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  1. Up to 25% of coronavirus patients may not show symptoms, CDC director says

    The CDC has "pretty much confirmed" that a significant number of people infected with the new coronavirus remain asymptomatic — as many as 25 percent of those infected, the CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said in a March 30 interview with radio station WABE, an NPR affiliate in Atlanta.
  2. 5 US coronavirus patients begin treatment using blood from recovered patients

    Five COVID-19 patients in the U.S. are being treated with plasma from the blood of recovered coronavirus patients — the first in the country to receive this treatment, according to a USA Today report.
  3. Blue Cross Blue Shield warns members about malicious emails

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is reminding members to be extra cautious about emails they receive with COVID-19 information.

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  1. LinkedIn prioritizes hospital jobs, offers free postings for healthcare organizations

    To support frontline providers, LinkedIn is allowing hospitals and nonprofits to post critical jobs for free over the next three months on its platform.
  2. Talking, breathing could spread coronavirus, experts tell White House

    Research suggests the new coronavirus can be spread by talking, or even just breathing, experts from the National Academy of Sciences wrote in a letter to the White House, CNN reports.
  3. Walgreens' pharmacy sales spike as people stock up for pandemic

    Walgreens saw a large surge in sales during the first three weeks of March as people stocked up on prescription drugs and supplies in preparation for the coronavirus pandemic to hit the U.S., before seeing sales drop in the last week of the month, CNBC reported. 
  4. Novartis scraps $1B deal with Aurobindo

    Novartis said April 2 it has terminated its $1 billion deal for Aurobindo Pharma to acquire Sandoz's dermatology business. 

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  1. New York providers granted immunity from civil, criminal liability during pandemic

    Healthcare organizations and providers in New York have gained immunity from civil and criminal liability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Swedish Health Services taps Microsoft to build app that tracks COVID-19 patients, hospital capacity

    Seattle-based Swedish Health Services partnered with Microsoft to develop an app for hospital workers to use to view and report real-time data on COVID-19 patient volumes, personal protective equipment and other critical information.
  3. Viewpoint: Coronavirus pandemic may accelerate interoperability between EHRs

    The lack of interoperability among EHRs can be potentially deadly for some senior patients with comorbidities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent op-ed published in MIT Management.
  4. How this Jefferson Health physician who contracted COVID-19 is using telemedicine to connect with patients

    After contracting the novel coronavirus, Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health emergency medicine physician Aditi Joshi, MD, turned to telemedicine to continue helping patients and prevent the emergency department from becoming overwhelmed, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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  1. Washington nursing home faces $600K+ fine, loss of CMS funding after 37 COVID-19 deaths

    Kirkland, Wash.-based Life Care Center is being fined more than $611,000 and could lose Medicare and Medicaid funding if it doesn't correct deficiencies tied to at least 37 COVID-19 deaths, The Washington Post reports.
  2. Prisma Health creates device for ventilator-sharing: 4 things to know

    Physicians at Greenville, S.C.-based Prisma Health created a low-cost, 3D-printed connector device to help increase ventilator capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. 5 health systems offering free telehealth services during COVID-19 pandemic

    Some hospitals and health systems across the U.S. have begun rolling out free or discounted telehealth services in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  4. Mayo Clinic launches self-driving shuttles to transport COVID-19 tests and medical supplies

    Mayo Clinic in Florida partnered with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to deploy autonomous shuttles that transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests collected at the hospital's drive-thru testing location.
  5. West Virginia investigating Alecto Healthcare's closure of 2 hospitals

    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is investigating the business practices of Alecto Healthcare after the hospital operator closed two hospitals in the state, according to The Intelligencer.
  6. Christus Health finalizes acquisition of AdventHealth's 170-bed hospital

    Christus Health has finalized its acquisition of Central Texas Medical Center, a 170-bed facility in San Marcos. 
  7. Why UPMC's care rationing framework is gaining popularity among hospitals

    A team of bioethicists at Pittsburgh-based UPMC developed a framework for care rationing that is gaining traction in the medical community, reports STAT.
  8. 92M Americans at risk of severe COVID-19 illness: 4 things to know

    More than 90 million Americans are at risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 due to their age or underlying health issues, according to an updated analysis from Kaiser Family Foundation.
  9. CDC: 3 ways to decontaminate respirators

    The CDC on April 1 issued a guidance on how to decontaminate filtering facepiece respirators for reuse amid shortages, reports AHA News.

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