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Cause Of Deadly Russian Hospital Fire Revealed

May 12, 2020 MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials on Tuesday announced an investigation into the safety of ventilators at two hospitals, where fires in intensive care units for coronavirus patients killed a total of six people over the past four days. The deaths occurred as Russia struggled to cope with its growing coronavirus caseload, which on Tuesday exceeded 232,000 confirmed infections and has put a strain on the country's vastly outdated health care infrastructure. President Vladimir...

14,000 People Just Volunteered To Be Infected With Coronavirus

They want to take part in a "human challenge trial," an ethically controversial vaccine test that infects people with a virus doesn't yet have a cure. May 10, 2020 CBS News – Imagine being told to inhale a nasal spray full of the coronavirus. More than 14,000 people in the U.S. and elsewhere are putting their names forward to do so. They are volunteering for what's called a "human challenge trial," an ethically controversial way to test...

Death Spike Seen As Seniors Avoid Medical Appointments

The Independent, UK – The true number of people who have died during the coronavirus pandemic in America could be double the official figure, an adviser to the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) has warned, as evidence emerges that large numbers of seriously ill people have failed to seek medical attention for life-threatening conditions because of the contagion. The current total of Covid-19 deaths in the US stands at 75,000, with more than 1.2 million...

“Stop The Panic And End The Isolation”

"Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem ..." OPINION | Dr. Scott W. Atlas The Hill, Apr 22, 2020 The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be entering the containment phase. Tens of thousands of Americans have died, and Americans are now desperate for sensible policymakers who have the courage to ignore the panic and rely on facts ... Five key facts are being ignored by those calling for continuing the...

‘Death Panel’ Rules Debated As Pandemic Grows

"The guidance recommends the use of the clinical frailty score (CFS) as part of admission to hospital or to critical care ... CFS should not be used in younger people." Thus age is the first criterion used to determine whether a patient with COVID-19 will be given lifesaving treatment.  When is a patient 'too old' to receive lifesaving care? Deciding who gets COVID-19 life-saving treatment April 06, 2020 MedScape – In normal times, healthcare resources are allocated...

‘Death Panel’? No, It’s A ‘Patient Ranking System’

Sarah Palin warned a decade ago that shortages of medical goods and services would inevitably result in 'death panels' – healthcare administrators assigned with deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not. Now Ivy League 'bioethicists' are calling for just such a system, but under a name they hope will be easier to sell ...  Harvard, Penn bioethicists propose COVID-19 'ranking system' | One wrote "Why I Hope To Die At 75" April 3, 2020 Bioethics treatment...

‘Stealth Transmission’ of COVID-19, Warns NY Doctor

Eldad U Einav MD - Cardiology | Ascension Medical Group, Binghamton, NY "The epidemic is overwhelming the healthcare system, and clinicians are essential regardless of specialty." By Eldad Einav, MD March 29, 2020 Medscape – Last Saturday, my local hospital reached a sad milestone: We had our first COVID-19 death. I am a staff cardiologist at the hospital in Binghamton, New York, and like hospitals everywhere, we have been anticipating a surge in patients. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in...

#1 Reason To Avoid Hospitals: Involuntary DNR For COVID-19

Hospitals openly discuss "a blanket do-not-resuscitate policy for all COVID-19 patients" | Mar 26, 2020 | Fox News – As hospitals across the country face shortages of personal protective equipment due to surges of coronavirus patients, health care professionals are reportedly privately discussing the possibility of a blanket do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients to mitigate the risks for those responding to a code blue. “If we risk their well-being in service of one patient, we detract from...

Should I Get COVID-19 Test?

Here's What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Tests 14 Mar 2020 The US government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Testing is central to these efforts. Molecular biologist and viral researcher Maureen Ferran answers some basic questions about how these diagnostic tests work – and if there are enough to go around. Who gets tested for the virus? Currently there are two main reasons someone would be tested for the coronavirus: having...

Death Panels Face ‘Agonizing Decisions’ On COVID-19

Sarah Palin was met with howls of outrage and ridicule when she predicted in 2009 that 'death panels' would take charge of rationing healthcare in America, deciding who lives and who dies. Headline Health has repeatedly shared evidence that her prediction is coming to pass. Now a major article in The New York Times by a panel of two doctors and a law professor shows how 'agonizing decisions' may happen under the COVID-19 epidemic.  How...

Amidst Panic Buying, Mayo Clinic Urges ‘Common Sense’

March 14, 2020 Mayo Clinic News Network – With the number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 on the rise, concerns about this new coronavirus are making many people anxious. Despite the severity of the current situation, Dr. Joseph Sirven, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says you shouldn't panic. "If you have a fever or cold that is somewhat new, especially if you have recently traveled, it is probably a good time to let your primary care provider know...

US Coronavirus Case Reveals Holes In Testing Protocols

Feb 27, 2020 Kaiser Health News – Just weeks into the federal government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, a new California case has exposed weaknesses in the testing procedures that could be masking more widespread reach of the disease. A woman in Solano County, California, who hadn’t traveled abroad or had contact with another known patient with the illness was diagnosed with the virus Wednesday, raising concerns that cases are going undetected because of the federal government’s...

Combatting Coronavirus Fake News

Mayo Clinic expert offers insight on COVID-19 |  Feb 27, 2020 Mayo Clinic News Network – COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan City in China, has now been identified in 37 countries, including the U.S. U.S. cases of COVID-19 have been limited so far. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now confirmed the first possible U.S. case of "community spread," meaning the patient didn't travel anywhere known to have the virus and wasn't exposed to anyone...

Coronavirus Linked To Traditional Chinese Medicine

Feb 7, 2020 USA TODAY – A Chinese university says scientists identified the heavily trafficked pangolin as a possible intermediary host of the new coronavirus. The coronavirus from China is believed to have originated in bats and transferred to humans through some other animal, health officials say. The pangolin may be that key link, researchers at South China Agricultural University said Friday. “This latest discovery will be of great significance for the prevention and control of the origin...
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