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Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns Only about 12% of facilities have been able to get supplemental PPE from federal resources, compared with 25% that have drawn from local donations and 17% from do-it-yourself efforts to cobble together masks and gowns, results show. State and local governments have supplied PPE to 29% of facilities surveyed.

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Respirator Masks - In Short Supply As the coronavirus pandemic stresses the U.S. health care system, personal protective equipment -- including high-tech masks -- are in desperately short supply.

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How Three Countries Have Kept COVID-19 In Check Although the United States missed its chance to head off a COVID-19 epidemic, and is well on its way to becoming the pandemic's new epicenter, these lessons drawn from other countries could still be used to help manage infections in the months and years ahead, Adalja and Kullar said.

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Measuring Social Distancing to Slow COVID-19 It takes multiple measures of social distancing to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, a study from Singapore concludes.

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What Coronavirus Precautions Do You Really Need? Groceries, deliveries, takeout food – can we bring them into our homes safely in the middle of a pandemic? How do we keep our homes clean? Tips and tricks to help you stay safe.

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Commentary: Lessons on COVID-19 From Low-Income... Physicians in lower-income countries routinely face the logistic difficulties and constrained resources now seen in first-world countries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Current US Visa Rules Restrict, Limit COVID-19... More than 4000 non-US citizens matched to US residencies last week, but COVID-19 visa restrictions may keep them from starting. Restrictions also affect physicians working under other visas.

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U.S. Hospital Beds Were Maxed Out Before Pandemic At Elmhurst Hospital Center, a 545-bed public hospital, doctors and nurses have only a few dozen ventilators for their patients, some of whom have died while waiting for a bed. A refrigerated truck has been stationed outside the hospital to hold the dead, the newspaper reported.

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Novel Coronavirus May Be Transmitted via FMT,... The FDA advises that additional safety measures be taken for fecal microbiota transplants after recent studies found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the stool of infected individuals.

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Rapid COVID-19 Clinical Practice Guidelines... Rapid COVID-19 clinical practice guidelines by Wuhan University Novel Coronavirus Management & Research Team and China International Exchange & Promotive Association for Medical and Health Care.

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COVID-19: Dramatic Changes to Telepsychiatry... In the wake of drastic rule changes governing telemental health services during the COVID-19 outbreak, experts give the most up-to-date information on how to best navigate this ever-changing landscape.

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Feeling Sick? Check CDC's COVID-19 Symptom... The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a new coronavirus self-checker on its website that might ease your mind and steer you toward any medical help you might need.

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FDA Clears Ozanimod (Zeposia) for MS; COVID-19... Ozanimod is the first oral, once-daily sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulator approved for adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

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Guidelines on Delaying Cancer Surgery During... Cancer surgeries may need to be delayed as hospitals are forced to allocate resources to a surge of COVID-19 patients, says the American College of Surgeons.

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Stroke Drug Could Help COVID-19 Patients The research focuses on a drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is normally used to quickly dissolve blood clots that cause strokes or heart attacks.

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Keep Calm: Under 25s With Diabetes Not... Reassuringly, COVID-19 in under 25s with diabetes doesn't seem to require hospitalization, early reports from global hotspots indicate. But the pandemic means new cases of type 1 diabetes are being missed.

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COVID-19: 'Striking' Rates of Anxiety,... A significant proportion of healthcare workers treating patients exposed to COVID-19 have symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.

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Livestock, Poultry Safe From Coronavirus: Expert The low level of risk to livestock and poultry is good news for U.S. livestock producers, meat packers and consumers, who could use some stability as uncertainty about the coronavirus restricts many normal daily activities, Roth noted.

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VA Health System Swamped by Coronavirus Patients The nation's largest health care system had nearly 500 cases as of Thursday, a 60% increase since Tuesday, CBS News reported.

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Team Doctors Jump In After Professional... The seasons of all major sports in the United States were ended after the announcement that some players in the National Basketball Association tested positive for COVID-19.

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Zuckerberg, Gates Give Millions to COVID-19 Fight The two tech giants' foundations have committed $25 to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Commentary: Cardiology in the Time of COVID-19 Being on-call in the COVID-19 era is different; interventional cardiologist Jaya Mallidi, MD, summarizes some of the current recommendations for safe practice.

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Commentary: What Neurologists Can Expect From... A discussion with Dr Kenneth Tyler on the most likely neurologic implications of the virus, and how the field can respond to the crisis.

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Amid PPE Shortage, Clinicians Face Harassment,... Clinicians have been placed on leave or fired for protecting themselves against COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Daily: Ground Zero Hospital, PPE Fights These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.

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Severe COVID-19 Might Injure the Heart Doctors in China have already warned that heart injuries appear common in COVID-19 patients, particularly those with existing heart disease or high blood pressure. A recent, smaller study found that 12% of hospitalized patients had the complication.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 27, 2020 A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

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NYC Hospitals Struggle with Coronavirus Surge New York state, and in particular New York City, has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. and a harbinger of what other hotspots can expect

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Social Distancing May Be Working, New Study Hints Data show that the number of people with fever that's an early indication of coronavirus infection started falling almost immediately after social distancing measures took effect in some areas, USA Today reported.

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Coronavirus Similar to One Found in Pangolins Evidence suggests that bats may be the likely reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, but intermediate host animals that could have led to the transfer of this virus into humans remain unknown.

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Critics Lead Gilead to Drop Coronavirus Drug... Gilead asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to designate remdesivir a so-called orphan drug, saying it qualified as a rare disease because fewer than 200,000 Americans are infected with the coronavirus.

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Young People Far From Immune to Coronavirus' Bite The data from China showed that older people were more likely to die. But Americans may have misunderstood the data that initially came out of China: that older people were most affected and younger ones were safe.

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Expert: How to Fact-Check COVID-19 Info Online Always check social media claims about coronavirus prevention and treatment against official sources such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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COVID-19 and Angiotensin Drugs: Help or Harm? The controversy about whether ACE inhibitors and angiotensin blockers may affect COVID-19 infection continues, with hypotheses suggesting these drugs may both help or harm the situation.

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NYU Med School Offers Early Graduation for Help... Hospitals need to bolster staffing ranks ahead of expected strains due to rising infections, said a George Washington University researcher.

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Wuhan Study Shows Social Distancing Saves Lives The closures significantly delayed the peak of the epidemic in Wuhan -- the epicenter of the worldwide pandemic -- and gave the health system the time and opportunity to grow and respond to the crisis, according to the study authors.

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COVID-19 Daily: Physician Gag Orders,... These are the coronavirus stories you need to know about today.

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COVID-19: Mitigating Loneliness, Anxiety in... Experts offer advice on both high- and low-tech ways to help older patients stay socially connected and mentally healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cardiac Injury Common in COVID-19, Predicts... Cardiac injury was seen in about one-fifth of patients in Wuhan, China hospitalized with COVID-19, and was accompanied by a fourfold higher incidence of in-hospital death.

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State Lines Erased for Doctors During COVID-19 With the global pandemic stressing healthcare, states are allowing physicians to treat patients in other locations in person or via telehealth.

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Commentary: What If There Is a Virtual ACC and... It seems tone-deaf to discuss science-that-can-wait while colleagues across the world fight this challenge, writes John Mandrola, MD, of the upcoming virtual American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions.

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Guidance on Cardiac Implications of COVID-19... 2020 guidance by the American College of Cardiology regarding the cardiac implications of COVID-19

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Expert: Coronavirus Isn't 'Alive,' But Still... "A virus usually enters the cell through a protein our cells have on their surface. COVID-19 -- and SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] before that -- use a protein called ACE2, which is on the surface of the cells in our lung, throat and intestinal tract,"  Mendenhall said.

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Commentary: Pandemic Foreshadows Crisis in... Grassroots initiatives are addressing shortcomings in psychiatry. But Dr Jeffrey Lieberman argues that we need top-down change.

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Commentary: How to Start Doing Telemedicine Now... Many doctors now feel that televisits are the best way to conduct patient visits, for health safety issues. A physician tells how to get started.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 26, 2020 A roundup of the latest news about COVID-19

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ICU Lessons on COVID-19 From Italian Front... The rate of increase in patients needing ICU beds in areas badly affected by COVID-19 can double every 3 to 5 days for over a month, with patients staying an average of 15 days; flexibility is imperative.

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Week-Old COVID-19 Urology Guidelines Already... The fast-pace of the pandemic means that physicians have to make decisions in the absence of any consensus guidance, and they are turning to social media for professional feedback.

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Social Distancing May Need to Last Months: Study As painful as the last 9 days of social distancing have been, disease modelers think Americans may need to be at home much longer to truly “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 infection and avoid overwhelming the critical care capacity of U.S. hospitals, a new study says.

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COVID-19 May Delay Some Cancer Treatments It's long been understood that cancer, as well as its therapies, have the unfortunate side effect of weakening a patient's immune system. That can leave a patient more vulnerable to infectious illness, including COVID-19.

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