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.

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With 11 Million Cases in the U.S., the Coronavirus Has Gotten Personal for Most People

What was once a health crisis that Americans feared has evolved into one virtually everyone has experienced up close. That will affect behavior, but in many different ways.

#christakis-nicholas-a, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #research, #united-states, #ventilators-medical

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Hiker Rescued From Mount Rainier Makes ‘Miraculous’ Recovery

When Michael Knapinski arrived at a Seattle hospital, his heart stopped for 45 minutes and he was put on life support. Two days later, he was walking.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #hikes-and-hiking, #hospitals, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #medical-devices, #mount-rainier-wash, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #nursing-and-nurses, #seattle-wash, #ventilators-medical

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Doctors Are Dreading the Third Coronavirus Wave

Anticipation, frustration and sadness fill hospitals as Covid-19 case counts rise again.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #seasons-and-months, #united-states, #ventilators-medical

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Some Signs of Recovery From Severe Covid Lung Damage

In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #lungs, #oxygen, #research, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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After a Hospital Stay for Covid, Patients May Face Months of Rehabilitation

Many patients who were critically ill with Covid-19 face arduous recoveries, often requiring extensive physical rehabilitation.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #lungs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #physical-therapy, #psychology-and-psychologists, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical

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At U.S.A.I.D., Juggling Political Priorities and Pandemic Response

Aggressive oversight of the aid agency by political appointees at the White House and the State Department has delayed humanitarian aid when the world needs it most.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barsa-john, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-budget-us, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #ventilators-medical, #xinjiang-china

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India’s Covid Outbreak Is Now the World’s Fastest-Growing

Crowded cities, lockdown fatigue and a lack of contact tracing have spread the coronavirus to every corner of the vast country.

#andaman-islands, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #india, #mumbai-india, #new-delhi-india, #ventilators-medical

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Turkey Braces for Yet Another Currency Crisis

A sharp drop in the value of the lira is testing businesses and residents while they are coping with the pandemic.

#antalya-turkey, #bulgurlu-hakan, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #grundig-ag, #home-appliances, #istanbul-turkey, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #turkey, #us-dollar-currency, #ventilators-medical, #world-bank

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

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Kenya’s Health Workers, Unprotected and Falling Ill, Walk Off Job

Hundreds of health workers have tested positive and some have died, while health facilities are overwhelmed and government officials are accused of stealing funds for medical supplies.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #doctors, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #strikes, #ventilators-medical

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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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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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A Covid Patient Goes Home After a Rare Double Lung Transplant

Mayra Ramirez was the first of a small but growing number of people whose only hope of surviving the coronavirus was to replace their lungs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lungs, #northwestern-memorial-hospital-chicago-ill, #surgery-and-surgeons, #transplants, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

There’s not just one coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Now there are many, each requiring its own mix of solutions.

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51 Days on a Ventilator: How ‘Miracle Larry’ Survived Covid-19

He got Covid-19 just as the pandemic hit New York, and his personal catastrophe mirrors the city’s. The worst may be behind them. The wreckage is not.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #manhattan-nyc, #mount-sinai-beth-israel-hospital, #teachers-and-school-employees, #ventilators-medical

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In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant

Injured and unusable lungs were restored with respirators and pig blood. The procedure one day may increase the supply of organs for transplant.

#columbia-university, #deaths-fatalities, #lungs, #nature-medicine-journal, #new-york-university-langone-medical-center, #pigs, #surgery-and-surgeons, #tissue-human, #transplants, #united-states, #university-of-toronto, #ventilators-medical, #vunjak-novakovic-gordana

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Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Sharply, but Deaths Are Still Down

This seemingly counterintuitive trend might not last, experts said. But the nation can still learn from the decline.

#arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #florida, #hospitals, #tests-medical, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-science

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What a Family That Lost 5 to the Virus Wants You to Know

The family’s 73-year-old matriarch, three of her 11 children and her sister all died of Covid-19. Her survivors are focused on finding a remedy.

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Who Gets Lifesaving Care? Tennessee Changes Rules After Federal Complaint

Disability rights groups said state guidelines on who would, and who wouldn’t, receive coronavirus treatment during a shortage was discriminatory.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disabilities, #health-and-human-services-department, #quarantines, #severino-roger, #tennessee, #ventilators-medical

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Study Raises Concerns for Pregnant Women With the Coronavirus

Pregnant women who are infected wind up in hospitals and I.C.U.’s at higher rates, a federal analysis suggests. But the data is far from conclusive.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #ventilators-medical, #women-and-girls

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Coronavirus Symptoms Full List: What Are They? Is There a Cure?

Here’s what to do if you feel sick and are worried it may be the coronavirus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #influenza, #pneumonia, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #ventilators-medical, #world-health-organization

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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.

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Coronavirus Attacks the Lungs. A Federal Agency Just Halted Funding for New Lung Treatments.

The shift, quietly disclosed on a government website, highlights how the Trump administration is favoring development of vaccines over treatments for the sickest patients.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dexamethasone-drug, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-and-human-services-department, #lungs, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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‘When Am I Coming Home?’: A Tough Month Inside a Virus Recovery Unit

The front lines of the Covid-19 fight have shifted from I.C.U.s to wards where the sickest patients relearn how to walk and eat without choking.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #physical-therapy, #ventilators-medical, #weill-cornell-medical-college

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Pakistan’s Lockdown Ended a Month Ago. Now Hospital Signs Read ‘Full.’

Medical workers are falling ill in Pakistan at alarming rates as the country registers at least 100,000 new coronavirus cases since the lockdown was lifted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #hospitals, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #ventilators-medical, #world-bank, #world-health-organization

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U.S. Limits Virus Aid for Masks, Gloves and Other Medical Gear Abroad

But the U.S. Agency for International Development will allow relief workers to buy personal protective equipment that is produced in the places it would be used.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #norwegian-refugee-council, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #ventilators-medical

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Covid-19 Survivors Need Care. That’s the Next Challenge.

Many among the most ill may emerge with debilitating infirmities that will present major challenges in care.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #hospitals, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states, #ventilators-medical

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Going Viral, or Not, in the Milky Way

Is the pandemic a rehearsal for our own cosmic mortality?

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Coronavirus Meets a Drive to End Malnutrition in Africa

A way has been found to enrich the unfortified flour that Tanzanians eat as a staple. But the pandemic is getting in the way.

#africa, #british-broadcasting-corp, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dar-es-salaam-tanzania, #diet-and-nutrition, #flour, #food, #france, #geneva-switzerland, #germany, #grain, #iodine, #iron-nutrient, #magufuli-john-1959, #malnutrition, #masks, #medical-devices, #project-healthy-children, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #spina-bifida, #stanford-university, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #ventilators-medical, #vitamin-b12, #vitamins, #world-food-program

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After the Coronavirus, Don’t Forget the Paramedics

After 9/11, New York left us behind. I fear the same will happen with the coronavirus.

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Hospitals Move Into Next Phase as New York Passes Viral Peak

A sharp drop in coronavirus patients was “like someone turned off the hose,” one doctor said. But the city’s health system faces challenges ahead.

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How France Lost the Weapons to Fight a Pandemic

The French once thought of medical gear, like fighter jets, as a national security asset that had to be made at home. But cuts and outsourcing have left them scrambling for masks, tests and even pain pills.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #masks, #politics-and-government, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #stockpiling, #ventilators-medical

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Coronavirus May Pose a New Risk to Younger Patients: Strokes

Doctors have reported a flurry of cases in Covid-19 patients — including a healthy 27-year-old emergency medical technician in Queens. After a month in the hospital, he is learning to walk again.

#blood-clots, #brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deep-vein-thrombosis, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fever, #hospitals, #lungs, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #queens-nyc, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #seizures-medical, #stroke, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-science, #youth

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Coronavirus Is Making Young People Very Sick. I Was One of Them.

Young, healthy people like me are getting very, very sick from the disease caused by the coronavirus.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ventilators-medical

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Low-Tech Way to Help Some Covid Patients: Flip Them Over

Turning ventilated patients onto their stomachs, called proning, helps them by opening their lungs. Now doctors are testing to see if it can keep others off ventilators altogether.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #hospitals, #lungs, #montefiore-health-system, #oxygen, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #rush-university-medical-center, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-science

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Children Gravely Ill With Covid-19 Often Had Other Medical Conditions

A study of 48 young I.C.U. patients in U.S. hospitals found that two died. Eighteen of the children were put on ventilators.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #hospitals, #jama-pediatrics-journal, #lungs, #united-states, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

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We Treated Older Coronavirus Patients. Here’s How to Save More of Them.

Requiring pulse oximetry in nursing homes would be a big step.

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Mysterious Coronavirus Illness Claims 3 Children in New York

A baffling ailment linked to Covid-19 has killed three young children and sickened 73 others across the state.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #kawasaki-disease, #new-york-state, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Hidden Toll: Mexico Ignores Wave of Coronavirus Deaths in Capital

More than three times as many people may have died from Covid-19 in Mexico City than federal statistics show, according to a Times analysis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #ventilators-medical

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He Had Never Sold a Ventilator. N.Y. Gave Him an $86 Million Deal.

An engineer landed one of the state’s biggest coronavirus-related contracts after FEMA volunteers forwarded his name.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #new-york-state, #oren-pines-yaron, #ventilators-medical

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Fact Checking President Trump on Coronavirus Pandemic

The president has served up a series of false and misleading statements as he seeks to counter uncomfortable facts about the spread of Covid-19 and questions about his push to reopen the economy.

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Hospitals Are Having to Ration Essential Care. Can They Do It Fairly?

Hospitals are having to ration essential care. Can they do it fairly?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dialysis, #parfit-derek-1942-2017, #philosophy, #ventilators-medical

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Israeli Army’s Idea Lab Aims at a New Target: Saving Lives

The country has engaged defense contractors, doctors, engineers, scientists — and most of the senses — in its battle against the coronavirus.

#artificial-intelligence, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #medical-devices, #microbiology, #telemedicine, #ventilators-medical

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For-Profit Healthcare Doomed Our Coronavirus Response

The vulnerabilities that Covid-19 has revealed were a predictable outgrowth of our market-based health care system.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #ventilators-medical

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Coronavirus Symptoms: 11 People on How It Actually Feels

There’s a list of coronavirus symptoms that many can now recite from memory. And then there’s how it actually feels when you have it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coughs, #emergency-medical-treatment, #fever, #quarantines, #ventilators-medical

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Coronavirus Doctors Can’t Save Everyone

We need to be honest with ourselves and our patients. We can’t “do everything” and “save everyone.”

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #ventilators-medical

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Grandma Rocket, the Virus and a Family Whose Love Bridged 2,500 Miles

A matriarch to generations, both in the United States and Colombia, she struggled with the coronavirus on a ventilator. They gathered online and in the I.C.U. to prepare for the end.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #families-and-family-life, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #long-island-ny, #new-york-city, #north-shore-university-hospital, #northwell-health, #religion-and-belief, #respiratory-distress-syndrome, #ventilators-medical

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Mike Pence Wears Face Mask on Visit to Indiana Ventilator Plant

The vice president had been sharply criticized for visiting the Mayo Clinic this week and violating its requirement to wear one.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #general-motors, #indiana, #masks, #mayo-clinic, #pence-karen-1957, #pence-mike, #trump-donald-j, #ventilators-medical

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