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Trump Asserts Virus Will ‘Go Away’ Without Vaccine

“This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away." – President Trump  May 8, 2020 Yahoo News – President Trump on Friday broke with health experts, telling reporters that the coronavirus will “go away without a vaccine.” “This is going to go away without a vaccine, it’s gonna go away, and we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time,” Trump said at the White House. “You may have...

State Prison Supplies Drugs To Addicts – Good Idea?

This state says it has figured out how to treat drug-addicted inmates | Cranston, RI –  On a gray, bone-chilling morning earlier this month, 18 men in a medium-security prison walked into an empty lunchroom and sat at stainless steel topped tables, placing both hands palms down, as if they were about to receive a manicure. Over the next few minutes, they received the anti-addiction medication buprenorphine under their tongues, administered by a nurse and double-checked...

“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...

Step 1, Find Vaccine; Step 2, Make 300 Million Vials of It

Scaling up the manufacture of syringes and other medical products required to deliver a vaccine to millions of Americans will be just as important as the vaccine itself ...  May 1, 2020 The New York Times – In the midst of national shortages of testing swabs and protective gear, some medical suppliers and health policy experts are looking ahead to another extraordinary demand on manufacturing: Delivering a vaccine that could potentially end the pandemic. Making a vaccine...

WaPo: Patients Vanish From Hospitals

"Five weeks into a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, many doctors say the pandemic has produced a silent sub-epidemic of people who need care at hospitals but dare not come in. They include people with inflamed appendixes, infected gall bladders, bowel obstructions and, more ominously, chest pains ..." April 19, 2020 The Washington Post – Soon after he repurposed his 60-bed cardiac unit to accommodate covid-19 patients, Mount Sinai cardiovascular surgeon John Puskas was stumped: With nearly all the...

Covid-19 Patients ‘Recovering Quickly’ With New Drug

Apr 17, 2020 |  CNN – Covid-19 patients who are getting an experimental drug called remdesivir have been recovering quickly, with most going home in days, STAT News reported Thursday after it obtained a video of a conversation about the trial. The patients taking part in a clinical trial of the drug have all had severe respiratory symptoms and fever, but were able to leave the hospital after less than a week of treatment, STAT quoted...

‘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...

Chloroquine: “Known Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Death”

"Tragic side effects" of taking drugs never meant for treating COVID-19 Guidance on patients at risk of drug-induced sudden cardiac death from off-label COVID-19 treatments March 25, 2020 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. ― SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread, leading to more than 20,000 deaths worldwide in less than four months. Efforts are progressing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but it's still likely 12 to 18 months away. In the meantime, the pandemic, with over 400,000...

#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...

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