Day: October 4, 2020

By iwano@_84

UAB doctor who had COVID-19 would advise Trump to ‘go slow’

The treatment President Donald Trump is receiving for COVID-19 is probably the first of its kind and could help him improve quickly. But Dr. Michael Saag, an infectious disease expert at UAB who came down with COVID-19 back in March, would advise the president to “go slow.”

“The symptoms wax and wane, so there will be moments where he will feel pretty good, and he’ll think he’s through it, and then it will come back in a very haunting way 12 hours later,” Saag said. “The people who I see who suffer the most from fatigue are the ones who tried to do too much too quickly. So I would say definitely take it easy for at least the next week. The more he tries to do, the slower his recovery will be from the fatigue.”

Saag, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at UAB, said much of Trump’s

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Doctors Say Trump Case of COVID-19 Likely Severe | Top News

By Deena Beasley and Michael Erman

(Reuters) – Doctors not involved in treating President Donald Trump for COVID-19 said the fact that he has been started on dexamethasone – a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation – is evidence his case is severe.

Trump’s medical team on Sunday said the president was started on the steroid after experiencing low oxygen levels, but his condition was improving and he could be discharged from the hospital on Monday.

“What I heard in the news conference description suggested the President has more severe illness than the generally upbeat picture painted,” said Dr. Daniel McQuillen, an infectious disease specialist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The Infectious Disease Society of America says dexamethasone is beneficial in people with critical or severe COVID-19 who require extra oxygen. But studies show that the drug is not helpful – and

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Pairing service dogs with disabled veterans is goal of fitness challenge event this month | Local News

Hi! My name is Zero Suit Samus (or Samus for short), and I’m an energetic pitbull mix who needs some love. And I really mean that. I need a family who will cuddle with me because your penalty for not giving me cuddles is to hear the cry of my people. My foster dad says that based on my crying, I must have descended from pterodactyls, but that’s silly because pterodactyls don’t even like peanut butter. And I looove peanut butter. And treats. And strawberries. And watermelon. And anything, really. Honestly kid, if you give me your salad, I’ll eat it. Don’t want your broccoli? I’ll take care of your problem. See that toy? It’s in my stomach now. See that puke? Well, you can have your toy back.

Like all superdogs, I have an origin story: I ran across the highway and caused a 4-car pileup that I ended

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Infectious Trump briefly leaves Walter Reed to greet fans as confusion continues over his health

Adding to the confusion about his status, Trump briefly left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda to wave to supporters from a motorcade, after releasing a video on Twitter thanking people who had gathered outside the facility.

“We’re getting great reports from the doctors,” Trump said in the video before promising a “little surprise” to his supporters. “It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about covid.”

At a news conference earlier Sunday, Trump’s medical team tried to clear up muddled picture it had created the previous day when White House doctor Sean Conley falsely suggested that Trump had not been given supplemental oxygen.

But Conley continued to evade directly answering specific questions about Trump’s health Sunday, even as he revealed that the president had been given dexamethasone, a steroid that is typically reserved for severely ill coronavirus patients needing oxygen. Conley openly admitted to withholding

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By iwano@_84

Palliative medicine and dying with dignity

Sir, – As individuals and members of the Irish Palliative Medicine Consultants’ Association (IPMCA), we are gravely concerned by any proposal to legislate for assisted suicide and euthanasia in Ireland.

Based on our collective experience over many decades of providing specialist care to thousands of individuals in Ireland and their families each year, we have closely observed the experiences of people who have lived and are living with serious illness.

The threats of the proposed Bill to healthcare in Ireland, to the true meaning of the doctor-patient relationship and to the future of what we know compassionate and supportive specialist palliative care to be are many. We worry about the impact on people who already struggle to have their voices heard in our society – older adults, the disabled, those with mental illness and others. We worry that the most vulnerable are those who may be made to feel a

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New Cases Above 1,000 For Second Straight Day In Virginia

VIRGINIA — On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,067 new coronavirus cases, the second day of cases being above 1,000 since Sept. 18. The seven-day average of new cases has been below 1,000 since Sept. 18 and now stands at 818. The cumulative numbers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia stand at 151,870 cases, 11,221 hospitalizations and 3,273 deaths.

The northern region led the state Sunday with 268 new cases, followed by the southwest region with 242 cases, eastern region with 237, central region with 184, and northwest region with 136.

However, data on positive rates of tests shows Northern Virginia has the lowest average. The seven-day averages of PCR tests by region are 6.2 percent in the southwest region, 5 percent in the northwest region, 4.7 percent in the eastern region, 4.4 percent in the central region. 4.2 percent in the northern region. Statewide, the positive average

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What is Trump’s medicine Remdesivir and is the drug used in the UK?

President Donald Trump has been taken to a military hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened and is being treated with the anti-viral drug Remdesivir.



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Trump revealed via Twitter yesterday that he and first-lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for the virus after they took a test following the announcement that senior aid Hope Hicks had contracted covid.

On Friday night, he communicated on Twitter for the first time while in hospital, saying: “Going well, i think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”

Commentators have noted that it remains rare for a president to stay overnight in hospital, given the extensive medical facilities available in The White House.

White House physician, Dr Sean Conley, said that the president was “fatigued but in good spirits.”

In a follow up, Mr Conley said that Trump was “doing very well [and] not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”

He added that

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Trump Makes a ‘Little Surprise Visit’ Outside Walter Reed on Day 3 of His Coronavirus Hospitalization

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President Donald Trump temporarily left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to wave at his supporters on Sunday, which was day 3 of his coronavirus hospitalization.

Possibly concerned about optics and taking publicity matters into his own hands, Trump, who was wearing a black face mask, was driven by his presidential motorcade in front of the D.C. hospital. Waving his bare hand from one of the black SUVs, Trump, 74, greeted the crowds of people who were waving “Make America Great Again” flags and posters.

Minutes prior to Sunday’s unannounced car ride, Trump tweeted another video from the hospital. “We’re getting great reports from the doctors. This is an incredible hospital, Walter Reed. The work they do is absolutely amazing. I want to thank them all, the nurses, doctors. I’ve also got to meet some of the soldiers and what a group,” he began.

“I

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Trump greets supporters outside hospital where he’s receiving COVID-19 treatment

By JILL COLVIN, STEVE PEOPLES and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump declared, “I get it,” in a message to the nation Sunday evening before briefly leaving the hospital to greet cheering supporters from his motorcade, a surprising move that suggested that his health — and his understanding of the coronavirus — may be improving.

Hours earlier, the president’s medical team confirmed that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days. But they also said he could be discharged as early as Monday.

“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID,” Trump said, standing in his hospital room in a video posted on social media. “I learned it by really going to school.”

He added, “I get it, and I understand it.”

At least one medical professional inside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where Trump has been hospitalized

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Trump leaves hospital briefly to greet supporters outside

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump declared, “I get it,” in a message to the nation Sunday evening before briefly leaving the hospital to salute cheering supporters from his motorcade. The surprising move raised new questions about his understanding of the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 209,000 Americans.

Hours earlier, the president’s medical team reported that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days. The doctors also said his health is improving and that he could be discharged as early as Monday.

“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID,” Trump said, standing in his hospital room in a video posted on social media. “I learned it by really going to school.”

He added, “I get it, and I understand it.”

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