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Saturday, March 21, 2020



Lewis Hamilton self-isolating but showing no coronavirus symptoms

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he has been in self-isolation but is showing no symptoms of the coronavirus after attending an event with Idris Elba and Sophie Trudeau.
Actor Elba and Trudeau, wife of the Canadian prime minister, have both since tested positive for Covid-19. Hamilton met the pair at an event in London on 4 March before flying out to Melbourne for the first race of the Formula One season, which was called off last Friday morning. And the six-time world champion has said that, since then, he has kept himself distanced from other people.
“There’s been some speculation about my health, after I was at an event where two people later tested positive for coronavirus,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to let you know that I’m doing well, feeling healthy and working out twice a day. I have zero symptoms, and it’s now been 17 days since I saw Sophie and Idris. I have been in touch with Idris and happy to hear he is OK.
“I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but the truth is, there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do, especially when I wasn’t showing any symptoms at all. So what I’ve done is keep myself isolated this past week, actually since practice was cancelled last Friday and kept my distance from people.”

Coronavirus Reset: Six feet apart and recognizing the symptoms

Covid-19 Symptoms and precautions© Provided by Birmingham WBRC Covid-19 Symptoms and precautions
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - All of us are dealing with drastic changes to our lives. It's left us frustrated, frightened and stressed out.
Let's take a moment to reset, to fully understand what we are facing and why we must work together.
First the basic rules and why they are so crucial.
Non-business gatherings of 25 people or more are banned statewide; in Jefferson County it’s no more than 10 people. Across the state we are all ordered to practice social distancing of at least six feet. Why? Because Covid 19 is INCREDIBLY easy to catch.. a sneeze, a cough, a touch to your face after touching a contaminated surface. That’s all it takes and you could be infected and spreading it to anyone in your 6-foot bubble.
Who is in your 6-foot bubble, or in the trail of your bubble? Is it an older adult over 60, an elderly grandparent perhaps, maybe a friend with diabetes, a neighbor with heart disease? They’re all vulnerable. Or it could be a very healthy young adult who can catch it just as easily and spread it without even knowing it.
Let’s be clear, this is a new respiratory virus and right now we have no vaccine to fight it. Infectious disease experts warn if we don’t take the drastic steps being asked of us now, we could witness a heartbreaking rise in deaths, an overwhelming flood of patients into our hospitals, and an economic disaster.
Do you know the first symptoms of COVID-19 and what you should watch out for?
Fever, fatigue and a dry cough, particularly that dry cough, are common symptoms. You might also have aches, pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. If you have these symptoms call your doctor. He or she will tell you what to do next, whether it be testing or self quarantine.
Keep in mind after you have been infected it can take two weeks for the symptoms to show up. That’s why we all need to keep that 6-foot bubble.
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Spain's coronavirus deaths surpass 1,300, close to 25,000 cases: Health Ministry

A Military Emergency Unit member disinfects Nuevos Ministerios metro station during a partial lockdown as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Madrid, Spain March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared on Saturday to 1,326 from 1,002 on Friday, according to the country’s Health Ministry latest data.
The number of registered cases in the country rose to 24,926 on Saturday from 19,980 in the previous tally announced on Friday.
Reporting by Joan Faus, editing by Louise Heavens

Doctors made a tool to help decide what to do if you have coronavirus-like symptoms

If you have asthma, you probably know what the symptoms look like. Seasonal allergies? No problem. But in this new coronavirus pandemic era, most people are no longer certain how to assess their symptoms. With such high stakes during this public health crisis, people need guidance on which symptoms warrant action.
A sudden crush of concerned patients filling doctor's offices and emergency rooms could lead to mass shortages of resources like masks and gloves, not only affecting the care of those with COVID-19, the official name for the novel coronavirus, but potentially also hindering care for patients suffering a stroke or heart attack, among other emergencies.
Many Americans seem to be heeding guidance from local governments, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to stay at home and self-monitor, but what are they supposed to do when a new symptom pops up? This may be particularly challenging since influenza, the common cold and COVID-19 can all present similar symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fatigue, body aches and fever.
Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis.
Matters are even worse for certain vulnerable populations who are at higher risk for severe complications with COVID-19 and have an urgent need to know when they should no longer stay home, when to call a doctor, and when to go to the emergency room.
"Doctors know that crowded waiting rooms could make the problem worse because people sick with COVID-19 could infect others, speeding the overall rate of infection," David Wright, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, told ABC News.
Recognizing this dilemma, Wright and his colleagues created a free online tool, working with health care software company Vital, called the Coronavirus Checker ( to help people evaluate their risk of COVID-19 before heading to a hospital. The physicians wanted to help prevent a surge on the health care system.
New York State Police officers stand outside a new coronavirus testing center in the Staten Island borough of New York City, March 19, 2020.
New York State Police officers stand outside a new coronavirus testing center in the Staten Island borough of New York City, March 19, 2020.Mike Segar/Reuters
It's not Wright's first rodeo. In 2009, he and his colleagues quickly rebooted a previously designed tool to be best prepared for a surge on the health care systems during the H1N1 pandemic.
"Now," he says, "we've updated that algorithm again for COVID-19 in line with CDC guidelines and were able to put all the technical expertise and resources of Vital to work quickly to make an easy to use tool. It'll be continuously updated as we learn more."
Wright and his team of doctors say the Coronavirus Checker allows people who are worried they might have COVID-19 to check if they are at low, medium or high risk for severe coronavirus illness severity based on their symptoms and pre-existing conditions.
The online tool is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, requiring a few simple clicks to get an answer. The user enters their age, symptoms, previous conditions and zip code.
Based on their responses "a person is directed to guidance based on CDC guidelines and is placed into one of three categories: high risk (needs immediate medical attention), intermediate-risk (can contact their doctor for guidance about how to best manage their illness), or low risk (can most likely administer self-care or recover at home). In any case, the person is never dissuaded from seeking professional medical advice or contacting their healthcare provider for more guidance," Alexander P. Isakov, MD, MPH, executive director of Emory University Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, said.
It is unclear if any regulatory vetting process is required for these types of online tools. ABC News reached out to the CDC to see if it requires approval for such tools, but did not immediately hear back.
The doctors hope the end result is that people can effectively self-triage at home, avoiding unnecessary potential exposure or overwhelming the health care system. The website cautions that it is "meant for educational purposes and is not a substitute for medical attention. There is no way a website can actually know if you have a viral condition."
What to know about Coronavirus:
  • How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained
  • What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptoms
  • Tracking the spread in the US and Worldwide: Coronavirus map
  • "We'd all like to have a doctor available to us at all times, but that's an impractical solution in the best times, and unfeasible in a pandemic," Isakov said. "This is an educational tool that will help people self-navigate the huge amount of information available, to make it easy to understand and ultimately to streamline care. It is not a diagnostic tool; it is for educational purposes and not a replacement for a healthcare provider evaluation."
    As a final note, Dr. Wright says, "This product was built as a public service. It is free. It is available on any computer or smartphone, and can be used by medical professionals or laypeople. It collects no personal information. It makes the company no money. Users can opt to share a zip code to contribute to research tracking the geographic spread and eventual recovery from the pandemic."
    As always, ABC News encourage readers to consult their physicians.
    Angela N. Baldwin, M.D., M.P.H., is a pathology resident at Montefiore Health System in the Bronx and Delaram J. Taghipour, MD, MPH, MBA is a Preventive Medicine Resident at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, both are contributors to the ABC News Medical Unit.

    Hits Already Frail U.S. Farm Economy

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    As Coronavirus Cases Mount, Emergency Rooms Strain to Keep Doctors on the Job

    Andra Blomkalns, chairwoman of emergency medicine at Stanford University, suspects that all 80 of the physicians who work in her Palo Alto, Calif., emergency department have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.
    One who tested positive became very ill. At least a dozen others are awaiting test results. She wants to keep high-risk providers, like older physicians and one who had an organ transplant, from seeing patients in person. But she can’t lose too many of them because sick people are streaming into her department in...

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