The emerging information about COVID-19 and a political environment that has sown misinformation and rendered science partisan have added to the difficulting of testing for the disease.
The “haves” continue to champion simplistic answers to complex problems that only continue to widen the chasm and leave the “have-nots” behind with hard truths and limited hope.
“EDs are actually safe, and people shouldn’t be delaying getting the care that they need,” said a coauthor of a study that analyzed data from dozens of Providence emergency departments in Oregon and Washington.
The recent COVID-19 debates about masks, social distancing, limiting gatherings reminds me of the massive disinformation campaign funded by the tobacco industry.
Testing centers are facing an overload of demand, and even if people get a negative test, that doesn't mean they won't carry the virus home to their families.
In recent days, Oregon has daily set new record highs of COVID-19 cases while its hospitals are reaching capacity.
Though the death rate from COVID-19 has dropped since the pandemic hit, the hospital system wants to be prepared if there is an overflow of deaths.
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A nurse at Rogue Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital in the county, says that for the first time a stream of people are staggering into the emergency room, short of breath.