Can’t Get a Covid Vaccine? In This County, Everybody is Eligible.

The rural area outside Phoenix is one of the first places in the U.S. to open vaccinations up to the general public. This is what success looks like.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gila-county-ariz, #hospitals, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Prince Philip Is Moved to 2nd Hospital, Raising Concerns About His Health

Buckingham Palace says the husband of Queen Elizabeth is being treated for an infection and testing for a pre-existing heart condition.

#great-britain, #hospitals, #philip-duke-of-edinburgh

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America’s Nursing Crisis

Being a nurse was already hard. But in the pandemic, it’s become almost impossible.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories

Narrative medicine programs teach doctors and other caregivers “sensitive interviewing skills” and the art of “radical listening” to improve patient care.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #telemedicine

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For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis.

#asheville-nc, #columbus-ohio, #emergency-medical-treatment, #emotions, #grief-emotion, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #hendersonville-nc, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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‘I Am Worth It’: Why Thousands of Doctors in America Can’t Get a Job

Medical schools are producing more graduates, but residency programs haven’t kept up, leaving thousands of young doctors “chronically unmatched” and deep in debt.

#alabama, #assn-of-american-medical-colleges, #barbados, #doctors, #education, #foreign-students-in-us, #hospitals, #medical-schools, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Texas Hospitals Hard Hit by Covid Struggle Without Power and Water

The state’s power failure has plunged some hospitals into crisis, even as they are still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

#austin-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dialysis, #hospitals, #houston-tex, #houston-methodist-hospital, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Covid-Linked Syndrome in Children Is Growing and Cases Are More Severe

The condition, which usually emerges several weeks after infection, is still rare, but can be dangerous. “A higher percentage of them are really critically ill,” one doctor said.

#braden-wilson, #children-and-childhood, #childrens-hospital-los-angeles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #heart, #hospitals, #multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children-mis-c, #your-feed-science, #youth

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Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital

Inside an overwhelmed facility in the worst-hit part of California, where the patriarchs of two immigrant families were taken when they fell sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #los-angeles-calif, #martin-luther-king-jr-community-hospital

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Health Care Workers Hit Hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Covid Is Killing My Patients. Vaccines Can’t Come Fast Enough.

In the hospital where I work, people are dying from Covid-19, and the vaccines cannot come fast enough to save them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Bot MD, an AI-based chatbot for doctors, raises $5 million for expansion into more Asian markets

Time is critical for healthcare providers, especially in the middle of the pandemic. Singapore-based Bot MD helps save time with an AI-based chatbot that lets doctors look up important information from their smartphones, instead of needing to call a hospital operator or access its intranet. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Venture.

Other backers include SeaX, XA Network and SG Innovate, and angel investors Yoh-Chie Lu, Jean-Luc Butel and Steve Blank. Bot MD was also part of Y Combinator’s summer 2018 batch.

The funding will be used to expand in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and to add new features in response to demand from hospitals and healthcare organizations during COVID-19. Bot MD’s AI assistant currently supports English, with plans to release Bahasa Indonesian and Spanish later this year. It is currently used by about 13,000 doctors at organizations including Changi General Hospital,  National University Health System, National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Parkway Radiology and the National Kidney Transplant Institute.

Co-founder and chief executive officer Dorothea Koh told TechCrunch that Bot MD integrates hospital information usually stored in multiple systems and makes it easier to access.

A smartphone with Bot MDs medical AI assistant for doctors displayed on it

Image Credits: Bot MD

Without Bot MD, doctors may need to dial a hospital operator to find which staffers are on call and get their contact information. If they want drug information, that means another call to the pharmacy. If they need to see updated guidelines and clinical protocols, that often entails finding a computer that is connected to the hospital’s intranet.

“A lot of what Bot MD does is to integrate the content that they need into a single interface that is searchable 24/7,” said Koh.

For example, during COVID-19, Bot MD introduced a new feature that takes healthcare providers to a form pre-filled with their information when they type “record temperature” into the chatbot. Many were accessing their organization’s intranet twice a day to log their temperature and Koh said being able to use the form through Bot MD has significantly improved compliance.

The time it takes to onboard Bot MD varies depending on the information systems and amount of content it needs to integrate, but Koh said its proprietary natural language processing chat engine makes training its AI relatively quick. For example, Changi General Hospital, a recent client, was onboarded in less than ten days.

Bot MD plans to add new clinical apps to its platform, including ones for electronic medical records (EMR), billing and scheduling integrations, clinical alerts and chronic disease monitoring.

#bot-md, #chatbot, #doctors, #health, #healthcare, #hospitals, #monks-hill-venture, #recent-funding, #singapore, #southeast-asia, #startups, #tc

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How Rich Hospitals Profit From Patients in Car Crashes

Hospitals use century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, especially poorer ones, the full amount.

#community-health-systems-inc, #compensation-for-damages-law, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #medicaid, #parkview-health, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-mary-hospital-fredericksburg-va, #wellstar-health-system

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Yes, Jumping the Covid Vaccine Line Matters

When hospital administrators and politicians’ spouses get immunized before people more at risk, it undermines confidence in the system.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Inside the U.K.’s Second Covid Wave

One hundred thousand people dead. A new, more contagious strain. The toll is close to unbearable. 

#cambridge-england, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #deaths-fatalities, #england, #funerals-and-memorials, #great-britain, #hospitals, #london-england

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‘It’s Still Getting Worse.’ Inside Britain’s Vicious Second Wave.

#cambridge-england, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #deaths-fatalities, #england, #funerals-and-memorials, #great-britain, #hospitals, #london-england

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With All Eyes on Covid-19, Drug-Resistant Infections Crept In

The spread of other dangerous germs is surging — a result, in part, of the chaotic response to the pandemic.

#bacteria, #candida-auris-fungus, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-resistance-microbial, #elder-care, #fungi, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #infections, #nursing-homes, #peru

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54 Zip Codes in NYC Have Positive Coronavirus Test Rates Over 10%

As the focus turns to vaccinations, the virus continues to spread, leaving health experts to wonder if officials will mull new steps and restrictions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #shutdowns-institutional

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New Pandemic Plight: Hospitals Are Running Out of Vaccines

Health officials are frustrated that available doses are going unused while the virus is killing thousands of people each day. Many vaccine appointments have been canceled.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #shortages, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’

More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?

#augusta-ga, #compensation-for-damages-law, #death-and-dying, #elderly, #helena-mont, #hospitals, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #malpractice, #new-rochelle-ny, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Why It’s So Hard to Cut Waste in Health Care

During the pandemic, people have been getting less medical treatment. That saves money, but it could harm their health, an economist says.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals

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U.K. Hospitals Struggle to Cope With a New Coronavirus Variant

Hospitals are straining to cope with a new coronavirus variant, despite warnings last year that more preparations were needed for an expected surge of cases in the winter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #hospitals, #national-health-service, #nursing-and-nurses

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In U.K. Hospitals, a Desperate Battle Against a Threat Many Saw Coming

Hospitals are straining to cope with a new coronavirus variant, despite warnings last year that more preparations were needed for an expected surge of cases in the winter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #hospitals, #national-health-service, #nursing-and-nurses

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Egypt Denied an Oxygen Failure Killed Covid Patients. We Found That It Did.

For many Egyptians, a video offered a rare and uncensored view of the coronavirus’s real toll at the peak of Egypt’s second wave of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #hospitals, #oxygen, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Cash, Breakfasts and Firings: An All-Out Push to Vaccinate Wary Medical Workers

Some staff in hospitals and long-term care facilities don’t want to take the Covid-19 vaccine. Their employers are trying to change their minds.

#atria-senior-living, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #hospitals, #houston-methodist-hospital, #juniper-communities, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don’t Qualify Are Vaccinated

Administrators and young graduate students have been inoculated at leading research hospitals, contrary to state and federal guidelines.

#brigham-and-womens-hospital, #colleges-and-universities, #columbia-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harvard-university, #health-department-nys, #hospitals, #massachusetts-general-hospital, #new-york-university, #new-york-university-langone-medical-center, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vanderbilt-university-medical-center, #your-feed-science

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Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People

Some states are already expanding eligibility to people 65 and over, even though millions of people the C.D.C. recommends go first — health care workers and nursing home residents — have yet to get shots.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #governors-us, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-homes, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Did Oxygen Outage Kill Covid Patients in Egypt? Government Says No

With anger swelling over a video clip purporting to show patients dying in a hospital after their oxygen was cut off, the authorities offered a counternarrative.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #egypt, #hospitals, #oxygen

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Arizona, Roiled by Covid in Summer, Faces Even Worse Outbreak Now

The state has the highest rate of new virus cases in the U.S. amid a grim winter surge that has sent hospitalizations and deaths soaring nationally.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional

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One Hospital System Sued 2,500 Patients After Pandemic Hit

The largest health system in New York, led by a close ally of the governor, continues to sue over medical debt during the Covid-19 crisis, even after other big hospitals suspended lawsuits.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #cuomo-andrew-m, #dowling-michael-j-1949, #finances, #hospitals, #new-york-state, #northwell-health, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Can New York Speed Up the Vaccine Rollout?

The governor threatened penalties for hospitals that don’t increase the pace of inoculations, and made more health care workers eligible.

#art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hospitals, #national-arts-club, #new-york-city

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A Night in the Hospital, From Both Ends of the Stethoscope

As a doctor writing about medical errors, I saw potential risks lurking everywhere when my daughter was hospitalized with appendicitis.

#accidents-and-safety, #appendicitis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #surgery-and-surgeons

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Inflatable Costume May Be Behind Outbreak at California Hospital

An employee at a hospital in San Jose wore an “air-powered” costume on Christmas. Within days, 44 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #kaiser-permanente, #san-jose-calif, #santa-clara-county-calif, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Community’s Loss of Hospital Stirs Fresh Debate Over Indian Health Service

Faced with a budget problem, the federal agency responsible for tribal health care solved it by reducing a long-established hospital in New Mexico to a clinic — in the middle of the pandemic.

#acoma-pueblo-nm, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #haaland-deb, #hospitals, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j

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Virus Numbers Are Surging. Why Is New York’s Vaccine Rollout Sluggish?

With a new variant of the virus emerging elsewhere in the country, it’s crucial to vaccinate New Yorkers quickly. But so far, only about 88,000 have received the shots.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #vaccination-and-immunization

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We Came All This Way to Let Vaccines Go Bad in the Freezer?

America did not sufficiently plan for how to get millions of people vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

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25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #china, #chinese-center-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #hubei-province-china, #li-wenliang, #ma-xiaowei, #propaganda, #quarantines, #redfield-robert-r, #research, #united-states-international-relations, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping, #zhong-nanshan

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He Was Hospitalized for Covid-19. Then Hospitalized Again. And Again.

Significant numbers of coronavirus patients experience long-term symptoms that send them back to the hospital, taxing an already overburdened health system.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chronic-condition-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #heart, #hospitals, #lungs, #michigan, #united-states, #university-of-michigan, #your-feed-healthcare

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A Doctor’s Covid Vaccine Won’t Save Her Dying Patients

The selfies of health care workers getting vaccines can’t cure infections, but they may provide hope where supplies are sparse.

#boston-mass, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Dad Got the Vaccine, but No One Else Did — Yet

Vaccinated health workers must navigate another new normal: households in which not all family members are immunized.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #families-and-family-life, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Gurneys in the Gift Shop: Inside Southern California’s Overwhelmed Hospitals

Each day in California brings a mind-numbing new accounting of the tragedy underway. This week, the state became the first to reach two million virus cases.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #los-angeles-calif

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Hospital Workers Start to ‘Turn Against Each Other’ to Get Covid-19 Vaccine

“I am so disappointed and saddened that this happened,” a New York hospital executive wrote to his staff after workers who did not have priority cut the line for the vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Hospital Workers Start to ‘Turn Against Each Other’ to Get Vaccine

“I am so disappointed and saddened that this happened,” a New York hospital executive wrote to his staff after workers who did not have priority cut the line for the vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-york-city, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization

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24 Hours Inside a Brooklyn Hospital: An Update

In the spring, with permission from staff, patients and their families, we shadowed one doctor for a day to get a sense of what it is like on the front lines of the pandemic.

#brooklyn-hospital-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fink-sheri, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #the-daily-radio-program

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Dr. Susan Moore Dies of Covid-19 After Complaining of Racist Treatment at Indiana Hospital

“He made me feel like a drug addict,” Dr. Susan Moore said, accusing a white doctor of downplaying her complaints of pain and suggesting she should be discharged.

#black-people, #carmel-ind, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #moore-susan, #pain-relieving-drugs, #race-and-ethnicity

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Why Covid Antibody Drugs Go Unused as Need Soars

While such treatments are promising, their use has been slowed by testing lags, overwhelmed hospitals and a perception the therapies are only for well-connected people.

#antibodies, #azar-alex-m-ii, #carson-benjamin-s, #christie-christopher-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #trump-donald-j, #your-feed-healthcare

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Sloan Kettering Paid $1.5 Million Severance to a Cancer Doctor Forced Out Over Conflicts

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center gave Dr. José Baselga a payout after he resigned under fire in 2018 over his ties to health care companies.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #astrazeneca-plc, #baselga-jose, #conflicts-of-interest, #executive-compensation, #hospitals, #memorial-sloan-kettering-cancer-center, #nonprofit-organizations, #thompson-craig-b, #your-feed-healthcare

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South Korea May Move to Level 3 if Covid Cases Aren’t Controlled

Officials are racing to secure more I.C.U. beds after an explosion of infections caused a bottleneck of patients. If cases aren’t brought under control, the government may impose Level 3 restrictions for the first time in South Korea.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #moon-jae-in, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-korea

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In Mexico, Midwives Step in as Covid Overshadows Childbirth

Midwives and doctors struggle to help women give birth safely during the grim days of the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #home-births, #hospitals, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #midwives-and-doulas, #photography, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism

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