Summer’s over but the coronavirus pandemic appears to have no end in sight. Case numbers are still on the rise, schools change their plans for reopening every other day, social injustice continues to take more victims, and 10.2 percent of Americans remain unemployed.
Oh, let’s not forget to mention there’s an incredibly important presidential election looming over our nation, too.
Needless to say, 2020 has left us in a global fugue, confined to our homes and a prisoner of our minds, using moods like chalk to tally down the days spent in quarantine. After all, the varying emotions seem to be the only way to tell the days apart anymore.
Last week, the National Institutes of Health announced that AI technology is underway to aid physicians across the United States in the global war against COVID-19.
Recently, we spoke to NIBIB/NIH Director of Research Sciences Krishna Kandarpa, M.D., P.h.D. via email to learn more about the development of this technology and how it could impact the future of radiology.
Despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases, a glimmer of hope shines in from two recent National Institutes of Health press releases.
First, the NIH says placentas lack major molecules used by COVID-19 to cause an infection. This may explain why it’s (thankfully) very rare to see fetuses and newborns contracting the virus from infected pregnant mothers.
Second, the first phase of an NIH-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine appears to safely generate an immune response in healthy adults.
Americans nationwide are flocking to beaches in droves as states ease their way into the green phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
While some may feel life is slowly “returning to normal,” other states have just begun to feel the full wrath of COVID-19.
In addition to raising our environmental awareness for National Clean Beaches Week, let’s not forget that we’re still amidst a global pandemic. We encourage you to spread information about making your day trips to the coast as safe as possible.
Since the dawn of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the Centers For Disease Prevention and Control has reported a 42 percent decrease in emergency room visits for non-COVID-19 related reasons.
But, people don’t just stop having emergencies, do they? Not likely.
Even as some states inch their way towards the green phase, a recent Primary Care Collaborative survey reports face-to-face doctor’s appointments are still 50 percent below their previous volume.
So, what’s it like to be an individual pursuing healthcare, despite a global pandemic?
In all honesty, it’s been nerve-racking for me – especially since I’m being tested for autoimmune disorders. This means I’m potentially in the high-risk category for COVID-19.