Virus vs Culture

Some people may be surprised to learn that most viruses don’t have much respect for the following: Optimism, blind or otherwiseFearlessnessMathematical illiteracyFeelingsOpinionsConspiraciesSpring breakJobsEconomicsLyingDenialIgnoranceIrrationalityInsultsPoliticsExcusesIncompetenceToilet paper abundance Relative to human beings, who may be compassionate and understanding about some of the above, the behavior of viruses could be considered by some to be borderline rude. For example, the recent coronavirus has shown a most unpleasant disregard for Italian culture and optimism, now claiming 3405 lives in Italy (more than 900 of them in the past 2 days) and infecting more than 41K. It seems particularly obnoxious in its treatment of Italian medical personnel, infecting more than 2600 of them so far. In response the Italians have opted to accelerate the graduation of thousands of medical students, so they can join the fight against the virus months ahead of schedule. So far the virus hasn’t revealed what it thinks about that when asked. Many Spaniards noted how the virus treated the Italians and assumed it would treat them quite differently. The virus, however, seems to find Spanish bodies at least as hospitable as its Italian hosts, which may be why it proceeded to infect 18K and to claim 831 lives in Spain, promising more to follow. The virus was nonplussed when Iran’s Deputy Health Minister denied its potential, even while he was coughing quite ...
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CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to improve respiratory infectious disease procedures in our study hospitals, especially in outpatient and emergency departments. PMID: 32459978 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Postgraduate Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Postgrad Med Source Type: research
This study demonstrates the impressive measures academic orthopaedic institutions are taking to meet the needs of our patients by identifying a notable increase in new telehealth offerings throughout the United States with a positive correlation with COVID-19 disease burden. PMID: 32459409 [PubMed - in process]
Source: The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Am Acad Orthop Surg Source Type: research
Even with the relaxation of measures, pubs in the city are still likely to go to the wallTwo months after the Briton ’s Protection pub in Manchester city centre had to close its doors, the business’s owner Mark West doesn’t know when they will reopen, a source of frustration for him and his furloughed staff.The specialist ale and whisky pub, which has been serving the city ’s drinkers including artists and musicians for more than 200 years, is currently “haemorrhaging” money says West, who is using money from his property development business to support the pub.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak UK news Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Science Source Type: news
Authors: Mitra AR, Fergusson NA, Lloyd-Smith E, Wormsbecker A, Foster D, Karpov A, Crowe S, Haljan G, Chittock DR, Kanji HD, Sekhon MS, Griesdale DEG Abstract BACKGROUND: Pandemic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is associated with high intensive care unit (ICU) mortality. We aimed to describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes of critically ill patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Canadian setting. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case series of critically ill patients with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection consecutively admitted to 1 of 6 ICUs ...
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: CMAJ Source Type: research
This study aimed to confirm whether anosmia and dysgeusia are specific symptoms among those who tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). METHODS: We conducted an age-matched case-control study in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec between Mar. 10 and Mar. 23, 2020. We included adults (age ≥ 18 yr) who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Cases were matched (1:1) according to 5-year age groups with control patents selected randomly from among all patients who tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 during the same period. Demographic an...
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: CMAJ Source Type: research
Cross-party group highlights new evidence on how dirty air may worsen infectionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAir pollution must be kept at low levels to help avoid a second peak of coronavirus infections, according to a cross-party report from MPs.There isgrowing evidence from around the world linking exposure to dirty air and increased infections and deaths from Covid-19. Lockdowns cut air pollution levels in many places, but the MPs said measures were needed to ensure it remains low.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Air pollution Coronavirus outbreak UK news US news Environment Science World news Politics Source Type: news
The chief executive of AstraZeneca, which is developing a leading coronavirus vaccine with Oxford University, said it is too early to deliberately expose vaccine trial participants to the pathogen, but it may become an option if ongoing trials hit a snag.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
Doctors in hospitals across the Chilean capital Santiago said on Wednesday beds are fast running short as new coronavirus cases spike across the city, forcing urgent care wards to make tough decisions with patients flooding the system.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
As the novel coronavirus tore through Italy and then New York in March, California, anticipating a deadly surge in cases, ordered hospitals to shut down routine procedures and called in thousands of health care workers to help patients.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Hospital Medicine News Source Type: news
During the calamitous COVID-19 outbreak in Italy in April, some doctors and nurses who helped coronavirus patients chose to stay at a hotel and temporarily separate from their families.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news
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