Levine calls attempt to dismantle ACA ‘horrifying.’ UPMC doctor casts doubt on vaccine availability this year.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Wednesday warned that the threat of the U.S. Supreme Court dismantling the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic was “horrifying.”
Levine said she supported state legislation backed by the Wolf administration to shore up protections under threat by a Texas lawsuit before the high court. In a wide-ranging Q and A with the media, Levine discussed:
That long-term effects of COVID-19 are more likely to affect women than men. And a study out of France has found the average age of what is called “long haulers” was 40 years. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] study showing that 35% of COVID-positive respondents experienced COVID-19 symptoms weeks and months after exposure. Among long haulers 18 to 34 years old and previously healthy, 20% experienced symptoms for 14 to 21 days.
To date in Pennsylvania, 49 children have been diagnosed with the new syndrome associated with the coronavirus called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children [MIS-C].