01 Apr 2020

MAJOR MEDICAL STAFFING COMPANY JUST SLASHED BENEFITS FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS

Alteon Health, backed by private-equity firms Frazier Healthcare Partners and New Mountain Capital, will cut salaries, time off and retirement benefits for providers, citing lost revenue. Several hospitals announced similar cuts. By Isaac Arnsdorf   Emergency room doctors and nurses many of whom are dealing with an onslaught of coronavirus patients

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01 Apr 2020

GOT FEVER? TIPS FOR HEALTHY ADULTS LIVING WITH THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS  CONTAGION

By Shefali Luthra After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated. And I “self-monitored” for signs I’d been infected. Or, at least, I tried to. COVID-19 symptoms seem pretty clear. The

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31 Mar 2020

U.S. TAXPAYERS PAID MILLIONS TO DESIGN A LOW-COST VENTILATOR FOR A PANDEMIC: INSTEAD, A ROYAL PHILIPS N.V. SUBSIDIARY IS SELLING VERSIONS OF IT OVERSEAS.

    By Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella and Tim Golden ProPublica   Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tried to plug a crucial hole in its preparations for a global pandemic, signing a $13.8 million contract with a Pennsylvania manufacturer to create a low-cost, portable, easy-to-use ventilator that

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30 Mar 2020

NATION’S 5,000 OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTERS COULD HELP WITH THE COVID-19 OVERFLOW

  By Cara Anthony and Liz Szabo   As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, a group of anesthesiologists wants to convert America’s surgery centers into critical care units for infected patients. Many of the country’s more than 5,000 outpatient surgery centers have closed or sharply cut back on the number of elective

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28 Mar 2020

PHYSICIANS FEAR FOR THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY BATTLE CORONAVIRUS WITH TOO LITTLE ARMOR

  By Laura Ungar Dr. Jessica Kisoip0s’ twin girls cry most mornings when she goes to work. They’re 9, old enough to know she could catch the coronavirus from her patients and get so sick she could die. Kiss shares that fear and worries at least as much about bringing the virus

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26 Mar 2020

HOW CHINA BUILT A TWITTER PROPAGANDA MACHINE THEN LET IT LOOSE ON CORONAVIRUS

EDITOR’S NOTE: ProPublica analyzed thousands of fake and hijacked Twitter accounts to understand how covert Chinese propaganda spreads around the globe.         By Jeff Kao and Mia Shaung Li Kalen Keegan, a college student at the University of Nebraska Omaha, immediately noticed when her Twitter account unleashed

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24 Mar 2020

A FEW DOCTORS ARE HOARDING UNPROVEN CORONAVIRUS MED BY WRITING PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES

by Topher Sanders, David Armstrong and Ava Kofman For ProPublica   A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators. “It’s disgraceful, is what

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21 Mar 2020

A MEDICAL WORKER DESCRIBES TERRIFYING LUNG FAILURE FROM COVID-19 — EVEN IN HIS YOUNG PATIENTS

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.”   By Lizzie Presser   As of

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20 Mar 2020

IVC JOINS VS IN DELAY OF CONFERENCE UNTIL JULY

    By Larry Storer The International Vein Conference scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Miami Beach, Florida, has been delayed until July, Chairman Jose I. Almeida said March 20. At the time it was either to be July 9-11 or 10-12. He hopes to have the final date nailed

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19 Mar 2020

SF BAY AREA LOCKS DOWN 7 MILLION PEOPLE UNTIL APRIL 7; MORE LOCKDOWNS TO COME

  By Jenny Gold and Rachel Bluth Life came to a grinding halt for millions of San Francisco Bay Area residents as the most stringent isolation orders in the country took effect Tuesday. To stem the spread of the new coronavirus, roughly 7 million people in seven counties were instructed

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