How US Hospitals Are Stretched Way Too Thin Due to Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the country, hospitals are facing a crisis-level shortage of beds and staff to provide adequate care for patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #rural-areas, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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America Is Letting the Coronavirus Rage Through Prisons

It’s both a moral failure and a public health one.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #national-academies-of-sciences-engineering-and-medicine, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rural-areas, #san-quentin-prison, #united-states

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Kimchi Making at Home Was Going Out of Style. Rural Towns to the Rescue.

Families that have grown weary of eating commercial kimchi in big cities have started making pilgrimages to the countryside where they can learn how to prepare it on their own.

#agriculture-and-farming, #autumn-season, #kimchi-south-korean-food, #korean-food-cuisine, #rural-areas, #south-korea

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These Algorithms Could End the Scourge of Tuberculosis

In rural India and other places where tuberculosis is rampant, A.I. that scans lung X-rays might eliminate the scourge.

#artificial-intelligence, #hospitals, #india, #medical-devices, #mobile-applications, #qure-ai, #qxr-mobile-app, #respiratory-diseases, #rural-areas, #shortages, #tests-medical, #tuberculosis, #x-rays, #your-feed-science

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Book Review: ‘Waste,’ by Catherine Coleman Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers’s memoir chronicles her advocacy for improved sanitation systems in rural America and her own education as an activist.

#books-and-literature, #equal-justice-initiative, #flowers-catherine-coleman, #poverty, #rural-areas, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #waste-one-womans-fight-against-americas-dirty-secret-book

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How Will Biden Approach School Reopenings?

Answer: Schools over restaurants, for now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #murthy-vivek-h, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rural-areas, #thanksgiving-day

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In Wi-Fi ‘Dead Zones,’ Rural Students Can’t Log On to Virtual School

Millions of American students lack reliable internet access. Some are learning in parking lots connected to Wi-Fi buses or crashing with relatives to get online.

#chapel-hill-nc, #common-sense-media, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #robeson-county-nc, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #steyer-james-p

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India’s Coronavirus Infections Drop. A Second Wave May Loom.

While some hope the worst might be over, lapsed vigilance, cold weather and the festival season could spark a resurgence.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #india, #quarantines, #rural-areas, #tests-medical

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A Nation Votes for Joe Biden, and a Red State Shrugs

Nebraska delivered one electoral vote for Mr. Biden, but the rest of the rural state is deeply red, and mostly accepting of the election results.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #nebraska, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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Rem Koolhaas Gives Beleaguered City Folk a Trip to the Countryside

In the last eight months, events have proved the celebrated architect’s premise prescient. By focusing on cities, planners have missed propulsive changes in the hinterlands.

#agriculture-and-farming, #architecture, #china, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #koolhaas-rem, #manhattan-nyc, #rural-areas, #sustainable-living, #xi-jinping

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A Local’s Tour of Asturias, Spain’s ‘Natural Paradise’

After a decade spent living abroad, a photographer returns to her homeland — and revels in the breadth of its beauty.

#asturias-spain, #cider, #europe, #oviedo-spain, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #rural-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #trees-and-shrubs

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He Already Saw the Election as Good vs. Evil. Then His Tractor Burned.

In Nebraska, President Trump’s supporters hope he wins a second term, and that they get four more years of feeling like the country’s leader understands and defends them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #nebraska, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ricketts-john-peter, #rural-areas, #sasse-benjamin-e, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Aims to End Extreme Poverty, but Covid-19 Exposes Gaps

The pandemic has worsened longstanding conditions that have widened inequality, hindering Xi Jinping’s vow to “leave no one behind.”

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rural-areas, #xi-jinping

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‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink

Utah officials issued urgent pleas and said they were planning to open a field hospital, which Wisconsin has already done. At least 14 states have a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #rural-areas, #united-states

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‘I Just Kind of Lost It’: As Coronavirus Cases Soar, One Montana Town Reels

In the Mountain West, an outbreak has revealed the danger that the virus poses to jails and rural communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #great-falls-mont, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rural-areas

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Lessons From Tornadoes Help a Community Combat Covid

The same spirit of innovation that made it possible to track storms has helped a Tennessee county prepare for online learning and a return to classrooms.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rural-areas, #tennessee

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Democrats in Trump Country: They’re Not Shy Anymore About Liking Biden

As the campaign enters the final stretch, some Democrats in Trump country are less hesitant than before to express their preference. The surge in enthusiasm reflects an urgency for Democrats desperate to oust the president.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-party, #latrobe-pa, #pennsylvania, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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India’s Covid-19 Outbreak Spreads Through Rural Areas

The contagion is hitting towns and villages where resources are scant and people are skeptical of lockdown efforts. If unchecked, Indian infections could exceed those in the United States.

#agartala-india, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #india, #rural-areas, #tripura-india

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My Patients Can’t Take Trump’s Advice

He urged Americans to not let the virus “dominate” their lives, but the people who come to my hospital seeking care are genuinely afraid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dexamethasone-drug, #hospitals, #michigan, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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Sizing Up the Rural-Urban Travel Divide: Who’s Up and Who’s Down

Remote U.S. destinations, where social distancing is easier, are generally faring better than cities, which are trying hard to get a bigger share of the leisure crowd.

#business-travel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denver-colo, #florida-panhandle, #las-vegas-nev, #new-york-city, #rural-areas, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #urban-areas

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A Toxic Alien Is Taking Over Russia

The giant hogweed isn’t just an invasive plant. It’s a metaphor for what is happening to much of this country.

#flowers-and-plants, #invasive-species, #putin-vladimir-v, #rural-areas, #russia

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My Family Had Suffered Loss After Loss. Then Came the Dragon Fruit.

In an area devastated by droughts and erratic rainfall, I took a chance on a bright little magenta ball of hope.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #costa-rica, #drought, #fruit, #rural-areas

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What I’ve Learned From Teaching Online

Roll call becomes a roster of absences. Some students write fantasies of escape. Can a new life begin when you are confined with siblings and parents?

#colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #karachi-pakistan, #pakistan, #parenting, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #rural-areas

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The Runway Lights Failed, So Villagers Used Their Headlights to Aid an Airlift

A child was waiting to be flown to Anchorage, but the pilot of a LifeMed Alaska flight could not see the runway at the airport in Igiugig, Alaska, officials said.

#airlifts, #airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #all-terrain-vehicles-atv, #anchorage-alaska, #pilots, #rural-areas

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Why Trump Never Stops Talking About ‘Our Suburbs’

Political polarization along racial lines is worst in small towns and suburbs, where more than half of African-Americans live.

#black-people, #local-government, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #suburbs, #trump-donald-j

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Postal Crisis Hits Rural America Hard

The Postal Service is crucial to farmers and rural areas that President Trump won in 2016. Now, residents worry it is being dismantled.

#agriculture-and-farming, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #rural-areas

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Trump, the Mail and the Unbinding of America

The Postal Service facilitates citizen inclusion. That’s why Trump hates it.

#absentee-voting, #constitution-us, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rural-areas, #trump-donald-j

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A Family Cries ‘Justice for Hannah.’ Will Its Rural Town Listen?

People in rural areas are killed in police shootings at about the same rate as in cities, but victims’ families and activists say they have struggled to get justice or even make themselves heard.

#fizer-hannah, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #rural-areas, #sedalia-mo

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‘Like a Horror Movie’: A Small Texas Border Hospital Battles the Coronavirus

The hospital in Starr County, Texas, had no I.C.U. at all, and only one doctor on duty for each shift. Then the coronavirus began surging through the Rio Grande Valley.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #rio-grande-city-tex, #rio-grande-valley-tex, #rural-areas, #starr-county-memorial-hospital-rio-grande-city-tex, #texas

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Will Covid-19 Patients in Rural Areas Get the Care They Need?

In one study, people admitted to hospitals with fewer than 50 I.C.U. beds were three times more likely to die.

#brigham-and-womens-hospital, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #rural-areas, #ventilators-medical

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A Visit to 5 of Patagonia’s Most Remote Schoolhouses

Community life within the isolated villages of southern Chile is facilitated in part by an unlikely source: a network of rural schools.

#andes-mountains, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #patagonia-chile, #photography, #rural-areas, #tierra-del-fuego, #torres-del-paine-national-park-patagonia-chile, #travel-and-vacations

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With Covid-19, Broadband Internet Access Is a Civil Rights Issue

In a pandemic-plagued country, high-speed internet connections are a civil rights issue.

#buses, #clyburn-james-e, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-communications-commission, #law-and-legislation, #quarantines, #rural-areas, #upton-fred, #wireless-communications

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Scientific Panel Urges That Schools Reopen

Younger children in particular are ill-served by remote learning, according to a report issued by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #national-academies-of-the-united-states, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #your-feed-science

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‘We’re Not an Island’: Rural Outbreaks Challenge Oregon’s Virus Success

Oregon was sandwiched between two states that had big coronavirus outbreaks but managed to keep its numbers low. Until it couldn’t.

#agriculture-and-farming, #brown-kate-1960, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #oregon, #rural-areas

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College Is Worth It, but Campus Isn’t

Bringing millions of students back to campus would create enormous risks for society but comparatively little educational benefit, an economist says.

#boston-university, #california, #california-state-university, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #florida, #fort-benning-ga, #georgia, #harvard-university, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #northeastern-university, #quarantines, #rural-areas, #sex-crimes, #shutdowns-institutional, #stanford-university, #tuition, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #university-of-michigan, #workplace-environment

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Majestic Icon or Invasive Pest? A War Over Australia’s Wild Horses

Scientists say the animals, known as brumbies, must be culled because they are destroying rivers and endangering native wildlife. Rural activists call these efforts an attack on Australian heritage.

#australia, #environment, #horses, #invasive-species, #rural-areas

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In Texas, 6 Critically Ill Covid-19 Patients Would Overwhelm This Hospital

A rural hospital in Texas braces for an outbreak while trying to stave off financial ruin.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #doctors, #hospitals, #rural-areas, #sweetwater-tex, #texas, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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‘Though the Virus Hadn’t Yet Reached Us, It Was Already Our Enemy’

With cases in Texas on the rise, a rural hospital braces for an outbreak while trying to stave off financial ruin.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #rural-areas, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

Aid agencies are scrambling to get oxygen equipment to low-income countries where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.

#africa, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hospitals, #latin-america, #lungs, #nigeria, #oxygen, #philanthropy, #poverty, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #rural-areas, #south-asia, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unaids, #united-nations, #united-nations-childrens-fund, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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Why Some State Universities Are Seeing an Influx

The pandemic is giving a new competitive edge to states that have long seen their top students lured away by elite schools.

#appalachian-region, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mcdowell-county-w-va, #montclair-state-university, #new-jersey, #rural-areas, #university-of-kansas, #west-virginia, #west-virginia-university

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I’m Mayor of a Small City in Kentucky. We Can Safely Reopen.

That may not be true everywhere, but we should trust local leaders to decide.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #rural-areas

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What the Coronavirus Revealed About Life in Red vs. Blue States

Beyond perception and ideology, there are starkly different realities for red and blue America right now.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #polls-and-public-opinion, #quarantines, #republican-party, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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Remote and Ready to Fight Coronavirus’s Next Wave

An island community in Washington State has developed a testing and tracing strategy it hopes will as a model for rural and tribal communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lower-elwha-klallam-tribe, #native-americans, #quinault-indian-nation, #rural-areas, #tests-medical, #vashon-island-wash, #volunteers-and-community-service, #washington-state, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Hospitals Knew How to Make Money. Then Coronavirus Happened.

Surgeries are canceled. Business models are shifting. Some of the hardest-hit hospitals may close, leaving patients with fewer options for care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #hospitals, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mayo-clinic, #medicaid, #medicare, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #rural-areas

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For a City Already in a ‘Death Spiral,’ What’s After Lockdown?

In Farmington, N.M., the economy was already struggling. Now everyone knows someone who is out of work because of the coronavirus. Very few say they know anyone who got sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckett-nate-1977, #farmington-nm, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #labor-and-jobs, #new-mexico, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment

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A Red Corner of a Blue State Fights to Reopen

In Farmington, N.M., the economy was already struggling. Now everyone knows someone who is out of work because of the coronavirus. Very few say they know anyone who got sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duckett-nate, #farmington-n-m, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #labor-and-jobs, #new-mexico, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment

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Tribal Nations Face Most Severe Crisis in Decades as the Coronavirus Closes Casinos

Nearly 500 tribal casinos remain shut down during the pandemic, causing job losses to spike. The economic damage is spreading quickly, wreaking havoc on fragile tribal finances.

#casinos, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #native-americans, #rural-areas, #unemployment

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Upstate Will Be First to Test New York’s Arts Appetite

Under the governor’s reopening plan, theaters, museums and community art centers upstate will open well before city venues. Will visitors come?

#art, #chautauqua-ny, #chautauqua-institution, #clemens-center, #cooperstown-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #cuomo-andrew-m, #dia-art-foundation, #dia-beacon, #fenimore-art-museum, #glimmerglass-festival, #herkimer-county-ny, #herkimer-county-historical-society, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #jason-conwall, #lou-trapani, #michael-hill, #morgan-jessica, #museums, #paul-s-dambrosio, #politics-and-government, #rhinebeck-ny, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-center-for-performing-arts-at-rhinebeck, #theater, #thousand-islands-arts-center

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A Gap Year During the Coronavirus? Do It Here

Taking a gap year at home can be as meaningful as doing one abroad.

#americorps, #colleges-and-universities, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #middlebury-college, #newton-mass, #obama-malia, #portland-ore, #rural-areas, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #volunteers-and-community-service, #youth

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When Maternity Wards in Black Neighborhoods Disappear

Experts fear that closures will become a trend nationwide because of the coronavirus, devastating an already vulnerable population.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #parenting, #quarantines, #race-and-ethnicity, #rural-areas, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states

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