Revoking My Corona Pass

Revoking My Corona Pass

Accepting the challenge of the new ‘normal’ What’s the state of your mental health these days? Are you anxious? Depressed?…

Community Helpers

Community Helpers

Providing food, hope, and care during Covid-19 The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has created profound economic and health uncertainties…

Covid-19’s Toll on Mental Health

Covid-19’s Toll on Mental Health

The coronavirus pandemic, with all of its stressors, has triggered anxiety, depression, and other disorders When Covid-19 caused businesses to…

Vulnerable Adults

Vulnerable Adults

These 4 risk factors make older people more prone to Covid-19 complications Shortly after a visit to New York in…

Pregnancy in a Pandemic

Pregnancy in a Pandemic

What to expect when you’re expecting during the coronavirus outbreak Melanie Chervinko was nearing the end of her pregnancy in…

Chicago’s Healthcare Heroes

Chicago’s Healthcare Heroes

A salute to the inspiring individuals who’ve made a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic Covid-19 may have initially shut down…

Disrupted Progress

Disrupted Progress

When Covid-19 shuttered schools and services, children with special needs were left behind With interruptions to school and socialization, the…

Briefs: Does Vitamin D Impact Covid-19 Death Rates?

Briefs: Does Vitamin D Impact Covid-19 Death Rates?

Patients from countries with high Covid-19 death rates have lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in lower-risk countries,…

Briefs: Circles of Peace During Covid-19

Briefs: Circles of Peace During Covid-19

After Covid-19 hit Chicago, the staff at the Union League Boys & Girls Club saw youth mourning life as they…

Making Gyms Safer in the Age of Covid-19

Making Gyms Safer in the Age of Covid-19

After shutting down in the spring, America’s empty gyms are beckoning a cautious public back for a workout. To reassure…

Gasping for Air

Gasping for Air

With a cascade of effects, Covid-19 can cause lasting lung damage The phone call came Monday morning, but by then,…

Cancer and Covid-19

Cancer and Covid-19

While individuals are at greater risk, treatment and screening must continue Robyn Hawkins is not an anxious person. “But this…

Beware Crooked Contact Tracers, Covid-19 Fraud

Beware Crooked Contact Tracers, Covid-19 Fraud

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads to communities throughout the U.S., the epidemic of coronavirus-related fraud continues unabated. What to watch…

The Great Unequalizer

The Great Unequalizer

Chicago faced severe health inequities long before Covid-19. Whose job is it to solve the problem? It was probably the…

Mask Hero: Evelyn Figueroa, MD

Mask Hero: Evelyn Figueroa, MD

Figueroa Wu Family Foundation  The day Illinois’ stay-at-home order was announced, Evelyn Figueroa, MD, a family physician and professor of clinical…

Home Care Hero: BreAnna Kruyer

Home Care Hero: BreAnna Kruyer

Right at Home For many residents of long-term care facilities, the coronavirus pandemic has increased their loneliness, anxiety, and fear.…

A Secondary Healthcare Crisis?

A Secondary Healthcare Crisis?

Backlog of orthopedic surgeries due to Covid-19 may have long-lasting effects When the Covid-19 pandemic began to pick up speed…

The Heart of Covid-19

The Heart of Covid-19

The coronavirus can take a harmful toll on the cardiovascular system Diane Weibeler didn’t give much thought to the headache…

Another Covid Mystery: Patients Survive Ventilator, but Linger in Coma

Another Covid Mystery: Patients Survive Ventilator, but Linger in Coma

(Above photo: Frank and Leslie Cutitta stand outside their home, where a banner still hangs for his return from the…

In Covid-19 Long-Haul Syndrome, Symptoms Continue for Months

In Covid-19 Long-Haul Syndrome, Symptoms Continue for Months

Patrick Malia, then-37, felt sick enough on March 12 to visit an urgent care center, wondering if he had Covid-19.…

Chicago Experts Answer Your Covid-19 Questions

Chicago Experts Answer Your Covid-19 Questions

As information about staying safe from Covid-19 seems to change weekly, it’s no wonder that people have a lot of…

Op-Ed: The Surprising Benefits of Remote Therapy

Op-Ed: The Surprising Benefits of Remote Therapy

Chicago Health is committed to publishing a diversity of opinions. The opinions expressed in this op-ed article are the author’s…

Misinformation Campaigns Hamper Coronavirus Response

Misinformation Campaigns Hamper Coronavirus Response

Regina Fargis didn’t know what to do. Fargis runs Summit Hills — a health and retirement community in Spartanburg, South…

How Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Cope With Angst of COVID

How Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Cope With Angst of COVID

Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, Chris Trondsen felt his life was finally under control. As…

COVID-19 Meat Shortage? Try Plant Proteins

COVID-19 Meat Shortage? Try Plant Proteins

By now, you’ve probably noticed less beef, pork and chicken at your local grocers due to COVID-19 outbreaks and closures…

Pandemic Upends Lives of People With Disabilities

Pandemic Upends Lives of People With Disabilities

Above photo: A diving accident in 1987 left all of Matt Ford’s limbs paralyzed. One of his caregivers, Grace Brunette, spent…

5 Tips for Self-Care During the Pandemic and Protests

5 Tips for Self-Care During the Pandemic and Protests

First came the coronavirus and its strict stay-at-home orders, impacting the mental health of almost half of Americans, according to…

A Teen’s Death from COVID-19

A Teen’s Death from COVID-19

Above photo: The Guest family poses for a family photo. Front row from left: Ajene Guest and Abby Guest; second row…

Eliminating the Pandemic of Racism

Eliminating the Pandemic of Racism

I love storms, even when they are frightening. When I look at the timing of COVID-19 and what has erupted…

Society Is Reopening, Prepare to Hunker Down at Home Again

Society Is Reopening, Prepare to Hunker Down at Home Again

Even before the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody drew large crowds of protesters into the streets…

A Caregiver’s Role: Running to a Crisis

A Caregiver’s Role: Running to a Crisis

In the middle of April, a few weeks into Illinois’ stay-at-home order, we finally got the call we were anxiously…

Rapid Changes to Healthcare Spurred By COVID Might Be Here to Stay

Rapid Changes to Healthcare Spurred By COVID Might Be Here to Stay

The U.S. healthcare system is famously resistant to government-imposed change. It took decades to create Medicare and Medicaid, mostly due…

Hiring a Diverse Army to Track COVID-19

Hiring a Diverse Army to Track COVID-19

Above photo: Sgt. Jairo Paulino of Newark, Delaware, volunteered for a “bilingual mission” through the Delaware National Guard. Paulino, who…

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

How NorthShore Protects Non-COVID-19 Patients Before COVID-19, surgeons at NorthShore University HealthSystem’s four legacy hospitals conducted between 150 and 180…

Busting Common Coronavirus Myths

Busting Common Coronavirus Myths

Whether you turn on the TV, log on to social media or open a newspaper, it’s impossible to escape news…

Staying Safe and Engaged in Senior Communities During Pandemic

Staying Safe and Engaged in Senior Communities During Pandemic

Above photo: The Cinco de Mayo happy hour cart makes its way around Artis Senior Living. Photo courtesy of Artis…

‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Advance Directives

‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Advance Directives

Last month, Minna Buck revised a document specifying her wishes should she become critically ill. “No intubation,” she wrote in…

Emptiness of ERs Worries Doctors as Heart Attack and Stroke Patients Delay Care

Emptiness of ERs Worries Doctors as Heart Attack and Stroke Patients Delay Care

The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the…

Living with Eco-Anxiety in Age of the Coronavirus

Living with Eco-Anxiety in Age of the Coronavirus

While most news right now focuses on the worldwide emergency response to COVID-19, climate change remains an escalating threat. The…

Born into a Pandemic

Born into a Pandemic

Virus complicates births for moms and babies Above photo: Mallory Pease with baby Alivia and her older daughter, Emma Jean. Pease…

Challenges of Keeping Young Adults Safe During Pandemic

Challenges of Keeping Young Adults Safe During Pandemic

Last month, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most of the state’s residents to stay home, I found myself under…

Ineffective Masks Are Putting Healthcare Workers at Serious Risk

Ineffective Masks Are Putting Healthcare Workers at Serious Risk

With medical supplies in high demand, federal authorities say health workers can wear surgical masks for protection while treating COVID-19…

How COVID-19 Impacts Teens’ Mental Health

How COVID-19 Impacts Teens’ Mental Health

Since the end of January, Isa Sanchez, a senior at Whitney Young High School, had been working on her senior…

Ask the Harvard Experts: Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen and COVID-19

Ask the Harvard Experts: Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen and COVID-19

Q: I usually take ibuprofen for aches or pains. Given the controversy about ibuprofen use during this coronavirus outbreak, is…

Coronavirus Fuels Explosive Growth in Telehealth ― and Concern About Fraud

Coronavirus Fuels Explosive Growth in Telehealth ― and Concern About Fraud

On March 17, Medicare chief Seema Verma stepped to the podium at a White House coronavirus briefing and unveiled a…

Keeping Your Distance

Keeping Your Distance

The difference between self-quarantine and isolation during COVID-19 As states mull easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Illinois officials say that staying…

Ask the Harvard Experts: For COVID-19, Defining ‘Older’ and ‘Chronic Disease’

Ask the Harvard Experts: For COVID-19, Defining ‘Older’ and ‘Chronic Disease’

Q: I keep hearing about how older adults and those with chronic diseases have a higher risk from COVID-19. What…

Caring for COVID-19 at Home

Caring for COVID-19 at Home

The chills started on a Friday in March, along with a fever — four days after Jerry and Colleen Rzepka…

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’

5 things to know about hitting the COVID-19 peak As New York, California and other states begin to see their…

Facing the Anguish of My Father’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

Facing the Anguish of My Father’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

Above photo: Writer Katie Colt, as a baby with her father Norman Sack. Photo courtesy of Katie Colt My mother…