Jerry Zezima: They don't have me covered
When it comes to being stuck, there are two kinds of tape: red and Scotch. The first is what you are wrapped up in when applying for Medicare Part B. The second is what you drink when you can’t unravel yourself from the first.I needed copious amounts of the latter — for medicinal purposes, of course — after my maddeningly unsuccessful efforts to get a Part B card had me seeing red.And Part B doesn’t cover vision, which is a whole other problem.According to Social Security, through which I had to apply, causing me insecurity, Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital servic...
Tribune News Service
As COVID-19 cases rise again, are Michigan health care providers ready? It's complicated
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, it caught many Michigan health systems without enough personal protective equipment — surgical masks, gloves, gowns, N95 masks and eye protection — to safeguard their workers from the deadly pathogen.Nurses, doctors and other front-line staff had to reuse N-95 masks, sometimes for days at a time, when metro Detroit became a COVID-19 hot spot in late March and early April. Others couldn’t get N95 masks at all.Some health care workers were infected with COVID-19. Among 6,700 adults hospitalized with COVID-19 from March 1-May 31 in the U.S., about 6% were hea...
Detroit Free Press
Seattle company says its spray treatment could make cloth masks more effective against COVID-19
SEATTLE — Cloth masks may be one of our best lines of defense against the novel coronavirus, but they’re far from perfect. Compared to gold-standard N95 respirators, fabric face coverings aren’t as good at filtering out the tiniest droplets and aerosols that can carry the pathogen from one person to another.But a small Seattle startup is hoping to boost the performance of cloth masks with a spray coating that uses minute electrical charges to capture viral particles and prevent them from passing through the fibers.The approach hasn’t been thoroughly vetted and some mask experts are skeptical, ...
The Seattle Times
Months into pandemic, PPE shortage persists
ATLANTA — Back in March as the pandemic took hold, Atlanta pediatrician Joy Maxey’s two-year supply of high-filtering N95s masks was gone in weeks. Other critically needed equipment was quickly depleted, too. She couldn’t just pick up the phone and order more; her regular vendors didn’t have it. She had to spend hours daily trying to find the precious gear.Now, seven months after Georgia confirmed its first coronavirus cases, Dr. Maxey is still spending triple the time she used to getting her office enough protective equipment.Nationwide, that desperate shortage of personal protective equipmen...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
3M's efforts on counterfeit N95 mask crackdown leads to raids in Vietnam, UAE
3M continues to crack down on counterfeit N95 respirators, working with law enforcement agencies on more than 1,200 seizures and raids worldwide.Those actions include the combined seizures of over 800,000 fake N95 masks in the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and South Africa, 3M said Monday.Minnesota-based 3M is the leading manufacturer of N95 respirators in the United States and one of the largest globally. The masks are considered the gold standard in protection against pathogens and other particulate matter.With the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for respirators has far exceeded supply and rampant...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Medtronic 'cooperating fully' as US investigates ventilator competition
Federal investigators have subpoenaed information from medical device maker Medtronic in a probe over why private companies failed to provide low-cost mechanical ventilators for patients suffering from severe respiratory conditions including COVID-19.The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Justice Department has sent a civil subpoena to Medtronic asking whether a 2012 acquisition of California-based Newport Medical Instruments by Covidien hindered competition in the market for the lifesaving devices.Medtronic, which is run from offices in Minnesota, received the subpoena because it ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
2 GM apprentices stopped the show with demonstration for Ivanka Trump
WARREN, Mich. — General Motors apprentices Jeff Thompson and Sylvia Tran tried to contain their giddiness Wednesday afternoon.The robot they programmed flawlessly performed a trick that morning that they had spent hours working on all week. It was a good thing the stunt went off without a hitch because they had a tough audience: GM CEO Mary Barra and Adviser to the President of the United States Ivanka Trump.“There are just over 300 apprentices, and me and Sylvia were picked to present the robot to her,” Thompson said. “So that was exciting.”“She was amazed at what we did,” said Tran. “I was a...
Detroit Free Press