Beijing’s SARS Lockdown Taught My Children Resilience. Your Covid Kids Will Likely Be Fine.
Living through SARS taught my children important lessons, and not just about hygiene. It taught them how to make sacrifices for the sake of friends, family and community.
CDC Announces Travel Restrictions For Countries Hit By Ebola
Passengers to the U.S. arriving from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be sent to six airports so the CDC can track them. News is also from Canada, China and elsewhere.
3,000 Units Lost: Gulf Coast Blood Supply Critically Low
The storm forced closures of drive-up and walk-in donation sites. Media outlets report on harms caused by sometimes-smokers, Tampa Bay prepping for spring break, and more.
There’s No Letup For Nurses, Doctors
In New York, data released last week show that nurses filed 26,219 complaints to hospital and nursing home managers about understaffing in 2019 and 2020.
Virginia Sets Sights On Sales, Use Of Legalized Marijuana By 2024
News on recreational use of marijuana is from New York and Massachusetts, as well. Media outlets also report on loosening of covid restrictions, a paid sick leave bill and more.
Insurance Must Cover Covid Tests Even For Asymptomatic Patients, CMS Says
There should be no additional cost sharing for diagnostic covid-19 testing even if a person has no symptoms or was not exposed, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in new guidance to group health plans.
Cigna Subsidiary Evernorth To Acquire Telehealth Provider MDLive
Cigna, which has been a longtime investor in MDLive, will wrap it into Evernorth’s portfolio of health services, Stat reports. The deal was announced Friday.
US Buys 100,000 Doses Of Eli Lilly’s FDA-Authorized Covid Treatment
The treatment is a cocktail of monoclonal antibodies that combines bamlanivimab with a second drug known as etesevimab. The cocktail received emergency use authorization in February.
‘The Virus Is Not Done With Us’: Cases Start To Tick Back Up
President Joe Biden and health officials from his administration are warning Americans to not drop their guard again on covid-19, especially now that infections are starting to rise again after weeks of decline.
Virus Variants Take Hold; Now Behind 10% Of US Infections
One such variant — the P.1 that is believed to have emerged first in Brazil — has British health officials on the hunt for a missing person believed to be infected by it.
Medicare Cuts Loom If Relief Bill Passes And Waiver Isn’t Approved
Automatic PAYGO cuts to Medicare, student loan and farm subsidy programs would be triggered by the $1.9 billion stimulus package, the Congressional Budget Office says. Lawmakers could override the funding cuts, but that gives Republicans a bargaining chip as the Senate considers the legislation.
With 80% Of Adults Unvaccinated, US Expands Efforts To Get Shots In Arms
The good news is that the pace is picking up and more mass vaccination sites are opening to bump up the volume. But many sign-up hurdles remain.
Florida Now Allows Anyone Who Is ‘Extremely Vulnerable’ To Get A Shot
The executive order, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed late Friday, specifies that people must be deemed “extremely vulnerable” by their physician. The order provided little information about how the process would work, but other states have asked people for a doctor’s note.
J&J Starts Moving Out Newly Authorized Covid Vaccine
The first doses are set to arrive at vaccine sites for injections on Tuesday. Johnson & Johnson’s entire inventory of 3.9 million doses is being distributed; another tranche should be ready to deliver in a few weeks.
Don’t Hold Out: Officials Voice Confidence In All Three Available Vaccines
“All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that’s most available to them,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said, of the three variations available from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.
When Will Kids Get The Shot? Most Likely in 2022, Fauci Says
“If you project realistically, when we will be able to get enough data to be able to say that elementary school children will be able to be vaccinated, I would think that would be, at the earliest, the end of the year, and very likely the first quarter of 2022,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said on “Meet the Press.”
First Edition: March 1, 2021
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
Becerra Has Long Backed Single-Payer. That Doesn’t Mean It Will Happen if He’s HHS Secretary.
Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been on record throughout his career for this type of health care system. But the president doesn’t support it, which is the position that counts.
Connecticut Is Doling Out Vaccines Based Strictly on Age. It’s Simpler, but Is it Fair?
On Monday, Connecticut will be the first state to begin vaccinating anyone from age 55 to 64 — instead of people with chronic health issues and essential workers.