These Lego-like modular ICU rooms are turning hospital parking lots into COVID-19 units

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While traditional construction of an intensive care unit might take 12 to 24 months, this can be put in place in just a few weeks. In a parking lot next to a hospital in an Atlanta suburb, dozens of modular critical care units—made in a factory and delivered by truck—are being installed to help add space as COVID-19 cases continue to grow. 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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These recycled shipping containers double as intensive care units

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CURA, an open-source design, hopes to expand emergency facilities for hospitals treating coronavirus patients. COVID-19’s rapid spread has strained hospital resources across the globe. Personal protective equipment isn’t being manufactured quickly enough to keep up with demand, and emergency wings are being forced to prioritize high-risk patients while sending milder cases home. While some hospitals are erecting temporary tents to receive more patients, coronavirus is easily transmitted, which means they don’t just need more space but more areas designed for complete isolation. Read Full Story

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What doctors at overwhelmed rural hospitals are facing, in their own words

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In many communities, the cooperation and goodwill seen early in the pandemic have given way to COVID-19 fatigue and anger, making it hard to implement and enforce public health measures. It’s difficult to put into words how hard COVID-19 is hitting rural America’s hospitals. North Dakota has so many cases, it’s allowing asymptomatic COVID-19-positive nurses to continue caring for patients to keep the hospitals staffed. Iowa and South Dakota have teetered on the edge of running out of hospital capacity. Read Full Story

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Masks prevent the spread of COVID-19, landmark analysis of 64 studies finds

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Over a 13-year period, healthcare workers donning masks had a 50% to 80% reduction in contracting novel coronaviruses, including COVID-19. As the U.S. healthcare system has been battling shortages of surgical masks, N95 respirators , and face shields , one lingering question has remained: Does all this PPE actually prevent someone from contracting COVID-19? Especially someone who is tasked with caring for COVID-19 patients day after day during long shifts in hospitals? Read Full Story

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Ending the pandemic will require big pharma to put ethics before profits

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To stop the virus will require everyone getting a vaccine, no matter the cost. As COVID-19 surges in the United States and worldwide, even the richest and best-insured Americans understand, possibly for the first time, what it’s like not to have the medicines they need to survive if they get sick. There is no coronavirus vaccine, and the best-known treatment, remdesivir, only reduces hospital recovery time by 30% and only for patients with certain forms of the disease. Read Full Story

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