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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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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3 things hospitals can do right now to prepare for COVID-19

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Architects who specialize in mitigating the transfer of infectious diseases share three design changes hospitals can make right now, as the coronavirus crisis escalates. While much of the American public sits at home under quarantine, hospitals are racing to prepare for an onslaught of COVID-19 patients. The outlook is grim. In a “moderate” infection scenario , in which 40% of adults catch the virus over the next 12 months, 40% of markets around the country would not have enough hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients. So what can hospitals do right now to help as many patients as safely as possible? Read Full Story

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GoPros, plastic sheeting, and colored tape: How one of America’s oldest hospitals adapted to COVID-19

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GoPro cameras helped architects redesign Mt. Sinai Hospital in just three weeks to treat a surge of COVID-19 patients. Some of those changes will be permanent. During the pandemic, hospital and healthcare administrators have been forced to respond to catastrophic conditions. Many have done so by adapting medical facilities in ways that have saved lives against the odds. Often, this has required them to rethink their systems and how they operate. These changes—sometimes physical, sometimes operational—have been crucial in the fight to save people suffering from COVID-19. And some of these changes may be here to stay. Read Full Story

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This website lets you look for patterns in COVID-19 data

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Ask COVID19questions.org a question about the disease—how many patients in the ICU were put on a ventilator?—and it will look through 12 hospital systems’ records and find an answer. Months into the pandemic, there are still so many unknowns about COVID-19. Does age or ethnicity affect how likely a COVID patient is to be admitted to the ICU? Are patients who don’t enter the ICU more likely to end up back in the hospital later? And do comorbidities—other health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, that may worsen someone’s COVID-19 case—have any affect on how long a coronavirus patient is hospitalized for? Read Full Story

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Utah is running mass COVID-19 tests: Why aren’t other states?

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The state is testing anyone with symptoms and will soon start randomized testing to try to get a real sense of the spread of the virus. If you go to the hospital now in New York or San Francisco with symptoms of COVID-19 that aren’t bad enough to keep you in the hospital—maybe you have a fever and a cough and some shortness of breath but can still get enough oxygen on your own—you may be told to assume that you have the virus and go home and rest. Because there are no specific drugs that target the disease, doctors are rationing tests for use on people in the hospital whose diagnosis might change their treatment plan. But the state of Utah is taking a different approach: testing as many people as possible. Read Full Story

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10 science-backed strategies to try if you’re stressed about COVID-19

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A clinical psychologist explains the simplest things to do to ease anxiety during the pandemic. If you find it hard to stay calm during this COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. From the constant news updates telling you about the most recent death counts or border closings to the long lines at your local grocery store and the stock market gyrations, it is hard not to feel the effects of this health crisis. If you are lucky, your business can still be run remotely without much impact on your bottom line. But if you are in the hospitality, restaurant, travel or event business, it’s having a serious effect. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 decimated NYC businesses. This free program is helping them recover

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Neighborhoods Now pairs designers with business owners in hard-hit neighborhoods to help them adapt to the pandemic. Like many commercial areas around the world, the 82nd Street Partnership in Queens has been struggling through the pandemic. As a predominantly immigrant neighborhood on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum, the district’s 200 member businesses have been grappling with conditions that have disproportionately exacerbated the impacts of COVID-19. 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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