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The hug shortage, the new abnormal, and the $7,000 COVID test. What we've learned in SEASON-19

23 minutes

We wrap up our COVID-19 popup season with stories from three folks with very different takes on what we've learned so far about what the pandemic is costing us: A doctor and advocate in Brooklyn looks back on the wave of black and brown patients that filled her clinic in March. A nurse-practitioner in Texas looks at how new tech is—and isn't—helping the older patients she cares for.


And: One of the country's top insurance nerds says her first policy ideas to keep people from getting stuck with high bills for COVID tests ... were wrong.


Get ready for the hug shortage, the new abnormal, and the $7,000 COVID test.


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