Dramatic drops in ER visits likely led to uncounted deaths

A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study showed dramatic drops in hospital visits for heart attacks and stroke, which likely led to uncounted deaths at home during the COVID crisis. Perhaps more troubling is the potential for long-term damage to decades’ work to catch conditions in their earliest, most treatable stages.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

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If fees for COVID-19 care can vanish, why not others?

"If we could decide as a nation to change everything" to remove out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 care, why not things like diabetes and pregnancy, too?

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~12 min

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Coronavirus video for kids explains the basics

A new coronavirus video for children explains the basics of the pandemic, including the changes they've observed in their daily lives.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~4 min

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Textile coating could make PPE last and last

A textile coating that repels blood and saliva can also prevent viruses from sticking to surfaces. The advance could one day lead to reusable PPE.

Maggie Pavlick-Pittsburgh • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: how to beat anxiety when going back to work

There comes a point when we just have to let it go and give up control.

Olivia Remes, Mental health researcher, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

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How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert

It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~8 min

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App snaps a pic of the eyelid to spot anemia

An app in development could help doctors diagnose anemia by using images of a patient's eyelid to get a count of their hemoglobin.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

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How to keep love alive in the midst of a pandemic

An expert in romantic relationships talks about the ways couples can keep relationships healthy in the time of COVID-19.

Liz Mineo • harvard
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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COVID-19 patient antibodies may clarify immunity

Nearly all people hospitalized with COVID-19 develop antibodies against the virus within six days of testing positive, new research indicates.

Jill Wu-Emory • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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