More than 30 million Americans have gone without health insurance in the last year. Other high-income nations cover their entire populations for a lot less money than the U.S. already spends. But does a universal health care system help save lives in a pandemic? For answers, William Brangham looks to our northern neighbor Canada and its single-payer system.
Dustin Dillon, MD, senior hospice and palliative physician with Hosparus Health, talks about how hospice and palliative care can help patients with life-limiting conditions and what he has learned from those facing their final days.
Isabella Isaacs-Thomas from PBS NewsHour discusses the history of research and the science behind the genetic makeup of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which use synthetic messenger RNA, or mRNA, to protect against the coronavirus.
Laura Santhanam of PBS NewsHour investigates the possibility that electronic "vaccine passports" may be utilized by those who have been immunized against COVID-19 in order to travel and/or participate in other activities.
The largest vaccination campaign in United States history has begun protecting its first recipients against the novel coronavirus. Yet there are a number of logistics to be mapped out and questions answered before the country can regain control over COVID-19 and restore a semblance of normal life. Laura Santhanam from PBS NewsHour presents an updated Q&A with all you need to know about getting vaccinated.
In this special episode, Dr. Wayne Tuckson and guests honor the many health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those who lost their lives. Guests: Dr. William Moss from the Med Center Health in Bowling Green; Delanor Manson, CEO of the Kentucky Nurses Association; and Elizabeth A. Johnson, president of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Benjamin Klausing, an infectious disease specialist with Baptist Health Medical Group, about sepsis, a potentially deadly condition that occurs when our bodies are not able to mount an effective immune response to a virus, bacteria or fungus.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have reduced substantially since the height of the last wave, but with states reopening widely those numbers are spiking again. New data shows the development of several hotspots, with new cases up in 15 states over the past week. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, joins William Brangham to discuss the rise.