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Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy

March 27, 2020, 8:34am Health

Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously… Read story

Italy hopes virus is easing but fears new onslaught in south

March 27, 2020, 8:32am Health

Doctors and nurses in Italy’s overwhelmed northern hospitals have welcomed a slight stabilizing in the number of coronavirus infections but fear the virus is still silently spreading in the south… Read story

Hospitals in Washington, U.S. rush to find beds for surge of virus patients

March 26, 2020, 10:21am Health

SEATTLE (AP) — With her due date fast approaching, Kelly McCarty packed a bag with nursing tops, a robe, slippers and granola bars. Last week’s ultrasound, she said, showed “this baby is head down and ready to go.” Read story

Duke says it has found a way to safely reuse masks worn when treating COVID-19 patients

March 26, 2020, 9:19am Health

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke Health says it will stretch its supply of specialized masks used by health care workers treating coronavirus patients by decontaminating and reusing them. Read story

Nearly half-million infected worldwide, economic toll rises

March 26, 2020, 8:51am Health

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. Read story

Former Navy vice admiral leading Washington’s coronavirus response brings experience in medicine, military

March 26, 2020, 8:46am Health

Dr. Raquel Bono’s first job in the military was at a field hospital in Saudi Arabia, providing urgent care for troops wounded in the Gulf War. Her last military job was in Washington, D.C., consolidating the management of hospitals and clinics previously run by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Read story

Oregon psychology professor weighs in on panic buying

March 26, 2020, 8:43am Business

COOS COUNTY — The uncertainty everyone is facing from COVID-19 is causing some to change how they think about things psychologically. Read story

Coronavirus math shows why social distancing is key to reducing exposure

March 26, 2020, 6:04am Health

PHILADELPHIA — If you still doubt the crucial importance of avoiding other people, or if you think “stay at home” orders are excessive, consider this: Read story

Oregon Gov. Brown slams Trump administration over mask production

March 25, 2020, 6:08pm Health

PORTLAND — Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday slammed the Trump administration for its failure to provide companies that want to make respirator masks and ventilators with a guarantee of liability protection. Read story

5 workers, 2 patients at Washington psychiatric hospital have coronavirus

March 25, 2020, 11:26am Health

SEATTLE — Five workers and two patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital have tested positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Read story