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