Will Stone

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Researchers confirm COVID patients can suffer serious cardiac complications

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

After recovering from the initial illness, some COVID-19 patients suffer serious complications such as heart attacks and strokes. A study has quantified the risks up to a year later.


National blood shortage threatens treatment for medical conditions

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The omicron surge precipitated a critical blood shortage — the worst in over a decade. It is threatening access to treatments for patients with cancer and other medical conditions.


In rural America, patients are waiting for care — sometimes with deadly consequences

Thursday, February 10, 2022

When cancer survivor Katie Ripley got pneumonia, the 25-bed hospital in her small town didn't have the specialized care she needed. But with omicron surging, there was no ICU bed to transfer her to.


For rural hospitals, the surge of COVID patients can have deadly consequences

Monday, February 07, 2022

The omicron surge has clogged up the health care system, from the ICU to the ER. The consequences are huge for smaller hospitals and, in some cases, it has led to irreparable harm.


More than 900,000 people in the U.S. have now died from COVID-19

Saturday, February 05, 2022

More than 900,000 people in the U.S. have now died from COVID-19, but that figure doesn't capture the full impact of the disease.


Americans get sicker as omicron stalls everything from heart surgeries to cancer care

Friday, February 04, 2022

Slammed by COVID-19, many U.S. hospitals have put off essential procedures. Delays are leading to consequences like heart attacks and sending people to emergency rooms to get care.


Omicron surge fallout: non-COVID patients wait for essential procedures

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

The omicron surge is derailing medical care for all kinds of patients. While it's hard to quantify, doctors say many patients are suffering because of canceled surgeries and clogged hospitals.


Why omicron is crushing hospitals — even though cases are often milder than delta

Saturday, January 29, 2022

People who get infected with omicron are less likely to go to the hospital, go on a ventilator or die. But with the current huge volume of patients, hospitals are still struggling to treat them all.


What the next pandemic phase means for case numbers, hospitalizations and the economy

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

This latest coronavirus surge has set back a return to "normal." COVID is never going away -– and that has implications for hospitals, schools and public health officials.


What an omicron hospitalization looks like

Monday, January 24, 2022

Omicron has pushed U.S. hospitalizations to record levels, but what does an omicron illness actually look like? And who is getting very sick? Doctors around the country describe what they are seeing.


Omicron hits Seattle's Harborview Medical Center harder than other surges

Thursday, January 20, 2022

A Seattle hospital confronts the omicron surge. While COVID-19 patients aren't as sick compared to earlier waves, there is a record number of patients overall, and not enough staff to care for them.


ERs are overwhelmed as omicron continues to flood them with patients

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Omicron may cause milder disease, but the sheer number of patients makes this wave far worse for the health care system. With packed emergency rooms, patients can wait days to get moved to a bed.


As the omicron surge overwhelms emergency rooms, hospitals can't keep up

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In the U.S., more people are hospitalized for COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. The omicron variant has slammed ERs, but doctors say this surge feels different than earlier ones.


U.S. COVID hospitalizations hit new record high, raising risks for patients

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

There are more patients and, in some places, not enough health care workers to go around. Research shows the crowding will impact care and increase mortality for all patients.


Deaths tend to increase as hospitals fill. And hospitals are overflowing due to COVID

Friday, January 07, 2022

Some hospitals report less strain as omicron seems to cause less severe illness. But they're still overcrowded with patients. Research shows death rates rise significantly when hospitals are full.


What we know about the symptoms — and the severity — of the omicron variant

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Researchers are looking at data from U.S. cases to determine if the variant causes milder disease. Even if the answer is yes, they say, rates of hospitalization could be high during the surge.


Scientists explore how omicron symptoms differ from other COVID signs

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Most people know the telltale signs of COVID-19. But given omicron's many mutations, are the common symptoms still the same? Doctors are noticing at least some differences with the new variant.


Why omicron spreads so fast

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Scientists are trying to figure out why the omicron variant is spreading so much faster than delta did. Early research provides a few possible reasons.


Omicron is spreading at lightning speed. Scientists are trying to figure out why

Friday, December 31, 2021

The burning questions: What makes this newly identified variant so transmissible?. And what does it mean for preventing spread?


Experts say Biden's plan to help hospitals deal with COVID surge isn't enough

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

President Biden has rolled out a plan to help hospitals deal with omicron and the expected surge of patients. Experts say the support is welcome, but still doesn't go far enough.