What explains the decline in COVID deaths despite the rising number of cases?

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Take a look at these two graphs. The first gives the number of new COVID-19 cases from John Hopkins University. It is a scary graph. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases The second graph is the number of COVID deaths from IHME. Not nearly as bad. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america CDC reported death numbers are similar. In fact, the number of deaths in […]

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The Health Challenges Facing Millennials

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Sonia Cordner stays connected with her friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic via video chats. As a millennial, I’m one of the 73 million people who was born between 1981 and 1996. That’s why I was curious when the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) published their Health of America Report on Millennial Health…. The […]

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Local chef feeds 3,000 people every week amid COVID-19

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N’Gai Dickerson has cooked in country clubs, fancy restaurants and swanky hotels. But nothing gives him quite as much pride as hopping in his Mobile Kitchen to cook for his community. Before the pandemic hit, N’Gai would drive across the North Carolina Triad to teach healthy eating and cooking classes in underserved communities. Working for […]

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Could Trump’s Push To Undo The ACA Cause Problems For COVID Survivors? Biden Thinks So.

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“If Donald Trump has his way, complications from COVID-19 could become a new preexisting condition.” Former Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign speech in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 25, 2020 This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). The same day the Trump administration reaffirmed its support […]

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QSEHRA plans: know your options

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We love the qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (or QSEHRA) for its ability to help small business owners afford health insurance for their team. Employees also love this tax-advantaged HRA because they get to choose the plan that works for them, and they can take it with them when they leave. But a key […]

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The Scoop: July 8, 2020 Edition

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In this edition COVID-19 special enrollment periods in NY, MD end next Wednesday Pennsylvania enacts law requiring health insurers to cover additional breast cancer screening for higher-risk women Colorado enacts legislation to make individual-market coverage more affordable Proposed 2021 rate changes for New Mexico individual market mostly modest except for CO-OP Proposed 2021 rate changes […]

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Disparities in COVID-19 hospitalization rates

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Azar et al. (2020) use electronic health record data to examine differences in COVID-19 hospitalization rates by patient characteristics. The authors find that: …compared with non-Hispanic white patients, nonHispanic African American patients had 2.7 times the odds of hospitalization, after adjustment for age, sex, comorbidities, and income. These findings echo similar COVID-19-related conclusions across California. […]

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