Salon: How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months

Salon: How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months. “Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was ‘shocked’ when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.”

Vox: My patient caught Covid-19 twice. So long to herd immunity hopes.

Vox: My patient caught Covid-19 twice. So long to herd immunity hopes.. “‘Wait. I can catch Covid twice?’ my 50-year-old patient asked in disbelief. It was the beginning of July, and he had just tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, for a second time — three months after a previous infection. While there’s still much we don’t understand about immunity to this new illness, a small but growing number of cases like his suggest the answer is ‘yes.'”

The Chattanoogan: NFHS Offers Free Online COVID-19 Informational Courses For Coaches And Administrators

The Chattanoogan: NFHS Offers Free Online COVID-19 Informational Courses For Coaches And Administrators. “The COVID 19 pandemic presents a myriad of challenges to high school athletic and activity programs. To help address some of those challenges, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has developed a new free online course ‘COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators.’ The course includes information from the ‘Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities’ document that was released by the NFHS in May for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in restarting high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation.”

Coronavirus: Three generations of Bollywood Bachchan family infected (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Three generations of Bollywood Bachchan family infected. “Three generations of a high-profile Bollywood family have tested positive for Covid-19, officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra say. Results on Sunday showed the actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World, and her daughter Aaradhya, eight, were infected with coronavirus. Her husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh, both also actors, were taken to hospital on Saturday with the virus.”

Reuters: Coronavirus stalks cells of Cameroon’s crowded prisons

Reuters: Coronavirus stalks cells of Cameroon’s crowded prisons. “On the morning of April 24, Fritz Takang became so breathless he could barely walk across the cramped cell he shared with 60 inmates at the main prison in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. That night, he said, he was evacuated with five others to an apartment complex that was being used to quarantine suspected COVID-19 cases. Near dawn the following morning, Takang, 48, heard a fellow inmate in distress in a neighbouring room. With no doctors present, he said, he went to the man’s bedside and laid a hand on his feverish forehead. Moments later, the man died.”

Washington Post: Your mask feels uncomfortable? Get over it. As a surgeon, I know how vital they are.

Washington Post: Your mask feels uncomfortable? Get over it. As a surgeon, I know how vital they are.. “Today, my wife returned from a visit with a friend. ‘She won’t wear a mask. She said it’s too uncomfortable.’ Had I been there, I would have said, as I now do when I hear people complaining about the discomforts of a mask, ‘Sorry, you’ll get no sympathy from me.’ As a surgeon, I spent much of my life behind a mask. Yes, it could be uncomfortable, especially during hay fever season, when I would excuse myself at the end of a three-hour operation to discreetly remove my snot-filled mask and wipe my face clean.”

Bloomberg: Lacking Legal Means, Japan Is Paying Night Clubs to Shut

Bloomberg: Lacking Legal Means, Japan Is Paying Night Clubs to Shut. “Nighttime businesses such as host clubs that close for at least 10 days will receive 500,000 yen ($4,664) per outlet from the Tokyo government, Asahi newspaper reported Thursday, citing an unidentified official. The city’s Toshima Ward had earlier asked the capital for such financial assistance. In southern Japan, Kagoshima prefecture, where more than 80 infections have been traced to one cabaret club, will pay up to 300,000 yen for night time entertainment establishments to close for two weeks starting Wednesday.”

New York Times: Pittsburgh Seemed Like a Virus Success Story. Now Cases Are Surging.

New York Times: Pittsburgh Seemed Like a Virus Success Story. Now Cases Are Surging.. “A little more than three weeks ago, officials in Pittsburgh announced a milestone enviable for almost any major city in America: A day had gone by without a single new confirmed case of the coronavirus. It was good news for a city that had seen only a modest outbreak all along, even as the virus raged through places like Philadelphia and New York. That was then.”

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest. “Over 1,500 people have been shot in Chicago, almost 900 in Philadelphia, and more than 500 in New York City so far in 2020 — all up significantly from the same time last year (1,018 in Chicago, 701 in Philadelphia and 355 in New York). The surge in shootings has been particularly painful for communities of color, which have disproportionately endured the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, the economic recession and social unrest following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.”

AP: South Africa considers return to restrictions amid coronavirus surge

AP: South Africa considers return to restrictions amid coronavirus surge. “Confronted by surging patient numbers due to coronavirus, South Africa is considering a return to tighter restrictions to combat the disease, which officials say may soon overwhelm the country’s health system. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced he will speak to the nation about the crisis on Sunday evening after health officials issued warnings about shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen.”

Lifehacker: How to Quit Your Doomscrolling Habit

Lifehacker: How to Quit Your Doomscrolling Habit. “If you’re someone who reaches for your phone as soon as you wake up (other than to turn off the alarm), you may find yourself scrolling through your newsfeed or social media channels out of habit. It can start out innocently enough: quizzes to find out which Golden Girl you are, pictures of your friends’ kids drawing on the walls, and recipes for a one-pot meal you’ll think about making for dinner but never will. But in this year of never-ending doom, it’s hard to avoid all the bad news—primarily because it just keeps coming.”