Coronavirus pandemic’s third wave generates enraging déjà vu

first_img– Advertisement – A nurse attends a protest, organized by the New York State Nurses Association in front of the National Holdings Corporation on May 8, 2020. The nurses protested because congress granted bailouts to corporations and Wall Street billionaires, but not enough for the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a weekCaroline Chen at ProPublica writes—The Enraging Déjà Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave. Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening:There’s a joke I’ve seen circulating online, over and over during this pandemic, that goes along the lines of, “Months this year: January, February, March, March, March, March, March…”My lips pull into a smile, but my heart’s not in it. […]As a health reporter covering the pandemic, I’ve experienced too many moments of deja vu. This summer, as the virus swept through the South, news footage of overwhelmed hospitals in Houston turning away ambulances recalled similar scenes from March and April in New York City. Now, we’re in the so-called third wave of the pandemic, with the virus slamming into Midwestern states, and this week, Dr. Gregory Schmidt, associate chief medical officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said his colleagues are converting 16 hospital beds into new ICU beds in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients. “People in leadership are starting to say things in meetings like, ‘I have a sense of impending doom.’” – Advertisement –last_img read more

National Children’s Dental Health Month: Northeast Michigan Facing Gaps in Dental Health

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month.The state of Michigan, including Northeast Michigan is still facing gaps in access to quality dental care.According to the Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, children in countrysides or urban communities are affected most when it comes to dental health.One strategy to address this issue is to increase access to care by allowing mid level dental providers called ‘dental therapists’ to treat children.A hired dental therapist would be trained and licensed to deliver routine care such as filling cavities, which is a common reason for children being absent in school.“In very young children you can see ‘bottle rot’ where the teeth haven’t developed healthy. When children aren’t brushing regularly or don’t have regular cleanings they can have cavities. Untreated dental issues are a large driver of cavities. If you have a cavity that goes unfilled that can result in pain making it hard for a child to be able to function in school,” Executive Director of Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health, Amy Zaagman said.Many children are insured through public insurance making it difficult to access a dental location. There is at least one dental lack area in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties including Alpena County.Nearly 60% of children on Medicaid did not see a dentist in 2015 placing Michigan in the bottom ten states in the nation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, Dental Care, Dentist, National Children’s Dental Health MonthContinue ReadingPrevious One Firefighter Injured During Friday Morning’s House FireNext ‘We Got the Beat’ Event Honors Heart Health Month Teaching Woman How to Prevent Heart Attackslast_img read more