As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us? (Washington Post)

Washington Post: As thousands of athletes get coronavirus tests, nurses wonder: What about us?. “As sports lurched back to life over the summer, health experts debated the ethics of entire leagues jumping to the front of the testing line. But ultimately the leagues, with billions of revenue dollars at stake, contracted with private labs to pay for the best and fastest tests available — a luxury many hospitals and other healthcare providers, reeling from the pandemic, can’t afford.”

New York Times: Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

New York Times: Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic. “Dr. Mary Fowkes, a neuropathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan whose autopsies of Covid-19 victims early in the pandemic discovered serious damage in multiple organs — a finding that led to the successful use of higher doses of blood thinners to treat patients — died on Nov. 15 at her home in Katonah, N.Y., in Westchester County. She was 66. Her daughter, Jackie Treatman, said the cause was a heart attack.”

Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come Home With Tears in My Eyes’ (New York Times)

New York Times: Covid Combat Fatigue: ‘I Would Come Home With Tears in My Eyes’. “About 2 a.m. on a sweltering summer night, Dr. Orlando Garner awoke to the sound of a thud next to his baby daughter’s crib. He leapt out of bed to find his wife, Gabriela, passed out, her forehead hot with the same fever that had stricken him and his son, Orlando Jr., then 3, just hours before. Two days later, it would hit their infant daughter, Veronica. Nearly five months later, Dr. Garner, a critical care physician at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is haunted by what befell his family last summer: He had inadvertently shuttled the coronavirus home, and sickened them all.”

VOA News: Seven Sudanese Doctors Die from COVID-19 in 10 Days

VOA News: Seven Sudanese Doctors Die from COVID-19 in 10 Days. “Sudanese health authorities said Sunday that seven medical doctors died from COVID-19 in 10 days, a development that reflects Sudan’s sharp rise in cases in recent weeks. Nearly 100 deaths were recorded in the past month.”

Univadis: Medical Royal College launches healthcare worker COVID-19 archive

Univadis: Medical Royal College launches healthcare worker COVID-19 archive. “The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) has launched a COVID-19 digital archive, which documents the experiences of healthcare workers living and working through the pandemic. This ongoing archiving project includes a range of materials such as diaries, photographs, and interviews – providing an important record of the professional and personal impact of the pandemic on healthcare workers, according to the College.”

Associated Press: US hits record COVID-19 hospitalizations amid virus surge

Associated Press: US hits record COVID-19 hospitalizations amid virus surge. “The U.S. hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Tuesday and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November amid a nationwide surge of infections that shows no signs of slowing. The new wave appears bigger and more widespread than the surges that happened in the spring and summer — and threatens to be worse. But experts say there are also reasons to think the nation is better able to deal with the virus this time around.”

American Medical Association: AMA statement on ongoing attacks on physicians treating COVID patients

American Medical Association: AMA statement on ongoing attacks on physicians treating COVID patients. “Throughout this pandemic, physicians, nurses, and frontline health care workers have risked their health, their safety and their lives to treat their patients and defeat a deadly virus. They did it because duty called and because of the sacred oath they took. The suggestion that doctors—in the midst of a public health crisis—are overcounting COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge.”

Doctors: Trump is wrong to accuse medical professionals of profiting from diagnosing COVID-19 (USA Today)

USA Today: Doctors: Trump is wrong to accuse medical professionals of profiting from diagnosing COVID-19. “As doctors we are outraged by Trump’s gutless insinuations. We’re not alone. The American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, leveraging the voices of over 800,000 American physicians, have each castigated Trump for his callous allegations. The mere implication that health care professionals would be incentivized by profit to alter the true rate of this public health pandemic is reprehensible. Here’s why.”

Washington Post: Amid covid-19 surge in Belgium, doctors and nurses asked to keep working after testing positive

Washington Post: Amid covid-19 surge in Belgium, doctors and nurses asked to keep working after testing positive. “Well into Europe’s second wave of the coronavirus, so many Belgians are sick or quarantining that there aren’t enough police on the streets, teachers in classrooms or medical staff in hospitals. In some hospitals, doctors and nurses who have tested positive but don’t have symptoms are being asked to keep working, because so many others are out sick with covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. School principals are marshaling secretaries and parent volunteers to replace falling ranks of teachers.”

Flathead Beacon: Montana Physicians Plead for Adherence to Wearing Facemasks, Other Precautions

Flathead Beacon: Montana Physicians Plead for Adherence to Wearing Facemasks, Other Precautions. “Their collective plea is straightforward: wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings, wash hands, stay home if you’re sick and take the virus seriously, in order to the re-flatten the curve, protect vulnerable residents and keep businesses open. That message is the same as it’s been for months, but it has grown more urgent, as demonstrated by a Sept. 30 press conference in which physicians and public-health officials stressed that public commitment to those precautions is the critical factor in controlling COVID-19 in Montana.”

Texas doctor, 28, dies of Covid: ‘She wore the same mask for weeks, if not months’ (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Texas doctor, 28, dies of Covid: ‘She wore the same mask for weeks, if not months’. “[Adeline] Fagan is one of over 250 medical staff who died in southern and western hotspot states as the virus surged there over the summer, according to reporting by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News as part of Lost on the Frontline, a project to track every US healthcare worker death. In Texas, nine medical deaths in April soared to 33 in July, after Governor Greg Abbott hastily pushed to reopen the state for business and then reversed course.”

Donald Trump, M.D.: How the President Is Shaping His Own Treatment (TIME)

TIME: Donald Trump, M.D.: How the President Is Shaping His Own Treatment. “Medical doctors warn Trump could still be a few days away from what can the most dangerous part of the COVID-19 disease cycle, called the cytokine storm, when the body’s immune response rages and can overwhelm its own function. ‘He’s a high risk individual and he is now entering a potentially unstable part of his clinical course,’ says Dr. Howard Koh, a Harvard professor on health policy who was a senior health official in the Obama Administration. ‘The last thing we want for his health is to be discharged too early and be readmitted.'”

Gordi: The pop star doctor who answered the Covid call (BBC)

BBC: Gordi: The pop star doctor who answered the Covid call. “Singer-songwriter Gordi thinks it’s ‘incredibly selfish’ not to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic. As a practising doctor in hospitals around the state of Victoria – the current “epicentre of Covid in Australia” – she’s perhaps more qualified than most musicians to talk on the topic.”

CNN: 28-year-old Houston doctor dies after battle with coronavirus, family says

CNN: 28-year-old Houston doctor dies after battle with coronavirus, family says. “Adeline Fagan, a second year OBGYN resident living in Houston, died early Saturday after a couple months-long battle with Covid-19, her family announced in a post on a GoFundMe page established on her behalf. Fagan had just started her second year of residency in Houston when she got sick, the GoFundMe page said.”

Houston Chronicle: ‘I’m just so, so tired’

Houston Chronicle: ‘I’m just so, so tired’. “As a nurse, LaTonya Rafe has developed a sense of knowing when death is closing in. She felt it the moment she walked into the room of one of her favorite COVID-19 patients, the one she was sure would beat the virus overtaking her small Houston hospital. Not him, too, she thought. The team at United Memorial Medical Center rushed in to try to save the Hispanic man in his 60s as his blood pressure dropped. Their hospital is ground zero in Acres Homes, one of the city’s hardest-hit neigbhorhoods. Rafe speaks no Spanish, her patient spoke no English. She worried he would be frightened, so she scrolled through her phone to find Spanish-language ballads on YouTube to calm him. She stroked his hand because no family was there.”