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Why healthcare workers are at risk of moral injury

Why healthcare workers are at risk of moral injury

Moral injury is associated with veterans - but medical workers and frontline responders are at risk too
Moral injury is associated with veterans – but medical workers and frontline responders are at risk too

It is widely known that veterans can return from war with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Far less appreciated is moral injury – a trauma wrapped up in guilt that we are now learning more about thanks to US-based research, writes James Jeffrey.

Moral injury most often occurs when a person commits, fails to prevent or witnesses an act that is anathema to their moral beliefs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs website likens it to psychological trauma involving “extreme and unprecedented life experience”, that can lead to “haunting states of inner conflict and turmoil”.

US-based research into moral injury is now illuminating how such injuries can impact people in all walks of life, but especially first responders and healthcare workers facing the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Amid reports of New York City’s emergency services getting

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

EXPERT VIEWS-Are people living with HIV more at risk from coronavirus?

By Hugo Greenhalgh and Oscar Lopez

LONDON/MEXICO CITY, March 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A s coronavirus sweeps the world, many people living with HIV are asking whether their status counts as an underlying condition and makes them more at risk.

Many HIV-positive people in countries such as Britain and the United States are aged over 50, having contracted the virus during the AIDS pandemic in the 1980-90s, making them more at risk generally to illnesses such as cancer or diabetes.

A 2016 report from public policy research organisation, The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, found HIV-positive LGBT elders had worse overall mental and physical health than their heterosexual peers.

What are the risk factors for people – of all ages – living with HIV in terms of coronavirus?

DR SHANNON HADER, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PROGRAMME, UNAIDS

“What people first want to know is often related to

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

FOCUS-Virus fight at risk as world’s medical glove capital struggles with lockdown

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By Liz Lee and Krishna N. Das

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 (Reuters) – Disposable rubber gloves are indispensable in the global fight against the new coronavirus, yet a month’s lockdown in stricken Malaysia where three of every five gloves are made has upended the supply chain and threatens to hamstring hospitals worldwide.

The world’s biggest maker of medical gloves by volume, Top Glove Corp Bhd, has the capacity to make 200 million gloves a day, but a supplier shutdown has left it with only two weeks’ worth of boxes to ship them in, its founder told Reuters.

“We can’t get our gloves to hospitals without cartons,” Executive Chairman Lim Wee Chai said in an interview. “Hospitals need our gloves. We can’t just supply 50% of their requirement.”

The virus, which emerged in China at the end of last year, has left Malaysia with

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What are the symptoms of coronavirus? How to know if you're at risk

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? How to know if you’re at risk

With the coronavirus outbreak spreading from China to at least 50 countries, including the U.S., even a case of the sniffles may feel like cause for concern.

How can you know if you’re infected with the new coronavirus? What are coronavirus symptoms? And when is it time to see a doctor? NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar breaks it down:

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 include a cough, sore throat, aches and pains, fever and fatigue. Some cases are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia.

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From a case series of 138 patients in a hospital in Wuhan, China, approximately one quarter required intensive care, Dr. Azar said. The most common early symptoms were:

In late March, European and U.S. experts reported two new symptoms:

  • Loss of smell

  • Altered sense of taste

The

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Children more at risk for abuse and neglect amid coronavirus pandemic, experts say

Children more at risk for abuse and neglect amid coronavirus pandemic, experts say

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable U.S. children could face a heightened risk of abuse and neglect as coronavirus-related school closures keep them at home and away from the nation’s biggest group of hotline tipsters: educators. 

Teachers, administrators, school counselors and other educational professionals report one in every five child-mistreatment claims in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other major sources include law enforcement and social workers. 

Those reports could plummet, experts predict, as children’s social circles contract to just family members, which collectively represent just 12% of hotline calls.

Even kids in otherwise functional families could face peril as parents unaccustomed to providing round-the-clock care and stressed by the collapsing economy are pushed to the edge. 

Some experts, like Sophie Phillips, chief executive officer of TexProtects, a Texas-based child abuse prevention advocacy group, fear that parents still required to work outside the home may

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India faces spike in coronavirus cases, says study, in test for health system

Russia to use mobile phones to track people at risk of coronavirus -PM

By Darya Korsunskaya and Gleb Stolyarov

MOSCOW, March 23 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday gave the authorities five days to develop a system to track people who have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus by using mobile phone geolocation data.

Under the new system, people would be sent information if they came into contact with someone who was infected and the same information would be passed on to special regional headquarters set up to fight the respiratory disease pandemic.

The Kremlin said the measure was legal and part of a raft of measures Russia is taking to try to halt spread of the virus.

The measure will trace “citizens who are in contact with patients with new coronavirus infection on the basis of information from cellular operators about the geolocation of a cell phone of a particular person, which would allow citizens to be notified

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I've volunteered to do extra shifts to beat coronavirus, even though it means putting my health at risk

I’ve volunteered to do extra shifts to beat coronavirus, even though it means putting my health at risk

I’ve volunteered to do extra shifts in hospital, even though it means putting my health at risk.

I have been working for the Acute Medicine Team at University Hospital Birmingham Trust. These are the last few months of my training as a Foundation Doctor and I  have secured a post for 3 additional years in medical specialties.

Doctors and nurses working at the frontline are at increased risk of getting the virus due to the nature of the job we are doing. We are using protective equipment as much as we can but this risk is not decreased to zero.

I love medicine and I love being a doctor. I am very motivated to apply my medical knowledge and help patients, especially during this COVID19 crisis.  

This is one of the reasons why I declined my parents’ request to go back to my country of origin, Mauritius, when the number

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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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America's extreme neoliberal healthcare system is putting the country at risk

America’s extreme neoliberal healthcare system is putting the country at risk

<span>Photograph: Vanessa Carvalho/REX/Shutterstock</span>
Photograph: Vanessa Carvalho/REX/Shutterstock

At the final debate of the Democratic presidential primary on Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden clashed on the coronavirus. Sanders contended the pandemic laid bare “the incredible weakness and dysfunctionality” of the US healthcare system, and called for single-payer reform. Biden countered that Italy’s universal system had failed to protect the Mediterranean nation, and asserted that Covid-19 “has nothing to do with Bernie’s Medicare for All”. At first glance, the ex-vice-president seems right: of course single-payer can’t close the door to a novel virus, any more than it can forestall a deadly earthquake or fend off a zombie apocalypse. Nonetheless, a national health program with unified financing and governance – basically the opposite of what we have in America today – is a powerful tool in a health crisis.

Related: Coronavirus has taught Italy hard lessons. Other countries must learn from us | Maurizio Molinari

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