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October 16, 2021

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How to avoid feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19

My fellow Quaren-teens, Hopefully by now you are all becoming situated in your new normals and finding new ways of surviving and thriving in whichever corner of the globe this madness has flung you into. If you’re at all like me, your mind has probably gone absolutely bonkers at some point over the past four weeks. 

Social distancing is meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

How to stay healthy while social distancing

For many of us, social distancing — forbidding large gatherings and keeping six feet away from others — is quickly becoming the new normal. As leaders in public health suggest that this may be the best way for us all to survive the pandemic, “flattening the curve” has become a mantra that unites us all. 

A 2017 ethical framework for medical rationing developed by Hopkins researchers has gained new relevance during the coronavirus pandemic. 

When there are too many patients, what's ethical?

As the number of people with the coronavirus (COVID-19) rises steadily, hospitals contend with a possible overflow of patients and face difficult decisions. With the lack of adequate medical supplies, how do health-care workers choose between patients when distributing limited life-saving treatment?

Dr. Anthony Fauci has played a central role in disseminating information about COVID-19.

How is information spreading about COVID-19?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis intensifies across the U.S., now accounting for 20 percent of global cases, the American people heavily depend on the actions of the government for their health and safety. At the center of this response are two individuals — President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci. 

Wrap up: The latest in technology

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across America, shortages in ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) are becoming increasingly dire for health-care providers in this crisis. 

According to Dr. Christy Sadreameli, vaping and smoking impairs the lung's ability to fight off infection. 

Do smoking and vaping increase susceptibility to COVID-19?

Since the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) predominantly affects the respiratory system, several studies have looked at the connection between smoking or vaping and the risk of COVID-19 infection. Scientists suspect that smoking and vaping increase a person’s risk of severe COVID-19. 

Conflicting information from medical experts and decreased supply of masks have led to a shortage of personal protective equipment in the U.S.

Why do we have a shortage of personal protective equipment in the U.S.?

As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) surges in the U.S., a shortage of medical supplies has emerged, among which personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves have taken the greatest hit. The shortage is in part the result of public panic, which has resulted in many citizens buying these supplies in bulk.

Most research labs at Hopkins have been shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 shuts down research laboratories

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, most labs at Hopkins — apart from those researching the virus — have closed. The closure has disrupted the work of many researchers in the Hopkins community. 

This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer image shows air pollution over East China.

COVID-19 and air pollution: an unexpected source of hope

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed the lives of over 14,000 people worldwide, infecting a total of 330,000 people. Countries such as China, Italy, France, Spain and the U.S. have suffered the most damage to date. Yet, among heightened anxiety and social distancing measures, the pandemic has at least one beneficiary: the planet. 

Social distancing aims to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Public health experts explain the science behind social distancing

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise across the world, public health officials are recommending social distancing as a measure to slow the spread of the virus. Because we are innately social beings, this public health practice has been challenging and has required substantial lifestyle adjustments. 

Students frustrated after Dr. Mike’s talk is cancelled

The Osler Medical Symposium (OMS) had to cancel one of their events this week in light of concerns over the coronavirus. Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, a celebrity physician also known as Dr. Mike, was invited to come speak on March 10 about the influence of social media on modern medicine. 

Grassroots organization and mobilization is necessary to pass health care reforms.

Grassroots organization is the key to passing Medicare for All

One of the biggest criticisms of universal health care is its perceived inability to pass in the Senate. The idea behind this criticism is often that a more moderate plan would be able to go through, such as Medicare for All Who Want It, or even the expansion of Obamacare. 

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