Study in the United States shows that covid tablets are less effective for more vulnerable patients

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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Government Efforts to Utilize ZIP Codes

zip codes were originally created during a period of economic prosperity in the United States. With rapid population growth and an increase in commerce following World War II‚ the old postal system began to break down. zip codes helped improve delivery of mail and information. But the benefits of the new system were not fully realized until more people began to use them. So how does the government utilize ZIP codes? Read on to learn more about this new government effort.

(Reuters) – People living in economically and socially disadvantaged areas are half as likely to be given an oral antiviral pill COVID-19 than those who live in wealthier zip codes. This is according to a U.S. government report published Tuesday. This disparity was revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However‚ there were more dispensing locations in higher-vulnerability U.S. zip codes than those in more advantaged regions. The CDC study is part of recent government initiatives to increase access to treatments by Merck and Pfizer. Researchers at the CDC analysed data between Dec. 23‚ 2021 and May 21‚ 2022‚ when over 1‚000‚000 oral antiviral prescriptions in the United States were dispensed. Most of these drugs were given between March 2022 and May. According to the agency‚ these findings highlight that oral antiviral access is still a problem. The federal government has taken steps to increase access to these treatments. This includes the Test to Treat initiative‚ which allows Americans to be tested for COVID-19 in a pharmacy. If they are positive‚ the Americans can receive free pills. Reporting by Amruta Shahdekar‚ Bengaluru. Editing by Vinay Daivedi.