CV Central - 4/2/2020 - "Who else dies, cats as spreaders, and ventilator support issues"
Here in Episode 44, we look more deeply into the two to three times normal death rate of people who are passing beyond annual averages in Lombardy of whom only a third are being attributed to Covid. A new study suggests ferrets and cats may carry the coronavirus, including the possibility cats exhale the virus. Even with more ventilators coming online, shortages in doctors, drugs, and oxygen represent new problems, as nurses are more actively protesting being asked to work absent PPE. Canada says to expect this until July, at best, as the Netherlands starts studying when herd immunity may come. Food banks are seeing 40x their usage in Orange County, CA and we have only seen one in a thousand, if that, exposed as the crisis deepens.
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Susceptibility of various animals to Covid: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.015347v1
WSJ study of Italian death rates suggests many more deaths from both Covid and lack of access to medical care for other conditions: https://www.wsj.com/articles/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported-11585767179
Shortages of key ventilator drugs and staffing issues lessen ventilator efficacy, could cause major problems in the future: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/potential-coronavirus-shortages-focus-ventilator-operators-critical-drugs/story?id=69907976
Oxygen shortages for ventilators at NYC hosptials: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/hospitals-facing-oxygen-shortage-amid-coronavirus-crisis/story?id=69915446
Chicago Hospital bans nurses from wearing PPE: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/03/31/hospital-is-not-allowing-nurse-to-wear-masks-in-thick-of-covid-19-pandemic-furious-nurse-says/
National Nurses United protesting PPE shortages, reporting on massive shortfalls: https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/rns-15-hca-hospitals-protest-lack-covid-19-preparedness
UK rethinking mask effectiveness as more options for aerosolization change assessment: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52126735
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