COVID-19 forced one Memphis group to totally rethink its approach to homelessness. The results were life-changing

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The Hospitality Hub had planned to build a new shelter for homeless women in Memphis in 2021. Then COVID-19 hit. In Memphis, 37% of homeless individuals are women, but just 6% of the city’s emergency shelter beds are set aside for them , according to the Memphis-based homeless services provider The Hospitality Hub . It’s a problem the organization has been working for years to address, with plans in motion to open a brand new 32-bed shelter for women in December 2021. But in early 2020, as the coronavirus grew into a global pandemic, the need for the emergency shelter couldn’t wait. So the organization bought a house. Read Full Story

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These pop-up hospital rooms are designed to help increase the capacity to treat coronavirus patients

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Adapted from a design to house people after disasters, these shelters can hopefully be a solution for when healthcare systems need to quickly expand their number of beds. This new pop-up hospital room get can loaded on to a 40-foot truck (along with 23 others) and be ready to be quickly deployed to areas where healthcare systems have been overwhelmed and ICUs are full. The design, from a startup called Jupe , should be ready for use as flu season begins in the fall—and when a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases is expected. Read Full Story

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For many women, abortion access was already limited. Then COVID-19 hit

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Coronavirus—and restrictions on “elective procedures” in states like Texas—have made accessing reproductive healthcare harder than ever. But providers are getting creative. On a Thursday in early April, Shanthi Ramesh saw three patients back to back. They were all healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Two of them worked in a local emergency room, while the other was driving up to New York the next day to volunteer at a hospital. Read Full Story

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How the COVID-19 pandemic could reshape hospitals

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Future hospitals will be designed with pandemics in mind. As COVID-19 cases fill emergency rooms and intensive care units across the U.S., local officials have been rushing to convert hotels, convention centers, and city parks into new hospital spaces. Amid the scramble, many physicians, architects, and healthcare consultants are already talking about how modern hospital designs could change to avoid a repeat of the current national crisis. Read Full Story

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Dyson is building 15,000 ventilators to fight COVID-19

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The company will donate thousands of ventilators abroad. As the world faces ventilator shortages in the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Dyson—the U.K. company known best for making vacuums, air purifiers, and hair dryers—designed and built a new ventilator in 10 days. Dubbed CoVent, it’s a bed-mounted, portable ventilator that can run from battery power in field-hospital conditions. Read Full Story

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These Good Samaritans with a 3D printer are saving lives by making new respirator valves for free

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As Italy’s hospitals have run out of equipment, one hospital is making its own using 3D printers and local expertise. As more and more patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, resources at health facilities are being strained. That’s why flattening the curve is so important, so that there’s not a sudden influx of patients and then a shortage of beds or vital equipment. In Italy, which moved too late to limit exposure, this has already happened: Hospitals in the north of the country are overwhelmed, and running out of space and equipment, causing the death toll to spike. But when one Italian hospital ran out of valves for crucial respiratory machines, local manufacturers stepped in to 3D print replacements. Read Full Story

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How prepared is your city for COVID-19? This impact tool measures readiness at the local level

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Is your city or town ready for an influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations? A new impact planning tool from Esri might give you an idea. In New York City and other areas heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and healthcare systems are already becoming overwhelmed , and that scenario is likely to play out in cities and towns across the country as COVID-19 spreads. Read Full Story

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