more are working to protect those who have not yet been affected by creating a vaccine.The Department of Health and Human Services just announced…read more »

Medicare and Medicaid patients get access to telemedicine, but challenges remain

fizkes/iStock(NEW YORK) — On Monday, President Donald Trump’s administration took the unprecedented step to temporarily waive rules for the nation’s largest insurer — Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) — giving some healthcare providers the ability to have phone-only visits with their patients as the coronavirus crisis rages on.CMS covers at least 140 million…read more »