The largest recorded increase of drug overdose deaths occurred from May 2019 to May 2020, with a significant increase from March to May that was likely fueled by the staggering economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Children and adolescents must be vaccinated to get the pandemic under control. Once a high percentage of the population is vaccinated or has had COVID-19, the disease may be no more disruptive than annual influenza seasons.
Proposed legislation would continue using Medicaid funds to place recipients on private health insurance. But, under the proposal, those who don't work or go to school could be moved to the traditional fee-for-service Medicaid program. More than 300,000 people are currently on the state's Medicaid expansion.
March and April were the most challenging and caught the entire health system off-guard, said Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the city’s public health system. “But the city had done very well considering it didn’t have much of the necessary resources,” he said.
The center brings together nationally and internationally recognized researchers to focus on more than curing one of the most feared diseases. It also will work to end racial, ethnic, social and economic inequities that affect cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Democrats sorted through lingering disagreements over emergency jobless benefits and other issues, preparing to commence Senate debate on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan that would deliver a major victory to President Joe Biden.
The winter storms that swept through much of the country in mid-February caused a significant disruption in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The Houston Methodist system was in the thick of it all, contending with everything from crowded emergency departments to quickly standing up a vaccination event to assist the county health department.
Shifting to an age-based priority system—after health workers, nursing home patients and people 65 and up have been offered vaccines—has frustrated people with health conditions such as cancer or diabetes who thought they would be next in line.
Alicia Wilson, vice president for economic development at Johns Hopkins University Medicine, talks about keeping this principle in mind during her career: “If I did right by my community, it would do right by me.”