To Curb Coronavirus, What’s Behind The Wearing Of A Mask?

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday recommended wearing cloth face masks when going out, especially to places like grocery stores and pharmacies. That’s because a “significant portion” of people with the virus lack symptoms or can transmit the disease through close …

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‘Our Sentences Have Turned Into Death Sentences’: A Look Inside A Louisiana Prison Offers Snapshot Of National Issue

Advocates across the country are worried that if the coronavirus outbreak spreads to the prisons, it could be a catastrophe for those inside, who are often kept in close quarters with sub-par health and hygiene services. The Wall Street Journal interviews inmates and their families at one Louisiana prison who say that the invisible enemy …

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A Vaccine Is The One True Global Exit Strategy From This Pandemic, But Timeline Is Frustratingly Long

Scientists, political leaders and businessmen are trying to adopt ways to cut months off the vaccine development timeline. That includes wasting billions on preparing to develop vaccines that might not work. In the meantime, drugmakers race to find an effective treatment option. Stat: A $30 Billion Gamble: Pandemic Expert Calls For Making Covid-19 Vaccines Before …

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Health Law Could Act As Safety Net For Millions, But Marketing Has Been So Severely Cut They Might Not Know It

Advocates are calling for the Trump administration to ramp up spending on outreach to make sure Americans who have been laid off during the crisis know there’s an option out there for them. The administration instead seems to be focused on a plan to tap hospital stimulus funds to pay people’s bills if they get …

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HHS Watchdog Report Finds Hospitals Are Seriously Grappling With Equipment And Protective Gear Shortages

In the first nationwide assessment for how hospitals are handling the pandemic, the facilities told HHS’ Office of Inspector General that they’re increasingly “turning to new, sometimes un-vetted, and non-traditional sources of supplies and medical equipment.” The report finds that health systems need more help with tests, supplies and equipment; workforce flexibility; bed capacity; financial …

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Industry Roundup: A Medicare Advantage Pay Bump; Hospitals’ Partnerships With Local Agencies; Social Safety Nets And Health

CMS has finalized a bump for Medicare Advantage plans that’s a good deal higher than the agency’s initial proposal that met with fierce industry opposition. Meanwhile, researchers look at a variety of factors when it comes to spending and safety nets. Modern Healthcare: Medicare Advantage Plans Will Get A 1.66% Pay Bump For 2021The CMS …

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How COVID-19 Affects U.S. Kids: CDC Data Confirms That Children Are Less Likely To Fall Seriously Ill

Less than 2 percent of the confirmed U.S. coronavirus infections are pediatric cases, according to a new CDC report. Three kids under 18 so far have died though, and there is some evidence that babies may be at more risk, though data is incomplete. News reports focus on the health impact to pregnant women, as …

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Government To Buy 167M Masks From 3M For Front-Line Workers Following Contentious Negotiations

The federal government’s decision to use the Defense Production Act was key to shifting the trajectory of negotiations between the two sides, Trump administration officials say. Health care workers are issuing desperate calls for more masks. In one Detroit hospital system alone, 700 employees have tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, the military steps up …

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From The States: Is D.C. The Next Hot Spot?; Idaho Balks At Big Government Directives; Pandemic Shaming Takes Off In Small Towns

Media outlets looks at news from D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Idaho, California, Oklahoma, Ohio, Massachusetts, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Nevada. The Washington Post: Deaths In The DMV Increase As Officials Warn It Could Be Next Hot SpotThe District, Maryland and Virginia saw their biggest single-day increase in fatalities related to the novel coronavirus Monday, with deaths …

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Physical And Mental Complications Can Linger For Patients Who Recover From Coronavirus

While a life-saving tool, ventilators can cause long-term physical and emotional side effects. And physicians say they can’t offer recovered patients who aren’t retested any guarantees about whether they can still transmit the virus. Meanwhile, experts warn of a mental health crisis brewing. More public health news related to the outbreak report on a drop …

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Virus Outbreak Seems To Hit Black Americans At Alarming Rate But Lack Of Data Obstructs Full Picture

Data on race and the impact of COVID-19 is too limited so far to draw conclusions, experts say. But disparate rates of sickness and death is emerging in many African-American and Latino communities. “We cannot have a colorblind policy,” Stephen Thomas, director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Health Equity tells Politico. “With a …

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Nursing Homes Have Thousands Of Ventilators That Hospitals Desperately Need

As the number of COVID-19 patients climbs and health officials hunt for ventilators to treat them, nursing homes across the United States have a cache ― about 8,200 of the lifesaving machines, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Most of the machines are in use, often by people who’ve suffered …

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Cancer Patients Face Treatment Delays And Uncertainty As Coronavirus Cripples Hospitals

This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR and Kaiser Health News This story can be republished for free (details). The federal government has encouraged health centers to delay nonessential surgeries while weighing the severity of patients’ conditions and the availability of personal protective equipment, beds and staffing at hospitals. People with cancer …

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Inside Meals On Wheels’ Struggle To Keep Older Americans Fed During A Pandemic

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). In the best of times, Meals on Wheels faces the herculean task of delivering 200 million meals annually to 2.4 million hungry and isolated older Americans. But this is the time of the dreaded novel coronavirus. With the pandemic bearing …

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Dispatch From A Country Doctor: Seeing Patients Differently In The Time Of Coronavirus

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Patients would often stop by River Bend Family Medicine just to gab with staff at the front desk or bring baked goods to Dr. Matt Hahn. “I’m a simple country doctor,” said Hahn, who has practiced in Hancock, Maryland, for 20 years ― the …

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How to Quarantine Yourself

Stay home unless you must see a doctor. No trips to the office or school, no shopping. If you must come out of your room, wear a mask. And don’t share towels. If you are among the thousands of Americans now self-quarantined because of possible infection with the coronavirus, these are a few of the …

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After COVID-19: Doctors Ponder Best Advice As Patients Recover From Coronavirus

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When David Vega fell ill with the novel coronavirus in mid-March, fever, chills and nausea left the 27-year-old Indiana medical student curled up in bed for days. After a test confirmed he had COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, his doctor advised Vega …

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