See inside clinics designed for COVID-19 long haulers

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Long haulers are posing new challenges for the public health system. Three new clinics in New York are designed to meet their needs. As soon as the first wave of COVID-19 cases crashed on the United States, public health officials knew the problem was going to get complicated. In New York City, signs were already emerging by March 2020 that some people were continuing to struggle with symptoms long after they were no longer contagious. These so-called long haulers posed a new challenge for the public health system, and officials realized they needed to be able to treat patients not just with acute symptoms but also persistent ones. Read Full Story

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Huawei’s clever new smartphone can take your temperature

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It’s phone design for the COVID-19 era—but parents will love it, too. When the first wave of COVID-19 struck the United States, a few common objects were suddenly in short supply, such as toilet paper, yeast, disinfecting wipes, and the one tool health officials suggested the public keep handy to screen their own health: thermometers. Read Full Story

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Introducing Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas honorees for 2020

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The winners and honorees of this year’s World-Changing Ideas Awards are rising to the steep challenges that threaten our existence. By the time the World Health Organization officially designated the coronavirus a pandemic, COVID-19 had already swamped northern Italy, reducing its formidable modern healthcare system to something resembling a MASH unit. The National Guard rumbled into New Rochelle, New York, to secure the perimeter of a viral hot spot. Universities began closing their physical campuses for the remainder of the academic year. The NBA, NHL, and MLS all suspended their seasons. Broadway went dark, the NCAA pulled the plug on March Madness, and businesses around the world told their workers to log in from home, with millions likely to lose their jobs. Read Full Story

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What we can learn from U.S. sentiment about the coronavirus to help stop a second wave

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What public health officials need to understand to communicate clearly about the virus as states reopen and people’s vigilance fades. The initial spread of COVID-19 rocked the world and challenged society to confront an unprecedented pandemic. As doctors and researchers urgently work to better understand the virus today, public health officials must relay critical information to communities in real-time in order to contain it in the near future. Read Full Story

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‘I worry every moment’: 3 moms on parenting kids with special needs during COVID-19

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Many caregivers of children with depression, ADHD, other mental health disorders, or learning disabilities say the pandemic has left them without the resources or educational support they need. For nearly six months, working parents have been pulled in multiple directions as they adjust to a new reality without adequate childcare . Some have already left the workforce or cut back their hours; others are strapping in for the long haul . And the psychic toll of the pandemic is already clear: A recent Census survey found that a third of Americans had symptoms of clinical anxiety or depression, according to the Washington Post . Read Full Story

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3 signs that your coworker may be struggling with mental health issues

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A clinical psychologist notes that when we no longer encounter people in the office, we need to be more proactive to detect the red flags that indicate mental health issues. The COVID-19 outbreak and its implications are causing an increase in employees’ stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety . The lack of social interactions coupled with financial and professional uncertainty is difficult for most people, resulting in work-related stress. Read Full Story

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NYC COVID hot spots: Are you in a red zone? This real-time map will show you

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Clicking an area of the map within the five boroughs will tell you which of New York’s designated COVID zones are currently in effect for that area. New York City was the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus crisis during the early days of the pandemic, and while debates about how quickly it will bounce back rage on , the new emergence of local hotspots over the past few weeks has sparked growing concerns among public health officials. Read Full Story

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‘I worry every moment’: 3 moms on parenting kids with developmental disabilities during COVID-19

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Many caregivers of children with dyslexia, ADHD—or mental illnesses like depression and anxiety—say the pandemic has left them without the resources or educational support they need. For nearly six months, working parents have been pulled in multiple directions as they adjust to a new reality without adequate childcare . Some have already left the workforce or cut back their hours; others are strapping in for the long haul . And the psychic toll of the pandemic is already clear: A recent Census survey found that a third of Americans had symptoms of clinical anxiety or depression, according to the Washington Post . Read Full Story

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Best EMR Systems

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. In the fight to stay organized, healthcare professionals have an uphill battle. Billing is more complicated than the human genome. Government regulations add extra steps to every task. Decisions are time-sensitive. Small mistakes can have serious consequences. On top of all of this, everyone’s busy. There’s no extra time to search for a patient record or reorder an incorrect prescription. The best electronic medical records (EMR) systems can simplify a lot of the complex challenges today’s providers face. They are not a silver bullet by any means, but finding a product that works for your practice will make you more efficient today and better prepared for tomorrow. Here are the top EMR systems that are helping practices improve care, reduce burnout, and make every day less stressful for everyone …

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COVID-19 could forever change how we travel—for better or worse

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Are we willing to be spied on—and even humiliated—for the hyperefficient, compulsively clean transportation of the future? The good news: we are a resilient species and we’ll get past this devastating COVID-19 pandemic, albeit far from unscathed. The bad news: the implications of climate change are increasing the risks of future pandemics involving both existing and brand-new infectious diseases, so the days of system shock followed by collective amnesia will need to end. The realities of a post-COVID-19 world will pose new challenges to cities and transportation systems in particular—from airlines and light-rail networks to ride-hailing platforms and even micro-mobility services. That’s because, right now, human mobility is a vector for disease, hence the stay-at-home orders. Aviation and mass transit are also all about density, which is the antithesis of social distancing. Read Full Story

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