Christina Jewett, KFF Health News

Christina Jewett

KFF Health News

Sacramento, CA, United States

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Past articles by Christina:

Laws Shield Hospitals From Families Who Believe Loved Ones Contracted Covid as Patients

Families who believe their loved ones contracted covid-19 while hospitalized are finding they have little recourse following a wave of liability shield legislation pushed by business interests. → Read More

As Patients Fell Ill With Covid Inside Hospitals, Government Oversight Fell Short

A KHN investigation finds that hospitals with high rates of covid patients who didn’t have the diagnosis when they were admitted have rarely been held accountable due to multiple gaps in government… → Read More

Patients Went Into the Hospital for Care. After Testing Positive There for Covid, Some Never Came Out.

About 21% of patients diagnosed with covid during a hospital stay died, according to data analyzed for KHN. In-hospital rates of spread varied widely and patients had no way of checking them. → Read More

Congress Cites KHN Investigation in Probe of National Academies

The House oversight committee is requesting conflict-of-interest disclosure forms from a National Academies committee studying organ transplants. KHN previously reported on apparent conflicts among… → Read More

National Academies’ Report Took Pharma-Friendly Stance After Millions in Gifts From Drugmakers

Congress tapped a national academies committee to examine a drug cost issue. It got a report that includes “egregious” failures to disclose conflicts of interest. → Read More

Government Oversight of COVID-19 Air Cleaners Leaves Gaping Holes

Thousands of schools have spent millions of federal COVID-19 relief dollars snapping up air cleaning technology that claims to inactivate COVID-19. But the devices fall into a regulatory gap. → Read More

Labor Department Issues Emergency Rules to Protect Health Care Workers from COVID

The new rules would require employers to notify workers of possible exposure to the disease and to report deaths or hospitalizations to the government → Read More

As Schools Spend Millions on Air Purifiers, Experts Warn of Overblown Claims and Harm to Children

A KHN investigation found that more than 2,000 schools have spent millions of dollars for systems, lured by air purifier companies’ claims that experts say mislead or obscure the potential for harm… → Read More

A Year Into Pandemic, Federal Officials Move to Better Protect Frontline Workers

Changes would allow N95 sales for industries other than health care and signal an end to the hospital practice of reusing the masks considered essential for worker safety. → Read More

Redfield Joins Big Ass Fans, Which Promotes Controversial Covid-Killing Technology

Dr. Robert Redfield, Trump’s CDC director, lends his scientific credibility to its Clean Air Systems subsidiary, which touts a “virus-killing ion technology” added to its fans. But indoor air quali… → Read More

12 Months of Trauma: More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year

Lost on the Frontline, a yearlong investigation by The Guardian and KHN to count health care worker deaths, ends today. This is what we learned in a year of tracing the lives of those who made the … → Read More

Birx Joins Air-Cleaning Industry Amid Land Grab for Billions in Federal Covid Relief

Air-cleaning companies with limited oversight are targeting a growing market of schools desperate for covid-19 protection. Donald Trump’s former covid adviser lands with one that built its business… → Read More

Did CDC Delays in Up-To-Date Masking Advice Cost Health Workers’ Lives?

Researchers say “very low”-quality research from the 2003 SARS outbreak drove guidelines on who got the best PPE, leaving those most at risk exposed. → Read More

Have a Case of a Covid Variant? No One Is Going to Tell You

As experts race to get an approved test for covid variants, officials are severely restricted from sharing information about the cases. That makes it harder to protect others. → Read More

Feds OK’d Export of Millions of N95 Masks as U.S. Workers Cried for More

In the hours before President Joe Biden was inaugurated, the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed a Texas mask maker to ship the high-quality masks overseas. → Read More

Prominent Scientists Call on CDC to Better Protect Workers From COVID-19

The academics insist that more workers should get top-rated N95 masks, the best defense against airborne coronavirus particles. → Read More

Counterfeit N95 Scam Widens as Senator Demands FTC Investigation

Authorities seized 1.7 million fake masks in New York and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell called for a national probe. → Read More

Health Workers and Hospitals Grapple With Millions of Counterfeit N95 Masks

Masks imitating the real thing are flooding U.S. ports, and authorities can hardly keep pace. → Read More

New Covid Cases Plunge 25% or More as Behavior Changes

End of holiday gatherings or fear of the virus may be at play – or hope for the vaccine → Read More

More Than 2,900 Health Care Workers Died This Year — And the Government Barely Kept Track

The National Academy of Sciences cites journalists’ “Lost on the Frontline” project in a push to expand federal tracking of worker fatalities. → Read More