COVID-19 Virus

Smart Doorway Could Detect High Temp, Neutralize COVID on Clothing, KC Tech Pioneer Says

Blockchain might be the future, but eliminating exposure to COVID-19 is the now, said serial entrepreneur Shekhar Gupta as he takes an intelligent disinfecting doorway to market.

“When you go to the airport you have to go through the X-Ray machines, right? So we developed a similar structure, but to detect COVID-19 and neutralize it off your clothes,” said Gupta, COO of Blockchain Initiatives and director of software product and technology at Kansas City-based Interacshn, a startup focusing on machine learning and AI-based smart city and COVID 19 solutions.

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New Wearable Exoskeleton Improves Health and Safety of Customers

Plano, Texas, July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hilti North America, an innovator of tools, technology, software and services to the commercial construction industry, today announced a new innovation that is more connected to its customers than any tool of its time, the EXO-O1 wearable exoskeleton.

Hilti’s new human augmentation device will help commercial contractors, tradesman and management alike tackle health and safety as well as labor shortage challenges. Wearable systems like exoskeletons will help reduce strain and fatigue for both experienced and novice users, at a time when the industry is managing a workforce shortage challenge.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Pricing Will Impact Big Pharma’s Reputation

As companies around the globe race to find a vaccine against Covid-19, Big Pharma critics opined that this would prove to be an opportunity for the industry to engage in price-gouging and gain unseemly profits for medicines that had been funded, at least in part, by the American taxpayer. Chief among these critics has been Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, who wrote the following op-ed in the New York Times.

“Recent vaccines targeting more limited populations, such as a meningitis B vaccine for college students and the shingles vaccine for older adults, have a retail cost of $300 to $400 for a full course. If a Covid-19 vaccine yields a price of, say, $500 a course, vaccinating the entire population would bring a company over $150 billion, almost all of it profit.”

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Advance Care Planning See Five-Times Increase During COVID-19

The patients engaging in advance care planning trended younger and healthier, signaling COVID-19 pushed more to consider end-of-life wishes.

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a nearly five-fold increase in the number of online advance directive (AD) completions and advance care planning compared to prior to the pandemic, according to new data from the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The individuals completing online advance care planning modules after the novel coronavirus came to the United States trended younger and healthier than those completing advance care planning prior to the pandemic, the researchers added.

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California Failed To Test Some of The Most Regular Nursing Home Visitors: Inspectors

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, California health officials have required nursing homes to bar entry to outsiders who might bring the coronavirus in with them and trigger a deadly outbreak among the elderly, vulnerable residents.

As a result, aging parents haven’t seen their families in months. Many have died without a final embrace from the people they loved.

But despite requiring routine testing of residents and employees, there’s one group California health officials have knowingly sent from nursing home to nursing home without first testing them for the lethal virus: state inspectors.

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Mental Health Becomes A Bigger Talking Point in Beauty

Ahead of its undisclosed summer 2020 launch date, Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty brand is launching a $100 million fund to combat mental health problems related to loneliness.

The fund, called Rare Impact Fund, is meant to last over the next 10 years and will be funded through 1% of all Rare Beauty sales as well as outside partners. The fund is administered by the non-profit Hopewell, which works with other charitable initiatives to create and advise donations. Although beauty brands have more frequently been discussing mental health with customers for at least the past three months, Rare Beauty’s fund is one of beauty’s largest financial efforts in the space to date. Rare Beauty opted to launch the fund ahead of its own products, in order to demonstrate its mental health efforts are not an afterthought, said Katie Welch, Rare Beauty CMO.

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Life Time Health Club Chain To Require Customers Wear Masks During Workouts in Coronavirus Fight

Life Time said it has so far reopened 125 of its more than 150 U.S. and Canadian locations ‘in some capacity’

Life Time, a Minnesota-based athletic club chain, announced Thursday that it would begin requiring masks to be worn within its workout facilities to slow the spread of COVID-19 — and it also developed a set of training guidelines on how to get back into shape with a mask on.

“Our decision to require masks across all clubs is a response to the ongoing concerns nationwide,” COO Jeff Zwiefel said in a statement. “And, in addition to our health and safety protocols already in place, is a simple but effective measure for providing our valued members with the safest environment possible and to remain open, which helps ensure the livelihood and employment of our team members.”

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Health Insurance

Potential Impact of Stay-at-Home Orders on Health Insurance Rates

Most Americans receive health insurance through their job or a family member’s job. So, when workers lose their jobs, they — and their family members — run the risk of losing their health coverage as well.

Previously released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) show that about 55.1% of the U.S. population — some 178 million people — had employer-sponsored insurance or ESI in 2018.

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Florida Hospitals Stretched To Capacity By Acute Coronavirus Outbreak

Governor Ron DeSantis claims the situation is ‘stabilized’ but full ICU beds and overflowing emergency rooms tell a different story.

The emergency department at Jackson health system, wedged between Little Havana and the vibrant murals of Wynwood in Miami, has overflowed with Covid-19 patients for weeks.

Patients wait for beds in hallways and in the lounge. Some need oxygen minutes after arrival, while others are sent home for bed rest and to quarantine. Intensive care unit beds, the number of which has already expanded, are “snatched” up minutes after they become available. Not a single one of the 164 in the hospital is free.

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Why COVID-19 Just Accelerated The Online Imperative of Local Government

These are only some of the words being used to describe the cultural, societal and industrial shifts felt across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a matter of months, academic institutions from preschools to universities migrated to online learning, mega-corporations shut down offices and ceased work-related travel and local governments were forced to close their doors, leaving citizens searching for alternate ways to obtain critical civic services — like applying for unemployment. While no one saw the pandemic coming, it should be no surprise that COVD-19 is ushering in a permanent reliance upon socially distanced virtual engagement.

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