Journalists can help shed light on COVID-19 vaccine schemes

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It’s still difficult for many eligible older adults in parts of the U.S. to get COVID-19 vaccination appointments. And that’s exactly what con artists are counting on.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) are warning the public — especially elders — about several fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

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Study shows racial differences in COVID-19 nursing home deaths

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Racial disparities are glaringly obvious when examining COVID-19 caseloads, hospitalizations and deaths. A new study in JAMA Open looks at how these inequalities in the general population may also be associated with differences in mortality among nursing home residents with a COVID-19 infection.

In a cross-sectional study of 13,312 U.S. nursing homes, University of Chicago researchers found that COVID-19 death counts were 3.3-fold higher in facilities with the highest proportions of non-white residents than in facilities with mostly white residents. This difference in mortality was associated with a combination of differences in facility characteristics and location. Continue reading

Webcast: Covering airborne transmission, masks and virus variants

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With falling COVID-19 infection and mortality numbers as well as increasing vaccinations, pressure is growing to reopen businesses and schools to in-person learning.

But questions remain about COVID-19 transmission, the best ways to create safe indoor environments and how new variants of the virus may change public health advice on reopening businesses and schools.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization say that COVID-19’s primary transmission route is through respiratory droplets between close contacts and, in some circumstances, through the air in enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. Continue reading

AHCJ member news: New jobs, fellowships, awards and more for health journalists

crowd clapping congratulationsThis edition of member news includes accomplishments from AHCJ members Benjamin Hardy, Melissa Patrick, Kelsey Ryan and Bram Sable-Smith. Continue reading

Welcome AHCJ’s newest members

Welcome new membersPlease welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ.

All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves. Continue reading