The biggest problem with Trump’s plan was that it never addressed the real problem with US testing. His website would have been a new way for the average person to submit samples and receive results, but the limited resource is the laboratory work that happens in between those steps. Lots of health care providers have set up places to collect samples (really, all it takes is a swab), but we simply don’t have enough equipment and resources in labs to test as many samples as we need. In California alone, a backlog of more than 48,000 test results is still pending. Clever as it is, Verily’s site can’t address that backlog; it’s not in the laboratory business. It’s as if someone built a new website for ordering face masks but didn’t check whether there were any left in the warehouse. … [Read more...] about We’re still waiting for Trump’s coronavirus testing system
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As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 escalate around the world, attention has turned to how individuals and communities can protect each other. The illness, caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, has made its way across every continent, besides Antarctica. The advice from health authorities has been constant: Wash your hands and don't touch your face. But more stringent measures are being suggested by medical experts, including increasing social distancing and restricting mass gatherings, in an attempt to "flatten the curve." What does that mean? … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic: How social distancing can help flatten the curve
Although there is some evidence that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can persist in aerosols—fine particles that remain suspended in air—aerosol transmission is likely rare, says Arnold Monto, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. It’s mostly spread by larger droplets, “and we know that standard surgical face masks will have a modest effect on that kind of transmission,” he says. “When you combine [masks] with other approaches, then they may make a difference.” … [Read more...] about Would everyone wearing face masks help us slow the pandemic?
The World Health Organization (WHO) told The Verge that it is not aware of any studies showing ibuprofen could be dangerous for COVID-19 patients. “We are consulting with physicians treating COVID-19 patients and are not aware of reports of any negative effects of ibuprofen, beyond the usual known side effects that limit its use in certain populations,” a WHO spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of ibuprofen.” … [Read more...] about A viral text warns taking Advil could make COVID-19 symptoms worse, but experts say it’s unfounded
Many of the neighborhoods where people of color and immigrants live have more air pollution, which can be deadly during outbreaks of a virus that affects the lungs. For instance, Latinos are over 51 percent more likely to live in counties with dangerous levels of smog than non-Hispanic whites. That can lead to chronic conditions such as asthma that make someone especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Pollution has also been linked to heart disease; people with serious heart conditions are also at higher risk of getting seriously sick from COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Migrants aren’t to blame for COVID-19