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Many Surgery Centers to Serve As COVID-19 Hospitals

Under pressure, the federal government announced it will let surgery centers, hotels and even college dorms serve as hospitals to treat an overflow of patients.

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Too Many Patients, Too Few Ventilators: How U.S. Hospitals Cope With COVID-19

Intensive care units at besieged hospitals in New York and other cities are taking an “all hands on deck” approach — recruiting doctors from various specialties to help handle the influx of severely ill COVID-19 patients.

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3 Effective Ways To Reduce Waste in 2020

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The dawn of a new decade is bringing increased awareness to an age-old problem. Waste—and what to do with it. In 2017, the EPA estimated that 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste was generated in the US alone, with less than a third (94 million tons) of that recycled. That’s around 4.51 pounds of […]

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Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns

Only about 12% of facilities have been able to get supplemental PPE from federal resources, compared with 25% that have drawn from local donations and 17% from do-it-yourself efforts to cobble together masks and gowns, results show. State and local governments have supplied PPE to 29% of facilities surveyed.

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Respirator Masks – In Short Supply

As the coronavirus pandemic stresses the U.S. health care system, personal protective equipment — including high-tech masks — are in desperately short supply.

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How Three Countries Have Kept COVID-19 In Check

Although the United States missed its chance to head off a COVID-19 epidemic, and is well on its way to becoming the pandemic’s new epicenter, these lessons drawn from other countries could still be used to help manage infections in the months and years ahead, Adalja and Kullar said.

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Coronavirus update: Health care waste management

As the corona virus outbreak expands globally, there is increasing concern about how to deal with waste arising from potentially infectious patients, the staff caring for them and medical laboratories.

Health Care Without Harm’s experts prepared a comprehensive document with the latest information and recommendations on how to address waste management in a coronavirus context.

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March 27, 2020

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Coronavirus and the climate crisis: Common causes and shared solutions

By Josh Karliner, International Director for Program and Strategy of Health Care Without Harm

 

We are living in a moment when two major global threats, a worldwide pandemic and the climate crisis, have suddenly converged.

In a matter of months COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, compelling countries to lock down; forcing the cancellation of events, travel, and gatherings of every stripe; shifting social norms; and pushing the world economy to the brink of recession. The current pandemic some scientists warn, and many of us fear, is a glimpse of a dystopian future with more of the same.

Photo by Clay Banks and NASA | Unsplash

Climate change is a different beast. It is relatively slow moving, yet the crisis is now upon us as well, with communities the world over experiencing its myriad impacts: floods, drought, fire, disease. Without rapid major systems changes that alter our emissions trajectory over the next decade, the climate crisis, as the UN Secretary General has warned, poses an existential threat to human civilization as we know it.

 

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March 27, 2020

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NYC Hospitals Struggle with Coronavirus Surge

New York state, and in particular New York City, has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. and a harbinger of what other hotspots can expect

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Social Distancing May Need to Last Months: Study

As painful as the last 9 days of social distancing have been, disease modelers think Americans may need to be at home much longer to truly “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 infection and avoid overwhelming the critical care capacity of U.S. hospitals, a new study says.

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