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4/3/2020

President Donald Trump said forthcoming guidance will recommend that Americans wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, although another official said the specifics are still being debated. "In light of these new data, along with evidence of widespread transmission in communities across the country, CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of virus to those around them," said a copy of the guidance obtained by The Washington Post.

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4/3/2020

Veterinary diagnostic laboratories at Oregon State University and Louisiana State University are making viral transport medium for COVID-19 tests. The medium is a sterile fluid that protects the genetic material on swabs until they reach a testing lab, and veterinary labs routinely make VTM and already had the needed equipment, says Justin Sanders, head of the Molecular Diagnostics Lab at OSU.

4/3/2020

Pets that are accustomed to spending the day alone while their families are at work and school suddenly have around-the-clock company where stay-at-home orders have been issued, and some might not be thrilled about it, behaviorists say. If pets are being pestered all day or their owners are highly anxious, their wellbeing could suffer, says dog trainer Kathryn Horn.

4/3/2020

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed establishing a consolidated national list of animal diseases whose occurrence must be reported to federal and state animal health officials. The proposal includes foreign animal diseases but would not require reporting of diseases in wildlife, though APHIS is accepting public comment regarding how to track the occurrence of notifiable diseases in wildlife.

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4/3/2020

A study involving 120 patients presenting with dry eye found that those with diabetes had 51.54% loss of meibomian glands compared with 11.29% among those without diabetes, and that a high level of A1C was tied to greater meibomian gland loss. The findings, presented at the virtual Endocrine Society Annual Meeting, were based on data obtained through infrared imaging of the participants' eyelids using professional imaging equipment, but researcher Gloria Wu noted that evaluating the number of meibomian glands could also be done with newer smartphones capable of taking black-and-white infrared photos.

4/3/2020

Health care is having its "Amazon moment" as it disrupts itself by ramping up telehealth, digital and virtual care during the novel coronavirus pandemic, says Jefferson Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko, "I think we were always wondering what the big disruption would be that got us to join the consumer revolution, and I think this is it," Klasko said.

4/3/2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis created an Innovation Response Team by calling on technology entrepreneurs to find out-of-the-box ways to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. The IRT is helping Colorado companies switch gears to make needed supplies, such as sanitizer and face shields, and is looking at using new technology such as 3D-printed masks and ventilator accessories.

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4/3/2020

We remember World War II as a fight the US eagerly took up, but polling shows many Americans were opposed to intervening and only slowly came around to the idea, which posed a persuasion challenge to then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, writes Ed Batista. "The great leader steps into the future just far enough to encourage the people around them to consider the possibility of this alternative reality, but not so far ahead that their vision is dismissed or ignored," he writes.

4/3/2020

People with COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, who had higher CT severity scores based on ground-glass opacities, pathology distribution and abnormalities in both lungs had increased odds of death, compared with those with lower scores, researchers reported in PLOS ONE. The findings also showed higher mortality risk among older patients and those with comorbidities, such as cardiac disease, diabetes and hypertension.

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Axis Imaging News
4/3/2020

Digital imaging technologies such as picture archiving and communication systems and enterprise imaging tools can be integrated in a national clearinghouse containing data from patients with COVID-19 that could better help health providers facilitate testing and treatment, writes Michael Cannavo of Image Management Consultants. However, full cooperation among all parties is critical to implementation, Cannavo writes.

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