A Shadow Medical Safety Net, Stretched to the Limit

In March, New York City began moving homeless shelter residents believed to have Covid-19 to “isolation units” within existing facilities. In April, it began using the city’s inventory of empty hotels, which were supposed to be for residents who weren’t yet sick enough to need hospital care. There was plenty of space available; the problem…

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How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies

This spring, as the United States faced a critical shortage of masks, gloves and other protective equipment to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a South Carolina physician reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency with an offer of help. Dr. Jeffrey Hendricks had longtime manufacturing contacts in China and a line on millions of masks…

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Moderate exercise in middle and older age cuts time spent in hospital

Men and women aged 40-79 are at significantly lower (25-27%) risk of long or frequent hospital admissions if they do some form of physical activity, a new study suggests. Inactive participants in the study spent just over 4 days more in hospital over the next ten years than those who did at least some physical…

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Children & coronavirus infection (COVID-19): How to avoid post-traumatic stress disorder

COVID-19 is a pandemic that has forced many states to declare restrictive measures in order to prevent their wider spread. These measures are necessary to protect the health of adults, children and people with disabilities. Long quarantine periods could cause an increase in anxiety crisis, fear of contagion and post-traumatic stress disorder (frustration, boredom, isolation,…

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Intel from an outpatient COVID-19 clinic

At a glance: New report offers insights on differentiating COVID-19 from other infections that can present with similar symptoms Early differentiation remains critical in the absence of universal and reliable point-of-care diagnostic testing Analysis based on data from patient visits to an outpatient COVID-19 clinic in Greater Boston during the month of March …

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New research finds racial bias in rideshare platforms

INFORMS Journal Management Science New Study Key Takeaways: Under-represented minorities are more than twice as likely to have a ride canceled compared to Caucasians. The racial bias is lessened during peak demand times. Rides are more likely to be canceled for people who show support for the LGBT community with no changes during peak demand…

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Position statement addresses difficult issue: allocating scare resources in COVID-19 era

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on societies worldwide, given the pandemic’s rapid, often deadly spread. In health care, the pandemic has raised the pressing question of how society should allocate scarce resources during a crisis. This is the question experts addressed today in a new position statement published by the American Geriatrics Society…

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