New single-day record for NY virus deaths but hospitalizations fall

Credit: CC0 Public Domain America’s coronavirus epicenter of New York recorded a new single-day high of 799 COVID-19 deaths Thursday but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the rate of hospitalizations continued to fall. Cuomo said 799 people died in the last 24 hours, outdoing the previous high of 779 announced on Wednesday, but added that the curve was flattening because of […]

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COVID-19 poses particular challenges for nursing homes

More than 400 nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States are now also hotspots for person-to-person transmission of COVID-19. Many of these facilities are located in large cities such as New York City and Los Angeles, but the disease isn’t contained to urban centers. In Maryland, 77 of the 95 residents in a Mount Airy nursing home […]

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Banjos and Russian grammar: Tips from polar explorers for surviving months of isolation

Due to Antarctica’s extreme winter, which includes four months of total darkness, polar explorers endured intense confinement in close quarters for long periods of time. American pioneer Richard Byrd explained, “little things … have the power to drive even the most disciplined … to the edge of insanity. The ones who survive with a measure of happiness are those who […]

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Hay fever or coronavirus? For allergy sufferers, a season of worry. – The Denver Post

HAMBURG, Pa. — The spring breezes of 2020 are carrying more than just tree pollen. There’s a whiff of paranoia in the air. For millions of seasonal allergy sufferers, the annual onset of watery eyes and scratchy throats is bumping up against the global spread of a new virus that produces its own constellation of respiratory symptoms. Forecasters are predicting […]

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'We'll Be There for You': The 'Friends' Parody Kids Need Right Now

How much do your kids miss school? It may be hard to tell, especially if you have older kids who seem perfectly content to play video games all day — with the occasional passing attempt at their homeschool assignments. But if the students of a middle school in New Jersey — and anyone else with eyeballs and a heart — […]

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Difficulty breathing and COPD key predictors for severe COVID-19

Shortness of breath (dyspnoea) is the only symptom of COVID-19 significantly associated with severe cases of the disease and admission to intensive care units (ICU), according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis led by UCL. The findings, published in MedRxiv as a pre-print prior to peer-review, also showed that underlying health conditions do not all present the same risk […]

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Expert offers social distancing tips for COVID-19 outbreak

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread into more American communities, public health officials are asking individuals to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic. Universities and businesses have been instructed to support social distancing by allowing for remote classes, telecommuting and paid sick leave wherever possible. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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