Surging Virus Exposes California’s Weak Spot: A Lack of Hospital Beds and Staff

Many of the state’s hospitals have maintained lower numbers of beds in part to limit the length of patient stays and lower costs. But that approach is now being tested.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #shortages

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As Winter Arrives, Heaters Become a Survival Tool for Businesses

A rise in demand for heating equipment has left some products back-ordered for months, possibly jeopardizing prospects for some businesses of getting through the pandemic intact.

#balconies-and-terraces, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #heating, #propane, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #restaurants, #shortages

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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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The U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators — but Too Few Specialists to Mind Them

A burst of production solved the dire shortage that defined the first wave of the coronavirus. But the surplus may not be enough to prevent large numbers of deaths.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-production-act, #hospitals, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #oxygen, #shortages, #states-us, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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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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Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

As the country heads into a dangerous new phase of the pandemic, the government’s management of the P.P.E. crisis has left the private sector still straining to meet anticipated demand.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #masks, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government

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8 Months After Virus Hit, an Ominous Sign: Long Lines for Testing Again

As the outbreak surges around the country, the testing delays show the basic public health challenges that the country still faces.

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The Surging Coronavirus Finds a Federal Leadership Vacuum

The winter wave has been anticipated for months. Now that it’s here, health officials worry once again about strategy and supplies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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People Are Still Having Sex. So Why Are S.T.D. Rates Dropping?

Public health officials believe many cases are going undetected as clinics close during the pandemic and testing supplies are diverted to coronavirus screening.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chlamydia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #gonorrhea, #medicine-and-health, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #sex, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #syphilis, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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CDC Says Nurses Are at High Risk for Covid-19

A new study looked at the high numbers of health care workers hospitalized during the early months of the pandemic.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #nursing-and-nurses, #research, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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Why Students Can’t Get Laptops

A surge in worldwide demand for low-cost laptops has created shipment delays and pitted desperate schools against one another.

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The Pilgrimage Must Go On: Senegal Holds Festival That Could Draw Millions

Pilgrims from across the West African country flocked to the holy city of Touba, where they slept, ate and prayed together for the Magal religious festival — despite coronavirus concerns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #festivals, #karbala-iraq, #mecca-saudi-arabia, #pilgrimages, #senegal, #shortages

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Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service

Few hospital beds, lack of equipment, a shipment of body bags in response to a request for coronavirus tests: The agency providing health care to tribal communities struggled to meet the challenge.

#arizona, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #indian-health-service, #medicine-and-health, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #nez-jonathan, #poverty, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid

The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-research-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Tourism Slump in Dublin Lays Bare Airbnb’s Damage to Rental Markets

After the pandemic hit, the number of longer-term listings jumped in the Irish capital. That brought some relief to a crunched market for renters, though it may not last.

#affordable-housing, #airbnb, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dublin-ireland, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shortages

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Cuba’s Economy Was Hurting. The Pandemic Brought a Food Crisis.

The island was able to control the coronavirus, but the dearth of tourists in the pandemic’s wake strangled an economy already damaged by mismanagement and U.S. sanctions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #shortages, #travel-and-vacations

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How to Ship a Vaccine at –80°C, and Other Obstacles in the Covid Fight

Developing an effective vaccine is the first step. Then comes the question of how to deliver hundreds of millions of doses that may need to be kept at arctic temperatures.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #carbon-dioxide, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #corning-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fedex-corporation, #ice, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #shortages, #united-parcel-service-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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When Will You Be Able to Get a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Despite the president’s repeated claims that a vaccine will be available in October, scientists, companies and federal officials all say that most people won’t get one until well into next year.

#advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices, #astrazeneca-plc, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #novavax-inc, #pfizer-inc, #redfield-robert-r, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What if Trump Fought the Virus as Hard as He Fought for His Wall?

Many thousands of American lives would have been saved.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #masks, #rage-book, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #shortages, #states-us, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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The Other Way Covid Will Kill: Hunger

Worldwide, the population facing life-threatening levels of food insecurity is expected to double, to more than a quarter of a billion people.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #shortages, #south-africa, #south-sudan

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Daily Coronavirus Testing at Home? Many Experts Are Skeptical

The buzzy idea is impractical, critics said. And there isn’t yet real-world data to show it will work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harvard-university, #health-and-human-services-department, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #shortages, #tests-medical, #united-states

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Inflation Is Higher Than the Numbers Say

While government statistics say inflation is low, the reality is that the cost of living has risen during the pandemic, especially for poorer Americans.

#bureau-of-labor-statistics, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #delivery-services, #discount-selling, #discrimination, #e-commerce, #harvard-university, #inflation-economics, #instacart, #klenow-peter, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #social-security-us, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #university-of-michigan

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China’s Xi Jinping Declares War on Food Waste

The Communist Party’s “clean plate” campaign targets livestreaming extreme eaters, wasteful diners and others amid concerns about China’s ability to feed its 1.4 billion people.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #grain, #politics-and-government, #restaurants, #shortages, #xi-jinping

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Sorry, the World’s Biggest Bike Maker Can’t Help You Buy a Bike Right Now

The pandemic has created a bicycle boom — and a shortage. Giant, the Taiwanese juggernaut, is trying to meet demand while navigating the politics of trade.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #giant-manufacturing-co, #international-trade-and-world-market, #shortages, #taiwan

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North Korea, Fighting to Hold Back Virus and Floods, Says No Thanks to Outside Aid

The country has reported extensive flood damage. But its leader, Kim Jong-un, says that humanitarian aid might bring in Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #floods, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #shortages

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Fast, Less Accurate Covid Tests May Ease the U.S. Backlog, Experts Say

Experts are revising their views on the best methods to detect infections, setting aside long-held standards so that the spread of the virus can be more quickly tracked and contained.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #food-and-drug-administration, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #quidel-corporation, #research, #shortages, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Beirut Explosions: It Sounded Like the World Was Breaking Open

After the explosions at the Beirut port, an immense rage rises against the corrupt and incompetent political class that has ruled for so long.

#accidents-and-safety, #aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #hezbollah, #politics-and-government, #shortages

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Lebanon’s Explosion Is Down to Incompetence

Yesterday’s explosion, which destroyed Beirut’s port, much of the city and countless lives, was the result of business as usual.

#beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #hariri-rafik, #hezbollah, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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‘It’s Like Having No Testing’: Coronavirus Test Results Are Still Delayed

A shortage of chemicals needed to test for the virus is part of what is slowing turnaround times.

#becton-dickinsoncompany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #governors-us, #laboratory-corporation-of-america-holdings, #quest-diagnostics-inc, #quidel-corporation, #shortages, #tests-medical

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Distilleries Raced to Make Hand Sanitizer for the Pandemic. No Longer.

Even though coronavirus cases have surged again, craft distilleries say the business of making the disinfectant has become more difficult.

#alcoholic-beverages, #bars-and-nightclubs, #bourbon-whiskey, #cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #distilled-spirits-council, #gojo-industries-inc, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #liquor, #quarantines, #shortages, #st-augustines-distillery, #whiskey

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For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency

As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing.

#food, #food-insecurity, #gardens-and-gardening, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #new-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seeds, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Should Youth Come First in Coronavirus Care?

If medical rationing becomes necessary, some older adults are prepared to step aside. But many have the opposite concern: that they will be arbitrarily sent to the rear of the line.

#age-chronological, #altruism, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #elderly, #hastings-center, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #shortages, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-health

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Covid-19 Testing Is in Short Supply. Should You Still Get a Test?

Public health officials once suggested only people with symptoms should be tested. Now some say getting one is a civic duty.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #masks, #shortages, #tests-medical

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Coin Shortage? It May Be Time to Use Your State Quarters

In the midst of reduced coin circulation, the U.S. Mint is winding down its production of novelty quarters. Should they be saved, or spent?

#collectors-and-collections, #numismatics, #shortages, #united-states-mint

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New Push to Get Rid of Pennies in Pandemic Coin Shortage

Coins in circulation have become scarcer because fewer people are using them during the pandemic, renewing a debate over whether pennies have outlived their usefulness.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #currency, #numismatics, #penny, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-mint, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Senegal’s Biggest Holiday, a Shortage of the All-Important Sheep

Properly celebrating Tabaski, as Eid al-Adha is known in Senegal, requires a sacrificial sheep. Coronavirus restrictions have made the animals more expensive, putting them out of reach of many.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eid-al-adha, #livestock, #senegal, #sheep, #shortages, #tabaski

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Who Gets the Covid-19 Vaccine First? Here’s One Idea

A weighted lottery gives everyone a chance at a drug or vaccine in short supply. But some have a better shot than others.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #remdesivir-drug, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Coronavirus Testing Labs Again Lack Key Supplies

Just weeks after resolving shortages in swabs, researchers are struggling to find the chemicals and plastic pieces they need to carry out coronavirus tests in the lab — leading to long waiting times.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #medicine-and-health, #microbiology, #research, #shortages, #tests-medical

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This Hospital Cost $52 Million. It Treated 79 Virus Patients.

Red tape and turf battles marked the race to create temporary hospitals for the coronavirus onslaught in New York.

#billie-jean-king-national-tennis-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #javits-jacob-k-convention-center-manhattan-ny, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #queens-hospital-center, #shortages, #usns-comfort-ship

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‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide

Dr. Lorna Breen was unflappable — until she faced a new enemy.

#breen-lorna-m, #charlottesville-va, #columbia-university-medical-center, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-presbyterian-hospital, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #quarantines, #shortages, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Like ‘A Bus Accident a Day’: Hospitals Strain Under New Flood of Covid-19 Patients

I.C.U. units are reaching capacity. Nurses are falling sick, contributing to shortages. The new coronavirus spikes are challenging hospitals across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages

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Grave Shortages of Protective Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge

Five months into the pandemic, the U.S. still hasn’t solved the problem. The dearth of supplies is affecting a broad array of health facilities, renewing pleas for White House intervention.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hospitals, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #teeth-and-dentistry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

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Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity

With cases surging, some cities are seeing long testing lines and slow results.

#arizona, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #shortages, #tests-medical

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How You Get Your Berries: Migrant Workers Who Fear Virus, but Toil On

Many laborers in New Jersey follow the ripening of crops up the East Coast. Each influx of new workers brings the risk of a fresh outbreak.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #blueberries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #fruit, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #new-jersey, #shortages, #states-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Federal Officials Turn to a New Testing Strategy as Infections Surge

Millions of additional coronavirus tests may be processed with “pooling,” enabling widespread surveillance as the country struggles to reopen.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #memphis-tenn, #nebraska, #shortages, #tests-medical, #your-feed-science

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A User’s Guide to Face Masks

By now you’ve figured out that wearing a mask is not as simple as all those TV doctors made it look. Here’s our guide to the wear and care of your new mask.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #do-it-yourself, #masks, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #sewing, #shortages

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A Penny for Your Thoughts Could Be a Lot Harder to Find

Coins have become scarce as virus lockdowns keep people from emptying their coin jars in exchange for paper bills.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #currency, #federal-reserve-system, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-economy, #united-states-mint, #us-dollar-currency

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How to Buy a Bike

These days, with limits on public transportation and daily protests, cyclists dominate cities around the country. Here’s how to become one.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages

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How to Donate Blood

What you need to know about donating in a time of crisis.

#american-red-cross, #blood, #blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #new-york-blood-center, #quarantines, #shortages, #university-of-minnesota

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The Post-Coronavirus Global Hunger Crisis

The loss of income caused by the pandemic could increase the number of people suffering acute hunger to more than quarter a billion by December.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food, #labor-and-jobs, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #remittances, #shortages, #unemployment

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