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Elderly home turns to wearables for contact tracing, sidestepping Apple-Google limits

Elderly home turns to wearables for contact tracing, sidestepping Apple-Google limits

By Paresh Dave

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – When a senior living facility in Amarillo, Texas suspected a nurse may have caught the novel coronavirus this month, it had a list within five minutes of staff and residents the nurse could have infected.

High-tech wristbands worn by The Legacy at Town Square’s 35 workers and 49 residents expedited contact tracing, the otherwise pain-staking process of interviewing patients to determine who crossed paths with them.

The nurse tested negative an hour later and Legacy did not have to isolate or test others. But its experience shows how wristbands and other wearables have emerged as tools to automatically record encounters between people at places that can mandate their use.

Facilities with quick contact tracing following infections in the coming months will be better positioned to ward off outbreaks and stay open, according to epidemiologists.

“It makes you ready to make the best operational

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Female gondoliers in Venice deliver food to elderly

Female gondoliers in Venice deliver food to elderly

During the coronavirus lockdown in Italy, getting groceries has been especially difficult for the elderly. So volunteers in Venice found a solution that couldn’t be more Venetian.

A team of all women rowers from Row Venice is using gondolas to deliver organic food to locals. Farmers from around the lagoon help load the orders into the boats.

Giulia Tagliapietra, a competitive rower, said she and the others were stuck at home, unable to train for the racing season during the lockdown.

“It’s a bit difficult, so now we do this like twice or three times a week, and it also helps us because we can go out and breathe and row,” Tagliapietra told CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay.

Venice saw the worst flooding in a generation this past fall. As it was struggling to recover, COVID-19 struck, decimating tourism, the city’s main industry, and forcing the elderly to shelter

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Venezuela elderly feel 'sentenced to euthanasia' under coronavirus quarantine

Venezuela elderly feel ‘sentenced to euthanasia’ under coronavirus quarantine

By Vivian Sequera

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan retirees Carlos Blanco, 81, and Olga Rodriguez, 78, have for more than a year been unable to purchase the diabetes medication they need, as the country’s hyperinflation has left their monthly pensions insufficient to buy even a loaf of bread.

Already at high risk in the coronavirus pandemic because of their age, the couple’s untreated Type 2 diabetes leaves them at greater risk of any type of infection, as well as complications including blurred vision or diabetic comas.

They are now confined to their home, living off the food they have in storage, after President Nicolas Maduro declared a quarantine.

Blanco says he feels like they’ve been left to die.

“Senior citizens have been sentenced to euthanasia,” said Blanco, who lives on the fourth floor of a building in the Coche neighborhood of western Caracas.

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked concern around the

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Can I visit my elderly relatives? And other tips for coronavirus and older people

Can I visit my elderly relatives? And other tips for coronavirus and older people

<span>Photograph: Vladimir Gerdo/TASS</span>
Photograph: Vladimir Gerdo/TASS

People 60 and older are at far higher risk of getting very sick or dying from the coronavirus. And people 85 and over are even more vulnerable, with a death rate from the virus between 10% and 27%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Related: Have I already had coronavirus? How would I know and what should I do?

Dr Mary Tinetti, chief of geriatrics at Yale school of medicine and Yale New Haven hospital, explains what kinds of precautions they – and the people around them – must take.

Volunteer efforts are popping up to deliver supplies to older and more vulnerable people. Is that risky?

There really isn’t a right answer to your question. It is between a rock and a hard place. Is it better for people to go out in public and get their groceries or to have them

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How to help the elderly and other vulnerable people during the outbreak

How to help the elderly and other vulnerable people during the outbreak

The government has said the public should now be staying at home and leaving the house only for food, medicine, to travel to work as a key worker or to exercise once a day

In addition other groups of vulnerable people – such as those with underlying health conditions and the over 70s – are also being asked to “socially distance” themselves by staying at home for 12 weeks and having minimal interaction with other people.

Although these measures may be medically necessary, charities have warned that to do so will have an impact in terms of mental health and increased loneliness – particularly for the elderly.

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Other charities that work with vulnerable groups like the homeless, have called on the prime minister to acknowledge the special needs of these groups and give additional help, resources and recourse to funds.

But are there steps that the general population

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Hospitals, nursing homes battle over who should house elderly patients amid pandemic

Hospitals, nursing homes battle over who should house elderly patients amid pandemic

Carl Schoen's 99-year-old mother has not been able to return to her nursing home after being taken to the emergency room at Huntington Memorial Hospital with pneumonia. <span class="copyright">(Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times)</span>
Carl Schoen’s 99-year-old mother has not been able to return to her nursing home after being taken to the emergency room at Huntington Memorial Hospital with pneumonia. (Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times)

Carl Schoen’s 99-year-old mother has lived in a nursing home for five years. On March 13, she was taken to the emergency room at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena with pneumonia.

She got better quickly, within a few days, but now the nursing home won’t take her back because she can’t prove she doesn’t have the coronavirus. She was tested 12 days ago, but the results aren’t back yet.

“They are being very steadfast in saying that until she gets the test result back, she can’t return,” said Schoen, who asked that his mother’s name and the name of the care facility in northeast L.A. not be published for fear of alienating her caregivers.

Across the country, hospitals

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Were elderly Italians left to die? And is socialized health care to blame?

Were elderly Italians left to die? And is socialized health care to blame?

The claims: Italians over 80 will be ‘left to die,’ and that may be because of socialized health care

Various claims that Italians over the age of 80 would be “left to die” have surfaced within the past week on social media, with some posts saying the blame falls on Italy’s socialized health care system. 

Italy forced to prioritize health care resources

Italy’s COVID-19 fatality rate of 5% is higher than the global average of 3.5%. As the country’s confirmed cases continue to surge, health officials are scrambling to find adequate resources.

Despite a countrywide lockdown, Italy reached a grave milestone this week when the country’s death toll surpassed China’s — as of March 19, 3,405 people have died. 

Italy has an older population, with a median age of 47.3, compared to 38.3 in the United States. Older populations are much more susceptible to complications from COVID-19, and many of

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Coronavirus risk looms large for America’s elderly and sick prison population

Coronavirus risk looms large for America’s elderly and sick prison population

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons calling on the agencies to immediately release incarcerated individuals, who are either elderly or have chronic health conditions, to reduce the risk posed by Covid-19. The request came as jails around the country grapple with how to respond to the growing threat of widespread infection among a vulnerable prison population.

Both public health officials and families of incarcerated people are worried about Covid-19 spreading within the close quarters of correctional facilities. Despite 37 correctional systems suspending all visitation (except for legal visits), Covid-19 continues to breach prison walls, from Rikers Island to state prisons. Some county jails are releasing non-violent offenders early. Others are halting prisoner transfers, creating a potentially dangerous “bottleneck” in jails.

But experts agree with the ACLU that one of the most effective moves prison

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