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Five Facts about Medical Personal Protective Equipment

The fast-spreading coronavirus has left many hospitals and health professionals scrambling to find personal protective equipment, or PPE. These items – including gloves, gowns, face masks and face shields – are vital in protecting workers treating seriously ill patients. Many hospitals are running dangerously short of PPE. Homeland Security officials have warned that the government’s emergency stockpile of …

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Five Facts on Flattening the Curve of Coronavirus Spread

Health experts say it’s crucial to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus transmissions to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with critically ill patients. Flattening the curve might prolong the pandemic, scientists say, but fewer people would die because they would receive better medical treatment. “Flattening the curve” refers to slowing the speed of the pandemic’s spread. …

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Five Facts About Emergency Declarations

President Trump on Friday, March 13, declared the coronavirus a national emergency, unleashing an array of federal powers to combat the pandemic. Most governors also have declared local states of emergency. A complex web of laws and guidelines determine when and how a state of emergency is declared, and what it involves. 1. The president’s emergency declaration releases …

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Five Facts: Global Diseases

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has killed more than 3,000 people globally and rattled world economies. This has heightened interest in how new contagious diseases spread, affect various populations, and eventually come under control. Here are five facts about global diseases. 1. Pandemics have been around for centuries. The plague, or Black Death, killed millions in …

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