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Parties — Not Protests — Are Causing Spikes In Coronavirus : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

Erika Lautenbach, director of the Whatcom County Health Department in Washington state, says protests against police violence aren’t among the catalysts for the spread of COVID-19.

4 Minute podcast and full story at Source: >Parties — Not Protests — Are Causing Spikes In Coronavirus : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

As the U.S. begins to open back up, coronavirus clusters — where multiple people contract COVID-19 at the same event or location are popping up all over the country. And despite drawing massive crowds, protests against police violence and racial injustice in Washington state weren’t among those clusters.

“We did have a rally in Bellingham, which is our county seat, and there was also a protest, and we have not been able to connect a single case to that rally or to the protest, and what we’re finding is in large part that’s due to the use of masks

14 cases were associated with a party of 100 to 150 people in early June. Subsequently, 15 more cases were associated with the original 14. So that one event spread to 29 people and 31 related employers,

“We’re finding that the social events and gatherings, these parties where people aren’t wearing masks, are our primary source of infection, …And then the secondary source of infection is workplace settings

“The concern is that because these younger people are having more mild symptoms, they are going to work sick, they are visiting with their parents and grandparents sick and they’re continuing to go to social events where they expose more and more people

Black light experiment video from Japan shows how quickly a virus like Covid-19 can spread at a restaurant – CNN

Read full story of excerpt below at Source: >Black light experiment video from Japan shows how quickly a virus like Covid-19 can spread at a restaurant – CNN

“(CNN) A viral video from Japan aims to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected.The experiment simulates the atmosphere at a buffet restaurant or on a cruise ship. It was conducted by the public broadcasting organization NHK in conjunction with health experts.The video shows 10 people coming into the restaurant, with one singled out as an “infected” person. A fluorescent substance only visible under black light is applied onto that person’s hands, representing germs from a cough or a sneeze. Each participant then goes about the buffet as they normally would, not considering a potential contamination. At the end of the video, the participants are cast under black lights illuminating where the “(simulated) infection” has spread.

“While these kinds of experiments are not new, John Nicholls, a clinical professor in pathology at Hong Kong University, said they demonstrate how quickly a virus can spread, especially when hand washing is not performed.”What the video demonstrated, is that it will spread to surfaces and to people very efficiently,” But both experts said the experiment is a good way to show the importance of hand washing and hygiene.

Health Safety Tips For When It’s Time To Emerge From Lockdowns : NPR

>How Is The Federal Government Doing At Guiding A Smart Reopening?

6 minute podcast and full page of below excerpts at Source: >Health Safety Tips For When It’s Time To Emerge From Lockdowns : NPR

“As more states continue to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, what are the safest ways to get back out into society — whether it’s outdoors, going to church or returning to work? What are the safest ways to move around as we start to do it more? An end to lockdowns is coming. NPR’s Allison Aubrey joins us to talk through the options for going outdoors or to church or returning to work…

people are moving around more. Using cellphone location data, researchers have seen about a 20% decline in the percentage of people staying home compared to two weeks ago. And it’s also worth noting who seems to be going out most. Some new survey data out of the U.K. shows during lockdown about 50% of adolescent boys and young men – so college-aged males – acknowledge meeting up with a group of friends. And many parents in the U.S. have seen this growing restlessness.

“The data suggests that prolonged indoor contact is the riskiest. Being outside is lower risk. So over the last week or so, we’ve seen several states giving the green light to outdoor activities – exercising on the beach or in parks, tennis, golf, boating. We’re also hearing more about small gatherings in people’s yards.

“There’s better air circulation outside, more sunlight. It’s often easier to stay 6 feet away when you’re in someone’s backyard than their living room. But Carroll says it can be a slippery slope. You know, once people gather, you have to be careful about maintaining social distancing.

many cases are transmitted at home. So one way is a family member who’s an essential worker brings it home to everyone else, so really important for that essential worker, you know, to wash hands, take precautions. And the more people who gather in a home, the more risk.

“there’s very good reason we’re being asked to wear masks. … it’s impossible to say just how many infections that masks may prevent. Mostly the masks do help prevent the person wearing it from spreading the virus.  When I see someone wearing a mask, it says two things to me. They care about the people around them, and they care and respect themselves. …it’s worth pointing out the CDC is recommending that we wear them, and we’ll continue to see this as more people go back to work and perhaps on public transport. ..when people are on public transport or back at work, they’re quite likely indoors, which makes that kind of thing vital.

employers are thinking about things like screening, antibody testing. A lot of employers are scrambling, trying to come up safety measures for reopening. One idea being floated in some countries is the idea of an immunity passport or a health passport so people who have had the virus and presumably have some immunity would be identified and perhaps cleared to go to work.

“But physician Aaron Carroll says this is really not as simple as it sounds. “First of all, we should acknowledge that we don’t even understand yet how good immunity is, how long it lasts, how much it’s protective. So to start labeling people immune is really jumping the gun. We just don’t know yet.


Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all | TechCrunch

Join the forum >Still using Zoom? Have you had problems?

>Zoom, the video conferencing app everyone is using, faces questions over privacy

>Ex-NSA hacker drops new zero-day doom for Zoom

>10 Zoom alternatives for more secure, cross-platform video calls

“Now that we’re all stuck at home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, video calls have gone from a novelty to a necessity. Zoom, the popular videoconferencing service, seems to be doing better than most and has quickly become one of, if not the most, popular option going.

“But should it be? Zoom’s recent popularity has also shone a spotlight on the company’s security protections and privacy promises. Just today, The Intercept reported that Zoom video calls are not end-to-end encrypted, despite the company’s claims that they are.

“And Motherboard reports that Zoom is leaking the email addresses of “at least a few thousand” people because personal addresses are treated as if they belong to the same company. It’s the latest examples of the company having to spend the last year mopping up after a barrage of headlines examining the company’s practices and misleading marketing. To wit:

Read the list of Zoom complaints at Source: >Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all | TechCrunch

The Growth of Telemedicine in the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic, new resources and coverage for telemedicine and telehealth have been created.
See >new telehealth coverage 2020

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>10 Best Online Doctor & Medical Services for 2020
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>Best Online Doctors 2020 Based on In-Depth Reviews

>A Guide to Telemedicine New healthcare options called telemedicine and telehealth are rapidly becoming available for patients in the U.S. What is telemedicine? It’s a remote live and interactive communication, usually a type of online video chat, with a healthcare provider. For certain types of illnesses patients can be seen remotely using modern technology. Healthcare providers can often complete an exam, make a diagnosis, and even write a prescription for you, all from the comfort of your home. Today, telemedicine is often used to treat patients with chronic diseases like high blood pressure, urgent care visits for coughs and colds, and to connect primary care physicians with medical specialists.

>Is Telemedicine the Future of Care? Also referred to as telemedicine or telehealth, virtual care involves the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by medical experts who are miles or even continents away. Heralded as a way to save money while providing quality care for patients who might not otherwise have access to specialists, telemedicine has exploded in growth during the past decade…

>Medical Diagnosis by Webcam? Proponents say telemedicine has the potential to improve access to care, lower costs and provide reliable, specialized care to patients who need it. But some doctors and researchers question to what degree virtual care equates to in-person treatment, and whether these e-physicians might overprescribe drugs to keep patients satisfied, misdiagnose an ailment or miss a more serious medical problem entirely. In Texas, the state medical board passed regulations last year restricting such long-distance consults, a move that has sparked litigation…While the virtual visits provide an option for minor medical problems, patients should avoid suggesting a self-diagnosis, as it may influence the doctor, UCSF’s Dudley says. A patient who blames shortness of breath on asthma, for example, may steer the doctor away from considering other possibilities, such as a heart condition. As with any appointment, patients need to make sure the doctor is attuned to their needs and symptoms.

>Telehealth and Medicare: What Is Covered While Medicare’s coverage of telehealth historically has been limited,recent policy changes have begun to broaden its use. This fact sheet describes the telehealth-provided services available to Medicare beneficiaries. These include current as well as new services resulting from recent policy changes.

>Telehealth: Technology meets health care Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely and manage your health care. These may be technologies you use from home or that your doctor uses to improve or support health care services.

>Telemedicine: The Doctor Is Online, but at What Cost? The AMA now endorses telemedicine as long as there is a valid patient/physician relationship, through at minimum a face-to-face examination (The new policy allows that the “face-to-face examination” could occur virtually…For patients well known to their physicians, follow-up telemedicine visits might be advantageous. For example, an orthopedic surgeon who has recently repaired a broken hip in a nursing home patient could inspect healing with the help of a competent on-site assistant and video camera, saving a difficult, painful, and expensive patient transport to the office. It’s a win/win situation for everyone: less trouble for the patient, a quick visit from the doctor via video software, and more time for the orthopedic surgeon to do cases in the operating room or evaluate patients in the office who require hands-on care…The success of an e-visit also depends upon patients making the right complaint. How many times has your doctor said, “I understand that you have pain in your (fill in the blank), but what’s really bothering you?” In all likelihood, this type of nuance goes out the window in most telemedicine consults…Although virtual consultations may result in satisfactory outcomes for simple medical problems, such as colds and urinary tract infections—perhaps even with cost savings compared with an in-person visit—it is unclear how many important diagnoses will be missed owing to the lack of a real-life, face-to-face interaction.

>Using Telehealth to Improve Home-Based Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers (>Full Report) This paper describes the consumer perspective on the value of telehealth and the current policy concerns with this avenue of health care delivery. This consumer perspective is provided by AARP’s Public Policy Institute on behalf of older adults and their family caregivers. As technology progresses and more care is delivered via telephone, video, e-mail, and other telehealth methods, more research will be needed to identify the models of care that provide the highest quality with the most access to consumers. Research has shown that there are types of telehealth that help some older adults with specific chronic needs, although they don’t help all. As more care is provided via telehealth services, there will be more evidence to further demonstrate telehealth’s usefulness and its cost-effectiveness—or lack thereof.