No Appointments: 1 In 5 People Unable To Get Help For Illness During Pandemic
A new poll shows a rift between racial groups: Among Black respondents, 15% said they were disrespected, turned away, unfairly treated, or received poor treatment because of their race and ethnicity, compared with only 3% of white respondents who said the same.
'Staggering' Number Couldn't Get Care During Pandemic, Poll Finds
Among households that had a serious illness in the past year, one in five respondents said they had trouble accessing care during the pandemic. That's a "staggering" number of people unable to access care, says Mary Findling, the assistant director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program. "From a health and a good care standpoint, that's just too high." (Chatterjee, 8/8)
In related news about home births during the pandemic —
The Pandemic Induced More Home Births Around The Mountain West. What Does Race Have To Do With It?
A Pew Research Center analysis found that during the first year of the pandemic home births increased by 19% nationally. About 46,000 people had home births in 2020. A handful of the states with the most home births are in the Mountain West, and the region also includes two states that saw some of the country's largest increases from 2019 to 2020. (Gibson, 8/8)
In other news about covid-19 —
Los Angeles Times:
Clearing COVID Infection Can Take Longer Than You Think
“If your test turns out to be positive after five days, don’t be upset because the majority of people still test positive until at least Day 7, to Day 10 even,” Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, said during a briefing Thursday. “So that’s the majority. That’s the norm.” (Lin II and Money, 8/8)
Detroit Free Press:
Whitmer Tests Positive For COVID-19, Reports Mild Symptoms
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she tested positive for COVID-19 Monday evening. "Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and twice boosted," she said in a statement issued late Monday. She said that plans to maintain a remote schedule after speaking with a state doctor. (Hendrickson, 8/8)
The Washington Post:
Norwegian Cruises To Drop Vaccination Requirement, Ease Testing Rules
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings will end its vaccine requirement for customers and loosen coronavirus testing rules next month, the company announced Monday. Starting Sept. 3, fully vaccinated travelers who are 12 or older will no longer have to test before boarding a ship on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. (Benveniste, 8/8)
Detroit Free Press:
Study: COVID Campus Vaccine Mandates Saved Lives. Are They Still In Place?
A new study of coronavirus vaccine mandates for students at U.S. colleges and universities suggests the mandates saved about 7,300 lives last fall. "I thought the study that came out (last month) was telling," said Daniel Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities, which represents all 15 public universities in Michigan. (Hall, 8/8)
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Vaccine Appointment System Back Online, SNHD Says
The online vaccine appointment system used by the Southern Nevada Health District is back online, the agency said Monday in a news release. Individuals can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, routine immunizations and monkeypox vaccinations. (8/8)