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UW Medicine opens drive-through coronavirus testing station for patients by appointment only – GeekWire

Nurses wait for the next patient to be screened for coronavirus at a UW Medicine testing station. (UW Medicine Photo / Randy Carnell)

UW Medicine patients are getting checked for coronavirus at a drive-through station set up in a hospital clinics parking lot.

A similar station was created a couple of weeks ago inside a parking garage at UW Medical Center Northwest, to test employees of the University of Washingtons medical system. The by-appointment-only station was set up near the original site, at the hospitals outpatient clinic, and began serving high-risk patients on Monday.

We have already started to do testing in the hospital emergency department and some clinics. But there are a number of our patients who may not be appropriate for sending in to those environments, to minimize the risk of infection to themselves, and perhaps to others, Thomas Hei, director of outpatient services for UW Medical Center, explained in a UW video about the operation.

Patients can drive to a spot where they roll down the window and have nasal swab samples taken without getting out of the car. The process takes only a few minutes. Samples are then sent to the lab for processing, with results available within a couple of days.

The drive-through model was pioneered in South Korea and is being adapted by a growing number of medical networks and public health agencies.

During a White House briefing, Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said 47 drive-through stations are due to be set up over the next few days in about a dozen states, as part of a public-private partnership facilitated by federal officials. Eventually, hundreds of stations could pop up around the nation.

Giroir said federal health workers conducted trial runs at a test site on Monday. We had a lot of kinks in the system, he admitted.

No such kinks were reported at UW Medicines site. Fifteen patients were served on the stations first day of operation, and Hei expects the pace to pick up.

I cant emphasize enough that this is not as if this is a retail drive-up, drive-through testing site, Hei said. We estimate that we should be able to test somewhere around 50 a day maybe more, depending on staffing and equipment.

Laurie Kuypers was one of several mask-wearing nurses who were taking samples. I work in the operating room, so Im kind of used to wearing a mask all day long, she said. But changing in and out of clothes this often is interesting, to say the least. I never imagined Id be out here doing this. But Im happy to do it, of course.

UW Medicine patients who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 for example, fever, a dry cough, sore throat and shortness of breath should call their physician or the UW Medicine Virtual Clinic to find out whether testing is needed. If the answer is yes, patients will be given an appointment for testing at the drive-through station or at an established UW Medicine clinic.

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Comedy: the best (coronavirus) medicine? – Duffy, Gunter believe there is a place for jokes amid the gloom – Jamaica Gleaner

There is an atmosphere of doom and gloom currently blanketing the globe as the coronavirus continues to spread. With entertainment and sporting events coming to a complete halt in many countries, quarantine and chill have become the new norm. As people adjust to the idea of staying in their homes for extended periods, its easy to see how things may become overwhelming for some. This is why some comedians feel that now is the time to keep people laughing. They believe that comic relief is necessary in these times and expressed ways the latter could be achieved without taking away from the seriousness of the pandemic.

Dufton Duffy Shepherd told The Sunday Gleaner that he is a firm believer in the phrase laughter is the best medicine. He explained that with all the sadness crippling the globe because of the virus, jokes are needed to balance the scales.

Persons need to understand that comedians are humans, and we are affected by the same situations that are affecting everybody else, but as a comedian, it is our responsibility to make this whole situation a little more palatable. Perhaps the way to survive all that is happening right now is to laugh at some of these issues, he said. And I want people to understand what Im saying. Im not saying we should make light of the issue because it is indeed serious but finding humour in the situation could help keep you sane. Laughing at things is not the same as taking it lightly.

Shepherd, whose comedy special, Slightly Unhinged, was postponed due to the virus outbreak, said he believes that jokes can even be used to educate the masses.

Sometimes the message is best communicated through laughter because its easier and more digestible. The same messages you want to get across about social distancing and hygiene, comedy can do that and in a way that connects with people because it made them smile. Everybody is so tense and so uptight right now that it (laughing) is the best thing to do. It will soothe the soul.

Internationally based comedian Rohan Gunter shared the same sentiments.

A little comic relief is always good, innu, whether the circumstances are bad or great. It gives people the opportunity to raise their vibes. If youre not in a fun mood right now while Corona is going around, comedy may be just the thing to lift your spirits, he said. This is the best time for comedy right now. When you have people going through stress, depression, paranoia, comedy is the best medicine. Its always good to have something light to consume when there is so much sadness and darkness.

Gunter, however, went on to explain that understanding time and place will be the thing that separates a good joke from one that is just plain insensitive.

The delivery of your joke is always important because people are dying from this thing, and you dont want to desensitise the issue. For example, if youre called to entertain some people at a hospital and some people just passed away because of corona, probably that wouldnt be the best audience for a straight corona joke. But there are topics coming off of corona that would be funny and appropriate. For example, you could talk about parents having to babysit the teachers children (which are their children) now because of school closures associated with the coronavirus, he said.

Shepherd agreed. There are elements of this that are already comedic because if yuh look at it, people run gone buy out all a di tissue, and fi wah? Does it make sense to buy out all a di tissue and nuh have no food? he aslked. As human beings, we just have to make sure that we arent making light of the situation. We have to bring the jokes across in a manner that is tasteful, and, as professionals, we know how to toe the line.

With that said, both professionals said that when situations normalise and bans on public gatherings are lifted, they are a hundred per cent certain coronavirus jokes will be woven into their sets.

Presently, I am putting some jokes together that are corona-related. As a comedian, you have to. Its a hot topic. It is at the top of the list of things you have to talk about. Theres no going around that, said Gunter.

Shepherd added: My show was postponed to a later date, and Im definitely sure that when it is held, corona is on my list. I will talk about how weve handled it, the attitude, and the entire experience. It has to be a topic, and Im looking forward to the after.

shereita.grizzle@gleanerjm.com

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Mylan’s COVID-19 Medicine, And Other News: The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Biopharma – Seeking Alpha

Mylan Resurrects Old Malaria Medication to Fight COVID-19

Mylan (MYL) reported that it has decided to restart the production of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets. The restart is to allow the use of these tablets as potential treatment of COVID-19. It is expected that the tablets will be available in the market by mid April. The tablet is currently approved to be used for treating malaria. Hydroxychloroquine is also approved to be used for treating some autoimmune diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties and lower toxicity.

Mylan is currently looking to manufacture tablets in its West Virginia factory but may initiate such production outside of the United States as well. There had been a couple of studies which claimed that the tablet has the potential to treat COVID-19. The drug has been shortlisted by the World Health Organization as potential weapon to combat the coronavirus. However, Mylan is not the only firm to restart the production of hydroxychloroquine as Teva also announced its plan to donate over 6 million doses to US hospitals for meeting crucial demand.

As the world continues to be under threat from coronavirus, Mylan stands to gain substantial windfall should hydroxychloroquine proves its worth as a COVID-19 treatment. Currently, there is no approved treatment for this latest pandemic. However, given the severity of the situation, it is expected that the FDA will be taking swift measures for introducing treatments to the market.

Apart from focusing on fighting coronavirus, Mylan also recently reported its Biologics License Application for MYL 1402O which has been developed as a biosimilar to Avastin. The application has been reviewed under the 351(K) pathway and seeks approval for the drug candidate as first line and second treatment for patients suffering from metastatic colorectal cancer in combination with fluorouracil-based chemotherapy.

Mylan recently reported its fourth-quarter and full-year results. The company reported its total revenue for the year at $11.50 billion while its fourth-quarter revenue jumped 4 percent to touch $3.19 billion. Its adjusted EPS declined 3 percent to $4.42 and the companys adjusted free cash flow dipped 22 percent to $2.10 billion. The decline was mainly caused by investment in working capital on account new product launches. The company expects its FY 2020 revenue to be in the range of $11.5 billion to $12.5 billion while its adjusted EBITDA will likely be in the range of $3.2 billion to $3.9 billion.

Mylan is currently going through the process of merging with Upjohn, which is Pfizers (NYSE:PFE) off-patent branded and generic medicine business. The resulting entity will have 57 percent ownership of Pfizer shareholders whereas the remaining part will be held by Mylan shareholders. It was earlier reported that the new company will be called Viatris. The merger is expected to be completed by the mid of 2020. The portfolio of the Viatris will have a wide range of drugs and treatments including Celebrex, Viagra, Lipitor and EpiPen.

Mylan shows strong potential for its biosimilar business. The company has diverse biosimilar portfolio with robust development pipeline in place.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (LXRX) reported that it plans to shut down its two Zynquista studies due to paucity of funds. The drug candidate was being tested for its efficacy in treating heart failure, chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes. The two studies destined to be shut down are SOLOIST and SCORED. Lexicon stated that the decision has been taken after assessing the situation that a likely partnership intended to fund the studies is not likely to happen. The company also counted uncertainties caused by COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons.

Lexicon will provide further information about the trials during the announcement of its first-quarter results conference, scheduled to be held in May. The company stated that the decision was taken to preserve financial resources and to focus on other initiatives such as telotristat ethyl in biliary tract cancer and LX9211 in neuropathic pain. Lonnel Coats, president and chief executive officer of Lexicon, added, Pending review of the data, we expect that we will have accrued sufficient exposure data and cardiovascular events to satisfy all requirements for type 2 diabetes and, even with the early close-out, that these studies will contribute scientifically important data in the areas of cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease.

Zynquista has a long history behind it as Lexicon had earlier partnered with Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) for developing and commercializing the drug. However, following an FDA rejection earlier in 2019, Sanofi ended the alliance later the year. The companies were working to develop the drug as an add on therapy to insulin injection for improving blood sugar control. Sanofi paid $260 million to Lexicon for ending the collaboration. Zynquista is a dual inhibitor of SGLT1 and SGLT2 and believed to reduce glucose absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and glucose reabsorption by the kidneys. It also believed to stimulate the release of GLP-1.

Celsion (CLSN) provided positive update about Phase 1/2 clinical trial OVATION 2. The company stated that all 15 patients in the trail showed successful resection of their tumors. 78 percent of the patients included in GEN 1 cohort showed an R0 resection, in comparison to only 50 percent of the patients included in the NACT only cohort showing the similar results. R0 resection denotes margin negative resection implying that no cancer cells were found at the outer edge of surrounding tissue. However, the overall response rate of nearly 80 percent was similar for both the groups.

Celsion stated that it plans to begin enrollment for Phase 2 in the second half of this year. It is expected that final progression free data will be available 12 months after the completion of enrollment. Nicholas Borys, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of Celsion, said, "The combined data from our previous Phase Ib dose-escalating trial (OVATION 1 Study) plus this latest data from the Phase I portion of the OVATION 2 Study further confirms the encouraging dose-dependent efficacy of GEN-1 plus NACT. At the highest dosage, the drug showed an 82 percent R0 resection rate.

OVATION 2 has been designed to study the impact of IL-12 gene-mediated immunotherapy GEN-1, combined with standard-of-care neoadjuvant chemo (NACT), in patients with advanced or metastatic ovarian cancer. The patients are required to undergo interval debulking surgery and then three additional cycles of chemo following the NACT. Out of 15 patients included in the study, 9 were given immunotherapy and neoadjuvant chemotherapy whereas remaining 6 were given neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone.

The initial safety data from the first 15 patients was studied by an independent Data Safety Monitoring Board, which concluded that no dose limiting toxicities were found in the 6 evaluable patients who received at least 4 weekly doses of GEN-1 at 100 mg/m2.

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WVU Medicine to offer pre-screened patients drive-through specimen collection for COVID-19 – WVU Medicine

Posted on 3/17/2020

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. WVU Medicine announced today that it is establishing five drive-through collection points in West Virginia to collect specimens from pre-screened patients to test for COVID-19. The collection points will be in Morgantown, Parkersburg, Bridgeport, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. Although there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia, transmission of the coronavirus is increasing nationwide, and other health systems have successfully used the drive-through approach.The testing itself will be supported by both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will process the specimens that WVU Medicine collects from patients. The collection points will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting tomorrow, March 18. Patients will typically learn test results in three-to-four days, although time will likely vary based on the volume of tests these two companies will be performing.Tests will be reserved for people who meet screening criteria based on CDC recommendations and are sick with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Asymptomatic patients or those people who have no obvious COVID-19 symptoms will not be tested. This will ensure only the highest-risk patients are identified and receive the appropriate medical intervention. The screening will not test for seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or any other respiratory illness.Patients who meet criteria for testing will be directed to one of the five drive-through collection points. WVU Medicine staff will collect the specimens, using appropriate precautions, and send them to Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp for analysis. This process reduces the need for other critically constrained resources.

We are happy to roll these collection sites out to our state and provide this critical service to our citizens, Judie Charlton, M.D., WVU Medicines chief medical officer, said. We only ask that people who are truly sick and who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 request testing, which they can through their primary care doctor or by calling the WVU Medicine COVID-19 triage line at 304-598-6000, option 4.WVU Medicine will collect the specimen only if the patient has a valid Epic order from a referring physician.

Our process of requiring an Epic order expedites our ability to communicate results back to patients and ensure that appropriate measures have been taken in ordering the test, reporting to government agencies, and providing follow-through care when warranted, said Dr. Charlton. Patients whose care is through a provider without Epic access can be accommodated by the treating physician referring the patient to our Covid-19 triage number.

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When medicine loses the healing touch – The Hindu

In September 2016, the American Medical Association held a funeral service to physical examination. Medical imaging is gradually replacing the age-old conventional practice of history-taking and clinical examination. Our legendary and eminent gurus made bedside diagnosis just with history and physical examination (which includes percussion and auscultation), which was confirmed by minimal investigations available those days. Sometimes, even without investigations, their diagnosis was accurate.

With the burial of physical examination, patients need not be touched or examined and can be straightaway subjected to a battery of investigations suggested by algorithms. The physician thus loses the thought process and judgment and can bid farewell to the stethoscope as auscultation will be redundant. It wont be long before robots will replace the physician and take the history and feed it in the computer and print out the investigations required. The physician needs to give only the prescription.

Now, skin patches monitor real-time blood glucose levels, automatic blood pressure recorders display the readings on mobile phones and electronic loop recorders monitor heart rhythms round the clock through telemetry. Many scans are reported online from distant locations without examining the patient.

During practical examinations for trainees, it was customary for the examiners to ask for provisional diagnosis soon after the history. Again after physical examination, the examinee is assessed for his or her capability of arriving at a reasonable diagnosis. With the burial of physical examination, is it necessary for the trainees to be subjected to such a rigorous assessment? Training physicians to make diagnosis without physicals is like teaching algebra and calculus without teaching division and multiplication. Similarly, a musical exponent cannot achieve perfection without learning basic notes and ragas.

When physical examination becomes obsolete, there wont be any need to touch the patient. This will replace the age-old practice of doctor-patient relationship and it can be renamed a computer-patient relationship. Such a patient can be called an e-patient. This will defeat the concept of family physicians which still exists in our country. It is the touch of the physician which gives the healing effect to the patient, the so-called Hastavasi (the healing touch).

With the entombment of physical examination, is it necessary to increase the number of medical colleges and medical seats when the future is going to be dominated by computers and artificial intelligence? This aspect is debatable, and policy makers and health-care providers must give a serious thought to this.

I predict, however, that the buried physical examination will definitely have a resurrection.

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CORONAVIRUS: Hubs will deliver food and medicine to vulnerable – Swindon Advertiser

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to take the government's social distancing advice seriously as he introduced new measures to protect the most vulnerable.

The NHS identified 1.5 million people with serious underlying health conditions who are most at-risk of catching the coronavirus.

Letters will be sent advising that they stay home for 12 weeks.

Mr Johnson said: "This shielding will do more than any other single measure that we are setting out to save lives."

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that a network of local hubs set up around the country would deliver medicines and food to the most vulnerable and lonely people.

Nobody needs to worry about getting the food and essential items that they will need, he said.

These care packages will be left on the doorstep. Community pharmacies, supermarkets, councils and food distributors will work together to make this ambitious new service work.

The products will be free, with the Treasury footing the bill, and people will be able to order supplies over the phone and online. More details will be announced in the near future.

The announcement came as many people across the country continued to flout government advice to stay two metres apart from each other.

The prime minister resisted calls to impose a total lockdown and repeated government advice on social distancing.

Mr Johnson added: I want, of course I do, people to be able to go to the parks, open spaces and enjoy themselves.

"But even if you feel invulnerable, there are plenty of people you could infect.

"My message is you've got to do this in line with the advice, you've got to follow the social distancing rule - keep two metres apart. Take this advice seriously and it's absolutely crucial that you follow it.

"Otherwise if you don't do it responsibly... there is going to be no doubt that we will have to bring forward further measures and we are certainly keeping that under constant review.

"I would like to thank people who are already following the advice.

"The reason we're taking these unprecedented steps...is, of course, that we have to slow the spread of the disease and to save thousands of lives.

"The general principle should be we should all, as far as we possibly can, stay at home, protect our NHS and therefore save lives.

"The more we comply with this, the faster we will beat it."

Responding to questions on the dangers to elderly people leaving their homes, deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said that the public had a responsibility to make outside spaces safer by not congregating.

"There is a real balance point here - what we don't want to find is that we grow mental health problems or we grow other physical problems because of such a strict imposition.

"The virus doesn't last well outside for all sorts of reasons around temperature, UV light and everything else so actually an outdoor environment compared with an indoor one is generally a safer one - but the difficulty is if people are congregating outside or coming together."

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Northwestern Medicine Kish doctor: how to get tested for COVID-19 and why isolation matters – DeKalb Daily Chronicle

As a public service, Shaw Media will provide open access to information related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency.

DeKALB After seven new cases of COVID-19 were announced Thursday, local health officials are reiterating the urgency of getting adequate testing for public, to help prevent further person-to-person spread as cases arise north of the Chicago area.

"We've never seen anything like this, maybe since 1957 when they shut the schools down with the flu," said Bob Manam, an infectious disease specialist at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital. "We can see there's a change in the health officials within the last 24 to 48 hours, where they've really ramped it up. So they must be having some numbers of local sustained spread of infection."

Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday more cases in McHenry and Kane counties, which add to the total of 32 cases of coronavirus statewide. DeKalb County schools, events, organizations and government agencies inundated the news cycle Thursday with closures, cancellations and postponements, in an effort to deter in-person contact.

Manam said there's still an important step missing: providing enough testing kits for area hospitals to rule out coronavirus in patients who exhibit telling symptoms. Quest Diagnostic Labs announced today they've now been equipped with COVID-19 testing kits, Manam said. LabCorp Diagnostics will soon provide testing in Illinois as well, he said.

"These testing kits have to be provided to the hospitals or doctor's offices," Manam said. "Even today, if I wanted to get a test, I would not be able to. Today was the first day that I saw from Quest Labs. Likely in the next week or so those who need testing will get that."

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a testing lab, but Manam said the tests haven't been widely enough distributed so that area hospitals have access to them.

The tests themselves, spawned from a nasal swab which are sent in a contained package to the labs, don't take long to produce results, but the waiting game to be tested is the problem, he said. And in the interim, Manam said people should limit their contact with the outside world.

What if I get coronavirus?

If you test positive for it, chances are the virus will run its course, Manam said, but advised you maintain regular contact with your doctor, and said many may be able to heal at home.

"The majority of people will be fine," he said. "Everybody has to be following the guidelines through, making sure they're safe and their family is at home."

If you contract COVID-19, Manam said avoid elderly people or those who are immunocompromised.

When should I take the test and how do I get one?

If a person suspects they may have coronavirus, they're advised to not go into a local hospital or clinic and ask for a test, nor should they walk into an area Quest Lab for one, Manam said.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 (symptoms include higher fever and persistent cough, but not runny nose which can come with the flu), you should contact your primary care physician who can instruct you on next steps. You can also call the Northwestern Medicine coronavirus hotline 312-47-COVID.

Manam said turn-around times to get a result are 24 hours through the IDPH lab or 72 hours for QuestLabs. While you await your test results, you should isolate yourself and limit as much human-to-human contact as possible.

The health department will help determine who you've been in contact with (usually those in your home, or co-workers) who should also then self-isolate.

"Doing this is not to spread panic but to slow this virus down so everybody does not get sick at one time," Manam said.

Though DeKalb County doesn't have any confirmed cases as of Thursday, he said hospital workers are operating with heightened arrangements because of it. If you experience a medical emergency unrelated to coronavirus, you shouldn't be afraid to seek medical attention at the hospital.

He said it's not an overreaction to stay away form public places, and people shouldn't view it as a minor inconvenience is events are canceled.

"Even 1% of a large number is too much for institutions to handle," he said. "We're not built for that at this time. This is something. You've never seen the government come down so strong. It's not the media. You're looking at expert health officials."

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First Presumed Positive Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at UChicago Medicine – The Chicago Maroon

University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) has confirmed its first presumed positive case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The patient is not affiliated with the University.

The University announced the case in an email to the University community from Kenneth Polonsky, Executive Vice President of the University for Biology and Medicine. Presumed positive means that theMedical Center is waiting on confirmation from the CDC.

A statement sent to The Maroon by Lorna Wong, the executive director of communications for UCM, said that the Medical Center is taking extensive precautions to keep the risk of infection low in the campus community.

Apatient from outside the University of Chicago has a presumed positive test for COVID-19 infection and is under care at the University of Chicago Medicine, with extensive precautions to maintain the communitys safety, Wong wrote. The Medical Center is awaiting confirmation from the CDC, which is expected in the coming days."

UCMhad previously admitted a patient suspected of having COVID-19on March 4. The patient, who was unaffiliated with the University, tested negative for the virus.

There are 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois as of Friday, the Sun-Timesreported. Several city institutions have announced temporary closings, including the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.

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Elected officials promise functioning services from government – Medicine Hat News

By COLLIN GALLANT on March 14, 2020.

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The work of government will continue, southeast Albertas elected representatives stressed on Friday, as the legislative bodies considered suspending or altering proceedings to avoid transmitting of the coronavirus.

The House of Commons will not meet again until mid-April, and the Alberta Legislature suspended public visits on Thursday. The province is now evaluating whether to suspend the winter session that began in late February.

Three provincial and federal politicians that represent Medicine Hat said Friday they will sit as required, but understand measures that they limit risk.

The most important thing is Albertans take care of themselves and the Alberta government to help protect our communities, said Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes.

He said ministry work and service delivery will continue.

School tours and other group visits to the legislature grounds are now suspended and the public gallery is closed, though proceedings will still be broadcast.

In terms of local operations, Barnes said his office will remain open, but interactions will be limited as much as possible, on advice from health professionals. Personal appearances will also be cancelled on advice from legislature officials.

Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner MP Glen Motz said he will return to Medicine Hat this weekend. He said he is watching government actions and hopes to conduct business as normally as possible over the next five weeks.

Obviously its unusual, he said. You need to be prudent, but the public expects us to lead at this time.

But just because parliamentarians are away (from Ottawa) at this time, that doesnt mean public health officials and others wont be working hard.

If we get called back, well go back.

In Ottawa, MP duties involve not only sitting in the House for debate and votes, but interacting with staff, senior bureaucrats and industry leaders during committee work.

Motz said that when you add general travel schedules of all involved, and a large number of public visitors to parliament buildings, the potential risk is great.

This week Alberta Health Services issued an advisory to cancel all events that might attract 250 or more people.

City meetings in Medicine Hat will continue as scheduled, though under Alberta Health guidelines and advisories to limit physical contact and increase cleanliness.

On Friday, city officials stated that public attendance is generally low.

While there are fewer than 90 MLAs in the relatively spacious legislature, the daily program involves a large number of support staff and office workers and top administrators congregating.

The Alberta Electrical System Operator announced Friday it would ban in-person meetings between its staff and stakeholders, and instead reschedule them for telephone or internet conferencing in the interest of health.

There are a lot of things that can be accomplished over the phone and internet that couldnt be done 20 years ago, said Motz, who plans to keep his office open but follow health officials directions.

A constituency open house that was planned for next week in Raymond may be reconsidered, he said.

Brooks-Medicine Hat Michaela Glasgo said the province should be united in its response to pandemic.

As always, I am grateful to those who are on the front lines dealing with this issue and protecting our public health, she wrote.

Both Motz and Barnes said eyes are now on the federal governments response, not only to the health crisis, but also a quickly worsening economic outlook.

The goal should be to get as much money in to the pockets of residents as soon as possible, said Barnes.

Solidarity in Ottawa

A unanimous vote and many messages of support for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is in isolation after his wife entered quarantine following a positive test.

As well on Friday, the union representing 120,000 federal workers announced it would suspend an ongoing strike vote among its members and would re-evaluate the situation on March 30.

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Unofficial list of event cancellations in the Hat – Medicine Hat News

By Medicine Hat News on March 14, 2020.

The Alberta government has asked that all gatherings of 250 people or more be suspended until further notice in an effort to slow the potential spread of COVID-19.

This recommendation affects numerous events in Medicine Hat area, including smaller events which organizers are employing extra caution for.

This list is current as of 5 p.m. on Friday, but please check with organizers of your particular event for further information.

Western Hockey League All games suspended until further notice, including at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat. Upcoming games included

Canalta Centre All WHL games until further notice. Fridays Brad Paisley concert, postponed, details on potential rescheduling to follow, Roseanne Barr (May 1), Baby Shark Live! (June 23)

Esplanade Canada Ballet Jorgens Anne of Green Gables the Ballet (Friday), refunds available

Medicine Hat College Journey Towards Healing and Reconciliation Conference (March 23-27) and regional science fair (March 21) have been postponed indefinitely

The Hat Grannies for Alberta Fabric, Yarn and More Sale on Saturday, has been postponed until further notice.

All Raising the Curtain events have been postponed.

Saturdays Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Alberta has been cancelled.

The annual Stars of the Festival concert during the Rotary Music Festival has been cancelled. A winner of Fridays Rose Bowl will be published in Mondays News.

The annual Cabane A Scure was slated to run March 21 at Crescent Heights High School. The event has been cancelled, with full refunds being offered on tickets.

The Pecha Kucha event planned for the upcoming Friday has been cancelled. Event staff will work with speakers to get them in at different events.

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Black box warning to be added to popular asthma/allergy medicine – KVUE.com

AUSTIN, Texas New warnings for a popular asthma and allergy drug after the FDA links the medicine to mental health issues.

The FDA issued a black box warning for Singulair,or the generic form called montelukast sodium, after studying the serious side effects for more than 12 years.

The FDA has received 14,485 reports from patients experience side effects. More than 10,000 of those are considered serious.

Many of those reports are occurring in young children and teenagers. The FDA said the warning is necessary because "we continue to receive reports of serious neuropsychiatric events with montelukast."

There continue to be reports of serious mental health side effects from people taking this medicine, including dozens of suicides.

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Most of the time doctors and pharmacists get these warnings, but it's important that parents know about them too. According to the FDA, this is what patients should know:

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Merck, the maker of Singulair, sent us a statement:

"At Merck, we are committed to working with regulators, including the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), to label our products appropriately, enabling physicians to make informed decisions about the products they prescribe.

We remain confident in the efficacy and safety of SINGULAIR (montelukast sodium), a medicine that has been prescribed to tens of millions of indicated patients with asthma and allergic rhinitis since its approval more than 20 years ago. We will work with the FDA to update the labeling for SINGULAIR. Today Merck supplies only a small portion of the overall market.

If patients have questions regarding the use of montelukast they should consult their physician."

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Dubious Old Pharmaceutical Posters That Will Make You Appreciate Modern Medicine – Observer

Promotional material for a dicey hemorrhoid cure. Found Image Holdings/Getty Images

As the coronavirus bears down on Americans, its become increasingly clear that the heath care systems we have in place and the infrastructures that tenuously hold society together are not, shall we say, quite completely equipped to handle the onslaught of whats to come. Coronavirus testing is inexplicably difficult to access and still exorbitantly expensive, people whove tested positive with the virus are still traveling, and the elderly have proven to be extremely vulnerable to the illness in and of itself, due to the severe respiratory aspects of the disease.

All of this is to say: if you can detect a particularly high-pitched note of anxiety in the world around you today, its not just you. With this in mind, Observer took a peek back through the archives to find some of the most absurd, far-fetched and downright strange medicine advertisements of years (and centuries) past.

Its one thing to be dealing with a pandemic with 21st century resources, and quite another to contemplate how something like the coronavirus might have gone down smack dab in the middle of the Roaring 20s. Everyone probably would have been so booze-addled back then, they wouldnt have even noticed particularly high fevers or severe coughing.

Advertisement for Bravais iron tonic used to cure paleness, consumption, poorness of blood, etc. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Man Sitting at Poker Table, Tarrants Seltzer Aperient, Trade Card, circa 1900. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Vintage illustration of an ad for placebo pills to be used in barbiturates-withdrawal therapy, 1950s. Found Image Press/Corbis via Getty Images

Victorian advertisement for Rubifoam liquid dentifrice. 1897. swim ink 2/Corbis via Getty Images

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Advertisment for Harris Flu-Nips, which features the phrase Keep Out the Damp. Buyenlarge/Getty Images

A Victorian trade card advertises Ayers Cathartic Pills, safe, pleasant, and reliable. Buyenlarge/Getty Images

This 1880 ad is maybe the creepiest thing weve ever seen. Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

As you can see, old advertisements for medicine were essentially just advertisements for dressed-up snake oil. A particular favorite is the ad for Harris Flu Nips, which bears an eerily prescient slogan: Prevention is Better Than Cure. Thats something a company says when they definitely dont have the cure.

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Medicine taken by millions could increase the risk of catching coronavirus, scientists warn – The Sun

MEDICINE taken by millions of people could increase the risk of catching coronavirus, scientists have warned.

Certain blood pressure drugs have the potential to change the shape of a person's cells and make it easier for the bug to infect them.

The pills - called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor drugs (ACE) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB)- are used to treat diabetes or high blood pressure.

Figures show the most common in England are Ramipril, Losartan, Lisinopril and Candesartan, and were prescribed almost 65 million times last year.

According to a paper published in the British medical journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, the new coronavirus - named Covid-19, can latch itself onto human cells and infect them.

This could cause more severe illness, according to the scientists from University Hospital Basel, in Switzerland, and the University of Thessaloniki in Greece.

However the researchers have cautioned that their findings don't prove a link between the drugs and severe cases of the disease, so further studies are needed.

And a doctor has strongly advised anyone on heart medications not to stop or change these without discussion with their doctor.

The article claims that Covid-19 can latch onto something inside the body's cells known as angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

Some people with high blood pressure or diabetes have to take medication to increase the amount of ACE2 in their cells to control their conditions.

The research was carried out by looking at other studies of coronavirus patients with severe forms of the illness.

They found that the most common illnesses were high blood pressure (23.7 per cent), diabetes (16.2 per cent) and heart disease (5.8 per cent).

The team then studied how Covid-19 and its nearest cousin, SARS, attach to cells inside the body.

They theorised that blood pressure drugs could make this process easier for these viruses.

Dr Roth's team also suggested thatpeople with diabetes and high blood pressure might be more at risk because of changes in their genes which make them produce more ACE2 naturally.

They wrote: "We suggest that patients with cardiac diseases, hypertension [high blood pressure], or diabetes, who are treated with ACE2-increasing drugs, are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 infection and, therefore, should be monitored."

Dr Michael Roth, from the University of Basel, who led the research, said:"These data suggest that ACE2 expression is increased in diabetes and treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs increases ACE2 expression.

We hypothesise that diabetes and high blood pressure treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal Covid-19

"Consequently, the increased expression of ACE2 would facilitate infection with COVID-19.

"We therefore hypothesise that diabetes and hypertension [high blood pressure] treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal Covid-19.

"If this hypothesis were to be confirmed, it could lead to a conflict regarding treatment."

But doctors have warned that the findings were not proof of a link between the drugs and patients should continue taking their medication.

He told MailOnline: "This letter does not report the results of a study; it simply raises a possible question about whether a type of blood pressure and heart disease medication called ACE inhibitors might increase the chances of severe Covid-19 infections.

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"I strongly advise anyone on heart medications not to stop or change these without discussion with their doctor."

He added that stopping medication and requiring hospital treatment could add further strain to the NHS.

Dr Dipender Gill, who works at Imperial College NHS Trust in London added: "Evidence is currently lacking and it is too early to make robust conclusions on any link between use of ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II type-I receptor blockers with risk or severity of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection."

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Drive-Through Coronavirus Tests For UW Medicine Workers : Shots – Health News – NPR

Nurse Jeff Gates prepares to assess another patient in UW Medicine's drive-through coronavirus testing clinic in Seattle. Jon Hamilton/NPR hide caption

Nurse Jeff Gates prepares to assess another patient in UW Medicine's drive-through coronavirus testing clinic in Seattle.

Employees of the University of Washington's UW Medicine system can now get tested for coronavirus without leaving their cars.

The system's medical center in northwest Seattle has turned a hospital garage lot into a drive-through clinic that can test a person every five minutes. They typically get results within a day or so.

But the idea involves more than convenience. It's also about safety.

"Because of the way this virus could be spread, we want to make sure there's good ventilation," says Dr. Seth Cohen, who runs the infectious disease clinic at UW Medical Center Northwest.

Coronavirus has already caused at least 17 deaths in the Seattle area and infected at least 83 people.

So staff have placed three medical tents on the first floor of the center's multilevel garage, which is not enclosed. Signs and orange cones funnel vehicles to the testing site.

On the clinic's first morning of operation, a cold breeze was blowing through the structure. Cohen described it as "excellent airflow that you can feel."

When workers first drive in, they're greeted by Jan Nakahara, a nurse who usually works at the University's Hall Health Center.

"I'm going to have you pull up," she tells the driver. "Don't get out of your car."

These three tents in a parking garage at UW Medical Center Northwest make up a drive-through coronavirus testing clinic for symptomatic employees. Jon Hamilton/NPR hide caption

These three tents in a parking garage at UW Medical Center Northwest make up a drive-through coronavirus testing clinic for symptomatic employees.

For now, the drive-through clinic is limited to health care workers in the university's health care system. And they need to have a fever, dry cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

"If they had symptoms, they would go and fill out a survey online," Nakahara says. "And then if the screeners thought it sounded like it was a possibility of coronavirus, then they were given an appointment today."

The next stop at the testing clinic is in front of the three white medical tents.

Jeff Gates, a nurse at the medical center, approaches each car. Like Nakahara, he's in full personal protective gear, including a clear plastic face mask.

"Hello, my name is Jeff," he tells the driver. "We're going to be doing your swabs today."

Gates prepares to take two swabs through the open window, one from each nostril.

"I'm going to have you lean your head back just a little bit, try not to move on me," Gates says and inserts the first swab. "Sorry, I know that's uncomfortable."

Gates takes the samples he's collected and seals them in plastic tubes. They'll be processed by a lab a few miles away.

"We're going to be testing for both influenza A and B, RSV, as well as COVID-19," Gates tells the driver. "We'll get results back as soon as possible."

"Thank you," he adds. "I hope you feel better soon."

Then it's time for Gates to put on fresh protective gear and get ready for the next arrival.

"It's been going great," he says. "Very smooth. We've had probably seven people come through this morning."

The traffic here is expected to increase dramatically in the next few days.

For now, the clinic will continue to focus on health care workers because they will be essential if the coronavirus continues to spread in the Seattle area.

"We want to make sure that if our staff test negative we get them back to work as soon as we can," Cohen says. "But if they test positive we want to keep them out of the workforce to make sure they're not going on to infect other staff or patients."

The medical center plans to extend in-car testing to first responders who may have been exposed.

The university also expects to work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide coronavirus testing kits that patients can use at home.

Home testing would be "fantastic," Cohen says.

But home kits rely on swabs that don't go nearly as far into the nasal passages as the ones testing clinics use. So scientists still need to verify that the home kits won't miss any infections, Cohen says.

As results from wider testing come in, Cohen says, the information should help public health officials assess the current outbreak.

"It will definitely give us a clue as to whether COVID has other epicenters within Seattle, including other institutions," he says.

So far, the drive-through tests have found lots of flu and a few cases of coronavirus, Cohen says.

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Hat’s Villeneuve named to Alberta’s wheelchair basketball team – Medicine Hat News

By Medicine Hat News on March 14, 2020.

Sam Villeneuve may not wind up playing a game for them this season, but at least he can say hes on the provincial wheelchair basketball team.

The 20-year-old from Medicine Hat was named to the team after a training camp last month, making him the first player to graduate from the local adaptive sport team to the Alberta side.

The only games I played was three years ago when we went up to Lethbridge to play a game, then Lethbridges team came down to Medicine Hat, said Villeneuve earlier this month, long before the global pandemic threw every sports future off track. Ive never played on many teams.

It feels good. Yes (I was surprised).

Villeneuve has disabilities such that he speaks slowly and cant easily catch a basketball. But the second-year engineering student at the University of Alberta proved at the training camp his skill set is more than valuable. He said out of two dozen players who attended, only 10 made the team.

In wheelchair basketball, players are classified with a point value between 1.0 and 4.5 based on their level of disability. The lower the number, the greater the disability. A team can only have a total of 14 points worth of players on the court at one time.

Villeneuve says hes a 1.5.

Im able to roll but I cant catch really well, he said. The pass has to be direct, right at me.

It hasnt stopped him. He tried wheelchair rugby after moving north for school, but it took an hour and a half on the bus to get to the practices.

So he found the Northern Lights club team, which holds practices right at the university campus in Edmonton.

I called them, about two and a half months ago, they told me to come out to a practice.

The provincial team was to practice in Red Deer next weekend, but thats unsurprisingly cancelled. So, too is the junior western regionals that were planned for Kamloops April 24-26.

But Villeneuve can still look longer-term in the sport.

Team Alberta, Im not really sure, but if I keep playing and training I could one day go to the Paralympics, he said.

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DCH, Family Medicine Clinics offer tips to stop spread of virus – theperrynews.com

The Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics implemented a visitor-restriction policy Wednesday, and they have received many questions surrounding the COVID-19 precautions and protocol have been asked over the past 24 hours, according to a statement released Thursday.

The DCH has issued the following tips and guidelines to assist the community during this time.

How to prevent illness:

Clean your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are ill and distance yourself with other people in the community. This is important for people who are at a higher risk of getting sick. Stay home if youre sick, except to seek medical care. Cover coughs and sneezes If you ARE sick you should be wearing a face mask when you are around other people. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

What to do if you are sick?

Stay home except to seek medical care and avoid public places or transportation. Call ahead before visiting your provider to make an appointment If you believe you may have contracted COVID-19, please notify your healthcare provider at the time of your call. This will help the healthcare team take the next steps to keep others from being potentially exposed. Call Dallas County Hospital and Family Medicine Clinics or your family provider with any questions on symptoms, travel, or more information on how to care for a person who is sick and has traveled.

For more information or updates on COVID-19, please visit the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Air Canada jets out of the Hat – Medicine Hat News

By GILLIAN SLADE on March 12, 2020.

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Air Canadas flights in and out of Medicine Hat will stop indefinitely on April 1.

Jeff Huntus, Medicine Hat Regional Airport manager says Air Canada has been operating out of the local airport since before 1998 through various contracted carriers.

Its not good news but its the reality of the airline business, said Huntus. I think there were some problems with load factors. It wasnt a well performing route for them and with the coronavirus affecting air travel I think advance bookings just fell dramatically.

Air Canada did not respond to a request for an interview Wednesday.

In May 2019, Air Canada reduced the number of flights between Medicine Hat and Calgary from six a day in 18-seater aircraft to just two a day in larger aircraft with 50 seats, the Dash 8-300.

At the time a spokesperson for Air Canada said its regional flights would be operated exclusively by Jazz Aviation LP as part of our new agreement with Jazzs parent company Chorus and the former smaller aircraft were being phased out.

While not getting into specific numbers Huntus said there has been a noticeable drop in airport traffic since coronavirus. That is not unique to Medicine Hat and Huntus does not believe Air Canadas decision was made based solely on COVID-19.

They have challenges in a number of locations, said Huntus.

For now, WestJet is not making any changes to its schedule in Medicine Hat, a WestJet spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

WestJet has acknowledged the impact of COVID-19 on the airline industry and this week said it would be undertaking immediate cost reduction initiatives, including a freeze on discretionary spending and offering voluntary-leave options.

Last spring, Huntus said the larger aircraft that Air Canada was switching to is faster, reducing flights to Calgary by 10 or 15 minutes. He said any talk in the community about how often flights were cancelled had more to do with the number of people flying out of the airport. There were also the inevitable cancellations due to weather which is beyond the control of airlines.

Huntus had previously said he hoped that Air Canadas decision to switch to larger aircraft, in addition to WestJet flights, would give more options to passengers and could reduce fares.

Huntus acknowledges that competition is good for consumers, but notes Medicine Hat Regional Airport still has a very good air service to Calgary with WestJet.

In a press release, the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce also commented on WestJet continuing its service.

We hope that both business and leisure travellers will support this services so we can have continued air service from Medicine Hat in the future, said Chamber president Tracy Noulett.

Noulett noted businesses would like to see more options to accommodate daytime business travel, flights to Edmonton and lower fares.

Once the dust settles well ramp up our air service action program again and try and find new operators for the market, said Huntus. If the numbers are right, theres no reason they (Air Canada) wouldnt come back.

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City Notebook: Difficult to avoid people when we need each other – Medicine Hat News

By COLLIN GALLANT on March 14, 2020.

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Were all in this together, but also alone. Its an interesting concept and, while maybe not the most immediate concern of a health scare thats gripping local communities in our hyper-connected world, the social aspects of stemming the spread of the coronavirus are undeniable.

Avoid handshakes, limit visits and unnecessary travel.

Self-isolate for 14 days is recommended. If its possible, working remotely at home could slow the spread and help the health system avoid what could be an overwhelming wave of cases.

The course of action has major implications for businesses and society in general, but also in how we interact with each other.

If it continues for any great length, its easy to see the measures as isolating, if not alienating.

A crisis like a flood involves a call to physical action. This could easily be misconstrued as a call to do nothing.

And how are we to bolster community spirit when there is little opportunity for that community to gather. Can we come together when the key is maintaining a separation?

The head of the City of Calgarys emergency management department Tom Sampson provided food for thought on Friday.

Were using the wrong terminology, he said in a social media post. Were talking about social distance when really this is a time when we need to be as close to our friends, our families as we possibly can be.

So, lets use physical distance, meaning stay close with your friends, but not physically close.

In a busy world, weve already lost much opportunity to gather and interact. We lament life that has become for many a treadmill of driving to and from work, shopping and home.

As the world has gotten smaller, through technology and travel, so too it seems have our close social spheres.

The online universe has brought shopping, new movies and even fast food to our homes at relatively little effort.

The current course of action could easily reinforce it.

But perhaps well arrive at the other side of this knowing the full value of a handshake, a pat on the back, a kiss on the cheek of an elderly relative, an elbow in the ribs after a wise crack.

Perhaps well rediscover the art of conversation, how to make our own fun, how to be productive, self-disciplined, and how to support those around us.

Perhaps. I hope so.

Hotel

Encouraging news broken by the News this week is that the final design of the Iron River hotel project is now before city planners ahead of a final council decision

The developer headed by downtown rejuvenation booster Aaron Burghardt says theres still a lot of work to work to do, but plans are progressing

The design is by FWBA Architects, whose stylish Second Street office was a Burghardt project. Another feather in the cap of the firm is that theyre also working of the new public works building for the County of Forty Mile in Foremost.

A look ahead

The Intermunicipal Collaboration framework hammered out by Medicine Hat, Redcliff, and Cypress County will be unveiled at the citys council meeting on Monday. Another key matter is a final vote on the Tri-Area Intermunicipal Development plan that all three parties must pass, respectively.

100 years ago

A proposal to build rail service between Medicine Hat and Leader, Sask., was unveiled by Canadian Pacific officials, the News reported this week in 1920.

It was stated the 80-mile line could go ahead while the proposed Hat-to-Hanna line of the Canadian Northern Railway system was in doubt.

A forum calling for proportional representation and an end to the first-past-the-post electoral system would be held in Medicine Hat.

Following the opening of new Centre Block of Parliament buildings in February, built after a devastating fire four years earlier, the total construction cost was revealed to be $6.95 million.

Jas. Armstrong, the incumbent reeve of the M.D. of Excelsior was defeated in a by-election, officials in Dunmore reported. Three successful council candidates were Jas. Frinch, of Gros Ventre, Ole Jensen, of Roseberg, and J. Sallows, of Coleridge.

New federal Liberal Leader W.L. MacKenzie Kings call for an early election was defeated by Union government members.

A date for a gopher-killing day would be set by the newly formed local branch of the United Farmers of Alberta.

Collin Gallant covers city politics and a variety of topics for the News. Reach him at 403-528-5664 or via email at cgallant@medicinehatnews.com

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Here’s How the Married to Medicine Doctors Are Reacting to the Coronavirus Outbreak – Bravo

The Married to Medicine doctors and their significant others have been sharing their thoughts and how they are responding to COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, on social media.

Amid concerns and uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Heavenly Kimes' husband, Dr. Damon Kimes, provided some words of wisdom and comfort on his wife's Instagram.

Dr. Heavenly shared a video of her husband, who is an emergency medicine physician, giving some guidance on how to cope during this difficult time. "I really feel like this is an opportunity to slow down for a second and think about what's really important: our families, our loved ones. For those of us that are physicians, we're obviously thinking about our patients," Dr. Damon said. "This has sort of gripped our country with fear, anxiety, worry. I don't think we have to worry. I think we need to be vigilant. I think we need to do the things that would prevent us from getting illnesses in general, including coronavirus."

Dr. Damon also gave fans "a word of encouragement," sharing his belief that a treatment for coronavirus will be discovered eventually. "I think, in the meantime, we need to do things like, just simple things: Wash your hands. Stay away from crowds. This is probably not a time for travel," he said. "I think we need to try to stay home as much as we can and allow this disease process to run its course and go away, but we can help that."

He also said that he believes prayer can be "powerful." "We can pray about this, we can do the things that we probably should have been doing before, such as spending time with our families. I know even for me, I've been sometimes too busy and working and focusing on other things. But what this has done for me is allow me a chance to just stop and think, think about what's really important," he shared. "If there's somebody out there that you love, tell them you love them, tell them they're important. Not being able to go and do everything that you want to do makes you realize just how important all of that is."

Dr. Damon ended the video by sharing that everyone should be extra vigilant about their health during this time especially those who are over the age of 60 and those already living with medical conditions.

Mariah Huq, whose husband, Dr. Aydin Huq, is an ER doctor, revealed on Instagram that she has asked him to take off his worn scrubs and place them in a hamper in the back of the car before entering the house. "When you're#MarriedtoMedicinein REAL life during an outbreak and your spouse works Frontline in the Emergency Room you have to create Quarantine zones to protect your kids!#NoScrubsin the house!" Mariah captioned a photo of herself showing off the trunk of her car while wearing a face mask. "Sending prayers to all Healthcare workers during this mess! Stay Well."

Dr. Contessa Metcalfe also recently shared a video on Instagram in which she and her husband, Dr. Scott Metcalfe, disagreed on how one should go about their lives amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO)recommends washing your hands frequently, practicing social distancing, avoiding touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, practicing respiratory hygiene, seeking medical care early if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, and staying informed and following advice given by your healthcare provider.

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Fort Collins medical group: Call before visiting clinics if you have respiratory symptoms – Coloradoan

After touring the Colorado State University Infectious Disease Research Lab, Sen. Michael Bennet estimates coronavirus vaccine is 18 months out Fort Collins Coloradoan

Associates in Family Medicine is asking all patients with respiratory symptoms or fevers of unknown origin to stay away from its clinics to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Instead, they should call ahead to their doctor's office.

Joseph Prows, a doctor on the Northern Colorado medical group's COVID-19 response team, told the Coloradoanthe company is operating under the assumption that "anyone who is sick (with respiratory illness), until proven otherwise (not to be COVID-19), needs to isolate" due to providers' limited ability to test for the disease as well as vulnerability of high-risk patients.

Larimer County's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus was confirmed Monday a woman in her 50s who has been diagnosed with pneumonia, one of the more serious complications of the disease.

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Larimer County Department of Health and Environment spokesperson Katie O'Donnell told the Coloradoan that county health officials do not expect a dramatic uptick in cases.

"Our (coronavirus) risk is really, really low here," she said. "It's cold and flu season, so we're seeing a lot ofnot COVID-19 coronavirus just colds and flu."

O'Donnell echoed Prows' advice to stay home if you're sick to prevent spreading any respiratory illnesses not just COVID-19.

"If you're symptomatic at all, you shouldn't be out and about," she said.

The health department is not handling tests for the new coronavirus, she added. All tests are sent directly to the state, which currently has the capacity to run 160 tests per day. Test results can take up to 48 hours.

Prows hopes offices like his will be able to test for the virus in coming weeks, and Associates in Family Medicine's response will evolve "day by day," he said.

Associates in Family Medicine operates nine medical offices with more than 50 providers in Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor.

Signs will be posted at all Associates in Family Medicine offices reminding patients with those symptoms not to enter the office and directing them to call ahead.The company is working to set up a dedicated phone line for those calls, Prows said. Until that is established, patients should call their regular doctor's office phone number before coming in.

The company is also rolling out the ability to do telemedicine visits by phone or by video conferencing as early as Tuesday, Prows said.

"We must slow this down," he said. "We have finite resources."

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Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe; the virus can also be asymptomatic, meaningsome people don't have any symptoms at all.

Themost common symptomsmirror the fluand include fever,tiredness and dry cough. Some people also develop aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

About 1 in 6 people becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing, according to the World Health Organization.If you experience fever, cough and shortness of breath,call yourdoctor.

If you'vetraveled from an area with local spread of COVID-19in the last twoweeks, and have not been in contact with Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, notify the department by calling970-498-6775 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During other hours, leave a message (including your contact information) at970-498-6792or complete the department's online form, which is available at http://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19.

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