‘Turn Around, Go Back’: Summer Islands Don’t Want Coronavirus, or You

Visitors to the western end of Fire Island are greeted by a large sign telling them to “Stop, turn around, go back.” In bold, red letters, the sign proclaims that the island’s residential areas are “closed to visitors” and that it has “No restrooms, no open business, no medical facility.” In fact, visiting Fire Island…

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That Face Shield Might Have Been Made in a Party Space

Last spring, Manhattan’s meatpacking district was hopping with stylish hotels, rooftop cocktail lounges, luxury boutiques, overpriced brunch spots and nightclubs with velvet ropes. This spring, a refurbished loft with white-painted brick walls and a chef’s kitchen was supposed to be part of the scene. It would serve as a high-end showroom and co-working space by…

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Don’t Mention the Virus! And Other Marketing Tips

As the coronavirus pandemic moved across the United States, the stock market plunged and many of the country’s businesses closed, a major platform for social media influencers had a rosier message: “Good news in consumer shopping trends!” RewardStyle, which connects retail brands with thousands of Instagram personalities and bloggers, told influencers in an email on…

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Study reveals raw-type dog foods as a major source of multidrug-resistant bacteria that could potentially colonize humans

New research due to be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)* reveals that raw-type dog foods contain high levels of multidrug-resistant bacteria, including those resistant to last-line antibiotics. The potential transfer of such bacteria between dogs and humans is an international public health risk, conclude the authors who…

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Study identifies last-line antibiotic resistance in humans and pet dog

New research due to be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)* has identified the dangerous mcr-1 gene -which provides resistance to the last line antibiotic colistin — in two healthy humans and a pet dog. The study is by Dr Juliana Menezes and Professor Constança Pomba from the…

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Study suggests pets are not a major source of transmission of drug-resistant microbes to their owners

New research due to be presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID)* has identified genetically identical multidrug-resistant bacteria in humans and their pets, suggesting human-animal transfer is possible in this context. However only a small number of cases were found, suggesting this is not a major source of antibiotic-resistant…

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C.D.C. Labs Were Contaminated, Delaying Coronavirus Testing, Officials Say

Sloppy laboratory practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caused contamination that rendered the nation’s first coronavirus tests ineffective, federal officials confirmed on Saturday. Two of the three C.D.C. laboratories in Atlanta that created the coronavirus test kits violated their own manufacturing standards, resulting in the agency sending tests that did not work…

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Liyna Anwar, 30, Dies; Publicized Inequities in Stem Cell Registry

Liyna Anwar, a podcast producer of South Asian descent whose struggle to find a stem cell donor to treat her cancer became the center of a social media campaign that aimed to make up for racial disparities in marrow and stem cell registries, died on March 26 in a hospital in Duarte, Calif. She was…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Rising Shortage of Dialysis Units Alarms Doctors

Here’s what you need to know: Providing dialysis to Covid-19 patients is the latest unforeseen challenge taxing hospitals. ImageMiriam Figueroa, a dialysis nurse at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, treating a patient who had developed acute kidney injury.Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times Doctors are scrambling to handle an unanticipated crisis as a surge…

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