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Tampa Bay Times (September 7)

2021/ 09/ 08 by jd in Global News

“For weeks, the virus preyed on America’s illusion of a defanged Covid. Most people returned to a semblance of their former lives.” Then, harsh reality set in. “The fast-spreading Delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It’s killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many COVID-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.”


USA Today (June 17)

2021/ 06/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Falling rate of COVID-19 across the United States mask a harsh reality—the overwhelming majority of those getting sick and being hospitalized today are unvaccinated, while vaccinated people are becoming rare.” The sickest patients are also more likely to be younger “as older people are much more likely to be vaccinated.”


LA Times (January 5)

2021/ 01/ 07 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus crisis battering Los Angeles County’s medical system is reaching increasingly desperate levels, with healthcare providers running low on equipment, ambulance operators being told not to bring patients who have virtually no chance of survival to hospitals, and officials scrambling to ensure they can provide enough lifesaving oxygen for critically ill patients.”


San Francisco Chronicle (December 15)

2020/ 12/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Even as the first precious caches of coronavirus vaccine arrived in counties across California Monday, the pandemic showed no signs of abating, with hospitals straining under an influx of COVID-19 patients and deaths climbing across the state and region.”


Wall Street Journal (October 28)

2020/ 10/ 29 by jd in Global News

“France has emerged as the epicenter of the second wave of coronavirus infections now sweeping much of Europe, causing hospitals to brace for a surge of new patients.” Governments have been left “are struggling to respond to the second wave, loath to impose new lockdowns that would compound the economic pain the coronavirus pandemic has already inflicted on their countries, but concerned about the steady rise in hospitalizations and deaths.”


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (October 15)

2020/ 10/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Wisconsin’s crisis is one of the worst in the country.” New COVID-19 cases “have continued their meteoric rise unfettered since September, the daily average more than quadrupling in six weeks, so it’s likely that hospitalization and death numbers will become even more dire in coming weeks.” With coronavirus patients tripling in the last month, “hospitals across the state are at or near capacity.”


The Plain Dealer (July 1)

2020/ 07/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Ohio experienced a decrease in the mortality rate for the coronavirus over the past three months” as more new infections are attributed to young people. That’s not the only reason, however, as the mortality rate for those over 60 has dropped from 23% in April to 7.4% in June. Factors likely include “earlier testing for the virus and steroid treatments that have helped hospitalized patients.”


Time (February 14)

2020/ 02/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The number of patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus aboard a quarantined cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan has continued to rise—making the ship the largest cluster of the deadly virus outside China.” The cruise ship now “accounts for more than one third of all cases detected outside mainland China” and also boasts the highest infection rate worldwide. “Nearly 6% of the 3,711 passengers and crew members now infected.” In contrast, Wuhan’s infection rate is less than 0.3%.


The Atlantic (October Issue)

2019/ 10/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Modern-type depression” is growing more prevalent in Japanese workplaces, but “its reach might extend far beyond Japan.” In the West, depression is often linked to personal sadness, but in Japan, depression “has long been considered a disease of fatigue caused by overwork.” Patients with modern-type depression “have the desire to stand up for their personal rights, but instead of communicating clearly, they become withdrawn and defiant.”


The Guardian (November 18)

2016/ 11/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Last-line antibiotics against serious pneumonia and bloodstream infections are under real threat in Europe as resistant strains of bacteria emerge…. Particularly worrying is the increase in resistance to antibiotics considered the last line, where there are no new drugs to treat patients with certain serious infections.”