The Journal (Ireland): Misleading videos of ’empty’ hospitals being shared on social media are putting extra strain on health service, say hospitals

The Journal (Ireland): Misleading videos of ’empty’ hospitals being shared on social media are putting extra strain on health service, say hospitals. “STAFF AT A number of hospitals around the country have criticised videos on anti-Covid 19 social media pages which suggest that hospitals are secretly ‘empty’, describing them as wrong and misleading.”

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light

WSB-TV: Forgotten blueprints of segregated hospitals in Georgia brought to light. “On the campus of Kennesaw State University, a disturbing era of Georgia history is now in plain view. ‘There were separate waiting rooms. Separate pharmacies. Entrances. Everything,’ Helen Thomas said. Thomas oversees the university archives. Along with the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia, she has gone online with the blueprints of hospitals built in the state during the 1940′s and 50′s.”

The Guardian: Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities

The Guardian: Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities. “People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog. Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.”

Winchester Star: Chaplains ‘pour it all out’ giving comfort to virus patients

Winchester Star: Chaplains ‘pour it all out’ giving comfort to virus patients. “When the pandemic first hit the region in March, [Winchester Medical Center] Staff Chaplain Rob Looney said he spent about a third of his time with COVID-19 patients. Now that there is a much larger wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, he spends at least 50% to 60% of his time with COVID-19-related interactions.”

COVID-19: Brazil crisis like ‘medieval plague’ as patients suffocate without oxygen (Sky News)

Sky News: COVID-19: Brazil crisis like ‘medieval plague’ as patients suffocate without oxygen. “With a population of over 211 million people, a resurgent COVID-19 outbreak, a president still in denial about its danger, dwindling supplies of oxygen and a new variant of its very own, it is hardly surprising there was some relief in Brazil that the country’s vaccination programme was, at last, being rolled out. The relief probably didn’t last very long when it was revealed the nation had just six million doses available and not much more on the way.”

Texas Tribune: Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals

Texas Tribune: Facing a crush of COVID-19 patients, ICUs are completely full in at least 50 Texas hospitals. “More than 50 Texas hospitals are currently reporting that their ICUs are 100% full or higher, and a dozen of them have been full for more than half of the 24 weeks since hospitals began reporting that information in July, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Reuters: ICUs clogged on the way in, morgues on the way out in California’s COVID crisis

Reuters: ICUs clogged on the way in, morgues on the way out in California’s COVID crisis. “Southern California is so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases that patients are backed up trying to get into hospitals, and corpses get stuck in another logjam once they leave. At one hospital in Orange County, ambulances loaded with patients are lining up outside waiting for space in the intensive care unit, and COVID-19 patients fill the emergency room hallway.”

SaltWire Network: ‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients

SaltWire Network: ‘Queering Cancer’ website creates community for LGBTQ+ cancer patients. “With help from colleagues at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and the University of Alberta, [Evan] Taylor created the ‘Queering Cancer’ website . The online support system includes a peer support forum, patient stories and a searchable database of cancer resources specific to LGBTQ2+ people.”

NPR: Black Doctors Use Social Media To Share Accurate Information About COVID-19 Vaccine

NPR: Black Doctors Use Social Media To Share Accurate Information About COVID-19 Vaccine. “About a quarter of the American public is hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine. That number goes up to a third of Black Americans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll last month. The hesitancy is rooted in real mistreatment and fanned by myths and misinformation. As NPR’s Pien Huang reports, some Black doctors are finding creative ways to encourage vaccine acceptance.”

New York Times: How Full Are Hospital I.C.U.s Near You?

New York Times: How Full Are Hospital I.C.U.s Near You?. “Almost one-fifth of U.S. hospitals with intensive care units reported that at least 95 percent of their I.C.U. beds were full in the week ending Dec. 24. Nationwide, 78 percent of intensive care hospital beds were occupied. See how the pandemic has affected recent hospital capacity in the map below, which shows data reported by individual hospitals. Health officials said that the data should not discourage sick people from seeking care.”

Route Fifty: My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help

Route Fifty: My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help. “After 10 months of witnessing the coronavirus’s destructive capacity, on December 16 I joined thousands of health-care workers across the country and received my initial dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. I felt hope for the first time since March, when Covid-19 patients started streaming into my emergency room. My colleagues and I would now have one more layer of protection in our fight against the virus. My relief was short-lived. Walking back into the emergency room, I once again felt the despair brought on by the pandemic; the vaccines won’t help any of the Covid-19 patients I am currently treating, or those who will come in during my next shift.”

Covid-19: Hospitals under pressure as coronavirus cases rise (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Hospitals under pressure as coronavirus cases rise. “Hospitals in the south of England say they have seen a ‘real rise in pressure’ as the number of Covid patients needing treatment increases. Saturday was described as one of London Ambulance Service’s busiest in history amid the rapid spread of a new variant. The service and at least two others have urged people to call 999 only if there is a serious emergency.”

MIT Technology Review: Pregnant in the pandemic? It helps to have good Wi-Fi.

MIT Technology Review: Pregnant in the pandemic? It helps to have good Wi-Fi.. “Pregnancy, including birth and aftercare, is the single largest reason for hospital visits in the US, and on average a typical pregnancy will involve between 12 and 14 medical appointments. Proper prenatal visits can prevent life-threatening complications. But limiting in-person care is vital during the pandemic, especially for pregnant women, who are more likely to develop severe or even fatal covid infections. As a result, an unprecedented number of women are turning to virtual care or telehealth services such as video appointments, text support, and phone calls. ”