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US running low on more than a dozen drugs needed to treat coronavirus patients

As hospitals around the U.S. grapple with a rising number of coronavirus patients falling critically ill, the country has started running low on the drugs used to treat those patients.

Premier, which works with hospitals around the US in part by helping them purchase medications, on Tuesday pulled together a list of drugs at risk of shortages. Some of the treatments are officially in shortage, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Others are seeing demand skyrocket, making it difficult for hospitals to get their orders filled.

"Any time you're not seeing orders 100% fulfilled is when you start having an early warning sign that a shortage may be coming," Soumi Saha, a senior director of advocacy at Premier, told Business Insider.

That includes antibiotics like azithromycin and antivirals like chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which as of Tuesday are considered in shortage by the FDA.

It also includes drugs used when putting patients on ventilators to help with their breathing, including sedatives like fentanyl, midazolam, and propofol and neuromuscular blockers cisatracurium and rocuronium, a survey conducted by Premier found.
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Washington State Commandeers Bankrupt Rural Hospital

Washington state officials took control of a recently bankrupt rural hospital to create additional capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as dwindling numbers of rural health care providers brace to face the crisis.

Though the hospital ceased operating due to its bankruptcy in early January, the takeover highlights the risk that rural America faces after a decade of hospital closures in sparsely populated regions around the country.

The state government moved in federal bankruptcy court on Monday to take over Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima, Washington, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per the filing, “likely a military hospital unit” wanted to commandeer the facility this week in order to create “sufficient capacity to respond effectively to the exponential increase in infections.”
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Large shipment of masks, gloves, other coronavirus protective gear arrives in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hundreds of thousands of masks, gloves, gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) have arrived in Ohio as the state as the state continues to battle the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the state received 271,450 N95 masks, 672,100 surgical masks, 131,808 face shields, 493,575 gloves, 107,670 gowns and 552 coveralls from the Strategic National Stockpile. The equipment will be distributed to counties “to ensure local PPE needs are met," a news release from the ODH says.

Despite the shipment of supplies, ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton says it doesn’t relieve the need for PPE.

“The supplies we received and the state’s reserve will not meet the immediate or future needs of Ohio’s healthcare providers and first responders,” ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton said in a statement. “This shortage is why our message has been to conserve. Industries with PPE are encouraged to donate what they have to their local emergency management agencies.”
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Remember when Elon Must promised to make and deliver Ventilators if there was a shortage? Well he bought a bunch of Sleep Apnea machines and stuck the Tesla logo on them, and as an added bonus those machines will spray the Lung liquid containing virus up into the air, so EVERYONE GETS A VIRUS!!
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FDA has authorized CPAPs for emergency use, and the use virtually guarantees those workers will contract C19
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When COVID-19 moves into rural areas - and it will - Red America is going to get it way worse than the cities, specifically because of the problems with running for-profit health care in areas that are not densely populated. Small hospitals are going to go bankrupt and need to be bailed out, and then we'll see how many people really mean it when they say they don't want socialized medicine.
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When COVID-19 moves into rural areas - and it will - Red America is going to get it way worse than the cities, specifically because of the problems with running for-profit health care in areas that are not densely populated. Small hospitals are going to go bankrupt and need to be bailed out, and then we'll see how many people really mean it when they say they don't want socialized medicine.
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fierceredpanda wrote:
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When COVID-19 moves into rural areas - and it will - Red America is going to get it way worse than the cities, specifically because of the problems with running for-profit health care in areas that are not densely populated. Small hospitals are going to go bankrupt and need to be bailed out, and then we'll see how many people really mean it when they say they don't want socialized medicine.
I think there's a possibility that people will have a whole new outlook on socialized medicine when this is over. I'm waiting to see how COVID-19 is handled in Canada's health care system.
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Re socialized medicine. If you can find them, listen to some of the TV and radio commercials done by Ronald Reagan opposing Medicare before it became law. He predicted all kinds of terrible things. When he became POTUS he was a defender. He knew his demographics. "Socialism" used to be a dirty word until America became fully committed to a "mixed economy."

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ZekeB wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:43 am
fierceredpanda wrote:
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:14 am
When COVID-19 moves into rural areas - and it will - Red America is going to get it way worse than the cities, specifically because of the problems with running for-profit health care in areas that are not densely populated. Small hospitals are going to go bankrupt and need to be bailed out, and then we'll see how many people really mean it when they say they don't want socialized medicine.
I think there's a possibility that people will have a whole new outlook on socialized medicine when this is over. I'm waiting to see how COVID-19 is handled in Canada's health care system.
I was thinking the same thing, we may have a silver lining of sorts. Watching friends and loved ones die can put things into perspective. COVID-19 seems to kill pretty quickly and this will be a huge issue in rural areas that have no hospitals.
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CNN: Documents show backlog of 160,000 coronavirus tests at just one lab company

(CNN) As the US health care system has scrambled to track the spread of coronavirus, one of the nation's largest commercial labs has faced a backlog of tests that ballooned in the last two weeks, and has delayed results in some cases up to 10 days.

New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics had about 160,000 coronavirus test orders waiting to be processed on March 25, which amounted to about half of the 320,000 total orders for the tests the company had received up to that date, according to Quest internal materials obtained by CNN.
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A crying doctor, patients gasping for air and limited coronavirus tests: A look inside a triage tent in Chicago

Michael Dolan describes his experience at Northwestern as “an entirely preventable human disaster” — but he doesn’t blame the hospital or its medical staff.


Michael Dolan started crying late Friday afternoon as he walked away from Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Dolan wasn’t crying because he had spent a week and a half dealing with severe coronavirus symptoms or because an X-ray confirmed he had an acute upper respiratory lung infection. He wasn’t crying about the fact that he was developing pneumonia or that he had just consoled a crying doctor.

Dolan was crying because, after spending hours at the downtown hospital’s outdoor triage tent listening to gasping patients all around him, he had just witnessed the first signs of what he believes is the health care system collapsing. It was “an entirely preventable human disaster” caused not by the hard-working health care professionals, but by failed policies, he says.

This didn’t happen at a poorly resourced or rural hospital, either. This was one of the nation’s best medical centers.
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CNN: Documents show backlog of 160,000 coronavirus tests at just one lab company

(CNN) As the US health care system has scrambled to track the spread of coronavirus, one of the nation's largest commercial labs has faced a backlog of tests that ballooned in the last two weeks, and has delayed results in some cases up to 10 days.

New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics had about 160,000 coronavirus test orders waiting to be processed on March 25, which amounted to about half of the 320,000 total orders for the tests the company had received up to that date, according to Quest internal materials obtained by CNN.
We use Quest and LabCorp for our send-outs and they are so backlogged that we are buying analyzers to do our testing. I wasn't able to participate in our Zoom because of having to do some programming since we decided to do our own testing. I wasn't much surprised it turned out this way. I have no idea if we will start accepting tests from outside our patient base, we don't do testing for anything else outside of our own patients, so I'm guessing not. On a heavy day we process about 140K tubes, some of which have almost 20 separate tests. It's pretty impressive to watch the lab in action. The vast majority is automated, but the SARS-COV-XXX analyzers will not be on the automated line. The tubes will be "received" into our database through the automated line, but automagically kicked out and then carried to the offline analyzers. I wrote much of the software, along with another programmer, for the automated line, very interesting work.
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Mississippi Today: Mississippi has nation’s highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate
San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus: Nurses are wearing trash bags at one Bay Area hospital facing a protective equipment shortage
Associated Press: Virus Masks, Apps: The Race Is On to Avoid Hidden Carriers

NEW YORK — The worldwide race to protect people against unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks, get temperature checks or even be permitted to go outside.
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Call for small UK labs to embrace Dunkirk spirit and produce Covid-19 tests
Veteran UK entrepreneur Mike Fischer calls on small labs to help provide a collective 100,000+ tests a week for front-line healthcare staff.

By Maija Palmer
Wednesday 1 April 2020

Dunkirk involved the rescue of British soldiers from French beaches by a flotilla of “little ships” — pleasure boats and fishing vessels — during the Second World War. Now the UK’s “little labs” are being asked to come to the rescue of front-line health workers by helping to massively ramp up the country’s ability to test for Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Volunteer Testing Network was launched by Mike Fischer, the veteran entrepreneur who cofounded Research Machines, an educational computer and software company, and is in addition to the government’s efforts to ramp up testing from current levels of around 10,000 a day to 25,000 by mid-April.

“We are probably breaking some rules. Someone may sue me. I don’t really care.”

“I’ve worked with the government before and know how slow it can be,” says Fischer, who is putting £1m initial funding in to get the project going. “We can get this up and running within days. We are probably breaking some rules. Someone may sue me. I don’t really care.”

Fischer is asking for all any lab in the UK with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine — the bit of kit that locates a particular coronavirus gene sequence and creates multiple copies that can then be easily detected — to consider getting involved. These machines, which typically cost less than £1,000, are common across testing labs. Every biology department in a university will have dozens. The Wellcome Sanger Institute’s genome project will have thousands.



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Special enrollment period for WA residents to sign up for health insurance extended due to COVID-19

People who don't have health insurance in Washington can continue to sign up during an extended special enrollment period in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced Wednesday it is extending its special enrollment period for people without health insurance to enroll through Washington Healthplanfinder. The special enrollment period, originally scheduled to end on April 8, will now run through May 8 of this year.

To enroll, people need to contact the customer support center and select a plan. For those who sign up after April 8, coverage will begin May 1.

More than 2,500 people have signed up for health insurance coverage beginning April 1 since the special enrollment period opened.
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Potential coronavirus vaccine 'generates enough antibodies to fight off virus'

A potential coronavirus vaccine developed by US scientists has been found to produce antibodies capable of fighting off Covid-19 in the first peer-reviewed study of its kind.

The vaccine, which was tested on mice by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, generated the antibodies in quantities thought to be enough to “neutralise” the virus within two week of injection.

The study’s authors are now to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for investigational new drug approval ahead of phase one human clinical trials planned to start in the next few months.

The first human trial of a vaccine began at a lab in Seattle last month after a team of US researchers skipped animal testing, which is used to establish effectiveness and safety.
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Many New York Coronavirus Patients Are Young, Surprising Doctors

Older patients remain most at risk, but hospitals are being hit with more and more younger cases


Younger adults in New York City are being hospitalized with Covid-19 infections at surprisingly high rates, said doctors and other health-care workers treating them, undermining earlier assumptions about who’s most at risk from the new coronavirus.

New York has more confirmed cases than anywhere else in the U.S., and about 1 in 5 hospitalizations are occurring in people under age 44, according to data released by the city’s health department. Globally, moderate-to-severe cases have occurred in 10% to 15% of adults under age 50, according to the World Health Organization.

On Friday at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, a previously healthy 32-year-old male patient turned to doctor Kaedrea Jackson and asked: “Am I going to die?”

The young man, who had no underlying medical conditions, was short of breath with a fever, and his oxygen levels were dropping rapidly. He’d come to the hospital’s emergency department four days earlier but was told to go home, drink water, take Tylenol and self-isolate. Now he was back and his condition was deteriorating. “The level of fear in his eyes stood out to me,” Jackson, an emergency medicine physician, recalled in an interview Tuesday. “He was extremely scared. And he was so young.”
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About One-Third Of Sacramento County Coronavirus Cases Linked To Church Gatherings, Health Officials Say

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Health officials say a large chunk of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sacramento County is being linked to church-related gatherings.

Sacramento County public health announced new COVID-19 numbers on Wednesday. There are 314 total confirmed coronavirus cases in the county, officials say. Another death has also been linked to the coronavirus, bringing the count to 9.

About one-third of those confirmed cases have been linked to church gatherings, public health officials say.

“Sacramento County is urging – and, not just because the Public Health Order calls for it – all residents, from all faiths and all backgrounds to stay home – lives in our communities depend on it,” public health officials said in a release on Wednesday.

Essential businesses remain open, but health officials are urging people to try and minimize their trips to just going grocery shopping once a week.
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About One-Third Of Sacramento County Coronavirus Cases Linked To Church Gatherings, Health Officials Say

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Health officials say a large chunk of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sacramento County is being linked to church-related gatherings.

Sacramento County public health announced new COVID-19 numbers on Wednesday. There are 314 total confirmed coronavirus cases in the county, officials say. Another death has also been linked to the coronavirus, bringing the count to 9.

About one-third of those confirmed cases have been linked to church gatherings, public health officials say.

“Sacramento County is urging – and, not just because the Public Health Order calls for it – all residents, from all faiths and all backgrounds to stay home – lives in our communities depend on it,” public health officials said in a release on Wednesday.

Essential businesses remain open, but health officials are urging people to try and minimize their trips to just going grocery shopping once a week.
Yep. Churches are almost a perfect place for transmission.
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Why is their deity so angry at them :?:

Can two Korithians give us an answer :?: ;)


ps. if those Korinthians keep quiet, did :geezer: listen in on them :?:

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Inside America’s mask crunch: A slow government reaction and an industry wary of liability

Jeanne Whalen, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
April 2, 2020 at 9:03 p.m. GMT+2

On March 5, as the deadly coronavirus was racing through the United States, Vice President Pence paid a visit to the Minnesota headquarters of 3M, the manufacturing giant that produces protective respiratory masks.

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But in a private meeting shortly before Pence spoke publicly, company leaders had warned the vice president 3M had a problem, according to people familiar with the session, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the closed-door discussion.

Chief executive Michael Roman said he was concerned that repurposing the company’s industrial masks, which made up a bulk of its production, for use by doctors and nurses could leave the company vulnerable to lawsuits. The lack of a liability waiver from Congress — a protection the industry has sought for years — would hinder full distribution of the gear, he said.

While all N95 masks, also known as respirators, filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles, masks for construction and medical use vary in design and fit — and are subject to different regulations.

The liability issue, which set off a scramble by Pence’s aides, was one of a number of roadblocks that delayed the distribution of a basic protective item desperately needed to stem the spread of the virus.

The confluence of a slow initial response by the Trump administration, its wariness of compelling the industry to produce gear and a long-running debate about granting manufacturers legal protection in a health emergency contributed to a critical shortage of masks to front-line workers, according to an examination by The Washington Post of the early weeks of the crisis.


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Mayo Clinic expects COVID-19 antibody test to be ready Monday
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/04/0 ... ady-monday
Researchers at Mayo Clinic expect to release a test that would tell whether a person has had and recovered from COVID-19 on Monday. The Star Tribune reports the University of Minnesota is also narrowing in on an antibody test.

The tests would help public health officials understand the scope of the outbreak and identify people who could safely be in public to help with relief efforts. They would also help in an effort to treat critical COVID-19 patients with plasma from individuals who have recovered.
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On other intersting research item will be, to see how long assumed immunity will last. Remebering that it was reported that some people considered healed once a second outbreak.

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On other intersting research item will be, to see how long assumed immunity will last. Remebering that it was reported that some people considered healed once a second outbreak.
Indeed, it will be very useful to determine how long acquired immunity persists.

Those reports of repeat infections must be treated with caution as some or most might indicate that a test was a false positive or false negative for whatever reason (bad sample, mishandling, faulty test, incorrect records, mistake, or simply the inherent fallibility of most tests).

We'll see as evidence accumulates and improves in quality.

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We've had cases here where people test negative, and then are rushed to the hospital in deep distress days later and retested positive.

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