It’s been more than two years since the first long COVID patients called attention to their condition, but researchers are still unable to answer basic questions about it. This article explores how scientists are working to fill those gaps, with a focus on collaborations.
People with Long COVID are facing years-long wait times, insufficient legal support, and a lack of clear guidance on how to prove they are disabled — compounded by the challenges of a medical system that does not have a uniform process for diagnosing Long COVID, according to health experts and disability attorneys.
For the millions of people in the United States with long COVID, getting help comes down to where they live. Long COVID clinics have been popping up, but their accessibility and the kind of care they offer vary wildly. This Science News story provides a novel, comprehensive map with clinic and research site locations.
It is a truth universally acknowledged among health experts that official COVID-19 data are a mess right now. This article for The Atlantic explains how to find and interpret newer data sources, including wastewater surveillance and population surveys.
As many U.S. schools have put aside safety measures like masks and tests, some parents and experts are trying to improve ventilation in schools. Better air quality in buildings can reduce COVID-19’s spread and improve many other health outcomes.
In a new study, Columbia University researchers have identified coronavirus mutations in New York City wastewater that seem to appear when severe disease rates begin to rise. This piece, a collaboration between Gothamist and the Documenting COVID-19 project, explains the study’s implications.
Long COVID causes a wide array of neurological and psychiatric symptoms, compounded in many cases by patients’ difficulties in getting the treatment they need. This story highlights patients’ experiences and potential paths for care.
Despite the resurgence of COVID-19 this spring, there are now fewer options for free PCR tests in New York City. A Gothamist analysis of municipal data found that numbers and hours of NYC Health + Hospitals testing sites were cut significantly.
The CDC’s new forecasting center aims to be a “weather service for infectious diseases.” But they’re working with poor-quality data, which hinders the predictions.
In spring 2022, New York City public schools faced another COVID-19 outbreak. Yet cases had become harder to track, adding to uncertainty for parents and teachers.