AP: Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

AP: Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again. “The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.”

Mother Jones: Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief

Mother Jones: Inside the Facebook Group Where Doctors Process Their Immense Coronavirus Grief. “As she sat on her couch in her house, alone, sick with COVID-19, an unwelcome series of thoughts crept into Erica Bial’s mind. If I die here, she wondered, who would ever notice? How long would the neighbor’s cat take to find me? Bial, a neurosurgeon living in Massachusetts, works at Lahey Hospitals northwest of Boston. She was two weeks into her self-imposed isolation with the disease, when it took a turn for the worse on her 45th birthday. ‘I had been—I thought—getting better,’ she said.”

CNN: More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions

CNN: More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers sign letter asking governor for more coronavirus restrictions. “More than 1,400 Georgia healthcare workers have petitioned the state’s governor asking that he impose further restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19. Georgia has seen the virus surge in the past week, with the number of new cases increasing by over 50%.”

Route Fifty: Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.

Route Fifty: Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear. Some Still Died.. “Since March, more than 4,100 COVID-related complaints regarding health care facilities have poured into the nation’s network of federal and state OSHA offices, which are tasked with protecting workers from harm on the job. A KHN investigation found that at least 35 health care workers died after OSHA received safety complaints about their workplaces. Yet by June 21, the agency had quietly closed almost all of those complaints, and none of them led to a citation or a fine.”

Washington Post: Caregivers on the front lines in nursing homes risk health, safety during pandemic

Washington Post: Caregivers on the front lines in nursing homes risk health, safety during pandemic. “In the parking lot of an assisted-living center in southern Illinois, Shalla McBride sat in a Buick stocked with hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes and prayed for her mother to watch over her. Her mother had reassured the family, McBride recalled, every time she went to work at a nursing home an hour’s drive north, hoping to help stave off the novel coronavirus that was sickening elderly residents. “I’ll be fine,” her mother had said, even as her throat began to hurt, her chest tightened and she lost her sense of taste and smell. The 65-year-old registered nurse died May 2 of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.”

Khaleej Times: Dubai developing database on professionals researching infectious diseases

Khaleej Times: Dubai developing database on professionals researching infectious diseases. “Dubai is developing a database of professionals specialising in and researching infectious diseases, the Dubai Future Foundation has said in a report. Titled ‘Life after Covid-19: Health’, the report is prepared in collaboration with the Dubai Future Council for Health and Wellbeing, and highlights most significant global post-pandemic trends in the healthcare sector.”

CNBC: Black doctors push for anti-bias training in medicine to combat health inequality

CNBC: Black doctors push for anti-bias training in medicine to combat health inequality. “George Floyd’s last words, ‘I can’t breathe,’ have become a rallying cry during the weeks of protests against police violence. Doctors writing in the New England Journal of Medicine use those words as a refrain to lay out how systemic racism has negatively impacted the health of African Americans and how this is the moment to change it.”

CNBC: Public health officials are facing political pressure, threats and armed protests as states push to reopen

CNBC: Public health officials are facing political pressure, threats and armed protests as states push to reopen. “In the battle against COVID-19, public health workers spread across states, cities and small towns make up an invisible army on the front lines. But that army, which has suffered neglect for decades, is under assault when it’s needed most. Officials who usually work behind the scenes managing tasks like immunizations and water quality inspections have found themselves center stage. Elected officials and members of the public who are frustrated with the lockdowns and safety restrictions have at times turned public health workers into politicized punching bags, battering them with countless angry calls and even physical threats.”

Kaiser Health News: Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear

Kaiser Health News: Health Workers Resort To Etsy, Learning Chinese, Shady Deals To Find Safety Gear. “A nursing home worker in New Jersey rendezvoused with ‘the parking lot guy’ to cut a deal for gowns. A director of safety-net clinics in Florida learned basic Chinese and waited outside past midnight for a truck to arrive with tens of thousands of masks. A cardiologist in South Carolina tried his luck with ‘shady characters’ to buy ingredients to blend his own hand sanitizer. The global pandemic has ordinary health care workers going to extremes in a desperate hunt for medical supplies.”

CNN: Nursing homes receive defective equipment as part of Trump administration supply initiative

CNN: Nursing homes receive defective equipment as part of Trump administration supply initiative. “Nursing homes with urgent needs for personal protective equipment say they’re getting gowns that look more like large tarps — with no holes for hands — and surgical masks that are paper-thin as part of the administration’s initiative to bolster supplies for vulnerable populations amid the pandemic.”

STAT News: Covid-19 is battering independent physician practices. They need help now

STAT News: Covid-19 is battering independent physician practices. They need help now. “Autumn Road Family Practice is a small, six-doctor primary care practice that’s been caring for people in Little Rock, Ark., for more than half a century. On a Thursday in mid-March, the entire staff met to update the practice’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, since the first case had just been identified in Little Rock. The floor dropped out quickly. ”

Gotham Gazette: Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers’ Comp

Gotham Gazette: Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers’ Comp. “Infected front-line staff, from health-care workers to grocery store clerks, are being asked to prove they contracted the virus on the job in order to receive workers’ compensation and death benefits, union leaders and elected officials say. In some cases, insurance companies are asking nurses to identify which patient may have exposed them to the virus or when they had a breach of personal protective equipment, the officials said.”

AP: Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

AP: Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him. “As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like. Twice this week, Trump has not only dismissed the findings of studies but suggested — without evidence — that their authors were motivated by politics and out to undermine his efforts to roll back coronavirus restrictions.”

The Guardian: Survey finds 87% of America’s nurses forced to reuse protective equipment

The Guardian: Survey finds 87% of America’s nurses forced to reuse protective equipment. “The vast majority of America’s nurses say they have not been tested for Covid-19, are reusing personal protective equipment (PPE), or have exposed skin or clothing while caring for Covid-19 patients, a new survey has shown.”

‘He gave his life for that hospital’: A doctor put off retirement to fight covid-19, only to die of the virus (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘He gave his life for that hospital’: A doctor put off retirement to fight covid-19, only to die of the virus. “Before it came for him, [Dr. James “Charlie”] Mahoney witnessed the toll of the virus in his patients in the ICU — not just at SUNY Downstate but also across the street at Kings County Hospital Center, where he also took on shifts. Sometimes he slept there, his brother said. Mahoney had new coronavirus patients needing critical care every hour, an onslaught of suffering that was unlike anything he and his team had ever seen, Foronjy said. He worked on his patients until he couldn’t anymore, in mid-April, when the telltale fever crept up on him. It never got better.”