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Today โ€” April 7th 2020NPR Health Care

Why Some COVID-19 Patients Crash: The Body's Immune System Might Be To Blame

By Geoff Brumfiel
Health care workers assist a COVID-19 patient in Spain. Some evidence from Europe and China suggests an overzealous immune response may be contributing to the severe illness in some patients.

An overblown immune response could be killing a portion of the sick, and some doctors think that new treatments being tested could help at least some of those patients.

(Image credit: Felipe Dana/AP)

  • April 7th 2020 at 15:00

States, Hospitals Say They're Still Not Getting Vital Supplies To Fight COVID-19

By Eric Westervelt
Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, supply chain task force lead at FEMA, speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on Sunday.

President Trump says the government's procurement and distribution system is "a fine-tuned machine," but many hospitals and state governors say they're still struggling to get what they need.

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  • April 7th 2020 at 13:41
Yesterday โ€” April 6th 2020NPR Health Care

Surgical Mask Manufacturer In Texas Is Inundated With Requests

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Mike Bowen, whose company Prestige Ameritech makes surgical masks in Texas, about why he's unhappy about the flood of orders coming in for his product.

  • April 6th 2020 at 22:30

Irish Leader Returns To Medicine To Help Battle COVID-19 Pandemic

By Vanessa Romo
Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar worked as a doctor for seven years before going into politics.

Acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reregistered as a medical practitioner with the country's Health Service Executive in March and will begin to work one shift a week.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 21:52

More Than 10,000 People Have Now Died From COVID-19 In The U.S.

By Bill Chappell
A health care worker staffs a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Jericho, N.Y., the state that remains the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disease has killed more than 10,000 people in the U.S., including 4,758 in New York.

The U.S. trails only Italy (16,523 dead) and Spain (13,055 dead) in the number of people lost to the pandemic.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 19:36

In New York, Overflow Hospitals At Javits And On Navy Ship Have Been Largely Empty

By Bill Chappell
The USNS Comfort hospital ship, which is docked at a Manhattan pier, is adjusting its procedures to accept patients more quickly. The ship is intended to accept non-coronavirus referrals from New York hospitals.

More than 14,000 people have now been hospitalized in New York City for COVID-19. But two large overflow facilities have been operating far below their capacity.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 18:53

U.S. Hospitals Surveyed Plea For More Federal Coordination Of Testing And Supplies

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
An inspector general

An office of the Department of Health and Human Services surveyed 323 U.S. hospitals and found shortages of "intravenous therapy poles, medical gas, linens and food." Many are still scrambling.

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  • April 6th 2020 at 16:21

How The U.S. Can Prepare For The Next Pandemic

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dr. David Skorton, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, about ways the U.S. should prepare for the next pandemic.

  • April 5th 2020 at 23:00
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

New York AG Calls For Nationwide Abortion Access During The Coronavirus

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Letitia James, attorney general of New York, about her call for nationwide access to abortion during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • April 4th 2020 at 22:53

Public Concern Over Government-Enforced Coronavirus Containment

By Frank Langfitt

As the coronavirus spreads, there is growing public concern over some of the methods being used by governments to enforce containment methods.

  • April 4th 2020 at 22:53

Rural Hospital CEO Preps For Rise In Covid-19 Cases

Dr. Randy Tobler, CEO of Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri, tells NPR's Michel Martin how his rural medical center is preparing for a rise in coronavirus cases.

  • April 4th 2020 at 22:53

U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients

By Melissa Block
Vizient, a group purchasing organization that negotiates lower prices with drug manufacturers, sent recommendations that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to drugs heavily used with ventilator patients.

There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.

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  • April 4th 2020 at 13:00

How The Federal Government Has Supported Public Health Efforts In States So Far

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, on the federal health response to COVID-19.

  • April 3rd 2020 at 22:28

The Coronavirus Epidemic In Birmingham, Ala. Seen Through A Doctor With The Disease

By Debbie Elliott

The city of Birmingham, Ala., is now under a shelter-in-place order, as hospitals there are being inundated with COVID-19 patients. A local cardiologist who is now ill with the disease speaks.

  • April 3rd 2020 at 22:28

Slammed By Trump, 3M Says N95 Mask Exports From U.S. Should Continue

By Bill Chappell
The Trump administration is telling 3M to prioritize the U.S. market for its N95 respirator masks during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The company has been accused of not doing enough to support the U.S. health care system and of fostering price gouging.

The president and others have criticized 3M, with some officials alleging profiteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the company says cutting exports would be a mistake.

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  • April 3rd 2020 at 17:07

Coronavirus Reset: How To Get Health Insurance Now

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
A patient with suspected COVID-19 arrives at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn on Thursday. Even as the risk of big medical bills climbs, many Americans are losing their jobs and health insurance right now.

Many of the millions of Americans who lost their jobs in recent weeks also lost their health insurance. Others lacked a health plan even before COVID-19 hit. Here's a start to finding help.

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  • April 3rd 2020 at 15:00

Many Who Need Testing For COVID-19 Fail To Get Access

By Kirk Siegler
Melissa Burgess and her husband experienced symptoms of COVID-19 but weren

There's still a serious shortage of testing for COVID-19 across the country. Many people who are sick and showing likely symptoms say they still can't get tested.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Melissa Burgess)

  • April 3rd 2020 at 11:00

Want To See What Your City's Pandemic Plan Says? Good Luck.

By Meg Anderson
A Pier 39 employee wears protective gear while cleaning a sidewalk in San Francisco, Calif., on March 16, the day the county announced a local shelter-in-place order. On March 19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a shelter-in-place order for the entire state.

NPR reached out to the public health departments serving some of the largest cities in the U.S. Most did not have their most current pandemic response plan posted publicly and many were out of date.

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  • April 2nd 2020 at 23:45

COVID-19 Hits Some Health Care Workers With Pay Cuts And Layoffs

By Martha Bebinger
Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, there has been a steep drop in patients seeking nonurgent primary care and specialty care.

As the health industry focuses on COVID-19, there has been a big drop in nonurgent visits for primary care and specialty care. Medical practices are being forced to furlough or lay off staff.

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  • April 2nd 2020 at 23:28

A Medical School Graduate Goes Straight To The Front Lines

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Gabrielle Mayer, who is graduating from medical school early to help the coronavirus-positive patients coming into Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

  • April 2nd 2020 at 22:12
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