California failed to establish an effective coronavirus testing system early on, leaving it far behind — even now — in the fight against COVID-19.
Emily BaumgaertnerConfused about how we went from one detected coronavirus case in a California apartment to almost 10,000 new ones daily?
Settle in. I reconstructed the first half of 2020 for you. Spoiler alert: Things did not go well.
Scientists have devised a way to use the plasma of COVID-19 survivors for an upper arm injection that could inoculate people against the virus.
Emily BaumgaertnerEXCLUSIVE: Months ago, scientists offered a plan to use coronavirus survivors’ blood to make an upper-arm shot that could inoculate people for months, until a vaccine exists. But HHS officials rejected the plan, and manufacturers declined to make them. 1/
Emily BaumgaertnerShort-term immunity shots work for other diseases; they could have been developed to protect health workers, nursing home residents, or even for use at public drive-through sites. Researchers implored the BARDA, the FDA and the Hill — still no progress. 2/
Emily BaumgaertnerThere could be a financial dimension: Pharmaceutical companies knew better than to invest in a shot that might soon be replaced by a vaccine, critics say. They're pushing for gov. grants — saying the price tag is a tiny fraction of Op. Warp Speed. 3/
Healthcare workers say there still aren't enough masks as they treat coronavirus patients.
Emily BaumgaertnerIt sounds like a bake sale: Health workers now bake their masks in the oven and carry them in Tupperware, hoping they'll still block the virus.
Getting tired of the never-ending mask shortage stories? So are we — and, more importantly, so are they.
The program had worked with labs in Wuhan, China, and around the world to detect deadly viruses that could jump from animals to humans.
Emily BaumgaertnerNEW: Two months before the novel coronavirus likely began spreading in Wuhan, the Trump administration ended a $200-million program aimed at detecting — well, novel coronaviruses. The staff had been working with the lab in — well, Wuhan. w/ @RaineyTime
Medical workers across specialties are preparing to assist in the emergency and intensive care units as hospitals expect to be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe.
Emily BaumgaertnerCOVID-19 doctors are making pacts in case they end up on ventilators: “We’ve basically said, ‘If you guys get sick, we’ll take care of the kids, and you do the same for us.’” Latest w/ @skarlamangla
Coronavirus testing shortages are breeding chaos at some hospitals. Sick patients and health care workers are going untested, they say.
Emily Baumgaertnerw/ @skarlamangla: Patients and health workers suspected of having #coronavirus aren't being tested due to supply shortage. Patients sent home could be spreading to fam/neighbors; ER docs worry they’ll transmit to the most vulnerable visitors while on shift