Pandemic Loneliness in Late Life

Many seniors comply with the physical distancing and stay-at-home orders, even as we understand that social isolation generates the lethal byproducts of loneliness.
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We're now more than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the lives of most of Earth's inhabitants. And while it is true that the scientific community has learned many things about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, there are also many gaps in our understanding.
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Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday said the US is in a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year.
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A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to KevinMD. Practicing medicine has always been hard, and as all of us have experienced over the past several months, living and working through a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has only made it more challenging. For those on the front lines of patient care, the added […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more.
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A conversation with friends and family usually starts with, “How are you holding up?” My answer is not usually about work, but rather a response of …”Well, it’s going OK, but I wasn’t really meant to be a homeschool teacher.” As the pandemic marches on, many areas of the country have discussed the delayed reopening […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more.
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With coronavirus cases surging and indoor dining banned, cities are letting struggling restaurants use sidewalks, parking spaces and private lots to serve meals.
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Many Black voters are skeptical of voting by mail even as states seek to expand that option during the coronavirus pandemic
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PATIENTS have had to wait up to four times as long for vital tests such as MRI scans since the pandemic's April peak.
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CONCLUSIONS: A minority of planned face-to-face consultations was substituted by telephone consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Families were satisfied with substitute telephone consultations. FUNDING: none. TRIAL REGISTRATION: not relevant. PMID: 32734880 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Danish Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Dan Med J Source Type: research
This article analyzes peer-reviewed research on the epidemiology and outcomes of COVID-19 in those with IMID. Recent findings Published literature on approximately 1400 patients was included from rheumatology, gastroenterology, and dermatology. Data suggest that those who are older and have comorbidities have poorer outcomes. This is consistent with the reports from the general population of patients with COVID-19. Adjusted analyses from the largest published studies demonstrate independent effects of systemic glucocorticoids, as well as age and comorbidities with poorer COVID-19 outcomes (SECURE-IBD registry, nā€Š=ā€Š5...
Source: Current Opinion in Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: RHEUMATOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF COVID-19: Edited by Leonard H. Calabrese and Cassandra Calabrese Source Type: research
Purpose of review Assimilating and disseminating information during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been challenging. The purpose of this review is to identify specific threats to the validity of the COVID-19 literature and to recommend resources for practicing rheumatologists and their patients. Recent findings The COVID-19 literature has rapidly expanded and includes 17ā€Š998 publications through May of 2020, 1543 of which also address rheumatic disease-related topics. Specific obstacles to acquiring high-quality information have arisen, including ‘pandemic research exceptionalism’ and ...
Source: Current Opinion in Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: RHEUMATOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF COVID-19: Edited by Leonard H. Calabrese and Cassandra Calabrese Source Type: research
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