In a study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers from China surveyed 1,257 health care workers in 34 hospitals from January 29, 2020, to February 3, 2020, in China who were directly involved in caring for patients with covid-19. Healthcare workers experienced profound psychological burden caring for these patients: 50.4 percent had symptoms of depression, 44.6 percent had anxiety, 71.5 percent reported symptoms of psychological distress. Nurses, women, and frontline healthcare workers reported more severe symptoms of depression, anxiety, and distress compared to those who were either not on the frontlines nor those directly involved in patient care. Inhabitants of Wuhan were particularly affected. Will New York City become the next Wuhan?
After six days of negotiations, the U.S. Senate finally passed the third piece of covid-19-related relief legislation before midnight last night. The relief package comes with a $2 trillion price tag. The legislation includes direct cash payments to American of up to $1,200 (with additional money for children), the extension of unemployment benefits to gig workers and freelancers, nearly $1 trillion in loans to various businesses, healthcare resources to hospitals, suspended student loan payments, and finally, the ability of the government to take an equity stake in airlines. A vote in the House is expected for Friday and will head to the President's desk following passage there. New York Times.
After hydroxychloroquine gained fame in the press as a potential cure for covid-19, many people have been eager to get their hands on supplies of the drug. This includes physicians writing prescriptions for themselves and family members to secure a supply before the medicine goes on shortage. Such selfish behavior has not gone unchecked. Nevada joins a list of states including Texas and New York putting restrictions on new prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine. More states are expected to follow suit in the coming days. Hydroxychloroquine is used in treatment of conditions including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. NY Daily News.