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Where to get more answers about COVID-19

Bara Vaida Tara Haelle

About Bara Vaida and Tara Haelle

Bara Vaida is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Tara Haelle is medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon of science and research and helping them translate evidence into accurate information.

Photo: NIAID-RML via FlickrAn electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2 — also known as 2019-nCoV — which is the virus that causes COVID-19.

There are still many unknowns about the COVID-19 outbreak, which as of February 26, has sickened more than 81,000 people and killed more than 2,700. See this map to keep up with the figures, which are updated as new information comes in from different countries.

Key questions, such as just how contagious the virus is, how deadly it is and whether there will be widespread transmission outside of China, do not all have precise answers yet. To help answer such questions and others about prevention, the federal public health response, risk factors and similar concerns, the CDC’s COVID-19 FAQ page offers a relatively comprehensive list of questions with succinct answers and links to details. Continue reading

President’s Corner: Issues worth keeping in mind as we head into 2020 elections

Ivan Oransky, M.D.

About Ivan Oransky, M.D.

Ivan Oransky, M.D., president of AHCJ's board of directors, is vice president, editorial, at Medscape and a Distinguished Writer In Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He blogs at Embargo Watch and at Retraction Watch. Follow him at @IvanOransky.

When it comes to debates over health care policy, there are a number of terms that make veteran reporter Joanne Kenen roll her eyes.

There’s “access,” for example. “Saying you have access doesn’t mean you can really tap into that ‘access,’” says Kenen, executive editor for health at Politico and health reform topic leader for AHCJ. “If I have access to something that costs $25,000, that’s not really access. Who is this protecting and what does this really mean?” In other words, Kenen says, “access means whatever you want it to mean.” Continue reading

AHCJ selects first International Health Study Fellows

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded its first AHCJ International Health Study Fellowships to four journalists who intend to pursue significant projects in the first half of 2019. The program, supported by The Commonwealth Fund, is meant to help veteran U.S.-based journalists compare elements of the U.S. health system with those of other countries.

The program for mid-career journalists is intended to give print, broadcast and online reporters an opportunity to study how one element of the U.S. health care system is handled in another country and to report on the differences. Fellows will be able to interview patients, health care providers and policymakers both in the United States and abroad.

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Covering Florence: Resources on hurricanes and natural disasters

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Those living in North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia are in the bull’s-eye of Hurricane Florence. Given the forecast for excessive flooding, it is likely people in those states will be dealing with the aftermath for awhile.

Even if you’re not reporting on an affected location, this may be a good time to ask some questions of your local public health leaders and write about disaster preparedness issues. Continue reading

Delirium tip sheet looks at this problem in hospitalized older adults

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast.

Photo: Sheila via Flickr

Delirium is a more common occurrence than many may realize, especially among hospital patients.

Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial because delirium is linked with increased mortality, longer hospital stays, a need for more nursing care, higher rates of nursing home placement and increased risk of developing dementia after a delirium episode. Continue reading

New AHCJ board to be seated July 1

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Carrie Feibel

Carrie Feibel

Carrie Feibel, health editor at KQED-San Francisco, joins five incumbents in being seated on the Association of Health Care Journalists’ 2018-19 board of directors.

Incumbents starting a new term include Julie Appleby, M.P.H., Kaiser Health News; Scott Hensley, NPR; Tony Leys, Des Moines Register; Ivan Oransky, M.D., NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute; and Sabriya Rice, Dallas Morning News.

Read more about the board of directors.