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4/4/2020

Hospitals preparing for life-and-death decisions on who gets ventilators during coronavirus pandemic, medical ethicist says


Hospitals preparing for life-and-death decisions on who gets ventilators during coronavirus pandemic, medical ethicist saysMany hospitals are putting together triage committees made up of doctors and ethicists who can help individual frontline doctors and nurses make on-the-spot decisions about where a needed ventilator should go, according to a leading medical ethicist.



What Andrew Cuomo knows


What Andrew Cuomo knowsThe last time New York faced a crisis of this magnitude, Andrew Cuomo almost destroyed his career.



Science at work in the age of coronavirus: What will we learn from it?


Science at work in the age of coronavirus: What will we learn from it?Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to study hydroxychloroquine in a systematic way to determine if it is safe to take for the coronavirus — and if it actually works. President Trump for his part has been excitedly talking it up, belligerently demanding of skeptics, “What do you have to lose?”



Coronavirus has some unlikely frontline heroes: Grocery store workers


Coronavirus has some unlikely frontline heroes: Grocery store workersWhile the worsening coronavirus pandemic has shuttered most businesses nationwide to promote social distancing, grocery stores have remained open, pushing their employees, whether they like it or not, to the frontlines in a public health emergency.



DHS moves its National Operations Center off site after staff member tests positive for COVID-19


DHS moves its National Operations Center off site after staff member tests positive for COVID-19The Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center is relocating today after a member of its team tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal DHS document obtained by Yahoo News. 



Are pot and guns essential in a pandemic?


Are pot and guns essential in a pandemic?As states and cities shut down all nonessential businesses to stop the spread of coronavirus, pot shops and gun stores are staying open in some places. Are they really essential?



Trump says Democrats' push for expanded voting threatens Republicans


Trump says Democrats' push for expanded voting threatens RepublicansPresident Trump on Monday criticized attempts by Democrats in Congress to expand voting access for the presidential election in the fall, saying increased voter turnout would keep Republicans from getting elected.



The Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts For $50 or Less



Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk'


Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk'An FBI report about China’s involvement with scientific research in the U.S. has raised alarms. While the report refers broadly to foreign researchers, all three cases cited involve Chinese nationals.



No, it's not public health versus the economy


No, it's not public health versus the economyOne of the fallacies being circulated in this pandemic is the idea that public health principles conflict with economic growth. That might be true in the very short run while economies are stalled, but the long run shows exactly the opposite.



There are 67,000 pharmacies in the United States. Only 5 are testing for the coronavirus.


There are 67,000 pharmacies in the United States. Only 5 are testing for the coronavirus.The promise of coronavirus testing at local pharmacies, which President Trump implied was at hand on a large scale, remains unrealized.



Trump touts TV ratings of coronavirus briefings


Trump touts TV ratings of coronavirus briefingsPresident Trump took to Twitter on Sunday and repeatedly bragged about the television ratings of his near-daily coronavirus press briefings.



Is $2 trillion enough to save the economy?


Is $2 trillion enough to save the economy?Congress approved the biggest stimulus bill in American history to counteract the economic impact of coronavirus. Is $2 trillion enough?



Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives


Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American livesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharpened her criticism of President Trump’s early dismissal of the coronavirus, saying the delay cost American lives. She criticized the president's initial response to the virus during a Sunday morning interview on CNN.



In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threat


In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threatIn a world desperate for good news about the coronavirus, a dip in global carbon emissions caused by the outbreak’s economic downturn might be seen as a silver lining. But climate scientists and policy experts aren’t encouraged.   



Cheers! Distillers do their part to fight coronavirus by bottling hand sanitizer, not gin


Cheers! Distillers do their part to fight coronavirus by bottling hand sanitizer, not ginDistilleries of all shapes and sizes are now joining the fight against COVID-19.



Chicago prepares for the coronavirus storm, hoping to stay above the surge


Chicago prepares for the coronavirus storm, hoping to stay above the surgeChicago health care providers have been preparing since January for a potential surge of patients due to the increasingly wide spread of COVID-19.



Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early February


Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early FebruarySen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, says that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early Congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus on Feb. 5. 



Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?


Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?Iran is experiencing on of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the world. Will the instability cause the country's leaders to lash out against America?



Coronavirus: News and live updates


Coronavirus: News and live updatesThe latest news and information on the pandemic from Yahoo News reporters in the United States and around the world.



CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.


CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.President Trump said Friday that despite new CDC guidance recommending that American citizens wear masks or facial coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, “I don’t think that I’m going to be doing it.”



Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task force


Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task forceThe nation could begin to see food shortages for some products if the people working on the supply chain lack personal protective equipment, warns an internal Trump administration document obtained by Yahoo News.



Are the White House coronavirus briefings about to create another media star?


Are the White House coronavirus briefings about to create another media star?Now comes Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, a no-nonsense logistician plucked from the Pentagon’s Joint Staff to take charge of the procurement and distribution of urgently needed medical equipment.



As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sick


As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sickA document circulated by the health department of Catalonia recommends that emergency teams and health care workers stop using ventilators for patients older than 80, and further recommends that extremely ill victims of COVID-19 be allowed to die at home rather than being taken to the hospital.



Facing coronavirus, poverty is a preexisting condition


Facing coronavirus, poverty is a preexisting conditionThe coronavirus pandemic is affecting all Americans, but it is hitting the poor the hardest, in part because those workers simply can’t afford to adhere to social distancing restrictions if it means going without a paycheck.



Schiff proposes postelection 9/11-style commission to study coronavirus response


Schiff proposes postelection 9/11-style commission to study coronavirus responseRep. Adam Schiff’s proposal for a 9/11-style commission to study the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak "is not an exercise in casting blame or scoring political points, but something that the American people should rightly expect from their government as an exercise in accountability," he said.



'Protective bubbles': How 2 Army generals stopped the spread of coronavirus among their soldiers


'Protective bubbles': How 2 Army generals stopped the spread of coronavirus among their soldiersTwo Army generals took critical actions early to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Asia and Europe from spreading to military bases.



Birx warns of coming coronavirus hot spots across the U.S.


Birx warns of coming coronavirus hot spots across the U.S.Louisiana is poised to become the next epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, White House officials said Thursday, citing new data that shows that 26 percent of the tests for COVID-19 in that state in recent days have come back positive.



Are coronavirus statistics reliable?


Are coronavirus statistics reliable?In recents weeks, an intense amount of intention has been placed on data about of coronavirus cases and deaths. Are these numbers accurate enough to be building public policy on?



The coronavirus 'crisis found me,' says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan


The coronavirus 'crisis found me,' says Maryland Gov. Larry HoganLast Saturday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan closed the state’s beaches, leaving the state's 7,719 miles of shoreline to piping plovers and sand crabs.



Confirmed coronavirus cases reach one million worldwide


Confirmed coronavirus cases reach one million worldwideThe first reported cases came from China in December, eventually spreading to nearly every other country on earth over the ensuing three months.



Coronavirus poses special risk to millions of Americans with diabetes


Coronavirus poses special risk to millions of Americans with diabetesAs the worsening coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, millions of Americans living with diabetes face heightened risks from COVID-19.



As the scale of the coronavirus threat crystallizes, a comedian with a Trump impression takes off


As the scale of the coronavirus threat crystallizes, a comedian with a Trump impression takes off“It’s crazy,” J-L Cauvin said during an interview on the Yahoo News "Skullduggery" podcast. “It’s like eight years of a career shot into your vein in 72 hours.”



Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the world


Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the worldNew data suggests the two West Coast states may have slowed the spread of coronavirus. How they did it.



Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemic


Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemicLong before the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, and then soon spread to nearly every country on Earth, a conference in 2018 offered proof that epidemiologists at the CDC and other institutions were aware that a new pandemic was poised to strike.



A national lockdown to stop coronavirus? Trump is 'thinking about doing that'


A national lockdown to stop coronavirus? Trump is 'thinking about doing that'President Trump shied away Wednesday from issuing domestic travel restrictions or a national lockdown to try and beat back the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic that, in a best case scenario, is expected to kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans.



The view from the ER: 'We're all drowning'


The view from the ER: 'We're all drowning'A New York City emergency room physician compares her experience fighting COVID-19 to that of post-hurricane relief efforts as the city continues to deal with waves of patients.



First he had brain cancer. Then the coronavirus struck his city. One patient’s perilous journey.


First he had brain cancer. Then the coronavirus struck his city. One patient’s perilous journey.When Ronnie Krensel went in for his most recent checkup following chemotherapy on March 21, it wasn’t anything like the ones he’d had before. Upon his arrival at the Southhampton Stony Brook Hospital in Long Island, N.Y., a doctor met Krensel in a hazmat suit in a large tent outside the facility, where he was asked “a series of rapid-fire questions” and then sent to a negative-pressure room, which prevents cross-contamination, for his visit. 



What impact will coronavirus have on climate change?


What impact will coronavirus have on climate change?Worldwide efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus have caused a massive drop in global emissions. Does the pandemic present an opportunity to accelerate the fight against climate change?



Americans masking up against coronavirus — 'no harm to it,' Trump says


Americans masking up against coronavirus — 'no harm to it,' Trump saysWith the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surging nationwide and health officials warning that, even in a best-case scenario, deaths from the disease could top 100,000 in the U.S., the government is reviewing its guidance on the use of face masks by the general population.



'He must have felt like that was the only recourse': Captain of coronavirus-stricken carrier issues urgent plea to Pentagon for help


'He must have felt like that was the only recourse': Captain of coronavirus-stricken carrier issues urgent plea to Pentagon for helpThe letter amounts to a desperate appeal to his chain of command to get most of his sailors off the ship, where the virus is spreading out of control, and into individual quarantine lodgings that are based on federal guidelines.



CDC's 'disease detectives' are on the coronavirus case 


CDC's 'disease detectives' are on the coronavirus case While the Washington State Department of Health had prepared a plan for the arrival of the virus in January, it assumed it still had weeks before the disease would reach the U.S. “In three days, the plan was trashed. We went through every step,” Marcia Goldoft, a clinical epidemiologist with the Washington State DOH, told Yahoo News. “I don’t think anyone involved has ever seen anything go this fast.” 



Trump sees 'hard days' ahead in coronavirus fight, with as many as 240,000 Americans dead


Trump sees 'hard days' ahead in coronavirus fight, with as many as 240,000 Americans deadNearly a quarter million people in the United States could die as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Trump administration officials said Tuesday. 



Makeshift hospitals transform NYC as it battles coronavirus pandemic 


Makeshift hospitals transform NYC as it battles coronavirus pandemic As cases of COVID-19 in New York City continue to climb, makeshift emergency field hospitals are popping up and transforming some of the city’s most iconic sites.



Political realities may dilute GOP opposition to mail-in voting amid coronavirus


Political realities may dilute GOP opposition to mail-in voting amid coronavirusCongressional Republicans have resisted allocating the billions of dollars experts say are necessary to implement nationwide mail-in voting ahead of the presidential election.



Will the restaurant industry survive coronavirus?


Will the restaurant industry survive coronavirus?The coronavirus pandemic has forced restaurants across the country to close or dramatically limit their business. Will the industry survive the outbreak?



Liberty University students choose sides after fallout from coronavirus reporting


Liberty University students choose sides after fallout from coronavirus reportingThe New York Times reported this week that almost a dozen Liberty University students have come down with COVID-19 symptoms since the school reopened last week. But Liberty University officials have since pushed back on these claims, calling the Times story “fake news”. Now, students are choosing sides in who they believe is telling the truth.



One way to hold down coronavirus toll: Pretend it isn't happening


One way to hold down coronavirus toll: Pretend it isn't happeningSome conservative commentators have begun questioning the reported death tolls and hospitalizations caused by COVID-19.



Coronavirus pandemic sparks new calls for personal surveillance, and concerns


Coronavirus pandemic sparks new calls for personal surveillance, and concernsAs countries around the world look for ways to track coronavirus infections using people’s personal smartphones, privacy experts and technologists warn the U.S. government faces an uphill battle to put such surveillance into practice.



Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdown


Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdownTrump repeated a favorite refrain of some conservatives, who have said that the coronavirus “cure”—that is, a nationwide shutdown—cannot be worse than the disease itself.



CDC recommends Americans wear face masks voluntarily in public but some officials say they felt 'pressured' to draft new guidelines


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people wear face coverings in public and health officials just reported the most deaths in a single day.

CDC recommends Americans wear face masks voluntarily in public but some officials say they felt 'pressured' to draft new guidelines


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending people wear face coverings in public and health officials just reported the most deaths in a single day.

Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US



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As coronavirus cases grow, hospitals adopt a system to rank patients for treatment


With the peak of Covid-19 infections still ahead and medical supplies still scarce, hospitals and physicians are gearing up for a nearly impossible challenge: deciding who gets a life-saving ventilator and who doesn't.

More than ever, we need nature. It makes us and our children happier


With so many destinations of pleasure denied to us now, we may be developing a deeper appreciation of nature, wherever we can get them.

Is an 'immunity certificate' the way to get out of coronavirus lockdown?


Perhaps half the world's population is living under some form of restriction to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Many are starting to wonder when and how these tough limits on everyday activities will end.

Journalist says she unknowingly infected others with coronavirus at her mom's 90th birthday party. Two died


Journalist Alice Stockton-Rossini hosted a 90th birthday for her mother last month in New Jersey. At the time, the radio host said, she had no idea she'd been infected with coronavirus while covering an outbreak in New Rochelle, New York.

Now's the time to quit smoking: It could increase your odds of beating Covid-19


If you've been thinking about quitting smoking, there's no time like the present pandemic.

Loss of smell from coronavirus: How to test your sense


In mild to moderate cases of coronavirus, a loss of smell, and therefore taste, is emerging as one of the most unusual early signs of the disease called Covid-19.

Have to cook from home for the first time? Here's what you need to know (plus your first recipe!)


With the intensity of the coronavirus situation increasing each day, getting food in the hands of so many who can't leave home presents a critical health challenge.

A healthy 39-year-old DJ died of coronavirus. What his young widow and daughter want you to know


Nicole Buchanan wasn't even allowed to say goodbye to her husband.

Nurse struggled to get tested and worked while infected with coronavirus


A nurse who practices in two New York City hospitals says she worked for about a week while infected with coronavirus and had to pull a trick to finally get herself tested.

Don't just look for the helpers. Be a helper


"Look for the helpers."

How to train yourself not to touch your face


We're washing our hands, staying at home and standing 6 feet apart when we do need to go out. What else can we do to limit the spread of Covid-19?

Print this so you don't bring coronavirus home


Life under coronavirus means staying home as much as possible -- but you'll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point.

These are the faces of some of the US coronavirus victims


The number of people who have died in the United States after contracting the novel coronavirus continues to climb.

Coronavirus: What to do if you or a loved one has symptoms


It's a scenario all too many of us are facing -- or will soon face.

Here's a list of disinfectants you can use against coronavirus


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is arming consumers with a list of disinfectants that people can use to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus symptoms: A list and when to seek help


What are the telling signs that you may have the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19?

Most people recover from Covid-19. Here's why it's hard to pinpoint exactly how many


It's a question that many want answered: Exactly how many people recover from Covid-19?

US coronavirus death toll tops 8,000 as Trump warns 'there will be a lot of death'


President Donald Trump on Saturday warned that "there will be a lot of death" in the coming weeks as the number of people who had died from the coronavirus in the United States surpassed 8,000.

As hospitals focus on coronavirus, patients with other illnesses wait in fear


As coronavirus patients flood clinics, health care workers are taking steps at the recommendation of federal and state officials to cancel elective procedures, close non-emergency doctors' offices and postpone non-essential appointments.

How to make your own face mask


Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make your own mask, based on guidance from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. They're reusable and washable, and they should be worn while you continue to obey social distancing measures.

Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing


A prestigious scientific panel told the White House Wednesday night that research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing.

More than ever, we need nature. It makes us and our children happier


A connection to nature may make children happier and more eco-conscious, a recent study shows. And we all need that now.

US coronavirus deaths surpassed 7,000. States say they're still missing what they need to combat the virus


The US has surpassed 7,000 deaths and some state leaders say there's still a lot they're missing in the battle against the coronavirus.

Hancock: 'It was like having glass in my throat'


Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he lost half a stone when he fell ill with Covid-19.

Coronavirus: 'Transmission rate may have fallen below one', says NHS England


Steve Powis says there is early academic evidence to support the idea coronavirus infections could reduce.

Coronavirus: Expert panel to assess face mask use by public


Experts are set to assess the value of face masks in helping slow the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Should the UK use drones to disinfect public spaces?


A group is calling for a change in regulation so drones can spray disinfectant in public places

Coronavirus: Are loss of smell and taste key symptoms?


However, experts say a fever and a cough are still the main ones to look out for.

Coronavirus: Potential drug treatment starts UK trials


A drug that could treat patients with coronavirus is to undergo clinical trials at 15 NHS centres.

Coronavirus: Spain's coronavirus outbreak 'slowing'


Spain is the worst-affected country behind Italy, but ministers are hopeful the curve is flattening.

Coronavirus: Trump extends US guidelines beyond Easter


The US president extends social distancing rules after a warning that 200,000 Americans could die.

Coronavirus: What the world can learn from Ebola fight


Liberia's ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the world must conquer fear to deal with coronavirus.

Coronavirus cradle Wuhan partly reopens after lockdown


People enter the Chinese city where the coronavirus outbreak began for the first time in months.

Coronavirus: Fears over rapid spread in Italy's south


As the worst-hit northern region sees improvements, concerns are growing over poorer southern areas.

Coronavirus capital by capital: How are Europeans coping with shutdown?


Europeans face a blizzard of restrictions on their freedoms as authorities try to stop the spread.

Coronavirus: What's young people's risk?


A 13-year-old boy in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus has died. Are young people at risk?

India's poorest 'fear hunger may kill us before coronavirus'


Millions of Indians who rely on daily wages from jobs like cleaning risk running out of money.

Coronavirus: Who needs masks or other protective gear?


Masks, gloves and other protective kit can help stop the spread - but only in the right circumstances.

Coronavirus: How Covid-19 is denying dignity to the dead in Italy


Funerals have been banned in Italy - robbing many families of the chance to say a final goodbye.

Coronavirus: What could the West learn from Asia?


Experts say the UK and US lost an opportunity to prepare for the outbreak - but that it's not too late.

All you need to know on the coronavirus


The virus is spreading around the world, but what is it and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus: How to exercise while staying at home


How do we keep fit while heeding the government's new advice on avoiding unnecessary social contact?

Coronavirus: Why washing hands is difficult in some countries


The World Health Organisation's advice is difficult to follow in some developing countries.

Coronavirus: Three reasons why the UK might not look like Italy


Boris Johnson's chief scientific adviser says the UK is four weeks behind Italy, What does that mean?

Coronavirus: Should I self-isolate and how do I do it?


Everybody should be avoiding non-essential contact, and you should stay at home wherever possible.

Coronavirus: Can I still walk my dog? And other questions


How many times can I walk my dog, how safe are groceries, can I have a birthing partner, and other questions answered.

Coronavirus in South Korea: How 'trace, test and treat' may be saving lives


South Korea is testing more people per capita than anywhere else - and could be a role model for others.

Coronavirus death rate: What are the chances of dying?


The current best guess of a 1% death rate does not apply to everyone.

Coronovirus: Hand washing and other ways to protect yourself


The BBC Health team talks through the NHS advice about protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Do face masks work? And other questions answered


The BBC's Fergus Walsh and expert Sian Griffiths answer your questions about the virus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Are we getting closer to a vaccine or drug?


We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.

Coronavirus: Advice for people with health conditions


Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to the virus.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body


What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Coronavirus: 'We're on our knees' says nurse


A nurse posted a video to a Facebook group after a long and difficult shift in ICU amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: UK trialling existing and new medicines


The government explains how clinical tests are checking if existing medicines could treat Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Prince Charles opens NHS Nightingale Hospital


Prince Charles sends his thanks as the first UK emergency field hospital to treat coronavirus patients opens.

Coronavirus: Europe's care homes struggle as deaths rise


France reveals 884 deaths linked to coronavirus and more cases emerge in Spain and Italy.

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million


The number of cases has doubled in less than a week, according to the latest figures.

Coronavirus: Test goal will take 'huge amount of work', says Hancock


The health secretary has promised 100,000 tests a day but there are questions about how it will be achieved.

Coronavirus: How NHS Nightingale was built in just nine days


How London's ExCel centre was transformed into a hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

Coronavirus: Greatest test since World War Two, says UN chief


UN boss António Guterres calls for an "immediate co-ordinated" global response to tackle the crisis.

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