Daily Beast: Israel’s Hospitals Are at Brink of Collapse in Devastating Second COVID Wave

Daily Beast: Israel’s Hospitals Are at Brink of Collapse in Devastating Second COVID Wave. “Israel’s hospital system is overwhelmed and on a fast track to collapse, according to the nation’s top experts responsible for COVID-19 patients. At an extraordinary press conference, Dr. Avishai Elis, the secretary of the Israel’s Internal Medicine Association, warned the public of an imminent disaster and the ‘tragic implications’ of the paralysis which has taken hold of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government regarding the nation’s hospitals.”

Nextgov: COVID-19 Exposes Need to Modernize U.S. Public Health Data System, Experts Say

Nextgov: COVID-19 Exposes Need to Modernize U.S. Public Health Data System, Experts Say . “At a Tuesday webinar, legislators, public health officials and data experts gathered to discuss the need for new policies around public health data. Charles Rothwell, former head of the Health and Human Services Department’s National Center for Health Statistics, said he wished he had anything positive to say about the federal government’s health data standards.”

NPR: Artists Turn GoFundMe Comments Into A ‘Get Well Soon!’ Card For A Sick System

Sometimes you read an article that just punches you in the pit of your stomach. NPR: Artists Turn GoFundMe Comments Into A ‘Get Well Soon!’ Card For A Sick System. “The popular crowdsourcing site GoFundMe is a go-to place to appeal for help with rent, medicine, child care and favorite causes. Along with donations, supporters leave comments ranging from ‘Can’t wait for you to have the glasses you need!’ to ‘Best of everything big guy,’ to simply ‘Get well soon!’ Artists Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain have turned those well wishes into an artwork called Get Well Soon! It consists of more than 200,000 comments scraped from GoFundMe and arranged alphabetically in relentless rows of hope, cheer and sympathy.”

AP: Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

AP: Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus. “The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers on the ground are sometimes paid so little, they qualify for public aid. They track the coronavirus on paper records shared via fax. Working seven-day weeks for months on end, they fear pay freezes, public backlash and even losing their jobs.”