Day: March 28, 2020

Public distrust hampers Africa fight against virus misinformation

Public distrust hampers Africa fight against virus misinformation

Johannesburg (AFP) – African nations fighting the novel coronavirus face a foe as stealthy and dangerous as the microbe itself: misinformation and apathy, fuelled by deep distrust of government.

Bogus news and indifference to official warnings are emerging as giant obstacles in a region where poor healthcare infrastructure, sanitation and overcrowded slums provide fertile ground for COVID-19 to spread.

Africa has recorded nearly 2,800 cases and at least 70 deaths, according to an AFP compilation as of Thursday.

The tally may lag far behind that of other continents, but the World Health Organization (WHO), backed by the top names in medicine, has bluntly warned: “Prepare for the worst”.

African countries have begun to implement strict rules including lockdowns, curfews and even prison terms for those sharing false claims. But such measures appear futile in stopping the spread of misinformation.

AFP Fact Check in Africa has debunked dozens of claims in

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Getting food delivered may be safer than going outside. Here's all the information you need to make sure of it. (Photo: Getty Images)

Is it safe? We asked experts.

It’s the reality across the country right now: Plenty of people are staying home and practicing social distancing to try to lower their risk of contracting COVID-19. While some still venture out to get groceries, others have them delivered. Many restaurant dining rooms are also closed, leaving restaurants to turn to takeout to still serve customers.

That raises a major question: Is it safe to get food deliveries and takeout right now? Plenty of folks are wondering.

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Middletown Offers Health Help Resource Guide

This article originally appeared on the Middletown Patch

MIDDLETOWN, RI — Middletown health officials are promoting the following services to those who are having a difficult time with anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse and fears of domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic. If you are someone you know is going through a crisis, there is help:

Newport County Mental Health
(401) 846-1213
– 24/7 telehealth calls

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP)
Clinical Health Centers providing tele-medicine
(401) 848-2160

Behavioral Health Community Support Services

(401) 246-1195

BH Link (Horizon Healthcare Partners)
(401) 414-LINK (5465) available 24/7

The Samaritans 24-hour crisis hotline/listening line
(401) 272-4044

(800) 365-4044

Domestic Abuse, Victims of Crime Women’s Resource Center
Assistance for Domestic Violence Victims

24-hour Hotline: 1-800-494-8100…

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The Helpline:

24-hour support, information and advocacy for those impacted by crimes of violence

Recovery and Behavioral Healthcare Services

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Jails officials, experts warn of coronavirus effects: ‘A storm is coming’

Jails officials, experts warn of coronavirus effects: ‘A storm is coming’

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Jail staffers and experts are warning the worst is yet to come amid the new coronavirus outbreak as officials gradually release inmates – and some of those who are still locked up protest from within, according to a Washington Post report.


“This is a real disaster waiting to happen,” said David Patton, the executive director of the nonprofit Federal Defenders of New York, according to the Post. “These are places that are particularly susceptible to contagion.”

Patton’s comments to the outlet were made Sunday, one day after a male inmate in Brooklyn, New York’s Metropolitan Detention Complex became the first confirmed case in the federal prison system.


The numbers have since risen in corrections centers at all

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How The Stay-At-Home Order Is Being Enforced In Denver

This article originally appeared on the Denver Patch

DENVER, CO — As Colorado health officials continue to emphasize the importance of staying home as much as possible to save lives amid the spread of the new coronavirus, Denver staff will be out patrolling the city to ensure the stay-at-home order is followed, officials said.

Under the order, people are allowed to get groceries, medicine and household supplies. They are also allowed to go outside for exercise, as long as they follow the “social distancing” rule and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

Park rangers, safety officers and public health officials are patrolling parks and recreation areas, businesses and neighborhoods, the city said. If people are violating the order, the city staff will educate the group and explain how their violation will impact the spread of COVID-19. If the group continues, or is seen in violation at a

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Creating a Drug Supply Crisis Just When We Most Need Medicine

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Creating a Drug Supply Crisis Just When We Most Need Medicine

As the world scrambles for a magic pharmaceutical bullet to stop the coronavirus, drugs perceived as cures – despite reed-thin evidence — have vanished from pharmacy shelves. Just last Friday, after President Trump touted the still unproven remedy of a malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, the Food and Drug Administration lifted a restriction it had imposed on a Indian drug manufacturer with a record of manipulating its quality data, to allow it to make the active ingredient now suddenly in hot demand. With the United States long dependent on foreign drug manufacturers for low-cost medicine and key drug ingredients, it is little wonder that we have arrived at this frightening moment, with the FDA allowing companies that it didn’t even trust enough last month to make any drug for the American public, to now churn out unproven drug ingredients for a largely untested off-label use.

Coronavirus has now done what years of

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How will Triangle police and sheriffs’ offices enforce coronavirus stay-at-home orders?

How will Triangle police and sheriffs’ offices enforce coronavirus stay-at-home orders?

Police and sheriff’s departments enforcing state and local emergency orders to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus say they want to educate residents, not arrest them.

“The plans are not to penalize anyone,” Durham Mayor Steve Schewel said at a Wednesday press conference announcing the first stay-at-home order in the Triangle. Orange County issued its order Thursday morning.

The Durham rules, which begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, restrict movement for most city residents except for essential jobs and tasks, mostly related to food shopping, health and related supplies. They will remain in effect until April 30 but could be revised.

Schewel said he doesn’t expect people to be cited or arrested.

“No one is going to be cited behind this order, unless someone continuously and egregiously offends,” he said.

The local bans bar public access to businesses outside an essential business category and prohibit contact sports, such as basketball.

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DuPont expediting production of Tyvek hazmat suits for health care workers

DuPont expediting production of Tyvek hazmat suits for health care workers

WASHINGTON — DuPont, the giant biotech company, is expediting production and delivery of a product critical to protecting U.S. doctors and nurses during the coronavirus pandemic: Tyvek hazmat suits, which offer medical personnel the best protection from contracting the virus themselves.

Since the pandemic first made its way to the U.S. from China, personal protective gear for practitioners treating the virus, like surgical masks and gloves, has been in dangerously short supply. Physicians interviewed by NBC News say Tyvek suits are their most pressing need — the most effective safeguard, in combination with hats, gloves and masks, available against a virus most likely spreading through stagnant hospital air.

In contrast to standard hospital smocks, Tyvek jumpsuits are made of polyethylene fibers to provide full body coverage and repel aerosols and fluids. The suits have been widely used by medical personnel in China, where they are more easily accessible to health

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MEDNAX Withdraws Q1 & 2020 Guidance Due to Coronavirus Woes

MEDNAX Withdraws Q1 & 2020 Guidance Due to Coronavirus Woes

MEDNAX Inc. MD recently withdrew its initial guidance for the first quarter of 2020 and the full year due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 effect on global economy.

The global pandemic, as declared by the World Health Organization, took a toll on the market wherein MEDNAX is no exception.

For the first quarter, the company expects adjusted EPS in the band of 55-63 cents and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $90-$100 million. This guidance assumed total same-unit revenue growth for the three months ended Mar 31, 2020 in the bracket of 2-4%.

On a preliminary basis, the company estimated adjusted EBITDA to be $470 million at the midpoint, with a range of between $450 million and $490 million. Average diluted shares for the full year are expected to be approximately 85 million.

Rationale Behind the Withdrawal

The widespread novel coronavirus-led uncertainties might affect the company’s near-term financial performance.


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Somerset County’s Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard

This article originally appeared on the Basking Ridge Patch

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — As the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States continues to grow, how well is Somerset County doing when it comes to social distancing and doing its part to flatten the curve?

A new interactive tool developed and launched Tuesday by Unacast, a New York City and Norway-based company that analyzes human mobility data, shows us exactly that.

And when it comes to social distancing, Somerset County earned stellar marks when it comes to the art of staying home and increasing the physical distance between yourself and others.

According to Unacast’s Social Distancing Scoreboard, Somerset County received an overall grade of A. The scoreboard also says we’ve seen a 60 percent decrease in distance traveled by people since the coronavirus outbreak was first confirmed in the United States.

Curious how other states and counties measured

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