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This is the most important thing you can do t help health care providers and emergency workers: Stay home! And if you really need to get out, maintain social distance.
Also, take a ...
The virus has exposed all front-line workers to an extreme shortage of masks, gowns and similar protective equipment.
Some providers have taken the unprecedented step of begging on social med...
All national supplies have fallen abruptly, leaving already overburdened doctors worried not just about the new virus, but patient care across the board.
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Not all front liners want food delivered for example. For safety reasons (to avoid getting infected if someone coughed on the surface of the bo...
If you have friends working in the frontlines, pick up the phone and ask them how they're feeling. They're exhausted, let them vent.
These people are the ones getting up every morn...
Showing small acts of appreciation for the work the helpers are doing is a huge morale booster.
These acts are symbolic, but they remind the frontline workers why they do what they do.
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Telemedicine and telehealth involve remote-health-care technologies and services, known as "virtual care."
While virtual care played some role in the health-care industry, 2020 le...
Fifty to seventy percent of visits to the doctor's office could be replaced by remote monitoring and checkups.
Telemedicine has been a hard sell in some areas.
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As the global spread of the virus accelerates, this sort of do-it-yourself response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) is becoming very common, with medical researchers, busines...
So far, the evidence is insufficient and mixed; there are a few ideas that show promise, but there is also some concern that improvised measures could make things worse.
The last thing you want is for healthcare workers to have a false sense of protection and perform a risky procedure on a patient.
The medical opinion on homemade masks is mixed. None of the everyday materials you could use to make masks work as well as a commercial surgical mask, but the homemade versions do prevent some microbes from getting through, suggesting these substitute masks are better than nothing at all: they could theoretically slow the spread of disease by helping keep the virus from escaping people’s noses and mouths.
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It means that all the social distancing measures being adopted these days in many countries aren’t so much about preventing illness but rather slowing down the rate at which people get sick with...
Staying home during the pandemic helps prevent health systems from being overloaded.
Overloading hospitals can likely be averted with protective measures like closing schools, canceling mass gatherings, working from home, self-quarantine, self-isolation, avoiding crowds. All these keep the virus from spreading fast.