AMA president: 'The nation needs more from our leaders'
ATLANTA — The president of the American Medical Association, a Georgia doctor speaking to reporters across the nation from her home base in Atlanta on Tuesday, pleaded with citizens and leaders to listen to science amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to act accordingly.This year, the AMA, the nation’s premier advocacy group of doctors, is led by Dr. Patrice Harris, an Atlanta-area psychiatrist. Harris didn’t call any leaders or states out by name. But she had choice words for certain practices.For anyone thinking about Georgia beach parties this weekend, Harris raised “the direct link between a...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ryan Divish: Could Arizona plan's financial incentive be enough for MLB, players to end coronavirus shutdown?
Late Monday evening, ESPN’s Jeff Passan published a stunning story about a potential plan to start the 2020 Major League Baseball season — which has been halted by the spread of COVID-19 — by “as early as May.”Per Passan’s sources, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association are working on a plan that has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials, “who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic.”That plan would force all 30 teams to relocate to the Phoenix valley to play games at the 10 spring-training facilities, Chase Field, which is the D...
The Seattle Times
Appeals court allows Texas to continue coronavirus abortion ban
AUSTIN, Texas — Overruling a federal judge, a divided appeals court Tuesday gave Texas permission to continue banning most abortions as part of a wider fight against COVID-19.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, said constitutional rights “may be reasonably restricted” to protect the safety of the general public.“That settled rule allows the state to restrict, for example, one’s right to peaceably assemble, to publicly worship, to travel, and even to leave one’s home. The right to abortion is no exception,” Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan wrote for the majority.In lifting a tempora...
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Rand Paul says he has recovered from COVID-19 and is volunteering at a hospitalWearing a smile, a beard and a doctor’s smock, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul posted on his Twitter page Tuesday that he no longer has the coronavirus and is volunteering at a Bowling Green hospital.“I appreciate all the best wishes I have received. I have been retested and I am negative,” Paul said. “I have started volunteering at a local hospital to assist those in my community who are in need of medical help, including coronavirus patients. Together we will overcome this!”Paul, a Bowling Green Republican and an oph...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and coronavirus: Yet again, we say 'never again'
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said more than he may have intended Sunday when he compared this week’s expected surge in coronavirus deaths to “our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.”Inconveniently for his boss, President Donald Trump, the comparison was to two other disasters that caught our nation similarly unprepared.The failures this time, however, were even more conspicuous and unforgivable.We say failures — in the plural — because of new revelations that Florida, under former Gov. Rick Scott and now under his successor, Gov. Ron DeSantis, has systematically dismembered the state’s ...
Editorial: Is hydroxychloroquine a 'game changer?' We can hope
President Donald Trump needs to leave medical treatment and advice to the nation’s doctors. Wielding the bully pulpit as he did over the weekend to promote hydroxychloroquine as a breakthrough COVID-19 drug is premature and potentially harmful.This is not a medication for Americans to take on their own or insist upon over all other drugs should they become ill with this mysterious new virus. Political pronouncements are not a substitute for medical expertise.Sold under the name Plaquenil, hydroxychloroquine is in the spotlight because there is no medication approved through regular channels to...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
They said pets couldn't get the coronavirus, so how did tigers test positive? Vets explain.
Nine lives ago (in February), when the world gawked at photos of Chinese cats wearing masks to ward off the coronavirus, veterinarians elsewhere were quick with reassurance that pets were unlikely to get sick.The vets are still saying that. But with the news Sunday that a Bronx Zoo tiger had tested positive for the virus, the infected-pet scenario no longer seems quite so far-fetched.In addition to Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger with a confirmed infection, six other big cats at the zoo in New York had dry coughs and were presumed infected — prompting other zoos to reexamine their safety m...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will Bunch: In Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, Republicans will literally kill you to win an election
It’s become fairly common in the 21st century to talk about “a life-or-death election,” and the performance of President Donald Trump these recent months as the coronavirus crisis came to America proves that’s not always hyperbole. But as I write this on Tuesday morning, Republicans in the great state of Wisconsin are putting a brand new spin on the term. They are forging ahead with an election that could literally kill some of their constituents.Do you think that’s hyperbole? Consider Florida, which — led by its reality-denying Trumpist GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis — plowed forward with its March 17...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
What to do if — or when — you get coronavirus symptoms, or a positive diagnosis
Pay special attention to that cough this spring. It might not be allergies.Experts expect many Americans to catch the new coronavirus over the next few weeks and months. Limiting the spread — and not overwhelming the local hospital system — may hinge, in part, on knowing what symptoms look like, and how to manage your own case.Know the symptomsA first essential step is to know the symptoms most commonly linked to the virus, and to be on high alert for them in yourself and others around you.Symptoms in many people can be tricky to pick up in the initial days of the illness — often including bod...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Vivid 'pandemic dreams' and nightmares keep nation awake during coronavirus outbreak
Something called “pandemic dreams” is being blamed for keeping stressed out Americans up at night during the coronavirus outbreak.These dreams are described as vivid, weird and occasionally horrifying on Twitter, where examples are being shared via #pandemicdreams.Many involve fear of death, threats against loved ones and the anxiety associated with venturing out into an unfamiliar world of empty streets, closed stores and potentially infected people.“In my dream, I called an Uber, but a hearse showed up instead. Not liking these #pandemicdreams,” Sarah Schachner posted March 23 on Twitter.“La...
The Charlotte Observer