Since the 1960s, telehealth cheerleaders have been predicting that video visits with doctors would soon become common for many U.S. patients. That became true only weeks ago, six decades later, when the coronavirus pandemic essentially shut down the world. "Since about mid-March, it's become a reality and even a likelihood for millions of patients," said Lori Uscher-Pines, a senior policy researcher at the Rand Corp., whose research includes innovations in telehealth. "Before then, less than 10 percent of U.S. adults had ever had a telemedicine visit. But covid-19 [is changing] all that, likely permanently." The terms...
As of Friday, May 15, testing tracked by state officials in North Dakota indicated 35% of those who test positive for the coronavirus are asymptomatic at the time of testing, said Tammy Miller, Gov. Doug Burgum’s chief operating officer and a leader in guiding the state’s response. Public health officials and health experts have said asymptomatic carriers of the virus pose a significant challenge, since they can unknowingly transmit the virus — and some studies suggest they may play a major role in the coronavirus’s spread. On the other hand, a high asymptomatic rate means the death rate from coronavirus likely is lower than reported. People without symptoms often are never tested, skewing the numbers, said Molly Howell, an epidemiolog
Ever since I turned 30, I've been slightly fixated on learning all I can about skincare and how to make sure I'm doing all I can to make sure my skin is at its healthiest. And it's not all about anti-aging or fending off wrinkles. In fact, turning the big 3-0 made me really rethink my overall health. Now that I'm about five months into my 31st year, I feel like I've made some progress on this goal. I've been stepping outside of my fitness comfort zone (aka indoor cycling and barre) and trying new workouts. I've made it a priority to eat better but also allow for some fun every now and then. I've been taking care of and paying attention to my mental health more. And I've been taking in all the skincare knowledge that I can.One thing I realized I knew the bare minimum about was su...
A mysterious condition affecting children that could be linked to COVID-19 has been reported in several European countries and North America.The World Health Organization (WHO) put out a scientific brief on Friday describing "clusters of children and adolescents requiring admission to intensive care units with a multisystem inflammatory condition with some features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome."England's health service had alerted at the end of April that cases of children in intensive care with "a multi-system inflammatory state" were rising.Children were displaying overlapping symptoms of severe COVID-19, toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease.The UK, France, Italy, Spain, and the US have all reported cases with some children testing positive for COVI...
In mid-March, Dr. Jim Bristow’s wife came down with gastrointestinal issues. Then, she couldn’t stop coughing.Her symptoms pointed to coronavirus, but she couldn’t get tested — in part because of the nationwide test shortage, but also because the pair lived in Vashon, an idyllic town on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound with scant medical resources. When Dr. Anthony S. Fauci of President Trump’s coronavirus task force said that the United States was failing with regards to testing, Dr. Bristow, said that it “really struck me.”Dr. Bristow felt inspired to collaborate with other members in the Vashon community to develop a model to test, trace and isolate — in essence, a coronavirus response plan that they call the Rural Test & Trace Toolkit. Dr. Bristow, a retired cardiologis
Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Colorado has made a stunning and significant change to the way it counts COVID-19 deaths that reduced the statewide figure from more than 1,000 to 878, according to a report.The change came after Colorado’s Department of Public Health admitted that its COVID-19 death toll was counting those who tested positive for the coronavirus but had died of other causes, Fox 31 Denver reported late Friday.The department now says 1,150 Coloradoans who died had COVID-19 but only 878 of those deaths were “due to” COVID-19.AS US CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL MOUNTS, SO DOES THE BELIEF BY SOME THAT IT IS EXAGGERATED Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point while wearing a face mask with the logo of
The coronavirus patient, a 75-year-old man, was dying. No family member was allowed in the room with him, only a young nurse.In full protective gear, she dimmed the lights and put on quiet music. She freshened his pillows, dabbed his lips with moistened swabs, held his hand, spoke softly to him. He wasn’t even her patient, but everyone else was slammed.Finally, she held an iPad close to him, so he could see the face and hear the voice of a grief-stricken relative Skyping from the hospital corridor.After the man died, the nurse found a secluded hallway, and wept.A few days later, she shared her anguish in a private Facebook message to Dr. Heather Farley, who directs a comprehensive staff-support program at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. “I’m not the kind of nurse that can act like I’m
Three children in Israel are believed to have been affected by a Kawasaki-like disease thought linked to COVID-19, Channel 12 news reported on Saturday. All three recovered and have since been released from the hospital, according to the report. The children were from the northern part of the country and from Jerusalem, the report went on without offering further details. The Health Ministry hasn’t published official figures for the number of children who have suffered from the syndrome. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Over the past three weeks, several countries have reported cases of children affected by an inflammatory disease with symptoms simila
Less than a week ago, an ailment the New York Times called “baffling” took the lives of three children. More cases of the syndrome, which doctors believe is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been popping up in children around the United States and in Europe.The Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Reilly Children’s Hospital has now treated three children, all of whom are recovering, for the ailment and is bracing for the possibility of treating more. Reilly is the Lehigh Valley’s only children’s hospital.The hospital sent out a news release on Thursday night stating that it was monitoring the incidence of “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome” (PMIS) both regionally and internationally and is "prepared to care for children with the illness.”PMIS causes inflammation in organ systems,
Colorado’s health department changed the way it publicly reports coronavirus deaths Friday, introducing a second category of fatalities after its methods came under scrutiny — including by a state representative who’s calling for the agency’s chief to be investigated.How COVID-19 deaths are counted has become politically divisive, with critics claiming the numbers are inflated and medical experts saying deaths may actually be undercounted. Still, the number of deaths is a crucial data point that informs public understanding of the pandemic’s severity and health officials’ response to the crisis. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now clarifying that its death tally includes the total number of fatalities among people who had COVID-19, including those deaths in whi