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Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:42

Only about 12% of facilities have been able to get supplemental PPE from federal resources, compared with 25% that have drawn from local donations and 17% from do-it-yourself efforts to cobble together masks and gowns, results show. State and local governments have supplied PPE to 29% of facilities surveyed.

Respirator Masks - In Short Supply

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:37

As the coronavirus pandemic stresses the U.S. health care system, personal protective equipment -- including high-tech masks -- are in desperately short supply.

How Three Countries Have Kept COVID-19 In Check

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:22

Although the United States missed its chance to head off a COVID-19 epidemic, and is well on its way to becoming the pandemic's new epicenter, these lessons drawn from other countries could still be used to help manage infections in the months and years ahead, Adalja and Kullar said.

Measuring Social Distancing to Slow COVID-19

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:04

It takes multiple measures of social distancing to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, a study from Singapore concludes.

What Coronavirus Precautions Do You Really Need?

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:55

Groceries, deliveries, takeout food – can we bring them into our homes safely in the middle of a pandemic? How do we keep our homes clean? Tips and tricks to help you stay safe.

Commentary: Lessons on COVID-19 From Low-Income Countries

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:22

Physicians in lower-income countries routinely face the logistic difficulties and constrained resources now seen in first-world countries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Current US Visa Rules Restrict, Limit COVID-19 Physician Pool

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:15

More than 4000 non-US citizens matched to US residencies last week, but COVID-19 visa restrictions may keep them from starting. Restrictions also affect physicians working under other visas.

U.S. Hospital Beds Were Maxed Out Before Pandemic

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:11

At Elmhurst Hospital Center, a 545-bed public hospital, doctors and nurses have only a few dozen ventilators for their patients, some of whom have died while waiting for a bed. A refrigerated truck has been stationed outside the hospital to hold the dead, the newspaper reported.

Novel Coronavirus May Be Transmitted via FMT, FDA Warns

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:07

The FDA advises that additional safety measures be taken for fecal microbiota transplants after recent studies found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the stool of infected individuals.

Rapid COVID-19 Clinical Practice Guidelines (2020)

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:03

Rapid COVID-19 clinical practice guidelines by Wuhan University Novel Coronavirus Management & Research Team and China International Exchange & Promotive Association for Medical and Health Care.

COVID-19: Dramatic Changes to Telepsychiatry Rules and Regs

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:55

In the wake of drastic rule changes governing telemental health services during the COVID-19 outbreak, experts give the most up-to-date information on how to best navigate this ever-changing landscape.

Feeling Sick? Check CDC's COVID-19 Symptom Checker

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:45

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a new coronavirus self-checker on its website that might ease your mind and steer you toward any medical help you might need.

FDA Clears Ozanimod (Zeposia) for MS; COVID-19 Delays Launch

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:38

Ozanimod is the first oral, once-daily sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulator approved for adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

Guidelines on Delaying Cancer Surgery During COVID-19

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:30

Cancer surgeries may need to be delayed as hospitals are forced to allocate resources to a surge of COVID-19 patients, says the American College of Surgeons.

Stroke Drug Could Help COVID-19 Patients

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:16

The research focuses on a drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is normally used to quickly dissolve blood clots that cause strokes or heart attacks.

Keep Calm: Under 25s With Diabetes Not Hospitalized Due to COVID-19

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:15

Reassuringly, COVID-19 in under 25s with diabetes doesn't seem to require hospitalization, early reports from global hotspots indicate. But the pandemic means new cases of type 1 diabetes are being missed.

COVID-19: 'Striking' Rates of Anxiety, Depression in HCPs

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:10

A significant proportion of healthcare workers treating patients exposed to COVID-19 have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.

Livestock, Poultry Safe From Coronavirus: Expert

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:52

The low level of risk to livestock and poultry is good news for U.S. livestock producers, meat packers and consumers, who could use some stability as uncertainty about the coronavirus restricts many normal daily activities, Roth noted.

VA Health System Swamped by Coronavirus Patients

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:28

The nation's largest health care system had nearly 500 cases as of Thursday, a 60% increase since Tuesday, CBS News reported.

Team Doctors Jump In After Professional Athletes Benched

WebMD - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:24

The seasons of all major sports in the United States were ended after the announcement that some players in the National Basketball Association tested positive for COVID-19.

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