Bill Torpy: When stubborn individualism clashes with a stubborner virus
There’s a truism circulating the internet that aptly sums up the patchy state of self-isolation orders. It says, “Having some states lock down and some states not lock down is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.”As a nation, our pool has many such sections, even within the regions that are supposedly locked down. The problem, of course, is the coronavirus knows no boundaries, whether they be national, state, county or city lines. And until recently, there’s been a hodgepodge of such directives.I get it. For a long while it was someone else’s problem, whether it be China’s or Italy...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Debra-Lynn B. Hook: Heroes, seen and unseen
Most days, I remember to say a prayer of hope and gratitude for my life and the lives of all my family members and friends, including the two sons who live with me, including a frightened sister who lives in COVID-19-ravaged New Orleans.I feel grateful for the world’s health-care workers, including my nurse friend Emily, who leaves her 10-year-old asthmatic son in the care of his grandparents so she can tend COVID patients without fear of endangering her son’s life.I remember to thank the people at the natural food co-op in town who bag and deliver groceries for me and my family twice a week, ...
Tribune News Service
A sports broadcaster's life in 3 chapters: How the 'immature' Tim Doyle bottomed out, put the Kendall Gill fracas behind him and emerged a better man
Tim Doyle takes a break from cooking breakfast as he notices his 5-year-old son walking toward him. Joe, pretending it’s Halloween, is wearing a police officer’s uniform.“Are you a good cop, Joe?” Doyle asks. “Or do you take money from the mob?”Doyle laughs loudly enough to rattle the plates. He grins, devilishly.The sausage and eggs can wait. Laughter is the nourishment he craves, especially from others.Doyle is 6-foot-5 with an even bigger personality.His wife, Susie, works in radiation oncology at a cancer center in west suburban Warrenville.“Every time I see a patient,” she says, “I put on...
Wash. hospital confirms firing ER doctor who criticized its coronavirus response
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Escalating a global spat over workplace safety and the rights of health care workers during the coronavirus crisis, a top official of PeaceHealth has now confirmed the Washington-based company ousted emergency physician Ming Lin for allegedly inciting public fear by criticizing the hospital’s emergency precautions.In a lengthy interview on a YouTube video blog popular with medical professionals, Richard DeCarlo, chief operating officer of PeaceHealth, which operates Bellingham’s St. Joseph Medical Center, likened Lin’s public warnings about workplace coronavirus concerns to...
The Seattle Times
Medical group endorses hydroxychloroquine for 'sufficiently severe' coronavirus patients
NEW YORK — A task force led by the American Thoracic Society in New York has temporarily endorsed using hydroxychloroquine for hospitalized coronavirus patients with “severe pneumonia.”The group stressed the recommendation applies only to hospitalized patients where the “clinical condition is sufficiently severe to warrant investigational therapy.”And the endorsement applies only to cases where the patient can be informed of the malaria drug’s possibly lethal side effects, the task force said.The group further warned its recommendation would not apply in the event of a “shortage of drug supply...
New York Daily News
African Americans 6 times more likely than whites to die from COVID-19, Chicago statistics show
CHICAGO — Black Chicagoans are dying from the coronavirus at a rate higher than any other racial demographic, public records show, a reflection of the deadly consequences that economically disadvantaged communities have faced for generations.About 68% of the city’s deaths have involved African Americans, who make up only about 30% of Chicago’s total population, according to an examination of data from the Cook County medical examiner’s office and the Chicago Department of Public Health. The sobering statistics suggest black Chicagoans are dying at a rate nearly six times greater than white res...
Puerto Rico cancels order for coronavirus tests, as questions swirl around response
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is trying to claw back a $19 million deposit it paid for 1 million COVID-19 tests that it now says were never approved by the Food and Drug Administration and didn’t arrive on the agreed-upon date.The news, first reported by El Nuevo Dia, threatens to undermine the island’s response to the coronavirus, which has killed 21 people and affected 513.Despite adopting some of the most aggressive social distancing measures taken by any U.S. jurisdiction, the island also has among the lowest per capita testing rates in the United States.According to the newspaper, t...
Are you wearing your face mask properly? Many people aren't, coronavirus experts say
You’ve probably seen them at the supermarket or on the streets: People wearing surgical face masks pulled down under their noses, touching their face masks or dropping used face masks in public trash cans.There’s a right way and plenty of wrong ways to use face masks to help fight the spread of coronavirus, experts say. And a lot of people are on the wrong track.On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people wear homemade cloth face masks in public, reversing its earlier advice, McClatchy News previously reported.While some communities have mandated face...
The Sacramento Bee
Can you get tested to see if you're immune to coronavirus and go back to work? Experts say it's not that simple.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently started testing for coronavirus exposure in asymptomatic people using serological tests — a finger prick blood test to see if someone has recovered from the virus by identifying antibodies in their blood. This differs from the nasal swab PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests that are being used at drive-through sites across the Philadelphia region to diagnose those who currently have the virus.Serological testing could identify people, most notably health-care workers, who could safely go back to work. It can also identify ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Will Bunch: Trump, McConnell use American coronavirus death to ram through wretched judges, dirty air and worse
About 99% of Americans have no idea who Judge Justin Walker is, and for that they can be totally forgiven. After all, most folks are a little busy these days, what with calling their state unemployment office 143 times trying to get through, or sick with worry about a parent or a grandparent in a nursing home or just trying to get the damn microphone to work on their fourth Zoom conference of the day.And this is exactly what President Donald Trump and his utterly soulless enforcer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are going for. But let me help you out here, since they won’t: Justin Wal...
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