Loss of smell is an earlier COVID-19 symptom than fever; Philly’s Monell Institute has sniff test for screening in the works

Loss of the sense of smell is a common symptom, and it happens early. And it's a loss that is hard to ignore, especially if it lingers.

A COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to end the pandemic. Experts say this is what it will take to convince people it’s safe.

Communications experts said there has never been a vaccine introduction like this one will be. What does science say about how to inform the public?

A COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to end the pandemic. Experts say this is what it will take to convince people it’s safe.

Communications experts said there has never been a vaccine introduction like this one will be. What does science say about how to inform the public?

Pa., like the nation, reports its highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day. In the Philly region, the suburbs are hit hardest.

More widely available testing partly explains the high count, but equally important — and troubling to experts — is how many of those tests are coming back positive.

Pa., like the nation, reports its highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day. In the Philly region, the suburbs are hit hardest.

More widely available testing partly explains the high count, but equally important — and troubling to experts — is how many of those tests are coming back positive.

‘All you want is to be believed’: The impact of unconscious bias in health care

Unconscious bias is part of why people of color are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. It is not merely because they are more likely to have front-line jobs that expose them to it.

‘All you want is to be believed’: The impact of unconscious bias in health care

Unconscious bias is part of why people of color are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. It is not merely because they are more likely to have front-line jobs that expose them to it.
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U.S. still trails pre-COVID peak in jobs and economic activity, and the new president may not matter

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As pandemic started, U.S. fatal overdoses soared in the first quarter of 2020, new data show

The new figures cover preliminary reports of fatal overdoses around the country from January through March — when the first lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic began.

The fastest growing consumer plastic isn’t being recycled. Two Philadelphia area companies hope to change that.

Though few consumers have heard of it, flexible plastic packaging is the fastest growing type of plastic in use in the U.S. And, as of now, it's not being recycled.

COVID-19 cases are rising fast in Pa. and N.J., but hospitals are not burdened — yet. Here’s why.

The second wave of the pandemic seems to have begun in N.J. and Pa. But for hospitals, this fall is nothing like the spring.

‘He makes it into a joke’: For Philly COVID-19 patients, Trump’s cavalier attitude stings

Trump's coronavirus treatment and cavalier attitude stings ordinary patients and doctors. His experience also speaks to the vast social, racial, and economic inequities in American health care.

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