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.”

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.”

NBC News: 70-year-old nurse who came out of retirement to teach dies of Covid-19

NBC News: 70-year-old nurse who came out of retirement to teach dies of Covid-19. “Iris Meda retired in January excited to start her new life. After a 35-year-long-career as a devoted registered nurse, Iris had planned on spending more time with her grandkids, catching up with her siblings, and joining her local senior center. But soon after her retirement, the pandemic arrived and with it, a change of plans.”

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.”

New York Times: Now the U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators, but Too Few Specialists to Operate Them

New York Times: Now the U.S. Has Lots of Ventilators, but Too Few Specialists to Operate Them. “Since the spring, American medical device makers have radically ramped up the country’s ventilator capacity by producing more than 200,000 critical care ventilators, with 155,000 of them going to the Strategic National Stockpile…. But with new cases approaching 200,000 per day and a flood of patients straining hospitals across the country, public health experts warn that the ample supply of available ventilators may not be enough to save many critically ill patients.”

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.”

Pioneer Press: 900 on Mayo Clinic staff have contracted coronavirus in last two weeks

Pioneer Press: 900 on Mayo Clinic staff have contracted coronavirus in last two weeks. “Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to a Tuesday briefing by Dr. Amy Williams, dean of clinical practice. Williams said that 93 percent of staff who have contracted the virus did so in the community — away from the job — and that the majority of those who contracted the virus at work did so while eating in a break room with a mask off.”

The Atlantic: Hospitals Can’t Go On Like This

The Atlantic: Hospitals Can’t Go On Like This. “At The Atlantic’s request, HHS provided data on the number of hospitals experiencing staffing shortages. From November 4 to November 11, 958 hospitals—19 percent of American hospitals—faced a staffing shortage. This week, 1,109 hospitals reported that they expect to face a staffing shortage. That’s 22 percent of all American hospitals. In eight states, the situation is even more dire.”

Washington Post: Some places were short on nurses before the virus. The pandemic is making it much worse.

Washington Post: Some places were short on nurses before the virus. The pandemic is making it much worse.. “As the virus stampedes across the country, setting previously unimaginable infection records nearly every day of its third major surge, some hospitals are desperately searching for staffers and paying dearly for it. There is record demand for travel nurses, who take out-of-town assignments on short-term contracts of 13 weeks or less at elevated wages. Per-diem nurses, who are willing to take a shift or two in their local hospitals, have been pressed into service. The military is chipping in. And still, in some places, it is not nearly enough.”

Bloomberg: Covid’s Rampage Means No Medical Cavalry Coming to the Rescue

Bloomberg: Covid’s Rampage Means No Medical Cavalry Coming to the Rescue. “Jeff Jensen, a critical-care doctor in Rochester, Minnesota, volunteered last spring to bolster New York City’s medical workers during its Covid-19 crisis. The 51-year-old spent two weeks in an ad hoc intensive-care unit at a Brooklyn public hospital. Now, the pandemic rages in Jensen’s own back yard, but he expects no reinforcements. A nationwide surge of the virus threatens to overwhelm America’s health-care workforce.”

CNN: Nurse sends loving message to his family hours before losing his life to Covid-19

CNN: Nurse sends loving message to his family hours before losing his life to Covid-19. “Taking breaths every few words, a nurse struggled to record a video for his family hours before he died of Covid-19. Sergio Humberto Padilla Hernandez prepared his final farewell to his family, while holding onto hope that he could still recover.”

The Atlantic: ‘No One Is Listening to Us’

The Atlantic: ‘No One Is Listening to Us’ . “In the months since March, many Americans have habituated to the horrors of the pandemic. They process the election’s ramifications. They plan for the holidays. But health-care workers do not have the luxury of looking away: They’re facing a third pandemic surge that is bigger and broader than the previous two. In the U.S., states now report more people in the hospital with COVID-19 than at any other point this year—and 40 percent more than just two weeks ago.

Becker’s Spine Review: 148 employers post more than 500 orthopedic positions on new website

Becker’s Spine Review: 148 employers post more than 500 orthopedic positions on new website. “The website was created by The Academic Orthopaedic Consortium in response to residents’ and fellows’ frustrations identifying jobs. It launched Nov. 2. The consortium’s membership base includes 140 university-based orthopedic programs, whose 2,700 members comprise orthopedic chairs, division chiefs, chief administrative officers, and 2,000 residents and fellows. The organization also has ties to more than 700 private orthopedic practices.”

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.”