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CV Central - 3/9/2020 - "Drive Through Testing, Italy ICU Overrun, New York and Houston considered"

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CV Central - 3/9/2020 - "Drive Through Testing, Italy ICU Overrun, New York and Houston considered"
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Our fifth week of service begins with Episode 25.  A report from Japan of the first coronavirus related case of meningitis kicks off our coverage.  16 million Italians are now under quarantine to arrest the spread of the deadly pandemic even as doctors in Italy report the ICUs are overloaded, younger people are getting sick in a later wave, and that rationing access to hospitals will be necessary.  We look at how Germany is slowly getting up to speed and how borders are starting to form in Europe.  A trip to New York which is racing to surpass Washington for case numbers shows community spread is increasing, and we see Houston following a similar model just a few days behind.  New mathematical modeling reveals thousands of cases likely to be present in the United States.  On the testing front, America asks Korea for help as the University of Washington pilots a drive thru testing facillity to increase safety and sanitation, needed as we now know air conditioners may spread #Covid-19.

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Meningitis related to Covid observed in Japan: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/08/national/7-eleven-yamanashi-coronavirus/#.XmYhzXJKipp

Italy quarantines northern portion of country: https://apnews.com/f3be69cc2cf55f74a35118c557ad8461

Italian Intensitve Care Association claims hard choices must be made about who gets care as cases exceed capacity for treatment: https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2020/03/07/coronavirus-i-medici-delle-terapie-intensive-in-lombardia-azioni-tempestive-o-disastrosa-calamita-sanitaria-lipotesi-delle-priorita-daccesso-prima-chi-ha-piu-probabilita-di-sopravvivenza/5729020/

Italian doctors inform that ICU demand is rising with younger patients showing infection later than older victims: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-italy-doctors-intensive-care-deaths-a9384356.html

Germany crosses 1,000 cases with closures on the horizon: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-spahn/coronavirus-germany-promises-support-to-companies-urges-public-to-stay-home-idUSKBN20V0PK

Swiss unable to import protective equipment from Germany: https://nzzas.nzz.ch/schweiz/offener-streit-mit-deutschland-um-masken-ld.1545115

Czechs begin random border searches of people entering from Germany for coronavirus: https://www.bild.de/news/inland/news-inland/coronavirus-schlangen-bei-aldi-fuer-desinfektionsmittel-erster-deutscher-tot-69089326.bild.html

NY Area tops 100 cases: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/tri-state-covid-19-cases-nearly-double-over-weekend-ny-under-state-of-emergency/2316857/

New Yorkers asked to avoid mass transit: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/nyc-issues-new-commuter-guidelines-to-combat-coronavirus-spread/2317584/

Houston area up to 12 cases all traced back to Egyptian cruise: https://abc13.com/5995633/

Wrangling over the Rodeo - citizens petition to halt Houston Rodeo for public health: https://www.click2houston.com/rodeo/2020/03/07/heres-why-organizers-say-there-are-no-plans-to-wrap-up-rodeohouston-early-amid-slew-of-high-profile-event-cancellations/

New study conservatively estimates there were nearly 10k cases in US as of March 1st: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.06.20031880v1

Coronavirus spread through air conditioning: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8086457/amp/Coronavirus-spread-air-conditioning-contagious-previously-thought.html

US asks Korea for collaboration to build better testing protocol using drive thru method: http://m.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=7651

First drive thru facility implemented in Seattle for UWashington key staff: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/08/813501632/seattle-health-care-system-offers-drive-through-coronavirus-testing-for-workers

Global shipping down over 80% due to reduced demand and Covid related disruptions: https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/disruptive-coronavirus-torpedoes-global-shipping-200226150548601.html

Oil war slashing prices as global demand tanks: https://www.businessinsider.com/oil-price-crash-market-drop-global-price-war-futures-coronavirus-2020-3

Financial Times updates including potential for market shutdown: https://www.ft.com/content/f3db4bfe-ed33-3300-80ea-c0fdfd2dc7e7


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