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Commentary: How to Start Doing Telemedicine Now (In the COVID-19 Crisis)

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:16

Many doctors now feel that televisits are the best way to conduct patient visits, for health safety issues. A physician tells how to get started.

The Other Side of COVID-19: Milder Cases, Recovery

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:11

"About 80% of people get a very mild illness and they recover uneventfully. That's important to realize," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Transplant Decisions Complicated by Donor COVID-19 Unknowns

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:08

Testing gaps mean that decisions about donor kidneys have to be made without COVID-19 status being confirmed in the deceased. Living donors can start the process, but those surgeries are on hold.

Cancer Care and COVID-19 in Seattle, the First US Epicenter

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:03

Seattle was the initial epicenter of COVID-19 in the US, and a group of oncology experts now share their experience and the changes that have been made in day-to-day protocols.

An Ophthalmologist's View of COVID-19

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:59

Dr Sumit (Sam) Garg on the tough questions the field must ask itself in this ever-growing pandemic.

COVID-19: AAN Urges Feds to Further Expand Telehealth Benefits

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:54

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Academy of Neurology is calling on the federal government to do more to expand telehealth services beyond Medicare.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 24, 2020

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:54

A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

Guidance on Containing Spread of COVID-19 (CMS, 2020)

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:43

Guidance for hospitals on how to identify at-risk patients, screen for COVID-19, and monitor or restrict health care facility staff, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

COVID-19 Sample Collection and Testing: Clinical Practice Guidelines (2020

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:29

2020 clinical practice guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the collection, handling, and testing of specimens for the diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Guidelines for Evaluating and Testing Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 (CDC, 2020)

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:24

2020 clinical practice guidelines on evaluating and testing persons under investigation for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

7 Tips for Running Your Practice in the Coronavirus Crisis

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:20

Experts provide key insight to keep your staff, patients, and business safe during the pandemic.

AAO Urges Ophthalmologists to Provide Emergency Care Only

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:12

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has updated recommendations during the global COVID-19 pandemic, urging ophthalmologists to provide only urgent care.

Coming Out of Retirement During a Pandemic

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:09

Retired or inactive nurses may be wondering whether they would be able to return to work during the COVID crisis.

Commentary: Tom Hanks' Take on Coronavirus Just Might Help Us All

WebMD - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 00:10

Tom Hanks' coronavirus recovery may help lift peoples' spirits; his message to take care of each other is important too.

FDA Warns to Watch for Fake COVID-19 Tests

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:17

The agency has issued warning letters to companies selling and promoting fake test kits. It has also stepped up enforcement at ports of entry, including international mail facilities, to prevent fake kits from other countries from getting into the United States.

What Does a Self-Quarantine Look Like?

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 18:31

Isolation separates sick people from those who are not sick, while quarantine restricts the movement of people exposed to a contagious disease to monitor if they become sick, said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, a professor of infectious diseases.

U.S. Nurses Facing Severe Stress Over Coronavirus

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 18:06

Researchers found that front-line health care workers in Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, were much more likely to report depression, anxiety and insomnia than people working elsewhere in China.

CDC Coronavirus Testing Decision To Haunt Nation

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 17:34

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave huge cities roughly the same number of test kits as some rural spots, which crippled efforts by health officials to contain the virus.

Coronavirus Threatens Endangered Rural Hospitals

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 17:22

Almost half of the nation's rural hospitals operate in the red on a good day. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, rural hospital CEOs warn that soon some may be unable to pay their workers. And their doors may close when the community most needs them.

Millions Of Seniors Live In Areas Lacking ICU Beds

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 17:10

A Kaiser Health News analysis shows that counties with ICUs average one ICU bed for every 1,300 older residents, those most at risk for needing hospitalization.