• The Black Hole in America's COVID-19 Data

    1 month ago - By The Atlantic

    For months, public-health experts have been calling for a new line of defense against COVID-19. Antigen testing, also known as rapid testing, is cheaper and faster than standard testing, and it can happen at points of care-long-term-care facilities, prisons, schools, and doctors' offices. The technology has been around since the spring, but the real investment came in August, when the federal government ordered 150 million Abbott BinaxNOW tests, which show the result on a card in just 15 minutes. At the time, the federal government hoped to use the tests to pinpoint outbreaks in...
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  • We Can't Afford to Wait for COVID-19 Vaccines To Be Rolled Out. Here's What We Can Do to Curb the Virus Now

    1 month ago - By Time

    On Jan. 7, 2021, the U.S. hit another grim milestone, for the first time recording over 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 and over 4,000 deaths from the infection in one day. Across the country, hospitals and intensive care units are now under enormous strain trying to treat so many sick people. And if a new, more transmissible variant of SARS-CoV-2 , the virus that causes COVID-19, were to take hold in the U.S. as it has in the U.K., as seems plausible, our health system could pass its breaking point.
    It's all too easy to become numb to the toll and accept these daily figures as a new normal...
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  • ‘It's Unimaginably Bad.' How Government Failures and the New COVID-19 Variant Are Pushing the U.K.'s Health System Into Crisis

    ‘It's Unimaginably Bad.' How Government Failures and the New COVID-19 Variant Are Pushing the U.K.'s Health System Into Crisis

    1 month ago - By Time

    Dr Rachel Clarke never dreamed that in her medical career, she would say out loud that hospitals in Britain are running out of oxygen. Yet some hospitals in the U.K. are now in that critical situation , as doctors say the U.K.'s third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the country's National Health Service to its limits. “We're seeing younger patients, we're seeing sicker patients, and we've never really recovered from the first wave,” says Clarke, who works on an acute medical ward in a hospital in Oxfordshire, England, and also in an in-patient hospice setting. “You can't...
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