A nationwide study has found that counties with even slightly higher levels of long-term air pollution are seeing far larger numbers of Covid-19 deaths.
Ellen BarryForeboding news, particularly for India: People who have lived with high levels of air pollution are "far more likely" to die of this disease. Most dangerous is sustained breathing of fine particulate matter, PM 2.5.
The pandemic has hit Germany hard, with more than 91,000 people infected. But the percentage of fatal cases has been remarkably low compared to those in many neighboring countries.
Ellen BarryWhy is Germany's coronavirus death rate so low, at 1.4%? A: The gov't is testing 350k citizens a week, and charging nothing, so asymptomatic carriers get tests and quarantine selves. They also ventilate early, increasing survival rates, @kbennhold reports.
Special units of emergency medical workers in Paterson, N.J., respond to 911 calls for suspected coronavirus, entering homes and putting themselves at risk.
Ellen BarryOof. In the upside-down world of pandemic New Jersey, the job of an EMT is to persuade many sick, scared people to stay home -- an "oral R.M.A.", or refused medical assistance. @JanHoffmanNYT takes you along for a heartbreaking ride through Paterson.
A database of daily fever readings shows that the numbers declined as people disappeared indoors.
Ellen BarryNew data on fevers among Americans offer evidence, in real time, that tight social-distancing restrictions may be working, potentially reducing hospital overcrowding and lowering death rates, Donald McNeil reports.
A look at the latest coronavirus numbers in Massachusetts.
Ellen BarrySome tentative good news: New cases in Massachusetts dropped sharply over the weekend, from 1017 on Saturday to 698 on Sunday. Substantial drop. Let's see what Monday brings, but I'll take it.
With no detailed government database on where the thousands of coronavirus cases have been reported, a team of New York Times journalists is attempting to track every case.
Ellen BarryIn January, a handful of NYT journalists launched a Herculean effort to tally every c-19 case in the country. Proud to say we are sharing this data today, w scientists & govt officials who have asked. @MitchKSmith deserves a lifetime supply of coffee beans
Containing a pandemic means keeping visitors out of the I.C.U. My patients will suffer in solitary confinement.
Ellen BarryA very upsetting description, by a doctor, of what it is like to tell a dying patient that he or she can no longer have visitors, and will die alone. It's difficult to read. This is going to start to happen a lot.
The country showed that it is possible to contain the coronavirus without shutting down the economy, but experts are unsure whether its lessons can work abroad.
Ellen BarryJust one week after South Korea's first case was diagnosed in late January, thousands of test kits were shipping daily. The country has conducted over 300,000 tests, for a per-capita rate more than 40 times that of the United States.
Loretta Mendoza Dionisio, outgoing and unstoppable, died of the coronavirus, a statistic in a growing U.S. count. But her life meant much more.
Ellen BarryAs of Sunday, 390 people have died because of coronavirus in the US. People are not data. This is the story of fatality number 37, Loretta Dionisio, or, as family called her, Auntie Lettie. 1/5
Hospitals “are themselves becoming sources of [coronavirus] infection,” with Covid-19 patients transmitting infections to other patients, one doctor said.
Ellen BarryHospitals were the main source of COVID-19 transmission in Italy, doctors in Bergamo are warning. They advise physicians in other countries to decentralize care, and find ways to provide care at home.
Two-thirds of Life Care Center’s residents and 47 of its workers fell ill. Thirty-five people died. We investigated what went wrong.
Ellen BarryHeartbreaking account of the outbreak in the LifeCare nursing home in Kirkland, where 2/3 of residents caught the virus and many deteriorated with frightening speed. "Why was the entirety of government unwilling to come in and help?” asked an administrator
With “social distancing” now widely adopted nationwide, a small group of contrarians urge a more careful weighing of the harm as well as the benefits of such policies.
Ellen BarryAs an America desperate to stem the coronavirus outbreak put in place sweeping restrictions last week on every facet of public life, the University of Wyoming economist Linda Thunstrom asked what felt like a taboo question: “Are we overreacting?’’
For centuries, the United States has resisted a centralized public health policy. This week, as protective measures against the coronavirus varied county to county, Americans saw the cost.
Ellen Barry“It’s totally ad hoc,” said a Rhode Island man helping decide whether to shut a community center. “There’s no science behind it. It’s not like we were following someone’s instructions. It feels like we’ve been left on our own to decide what would be best."
Ellen BarryA California mother said it was tough to explain to her children why her younger son’s school suspended in-school classes to guard against infection, while her older son spent every day in close quarters with 1,200 other teenagers, and then returned home.
A series of missed chances by the federal government to ensure more widespread testing came during the early days of the outbreak, when containment would have been easier.
Ellen BarryUS govt did not have a covid-19 test ready in January, when the first infected person entered the country. Scientists in Seattle proposed using their own test -- but officials tried to stop them. And the virus spread. Stunning, from @ByMikeBaker@sherifink