COVID-19 amplified America’s devastating health gap. Can we bridge it?

The COVID-19 pandemic is making health disparities in the United States crystal clear. It is a clarion call for health care systems to double their efforts in vulnerable communities.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated America's health disparities, widening the divide between the haves and have nots.
  • Studies show disparities in wealth, race, and online access have disproportionately harmed underserved U.S. communities during the pandemic.
  • To begin curing this social aliment, health systems like Northwell Health are establishing relationships of trust in these communities so that the post-COVID world looks different than the pre-COVID one.
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Experts fear Thanksgiving COVID spikes—Can you have your turkey and stay healthy too ?

Experts plead with Americans to keep gatherings limited this Thanksgiving, while families devise new ways to celebrate the holidays.

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  • Holiday travel and family gatherings will bolster America's already growing number of coronavirus cases, experts warn.
  • The CDC recommends families celebrating with people outside their quarantine households follow extra precautions.
  • For families staying physically distant, there remain many ways to connect with each other this Thanksgiving.
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    Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

    Textual analysis of social media posts finds users' anxiety and suicide-risk levels are rising, among other negative trends.

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    Dealing with a global pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of people.
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    What ended the Black Death, history's worst pandemic

    The bubonic plague ravaged the world for centuries, killing up to 200 million people.

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  • The Plague was the worst pandemic in history, killing up to 200 million people.
  • The disease spread through air, rats, and fleas, and decimated Europe for several centuries.
  • The pandemic eased with better sanitation, hygiene, and medical advancements but never completely disappeared.
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    Study warns of delayed flu outbreaks after pandemic ends

    The positive steps we are taking to prevent disease might have a negative side effect.

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    • A new study out of Princeton suggests that measures to prevent COVID-19 are also preventing certain other diseases.
    • The nature of seasonal diseases means that people who avoid them this year may just be putting it off, leading to a large wave later.
    • These estimates don't mean we should be less preventive now, only that we must be sure to take care in the future.
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