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Mexico Confirms Its First Cases of Coronavirus

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:31

The first case is a 35-year-old patient from Mexico City with mild clinical manifestations and a history of travel to Italy this month. The deputy health minister stressed the aim is to 'limit damage.'

COVID-19 Mortality Rate May Be 'Considerably Less Than 1%'

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:25

According to new information from a Chinese patient cohort, the fatality rate may be 'considerably less than 1%,' instead of the 2% previously reported, write Anthony Fauci, MD, and colleagues.

My Life With RA

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:21

One woman tells how she has learned to live fully with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

ACC Scientific Sessions to Go On Amid Coronavirus Concerns

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:17

The American College of Cardiology notes the situation is dynamic but also that the CDC rates the health risk for the general American public as low.

Which Medical Conferences Are Being Canceled by Coronavirus?

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:01

How are medical societies reacting to the threat of coronavirus? Medscape Medical News surveys the landscape.

Open Letter to Pence Seeks Science-Based COVID-19 Response

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:55

Signed by nearly 700 health experts, the letter, sent to Vice President Pence and other federal, state, and local officials, outlines ways to ensure science-based mitigation efforts.

CDC, FDA Move to Expand and Expedite Coronavirus Testing

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:51

The White House Coronavirus Task Force appeared at a press briefing March 2 to provide updates about testing strategies and public health coordination to address the current outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Coding Guidelines for Coronavirus

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:44

The CDC recently provided guidance for clinicians, given the spread of COVID-19. Coding expert Betsy Nicoletti explains what to do if you encounter the disease at your office.

Telehealth Seen as a Key Tool to Help Fight COVID-19

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:35

It could help slow the spread of the outbreak by keeping people with symptoms at home; Congress has included funding for telehealth in a new package that would lift constraints on Medicare payments for the tool.

Infection Control Protects Hospital Staff From COVID-19

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:29

Wider screening criteria and enhanced anti-infection measures resulted in no coronavirus infections among healthcare workers, despite treating 42 patients with confirmed coronavirus infection.

AAO Releases COVID-19 Updates for Ophthalmologists

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:19

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has released updates to help minimize spread of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

The Power of Hand-Washing to Prevent Coronavirus

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:01

The single most important way to help us stay safe from COVID-19 is this one: Wash your hands. But people don't do it right, experts say.

Coronavirus Stays in Aerosols for Hours, on Surfaces for Days

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:45

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 remained viable in aerosols for hours and on surfaces for days, similar to the virus that caused SARS, according to new data.

Getting Non-Coronavirus Care a Complicated Effort

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:43

Bottom line: Now is a good time to defer medical treatment or do it by phone or video, if possible, instead of in person.

A Wuhan Doctor on the Front Lines: 'Fear to the First Degree'

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:36

Wang Weici, MD, is a surgeon who is using her medical skill to treat patients at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. She has not been home to see her family since February 1.

ID Docs in Short Supply Yet 'Critical' for COVID-19 Crisis

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:25

Infectious Disease Docs in Short Supply Yet 'Critical' for COVID-19 Crisis

Commentary: Eyewitness: Shanghai Life in the Shadow of COVID-19

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:20

A Belgian doctor in Shanghai talks to Medscape about his experiences in the city since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, and the lack of preparation in Europe for this logistical challenge.

Commentary: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Trim the Nonsense?

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:50

'From the beginning of this pandemic, I have felt a smallness to much of what I do in electrophysiology,' admits John Mandrola, MD.

Commentary: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Trim the Nonsense?

WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:50

'From the beginning of this pandemic, I have felt a smallness to much of what I do in electrophysiology,' admits John Mandrola, MD.


WebMD - Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:44

The additional guidance urges notification of symptoms prior to arrival, but key message is to continue treatment.