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The Taos Community Medical COVID Task Force is a volunteer coalition of local healthcare providers and community partners working to build collaborations to strengthen our local medical response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In this column, local healthcare providers will be answering common questions about COVID-19 in our community. If you have a question that you would like to submit, please email it to Also, please check out for the latest medical information about COVID-19 in Taos.

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Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life

By Katherine E. Standefer

Little, Brown Spark (2020, 288 pp.)

This is the story of the spectacular advances by medical science in saving a young woman's life - and the murderous toll those advances extract. The work also squarely indicts the American health care system.

A group of Taos area students is helping researchers at Vanderbilt University with a bit of medical detective work this summer: tracking down Hantavirus survivors in Northern New Mexico. A severe respiratory illness that can be deadly, Hantavirus …