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Published on :  | By Daniel Orenstein

Ethics, Law & Policy Roundup: Staff, Stuff, Space & Systems

DRUGS: Patients with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus who rely on hydroxychloroquine continue to face obstacles obtaining their medication due to increased demand for the drug as a potential COVID-19 treatment. Despite studies casting doubt on the Read More
This retrospective review describes the epidemiology, clinical, and laboratory features of patients with COVID-19 hospitalized at a children’s hospital in NYC. The authors reviewed all electronic medical records from hospitalized children and adolescents (≤21 years) who were tested based on Read More
This article details an Ontario acute care hospital’s response to COVID-19 outbreaks in nearby nursing homes. The hospital explained the partnership in four phases: “1) engagement, relationship and trust-building; 2) environmental scan, team-building and immediate response; 3) early phase response; Read More
Two significant court cases were released last week. Supreme Court says religious services may be restricted without violating First Amendment: I discuss the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision not to disturb California’s Executive Order restricting the size of live religious gatherings Read More
This case series found hospitalized pediatric patients infected with COVID-19 were significantly younger; more likely to have an underlying comorbidity or coinfection, and more likely to report fever and dyspnea, compared to non-hospitalized COVID-19 pediatric patients. Pediatric patients also likely Read More
This study projected the number of excess suicides in Canada as a consequence of the impact of COVID-19 on unemployment. The authors derived annual suicide mortality (2000-2018) and unemployment (2000-2019) data from Statistics Canada and used time-trend regression models to Read More
This study reports on hospitalization and mortality among black and white patients with COVID-19. Using retrospective cohort data from Louisiana, the authors found an excess risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among black patients versus white patients, which was not explained Read More
Published on :  | By Daniel Orenstein

Ethics, Law & Policy Roundup: Space, Staff, and Supplies

TESTING: Tennessee is taking a bold approach to testing for COVID-19, making testing available to any person who wants it, even without symptoms or specific exposure risks. Test shortages have led most states to limit availability, but Tennessee’s approach has Read More
This study describes the prevalence of positive SARS-CoV-2 test results among asymptomatic pregnant women presenting for labor and delivery at Yale New Haven health system hospitals. Findings suggest a low (<3%) prevalence of positive SARS-CoV-2 test results among asymptomatic patients Read More
This report describes how universal, serial reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing of residents in a long-term care skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, California, helped to interrupt transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 in the facility. On March 28, 2020, two Read More

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