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90,000 US COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented by vaccines in 4 months, 2 leading US nonprofits estimate

A protester holds an anti-vaccination sign as supporters of President Donald Trump rally in Woodland Hills, California on May 16, 2020. David McNew/Getty Images About 90,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US between June and September were preventable, two US nonprofits say. In September, 49,000 deaths could have been avoided if more adults got a COVID-19 shot, they said. The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare cited a tracker that uses CDC data. About 90,000 COVID-19 d...
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NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins says it's 'truly heartbreaking' to see fellow evangelicals refuse the COVID-19 vaccine because of misinformation, urges them to 'look at the evidence'

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said each day over 1,000 people die from COVID-19. In an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta, Collins said most of those deaths are among the unvaccinated. Collins called on fellow evangelicals to look at the evidence and get vaccinated. Dr. Francis Collins, the directo...
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Donald Trump claimed 'everybody wanted the vaccine' when he was president

President Donald Trump discusses the potential impact of Hurricane Michael during a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long in the Oval Office of the White House on October 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images Former President Trump says that low vaccine uptake is due to Biden. He told Fox News' Sean Hannity show that "everybody wanted the vaccine" under his government. However, polling data shows that most people wh...
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Mississippi and South Carolina - 2 states with lax pandemic rules - saw anxiety and depression rise most last year, the CDC found

A woman walks past a shop in Cardiff, Wales on October 18, 2020. Matthew Horwood/Getty Images US adults reported increasing levels of anxiety and depression from August to December 2020. The increases were correlated with rising COVID-19 cases, a new CDC report found. Mississippi and South Carolina saw the highest increases of anxiety and depression. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans reported increasing levels of anxiety and depression in tandem with rising COVID-1...
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Some fear boosters will hurt drive to reach the unvaccinated

By MIKE STOBBE NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 vaccination requirements across the U.S. hasn’t had the desired effect so far, with the number of Americans getting their first shots plunging in recent weeks. And some experts worry that the move to dispense boosters could just make matters worse. The fear is that the rollout of booster shots will lead some people to question the effectiveness of the vaccine in the first place. “Many of my patients are already saying, ‘If we need a third dos...
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COVID-19 continues to wallop Republican states and areas in the US as partisan vaccine refusal persists

Dr. Joseph Varon (right) speaks to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 29, 2020.. Go Nakamura/Getty Images Republican vaccine refusal is continuing to fuel COVID-19 outbreaks in primarily GOP areas. New maps and charts from The New York Times show stark regional disparities in cases and deaths. Kaiser Foundation data shows a nearly 13-point gap in vaccination rates between Biden and Trump counties. See more st...
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Half Of Unvaccinated Workers Say They’d Rather Quit Than Get A Shot – But Real-World Data Suggest Few Are Following Through

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. It first appeared at The Conversation. Are workplace vaccine mandates prompting some employees to quit rather than get a shot? A hospital in Lowville, New York, for example, had to shut down its maternity ward when dozens of staffers left their jobs rather than get vaccinated. At least 125 employees at Indiana University Health resigned after refusing to take the vaccine. And several surveys have shown that...
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Senior Living: Dentists chip away at uninsured problem by offering patients membership plans

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Nevada dentist David White has seen diseased and rotted teeth in the mouths of patients who routinely put off checkups and avoided minor procedures such as fillings. While dental phobia is a factor, White said, the overriding reason people avoid treatment is cost. To help patients lacking dental insurance, White, in 2019, started offering a membership plan that looks much like an insurance policy — except it’s good only at his offices in Reno and Elko. Adults...
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Bernie Sanders says Senate Democrats weighing $1,000 voucher for seniors to purchase new Medicare benefits

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives at the Capitol on October 20, 2020. Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Sanders said Senate Democrats are weighing $1,000 vouchers for seniors to buy new Medicare benefits. "I think what we're looking at is here's $1,000 right away, use that to go to a dentist if you cannot afford to go," he told Insider. Experts say it could take years for Medicare to set up a new dental coverage program. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Bernie San...
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Senior Living: The unsung importance of casual relationships for older adults

In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a wedding — his first trip out of town since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. “Hi there!” he called out to customers at a gas station where he’d stopped on his way to the airport. “How’s your day going?” he said he asked the Transportation Security Administration agent who checked his identification. “Isn’t this wonderful?” he exclaimed to guests at the wedding, most of whom were strangers. “I was striking up co...
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If you work at a large or midsize company, Biden's action plan requires your boss pays you for your time spent getting vaccinated and recovering from possible side effects

President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House on July 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The White House unveiled a sweeping action plan to increase the vaccination rate in the US. Employers with 100 or more workers would be required to provide paid time off for vaccinations. Many unvaccinated workers previously expressed concerns that they could not afford to miss work. See more sto...
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If you work at a large company, Biden's action plan requires your boss pays you for your time spent getting vaccinated and recovering from possible side effects

President Joe Biden speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House on July 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The White House unveiled a sweeping action plan to increase the vaccination rate in the US. Employers with 100 or more workers would be required to provide paid time off for vaccinations. Many unvaccinated workers previously expressed concerns that they could not afford to miss work. See more sto...
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Senate Democrats could send seniors $1,000 cash vouchers to buy expanded Medicare benefits next year

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders hold a meeting with Budget Committee Democrats at the Capitol on June 16, 2021. Samuel Corum/Getty Images Senate Democrats are weighing sending millions of seniors up to $1,000 cash vouchers so they can purchase new Medicare benefits next year. Democrats want to produce tangible benefits in people's lives ahead of next year's midterms. The Bush administration once offered prescription drug cards, but ...
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Average COVID hospitalization costs 150 times more than vaccination

By Deidre McPhillips, Amanda Sealy and Dakin Andone | CNN A Medicare beneficiary hospitalized with Covid-19 costs the health insurance program about 150 times more than it does to fully vaccinate that individual, a CNN analysis shows. Covid-19 vaccines are provided at no direct cost to residents of the United States, but Medicare reimburses health care providers up to $150 to fully vaccinate beneficiaries with both doses of the two-dose regimen vaccines by Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna, per billin...
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Flailing CDC Abdicates Infectious Disease Role to Target Gun Owners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s confused performance during the COVID-19 pandemic won’t do anything to buck that trend. IMG NRA-ILA U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Americans’ trust in the federal government has been in a decades-long decline. According to Pew Research polling data, in 1964 77 percent of Americans reported that they trusted the federal government to do what is right “just about always” or “most of the time.” In April 2021, less than a quarter of Americans shared that t...
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An exhausted Iowa ER doctor pleaded with people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a Facebook Live video: 'We are drowning in people who are dying with this illness'

Pulmonology physician Catherine Wentowski treats a COVID-19 patient at the Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on August 10, 2021. Kathleen Flynn/Reuters An Iowa ER doctor pled with viewers on social media to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. He blamed misinformation about vaccines for the swell of COVID-19 patients flooding ICU beds. "It feels like a third-world country sometimes," Dr. Lance VanGundy said. See more stories on Insider's business page. An emerge...
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Senior Living: Biden’s no-jab-no-job order creates quandary for nursing homes

By Jordan Rau and Andy Miller Kaiser Health News President Joe Biden’s edict that nursing homes must ensure their workers are vaccinated against COVID-19 presents a challenge for an industry struggling to entice its lowest-paid workers to get shots without driving them to seek employment elsewhere. Although 83% of residents in the average nursing facility are vaccinated, only 61% of a home’s workers are likely to be, according to data submitted by homes and published by the Centers for Medicare ...
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Communicating about COVID-19 Vaccines Requires Understanding Fears, Building Trust

West Virginia was an early national leader in delivering COVID-19 vaccines, with 79 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 65 now fully vaccinated and 60 percent of its eligible population having received at least one dose, as of this writing. To date, 1,079,557 of 1,557,837 vaccine-eligible West Virginians have received their first shot. However, some residents in the state — notably people of color — have had limited access to the vaccines or were initially hesitant to receive the sh...
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Senior Living: Why doesn’t Medicare cover services so many seniors need?

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Despite what you may regularly hear on some television ads, Medicare does not entitle seniors “to eliminate copays and get dental care, dentures, eyeglasses, prescription drug coverage, in-home aides, unlimited transportation and home-delivered meals, all at no additional cost.” But if Democratic lawmakers in Congress have their say, seniors could soon be entitled to some of those services. Those commercials, for which football legend Joe Namath is a spokesman...
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The FDA just fully approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in a move that could lead to more vaccinations

Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine. Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Local News via Getty Images The FDA has fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine. The two-dose shot is now the first and only COVID-19 vaccine to get full approval. The shot was previously OK'd under emergency-use authorization, a more flexible regulatory standard. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US Food and Drug Administration issued the first full approval Monday for a coron...
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The CDC Only Tracks a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections, Even as Cases Surge

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox . Meggan Ingram was fully vaccinated when she tested positive for COVID-19 early this month. The 37-year-old’s fever had spiked to 103 and her breath was coming in ragged bursts when an ambulance rushed her to an emergency room in Pasco, Washington, on Aug. 10. For three hours she was given oxygen and intraven...
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CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Lena Wen weighs in on what to do if you are vaccinated but test positive for coronavirus

Covid-19 vaccines are very effective against preventing infection, but no vaccine is 100% effective. Fully vaccinated people can and do become infected. It's not known exactly how many of these breakthrough infections are occurring, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not collecting national data this comprehensive. Based on reports from 25 states that do keep track of these data, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the rate of breakthrough infections is well below 1%...
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CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen weighs in on what to do if you are vaccinated but test positive for coronavirus

Covid-19 vaccines are very effective against preventing infection, but no vaccine is 100% effective. Fully vaccinated people can and do become infected. It's not known exactly how many of these breakthrough infections are occurring, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not collecting national data this comprehensive. Based on reports from 25 states that do keep track of these data, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the rate of breakthrough infections is well below 1%...
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Large insurers have stopped waiving COVID-19 treatment costs, an analysis found. Hospitalization could cost you thousands.

Dr. Joseph Varon (right) speaks to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 29, 2020. Go Nakamura/Getty Images Many large insurers no longer waive COVID-19 treatment costs, a new analysis found. Insurers started charging again once vaccines became widely available. But hospitalizations are rising in the US. Those hospitalized with COVID-19 may pay $1,300, on average. See more stories on Insider's business page. A ...
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What Dr. Wen says to do if you get a breakthrough infection

Covid-19 vaccines are very effective against preventing infection, but no vaccine is 100% effective. Fully vaccinated people can and do become infected. It's not known exactly how many of these breakthrough infections are occurring, as the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is not collecting national data this comprehensive. Based on reports from 25 states that do keep track of these data, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the rate of breakthrough infections is well below 1%....
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What Dr. Wen says you should do if you get a breakthrough infection

Covid-19 vaccines are very effective against preventing infection, but no vaccine is 100% effective. Fully vaccinated people can and do become infected. It's not known exactly how many of these breakthrough infections are occurring, as the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is not collecting national data this comprehensive. Based on reports from 25 states that do keep track of these data, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the rate of breakthrough infections is well below 1%....
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America's service sector is so stingy with benefits that half its workers are unvaccinated

In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, Yvonne Gibbs, 72, receives Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, at the TCF Center in Detroit. COVID-19 hit Detroit hard AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File A Harvard survey of service sector workers found that half were unvaccinated as of early June. Workers with access to time off for side effects were more likely to be vaccinated. Female service workers, unlike their national counterparts, were less vaccinated and had less access to paid leave. See more stories on ...
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Meet 4 typical unvaccinated Americans, from a Latino agriculture worker to a 12-year-old Snapchat user with Republican parents

30% of the eligible US population has not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine. Emanuele Cremaschi / Contributor/Getty Images The typical person who will "definitely not" get the COVID-19 vaccine is a white Republican. Americans waiting for more information before getting a jab tend to be young and Black. Agriculture workers have the lowest rate of vaccination among all work sectors. See more stories on Insider's business page. Three in ten Americans have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, accordin...
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Frontline workers are tired of policing masks and vaccines - and now they're demanding government intervention

Teachers, flight attendants, and retail workers are bearing the burden of vaccine and mask rule enforcement. Anthony Behar/Reuters American frontline workers are asking for better federal protections to deal with the pandemic. Tired of the government's inaction in stopping COVID-19, teachers are defying state mask bans. Retail workers and flight attendants want protection from violence when enforcing mask wearing. See more stories on Insider's business page. America's workforce...
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A Southwest Airlines flight attendant died from COVID-19 less than 2 months after testing positive, following a trip to Hawaii, reports say

Maurice "Reggie" Shepperson tested positive for COVID-19 in July and died on Tuesday, his family and friends told USA TODAY. A vaccinated Southwest Airlines flight attendant died from COVID-19 on Tuesday, USA TODAY reported. Maurice Shepperson was put on a ventilator in a Las Vegas hospital, his mother told the outlet. Shepperson tested positive for COVID-19 in early June after flying to Hawaii, she told USA TODAY. See more stories on Insider's business page. A fully vaccinated South...
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