Day: March 29, 2020

As hospitals become overwhelmed with coronavirus, how do we decide who gets treatment?

As hospitals become overwhelmed with coronavirus, how do we decide who gets treatment?

With the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals will soon run out of beds and ventilators in intensive care units. <span class="copyright">(Caiaimage / Sam Edwards / Getty Images)</span>
With the rapidly expanding COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals will soon run out of beds and ventilators in intensive care units. (Caiaimage / Sam Edwards / Getty Images)

The COVID-19 catastrophe is about to require Americans to make tough decisions for how to allocate scarce resources that can determine life and death.

This is especially true with ventilators and beds in intensive care units. Many hospitalized patients in ICUs are dying of cancer or advanced irreversible dementia, or are on ventilators because of irreversible heart, lung or liver failure. In a large proportion of these kinds of cases, the physicians caring for the patient recognize that death is imminent, but treatment continues, often because families are unwilling to recognize the inevitable.

Americans value their autonomy in such situations, so persuading families to forgo further medical treatment is challenging and often elicits considerable anger. Doctors understandably tend to avoid these difficult conversations if

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Should Boards Adopt a Poison Pill in the Coronavirus Crisis?

By Beth Berg, Kai Liekefett and Derek Zaba of Sidley Austin LLP

“Things haven’t been this interesting in a generation.”1 While most of Corporate America is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, some don’t see a humanitarian and economic crisis of epic proportions — they see an opportunity.

In addition to putting almost unprecedented stress on our healthcare system, the COVID-19 crisis presents the most severe challenge of Corporate America since World War II. It has caused one of the worst crashes in the stock markets since the Great Depression, and management teams and boards are desperately working to protect the lives of employees, customers and business associates and save their businesses from demise.

As explained in our previous Sidley Update (Will the Coronavirus Become a “Poison Pill” for Proxy Contests This Season?), one of the few silver linings is that most activists are abandoning their campaigns for

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How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces?

How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces?

<span>Photograph: John Minchillo/AP</span>
Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

More people are staying indoors to avoid contact with people potentially infected by Covid-19. But in light of a recent report from the US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said RNA from the virus that causes Covid-19 was found in the Diamond Princess ship 17 days after its passengers had left, what are the risks of handling packages, groceries and what scientists call “high-touch” surfaces?

Does the cruise ship report imply that viruses survive up to 17 days on surfaces?

Dr Julia Marcus: A CDC investigation of the cruise ship found evidence of viral RNA in cabins that hadn’t yet been cleaned. But to be clear, that just means the virus was detectable – not that it was viable or that contact with those services would have been able to infect someone. (Editor’s note: RNA, or ribonucleic acid, carries the virus’s genetic information.)

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard: Essex County Results

This article originally appeared on the Livingston Patch

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ —As the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States continues to grow, how well is Essex 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 analyzes human mobility data. And when it comes to “social distancing,” Essex County residents are doing a good job staying at least 6 feet away from each other, researchers say.

According to Unacast’s Social Distancing Scoreboard, Essex County received an overall grade of A. The scoreboard also says the county saw a 56 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 up? Check out the Social Distancing Scoreboard interactive map.

When

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Pro-Life, or Not, in a Pandemic

Pro-Life, or Not, in a Pandemic

As governments worldwide impose restrictions on freedom of movement, critics of that response to the pandemic raise various objections. Anne Applebaum warns that rulers will exploit the crisis to suspend civil liberties and that, fearing death, people will accept and even applaud many such power grabs. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben worries that something of the emergency measures taken now will linger after the pandemic subsides. “Italians are prepared to sacrifice practically everything . . . to avoid the danger of falling ill,” he writes in the European Journal of Psychoanalysis. “Our society no longer believes in anything but naked life” — i.e., people are surrendering much of their freedom to the state because they make the more fundamental error of fetishizing their mere biological existence. “What is a society with no other value than survival?”

Here in America, R. R. Reno echoes the thought, arguing that “there

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Deep-sea fish seasonal migration discovered for first time

Deep-sea fish seasonal migration discovered for first time

Something fishy is going on.

Thousands of feet deep down in the oceans off the coast of Angola in southern Africa, scientists have recorded mass movements of various fish species across the sea bed.

Using cameras at observatory platforms, they believe they have recorded the seasonal migrations of deep-sea fish for what is said to be the first time.

The scientists said the work reveals an “important insight that will further scientific understanding of the nature of our planet”.

The study has analysed more than seven years of African deep-sea photographic data, linking seasonal patterns in surface-ocean productivity with observed behavioural patterns of fish at depths of 1,500m.

The deep sea – areas with a greater depth than 200m – covers most of the world’s surface, however much remains unknown, with current assumptions being that deep-sea habitats are predominantly stable and unchanging.

This study now provides evidence of cycles of

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Mexico president joins 1st international summit -- from home

Mexico president joins 1st international summit — from home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than a year into his term, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador attended his first international summit Thursday, though the topic — the coronavirus pandemic —meant he didn’t have to leave home to get there.

López Obrador, who has not left Mexico since taking office Dec. 1, 2018, urged the online gathering of the world’s top 20 industrialized economies to help those with fewer resources. He proposed that the United Nations take control of “everything related to medicine and equipment” to combat the virus so that there is an even playing field.

“When these things occur, he with the greatest economic possibilities hoards,” López Obrador said at his daily news conference, which followed the G20 session.

The president’s concern about Mexico’s already stalled economy and the huge swath of the population that would not have the means to weather a shutdown have informed the government’s

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Love Island star Montana Brown signs up to volunteer for the NHS

Love Island star Montana Brown signs up to volunteer for the NHS

Love Island‘s Montana Brown is one of hundreds of thousands of people who have signed up to volunteer for the NHS, as the UK government continues to roll out measures aimed to protect those who are vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The former Islander revealed that she had joined the voluntary scheme on Instagram, and the reality star is now waiting for the “call up” after registering for the service.

In a post shared to Instagram Stories, Montana told fans that she volunteered to “drop off people’s medicine and to also transport machines from hospital to hospital”. “But I haven’t got the call up yet,” she added.

Montana Brown, Brit Awards 2020

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Latest Town Of Smithtown Coronavirus Updates

This article originally appeared on the Smithtown Patch

TOWN OF SMITHTOWN, NY — The new coronavirus outbreak on Long Island and across the nation is having vast impacts in the Town of Smithtown, including the closure of schools and many businesses.

The number of cases of the illness caused by the virus, known as COVID-19, continue to rise and additional measures and closures continue to be announced. All “non-essential” businesses were ordered to close by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier in March.

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As of Thursday morning, there were 2,320 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County, with 138 in the Town of Smithtown. Here’s how communities are faring:

  • Smithtown: 29

  • Commack: 42 (shared with Town of Huntington)

  • Kings Park: 20

  • Hauppauge: 34 (shared with Town of Islip)

  • Nesconset: 17

  • St. James: 15

  • Nissequogue:

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard: How NH Is Doing

This article originally appeared on the Merrimack Patch

As the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States continues to grow, how well is New Hampshire 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, New Hampshire 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, New Hampshire received an overall grade of A. The scoreboard also says we’ve seen a 42 percent decrease in distance traveled by people since the coronavirus outbreak was first confirmed in the United States.

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