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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl surprises ER nurse from coronavirus front lines with stirring performance of ‘Everlong’ over video

Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed on his show Monday an emergency room nurse from the front lines of the coronavirus in New York City and had some big surprises for him.

What are the details?

Kimmel told TJ Riley — who works at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and also survived COVID-19, Rolling Stone reported — that he did some research and discovered Riley is a big music fan.

So, what could be better than adding Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl to the get-together?

And when the musician’s smiling mug hit the video screen, Riley was understandably starstruck and told Grohl what a “huge” fan he is.

Oh, but it gets better.

Kimmel told Riley that Life Is Good, an apparel company, is sending him $10,000 “to spend however you like” as well as gift packages to all the nurses in Riley’s department “to thank and honor them, too.”

Surprise song

Then Kimmel turned things over to Grohl, asking if he had anything to offer Riley — and Grohl sure did.

Pulling out an acoustic guitar, Grohl started strumming the chords to Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” a hard-rocking hit from the late ’90s that Grohl later reinvented as an intimate acoustic number.

After finishing his rendition and getting applause from Riley, Grohl turned it around and praise the ER nurse: “TJ, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for so many people; it’s much appreciated.”

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl surprises ER nurse from coronavirus front lines with stirring performance of ‘Everlong’ over video

Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed on his show Monday an emergency room nurse from the front lines of the coronavirus in New York City and had some big surprises for him.

What are the details?

Kimmel told TJ Riley — who works at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and also survived COVID-19, Rolling Stone reported — that he did some research and discovered Riley is a big music fan.

So, what could be better than adding Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl to the get-together?

And when the musician’s smiling mug hit the video screen, Riley was understandably starstruck and told Grohl what a “huge” fan he is.

Oh, but it gets better.

Kimmel told Riley that Life Is Good, an apparel company, is sending him $10,000 “to spend however you like” as well as gift packages to all the nurses in Riley’s department “to thank and honor them, too.”

Surprise song

Then Kimmel turned things over to Grohl, asking if he had anything to offer Riley — and Grohl sure did.

Pulling out an acoustic guitar, Grohl started strumming the chords to Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” a hard-rocking hit from the late ’90s that Grohl later reinvented as an intimate acoustic number.

After finishing his rendition and getting applause from Riley, Grohl turned it around and praise the ER nurse: “TJ, thank you so much for everything you’ve done for so many people; it’s much appreciated.”

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NYC doctor says ERs are ‘eerily quiet’: ‘How many patients are dying of treatable heart attacks at home?’

A New York City emergency room doctor wrote in the New York Post that the emergency room where she works has been unusually quite recently, and she’s concerned about what might be happening to patients who are too scared of COVID-19 exposure to go get treatment.

While the main hospital deals with the more complicated coronavirus patients who need extended care, the emergency room has felt the impact of COVID-19 in a different way. Dr. Snehalata Topgi writes:

By 11 p.m., the rest of my shift is eerily quiet. I wonder, “How many patients are dying of treatable heart attacks at home? Where are my stroke patients? Where are the cuts and broken bones?” People that should be coming to the ER for help may be too scared. Where is the man with high-risk chest pain who needs vessel intervention? Where is the elderly woman with a two-hour limp left arm and trouble speaking who needs stroke treatment? I worry. I know that they are at home, avoiding the hospital and a possible COVID infection, but likely needing life-saving interventions.

New York City has seen an alarming increase in home deaths in recent weeks, which some have attributed to undiagnosed COVID-19 infections. Indeed, some of those home deaths are being called “presumed” coronavirus deaths, even without being confirmed by a test.

Some, like Dr. Topgi, wonder whether some of those deaths are due to preventable conditions that would normally be treated in an emergency room.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in unique health care situations in the U.S. Some hospitals, mostly in New York City, have been overwhelmed at times with patient volume. But some emergency rooms or hospitals find themselves empty, to the point that tens of thousands of health care workers have been laid off and some hospitals have closed altogether.

Widespread bans on nonessential medical procedures, enacted for the purpose of preserving personal protective equipment and dedicating all staff and resources to COVID-19 preparedness, have proven unnecessary in some areas of the country that have not experienced significant outbreaks.

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Emergency room doctors face layoffs and pay cuts as coronavirus policies result in fewer patients

A professional group of more than 38,000 emergency room physicians wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month to request a government bailout because emergency room patient volume has decreased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ProPublica reported.

“[W]hile it may seem counterintuitive, EDs across the country have actually experienced a reduction in volume of approximately 30 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” the letter from the American College of Emergency Physicians read. “Thus, without immediate federal financial resources and support separate from what is provided to hospitals, fewer emergency physicians will be left to care for patients, a shortfall which will only be further exacerbated as they try to make preparations for the COVID-19 surge.”

What’s the problem? A side effect of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States is that most people who aren’t critically sick with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus are avoiding emergency rooms, presumably due to elevated risk of infection.

Many emergency physicians are not employed by hospitals, but by staffing firms that contract with the hospitals. One such firm is Envision, which employs 27,000 clinicians. Envision has cut doctors’ pay and delayed benefits such as bonuses, profit-sharing, and retirement contributions. Some nonclinical employees have been furloughed.

“Where they lose their normal billing revenue, medical groups are losing money. Where medical groups are losing money, they have to reduce salaries and furlough workers,” Envision CEO Jim Rechtin said in a statement, ProPublica reported. “Unfortunately, we are no different.”

Bailout from the government? The American College of Emergency Physicians is requesting billions in financial assistance to emergency physician practices impacted by COVID-19. They want $2.5 billion to account for a reduction in emergency patient volume and $1.1 billion to account for the fact that the emergency patients that do come in are sicker and more costly to treat.

“For the safety and wellbeing of the American public, emergency physicians must be supported and protected,” the ACEP letter read. “We believe that the $3.6 billion requested here will ensure that emergency physicians on the front lines have the resources they need to stay operational and manage future surges of COVID-19 cases.”

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New York Emergency Room Doctor: There Will Be “Thousands” Of Confirmed Cases In The U.S. “By Next Week”

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

Dr. Matt McCarthy, a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, just went on national television and warned that there will be “thousands” of confirmed coronavirus cases inside the United States “by next week”.  I certainly hope that he is completely wrong, but obviously he has a better vantage point for observing the progression of this outbreak than any of us do.

As an emergency room doctor in New York, he is dealing with potential COVID-19 cases every single day.  And as you will see below, he says that he has had to “plead to test people” and that it is a “national scandal” that more people have not been tested.

As I discussed in a previous article, up until just a few days ago the CDC has had extremely restrictive guidelines for who should be tested for the virus.  Only those that have visited China recently and those that have had close contact with a known victim were supposed to be tested.  Obviously this allowed a lot of potential victims to fall through the cracks, and now we have a major outbreak in the Seattle area.

Why couldn’t we have been able to test anyone that wanted to be tested from the very beginning?  In South Korea, they have already “built drive-thru coronavirus screening locations”

Health officials in South Korea tested 10,000 people for the coronavirus on Friday alone. This week, they built drive-thru coronavirus screening locations, giving hundreds of patients an assessment of their health in just 10 minutes.

The US announced its first coronavirus case on the same day South Korea did. But six weeks later, less than 500 potentially infected Americans have gotten tests, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency’s official test count — which had previously been updated daily — was stripped from the CDC site on Sunday, though US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told ABC the same day that the US had tested 3,600 people.

There is absolutely no reason why we can’t do at least as well as South Korea.

And without a doubt, a lot of doctors around the country are quite upset about the current state of affairs.  During his appearance on CNBC, Dr. McCarthy explained that he literally has had to “plead to test people”

“I’m here to tell you, right now, at one of the busiest hospitals in the country, I don’t have it at my fingertips,” he said. “I still have to make my case, plead to test people. This is not good. We know that there are 88 cases in the United States. There are going to be hundreds by the middle of the week. There’s going to be thousands by next week. And this is a testing issue.”

You can watch the video of Dr. McCarthy making these comments right here.  The fact that he believes that there will be “thousands” of confirmed cases by next week should be making headlines all over the nation.  But so far it isn’t.

Ultimately, the CDC should be held accountable for dropping the ball so dramatically.  Not only have they not been testing enough people up until now, but it also turns out that the test kits they initially sent out were “problematic and potentially inaccurate”.  The following comes from CNBC

The CDC sent test kits earlier in the outbreak to public health labs around the country, but those kits were problematic and potentially inaccurate, CDC officials have since said. Because local clinicians can’t depend on the test kits, some have had to ship samples to a laboratory with the ability to run the tests, delaying the process of diagnosis and treatment.

This virus could become the biggest public health crisis of our lifetimes, and the CDC response has been a complete and total disaster.

At this point, coronavirus tests are still “not available yet in New York City”

“Testing for coronavirus is not available yet in New York City,” city Department of Health spokeswoman Stephanie Buhle said in an email late Thursday. “The kits that were sent to us have demonstrated performance issues and cannot be relied upon to provide an accurate result.”

There is no excuse.

For weeks, hospitals all over the nation have had to send samples to the CDC for testing, and that has greatly limited the number of Americans that have been able to be tested.

If you can believe it, only 32 people in the entire state of New York have been tested so far, and Dr. McCarthy is calling that “a national scandal”

The team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital is isolating suspected coronavirus patients and taking proper precautions to prevent the spread, McCarthy said, but “they’re hamstrung.”

“In New York state, the person who tested positive is only the 32nd test we’ve done in this state,” he said. “That is a national scandal.”

Of course, he is right.

The mainstream media should be hammering this story like there is no tomorrow, but other than CNBC they have mostly been ignoring it.

Did officials at the CDC think that if they just neglected this crisis that it would go away?

A lot of people have been comparing COVID-19 to the flu, but that is not true at all.

This is an extremely insidious virus.  Once it gets into the lungs, it starts killing cells as it moves along.  And once enough cells are killed off, it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe

It does this by attaching to and reproducing in tissue inside the lungs, where it kills cells in the process of spreading.

As the cells are killed they drop off the lungs’ linings and build up in clumps inside the organs, making it hard to breathe and triggering further infections.

The virus can also send the immune system into overdrive as it tries to fight off infection, triggering swelling which can lead to more breathing difficulties.

Does that sound like something that you want to catch?

Unfortunately, this virus is now out of control inside the United States.  Newly confirmed cases are constantly popping up all over the country, and this crisis threatens to greatly accelerate our existing problems.

I truly hope that what we are facing is not nearly as dire as Dr. McCarthy is making it out to be.  But nobody can deny that he is on the front lines of this battle every day, and right now he is warning that we have a complete and utter nightmare on our hands.

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