High-income Philadelphians getting tested for coronavirus at far higher rates than low-income residents
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphians who live in higher-income neighborhoods have gotten tested for the coronavirus six times more frequently than those in lower-income areas.Epidemiologist Usama Bilal of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health made the discovery using data from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.“What it shows is social inequality,” Bilal said. “This needs to change.”Bilal stressed that he measured whether people received tests only, not whether residents had the coronavirus.But, he added, data from New York and Barcelona, Spain, indicate “the number of positi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Microsoft exec says coronavirus could spark big shift for AI in health care
Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott grew up fascinated by the 1960s Apollo space program and then-President John F. Kennedy’s vision of a moon shot. Now, he envisions just as ambitious a project taking shape as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.Just as the U.S. government significantly invested to put Neil Armstrong and others on the moon by 1969 — $200 billion in today’s dollars by his estimate — Scott said similar funding in artificial intelligence technology could be a difference-maker for our nation’s battered health care system.Scott, 48, whose new book about AI will be...
The Seattle Times
Bronx Zoo tiger is first U.S. animal to test positive for coronavirus
NEW YORK — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo is the first animal to test positive for coronavirus in the U.S., officials said Sunday.Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” after coming into contact with an infected staffer who was asymptomatic, according to officials at the zoo.“This is the first time we know of, or from any of the people we’ve been in contact with, that an animal has gotten sick with COVID,” Paul Calle, chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, told the Daily News.When Nadia began exhibiting symptoms of respiratory difficulties and other issue...
New York Daily News
Kings rookie Kyle Guy urges public to heed coronavirus orders after grandfather's death
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kings rookie Kyle Guy is urging people to follow public health orders after losing a loved one to the coronavirus.Guy shared his grief in a moving tribute to his grandfather Saturday on Instagram. Guy said his grandfather died Friday night, apparently after contracting COVID-19 in the global coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 57,000 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.“Last night my grandpa passed away to be with the Lord,” Guy said. “Covid-19 has destroyed a lot of families. I urge and beg you all to take this seriously. You don’t want this to b...
The Sacramento Bee
Detroit doctor's ventilator idea is getting global attention
DETROIT — A Detroit emergency physician’s 15-year-old idea — rigging one ventilator to assist two or more patients — is gaining global attention, as the novel coronavirus pandemic causes skyrocketing hospitalization rates and doctors face a critical shortage of the life-saving breathing machines.Dr. Charlene Irvin Babcock, an emergency physician at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, wrote a research paper with Dr. Greg Neyman in 2006, explaining that adaptations including T- or Y-shaped splitters on air flow tubes could allow a single ventilator to serve two people, four or even more.“It ...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sends deadly mixed messages on coronavirus
Gov. Ron DeSantis made a deadly gamble in delaying a statewide stay-at-home order for weeks, a decision that could cause many more Floridians to die of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The governor finally imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, which took effect on Thursday at midnight, after talking to President Donald Trump. But he also overrode more-restrictive orders imposed by many cities and counties, including those in South Florida’s hotspot.DeSantis’s ninth-inning orders are another example of how Florida’s governor is leading from behind on the pandemic, trailin...
Does wearing a mask in public help slow the spread of COVID-19? Signs point to yes.
CHICAGO — For weeks, officials from the White House to Chicago’s City Hall told people that wearing a face mask in public isn’t necessary as the novel coronavirus spread — and that it could even cause more harm than good.But other countries took a different route, especially some Asian nations — including South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore — where mask wearing became common practice. In Europe, the Czech Republic went so far as to require that people wear masks when they venture from their homes. Public health officials in those nations contend that widespread mask use limited the scope of t...
Larry Printz: Cleaning your car of the coronavirus
By now, you know that the surest way to defend against COVID-19 is to frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counsels.So, what about your car? Think about all the surfaces you or your passengers touch; this is especially important if you’re a ride-sharing provider.With a little effort, you can professionally clean, disinfect and detail your ride. It takes a couple hours, but most likely you have the time right now.Start insideBegin by cleaning the inside of the vehicl...
Tribune News Service
Will Bunch: No, President Trump, you can't bomb a virus. We need expertise and empathy — not a war
When it was clear by mid-March that absolute denial of the coronavirus was no longer a strategy, President Donald Trump tried to pull “a 180” and instead channel his inner Winston Churchill. No matter that the source of the global COVID-19 pandemic was a nonsentient virus that’s measured in something called nanometers. Now, America would fight the coronavirus on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and in the streets and in the hills — and we shall never surrender.On March 17, Trump started calling the response to America’s greatest public health emergency in more than a century ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tekashi69 released early from prison due to coronavirus pandemic
NEW YORK — Tekashi69 is out of prison thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.A judge ordered the notorious rapper-turned-cooperator be released early from his two-year sentence because his asthma makes him particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.Judge Paul Engelmayer sprung Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, from a private prison in Jamaica, Queens. The order made public Thursday came after more than a week of unsuccessful efforts by Tekashi’s defense team to persuade the Bureau of Prisons to let him out early from his two-year sentence scheduled to end Aug. 1.Once those efforts failed, Eng...
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