Chicago’s Mass Vaccination Sites Are ‘Not Enough’ for Vaccine Equity

Chicago’s Mass Vaccination Sites Are ‘Not Enough’ for Vaccine Equity

Staying up all night. Constantly refreshing the webpage. Trying to book an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine in Chicago has…

Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A: Chicago Physicians Weigh In

Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A: Chicago Physicians Weigh In

Even though the toll of Americans dying from Covid-19 continues to rise and Chicago specifically is seeing a surge in…

Countering the Stress and Loneliness of Covid-19

Countering the Stress and Loneliness of Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect the Chicago area, our winter weariness is gradually lifting, but the stress and…

The State of Vaccine Supply: Opaque and Unpredictable

The State of Vaccine Supply: Opaque and Unpredictable

Even as the pace of vaccination against covid-19 has steadily accelerated — hitting an average of 1.3 million doses a…

With Few Takers for Covid Vaccine, Howard University Hospital CEO Takes ‘One for the Team’

With Few Takers for Covid Vaccine, Howard University Hospital CEO Takes ‘One for the Team’

Administrators at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., were thrilled to be among the city’s first hospitals to get a…

Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America

Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America

One tray of Covid-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer contains 975 doses — way too many for a rural hospital…

Op-Ed: Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a Covid Surge

Op-Ed: Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a Covid Surge

These days, the majority of patients I see on my shifts in the emergency department are Covid-19 patients. In the…

Supply Is Limited and Distribution Uncertain as Covid Vaccine Rolls Out

Supply Is Limited and Distribution Uncertain as Covid Vaccine Rolls Out

High stakes and big challenges await as the U.S. prepares to roll out vaccines against Covid-19, with front-line healthcare workers…

Demand for Covid Vaccines Expected to Get Heated

Demand for Covid Vaccines Expected to Get Heated

Americans have made no secret of their skepticism of Covid-19 vaccines this year, with fears of political interference and a…

Op-Ed: On Thanksgiving, Let’s Cherish the Holiday, and Each Other, at a Distance

Op-Ed: On Thanksgiving, Let’s Cherish the Holiday, and Each Other, at a Distance

It’s nine months into the pandemic, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, we must stay vigilant to enjoy this treasured…

Homeless Shelters Grapple With Covid Safety as Cold Creeps In

Homeless Shelters Grapple With Covid Safety as Cold Creeps In

Above photo: A sign at a homeless encampment near a Chicago expressway memorializes a man who reportedly died there from…

Health Disinformation Abounds Online, with Content Created to Deceive

Health Disinformation Abounds Online, with Content Created to Deceive

One of the most viral conspiracy news stories in 2019 accused a coordinated group of physicians, federal organizations, and pharmaceutical…

For Each Critically Ill Covid Patient, a Family Is Suffering, Too

For Each Critically Ill Covid Patient, a Family Is Suffering, Too

Above photo: Tisha Holt lives about 10 minutes by car from her parents, Pam and Paul Alexander, who are concerned…

Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and Cons

Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and Cons

(Illustration: iStock / Getty Images) As Covid-19 took hold in March, U.S. doctors limited in-person appointments — and many patients…

Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic for People with Anxiety Disorders

Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic for People with Anxiety Disorders

These days, we all have to accept the anxiety inherent in living in the time of the coronavirus pandemic and…

Musicians Improvise Masks for Wind Instruments to Keep the Band Together

Musicians Improvise Masks for Wind Instruments to Keep the Band Together

Above photo: Solomon Keim wears a custom-designed mask during rehearsal at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.…

Easier-to-Use Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch on

Easier-to-Use Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch on

As the coronavirus pandemic broke out across the country, healthcare providers and scientists relied on the standard method for detecting…

Facing Post-Intensive Care Syndrome and After-Effects of Covid-19

Facing Post-Intensive Care Syndrome and After-Effects of Covid-19

Of all his years, 2020 was exceptionally challenging for Vietnam veteran Matthew Thomas. After the 75-year-old Aurora resident tested positive…

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…