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New rural hot spots are ICU bed deserts, study finds – POLITICO

The findings, published in Health Affairs, underscore the economic disparities shaping the nation’s coronavirus response.

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Using Medicare data to pinpoint ICU beds, the authors found 49 percent of all low-income areas didnt have any ICU beds, compared to just 3 percent of the wealthiest communities. While this gap existed across rural and urban settings, it is much greater in rural America even the poorest urban areas had more ICU beds per capita than the wealthiest rural areas, on average.
Some hard-hit areas have surged ICU bed capacity to handle an influx of coronavirus patients, a factor study authors could not…

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COVID-19 lockdowns just ‘defer the problem’ of third wave, UK scientist warns – New York Post

A UK government science adviser warned Sunday that ongoing lockdowns just “defer the problem” — and warned that a third wave of the coronavirus next year is “entirely possib…

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A UK government science adviser warned Sunday that ongoing lockdowns just “defer the problem” — and warned that a third wave of the coronavirus next year is “entirely possible.”
Mark Woolhouse, who sits on Britain’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), dismissed the UK’s latest lockdown as trying to “stick this out for another six months” in the vague hope a vaccine will become widely available.
“I have to say that most people I have talked to who are involved in vaccine d…

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Florida residents can now enjoy restaurants and bars without restrictions, but Miami mayor says state may not be ready for Phase 3 – CNN

As Florida restaurants and bars enjoyed their first full day of operation without Covid-19 restrictions in months, the mayor of Miami warned that the governor’s decision to fully reopen such establishments and to limit local governments’ ability to enforce th…

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(CNN)As Florida restaurants and bars enjoyed their first full day of operation without Covid-19 restrictions in months, the mayor of Miami warned that the governor’s decision to fully reopen such establishments and to limit local governments’ ability to enforce their own restrictions could have devastating consequences.
“I think it’s going to have a huge impact,” Mayor Francis Suarez told CNN Saturday about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to allow restaurants, bars and other businesses to o…

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COVID News: How tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem – WABC-TV

Just how does the virus that causes COVID-19 spread from one person to another?

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At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or just sit quietly for a half hour. Sometimes they cough.The cone sucks up everything that comes out of their mouths and noses. It’s part of a device called “Gesundheit II” that is helping scientists study a big question: Just how does the virus that causes COVID-19 spread from one person to another?

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