Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff Health News

Tuesday evening Coconino County reports 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19; and 2,726 active AZ cases, 80 deaths

Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Wed, April 8, 11:00 PM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 57 tests pending and 769 negative tests to date. Across Arizona there are 2,726…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

Beyond sanitizing and social distancing – a healthy circadian rhythm may keep you sane and increase resilience to fight COVID-19

by, Satchin Panda, University of California San Diego Social distancing and washing hands have become the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, but there is another powerfully protective resource immediately available to all: your circadian rhythm….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation War

Doctors are making life-and-death choices over coronavirus patients – it could have long-term consequences for them

by Neil Shortland, University of Massachusetts Lowell As the coronavirus spreads and demand for medical gear far outstrips the supplies, doctors in the U.S. may have to choose who among their patients lives and who dies….

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Opinion

Failures show Trump Is clear and present danger to the United States

Seven “pro-contagion activities” by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States. by Ralph Nader Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped…

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Temperature check: tips for tracking a key symptom of coronavirus contagion

by  Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News April 1, 2020 After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated….

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Safety Net The Conversation

Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

by Basia Belza, University of Washington; Anita Souza, University of Washington, and Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington Older adults always need social connection, but they need it now more than ever. The novel coronavirus brings with…

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Posted in Coconino County Health News Public Health

County COVID-19 response exhausting resources and supplies

County requests support and supplies from federal and state government to continue response  By Meteor Staff Sunday March 22, 9 AM MST An unexpected demand for COVID-19 tests has already found county officials scraping the bottom…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Pro Publica

A medical worker describes terrifying lung failure from COVID-19 — Even in his young patients

“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink…

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On the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic: A doctor’s view

The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during the pandemic despite the severe lack of resources…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Public Health

How many Americans are really infected with the coronavirus?

Health care reporter Caroline Chen dug into the projections to learn what to make of them. Forecasts are fuzzy, but the takeaway is clear: Stay home. by Caroline Chen March 18, 5 a.m. EDT There’s a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Pro Publica

Video: How quickly hospitals could fill up if covid-19 doesn’t slow down

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Science

Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

By Joseph Eisenberg, University of Michigan One vomiting episode from someone infected with norovirus emits billions and billions of individual viruses. That’s enough to fuel an outbreak – and is exactly what happened in an elementary…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Policy US Military US Navy

After discovering a sailor with coronavirus, the U.S. Navy crowded dozens Into one room

On the USS Boxer, where the Navy discovered its first case of coronavirus on a ship, a sailor says his superiors called a meeting that crammed more than 80 senior enlisted sailors and officers together. by…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

A geriatrician offers 4 tips for seniors to stay connected during coronavirus outbreak

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia As the numbers climb for those infected with the novel coronavirus, the dangers rise for vulnerable populations. People who are older or with underlying medical conditions risk the severest consequences, including…

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Health Pro Publica Public Policy

This coronavirus Is unlike anything in our lifetime, and we have to stop comparing it to the flu

Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate. Not one public health expert he trusts has called that comparison valid. Here’s why. by Charles Ornstein March 14,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Economy Flagstaff Health Health Care News

Covid 19 spreads while Flagstaff watches and waits: Updated

By Naima Schuller UPDATE: 3/15/2020. Governor Ducey announces, All schools to close until March 30. Harkins Theatres via an email on the evening of Friday, March 13th announced they will be offering two weeks of paid…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Homelessness News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Michael Cousineau, University of Southern California As the number of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to grow, the nation is on edge. Doctors and scientists do not know what percentage of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Senior Citizens The Conversation

Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus

By Thomas Perls Boston UniversityAs the coronavirus spreads into more and more communities, public health officials are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow the pandemic. Social distancing is the way to do it. Geriatrician Thomas Perls…

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Posted in Coronavirus Council meetings Flagstaff Health Health Health Care News Public Health

Precautions coming about in Flagstaff and region, some closings, so far no local infections

Cheng asked students to consider staying in Flagstaff or on campus for spring break NAU, and CCC announces closures and redesigning most classes for online access. Thursday Mayor Coral Evans declared City Council chambers are no…

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Posted in Coronavirus Emergency Responders Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy Safety Net

Emergency Medical Responders have lacked guidance and are stretched for supplies and personnel to combat coronavirus

Key direction from the CDC on how to protect emergency responders came after the first American case and the exposure of at least one firefighter. It’s yet another example of a fragmented and halting response at…

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TGen North develops coronavirus test

TGen North, the Flagstaff-based division of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, has developed a test for the coronavirus and anticipates being able to deploy it in the near future. “This is part of our role as…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Health Care National News Off the wire

Surging health care worker quarantines raise concerns as coronavirus spreads

Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News March 9, 2020 As the U.S. battles to limit the spread of the highly contagious new coronavirus, the number of health care workers ordered to self-quarantine because of potential exposure to…

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Posted in Business Coronavirus Health News Public Health Sick Leave

Will sick leave protect me if I get ill from coronavirus? 5 questions answered

By Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon Monday, March 9, 2020 Editor’s note: In the coming weeks and months, an outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States could leave workers scrambling to figure out what happens…

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