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...
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
At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans
PHILADELPHIA — When the coronavirus first began spreading in Philadelphia, it primarily was detected among white people, the limited data available to the city indicate. But over time, the demographics shifted, and new cases are predominantly among African Americans, raising fears that existing inequalities in the city will be exacerbated by the public health crisis.“This virus does not discriminate,” Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said at a news conference this week. “The virus is in every neighborhood. It’s in every population. Everyone needs to take our recommendations seriously to avoid...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump jokes about models during coronavirus briefing
President Donald Trump joked about being “involved in” models during a coronavirus briefing at the White House. The quip came while the president was fielding questions about the trajectory of the pandemic.“The models show hundreds of thousands of people are going to die and you know what I want to do? I want to come way under the model,” he said. “The professionals did the models and I was never involved in a model. At least this kind of a model.”Vice President Mike Pence, standing stoically behind the president, did not laugh.Nearly 276,000 Americans have been infected by the coronavirus, ac...
New York Daily News
Mayo to lead national COVID-19 plasma trial
MINNEAPOLIS — The Mayo Clinic announced Friday it is leading a national trial to use donated plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment therapy for others infected by the novel coronavirus that causes the illness.The cooperative effort with 40 institutions in 20 states could verify a vital treatment, given that nobody has immunity against the coronavirus that has quickly spread across the globe. Administered in a handful of U.S. cases already, plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients would provide immune system boosts to others with the illness.“Theoretically, it gives...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Califorina secures nearly 7,000 hotel rooms for homeless during coronavirus pandemic
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Caifornia has secured nearly 7,000 hotel and motel rooms to house the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday.The governor hopes to bring that number to 15,000 in the near future, he said during a media briefing in Sacramento. And FEMA will reimburse 75% of the cost of the hotel program, which is intended to house homeless residents who are infected or are medically vulnerable.“This has been a point of real concern for all of us for a number of months,” Newsom said. “A top priority since the COVID crisis began to manifest.”Newsom’s announ...
The Mercury News
Why did coronavirus kill SC activist? He was never told he had disease
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Liszewski awoke last Saturday and padded down the steps at his Columbia home, hoping the headaches and fever that had bothered him would finally go away.It had been a rough and confounding week for Liszewski, a 60-year-old activist who didn’t get sick very often. After returning from a conference in the Midwest, he’d been unable to shake the illness that was keeping him away from his work at a grassroots political organization.Then, sometime after descending the stairs the morning of March 28 to check his computer, he collapsed. A few hours later, his fiancee found Liszews...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Barry Jackson: Tua gets medical results; ex-Dolphins exec offers warning. And examining Tua's injuries.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is among top draft-eligible players under consideration by the Miami Dolphins, received good news in a medical recheck on Thursday, according to NFL Network.Tagovailoa, according to the report, participated voluntarily in a medical recheck facilitated by the NFL Combine with an independent doctor that was selected by NFL team physicians. Results were “overwhelmingly positive,” according to NFL Network.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said all NFL team doctors were permitted to provide input on what exams they wanted to see conducted and a comprehensive exam wa...
'We are excited to be home': Cruise ships dock at Port Everglades after coronavirus concerns
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It was, in the end, the only moral decision Broward County could make — allow the Holland America cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam to dock at Port Everglades while doing everything possible to make sure that their passengers, including scores who suffered coronavirus symptoms, would not burden the county’s hospitals at this critical time.Allowing the ships to dock showed “the good side of Broward County,” Mayor Dale Holness said.But reaching that conclusion was not without controversy.Four passengers on the Zaandam had died before Thursday afternoon, when the vessel f...