SitRep: COVID-19 Update for March 20

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COVID-19 Update: Calif. on Lockdown; Kibosh on Abroad Travel; Life-Sustaining Beer

by Kristen Monaco, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

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California is now on lockdown, with residents only allowed out for essential activities. (CBS News)

U.S. case count as of 8:00 a.m. EDT Friday: 14,250 — more than doubled since Wednesday — and 205 deaths, up 36%.

But could the actual number of cases in the U.S. really surpass 150,000? (Gizmodo)

And as of Thursday, Italy’s death toll surpassed that of China, at over 3,400. (AP)

State Department tells Americans not to travel abroad, period, and urges those now overseas to come home.

Guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America spell out priorities for COVID-19 testing: highest for individuals with serious symptoms and clear risk factors, lowest for asymptomatic people “in communities being monitored by health authorities, to collect data and ascertain the prevalence of COVID-19.”

It’s not just ICU beds and ventilators in short supply — so are cleaning personnel trained in virus disinfection. (NPR)

You know who stocks medical supplies? TV medical dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Doctor,” and “The Resident.” Producers are now donating masks, gloves, and gowns to real hospitals. (The Daily Beast)

Microsoft’s chief scientific officer announces an “open research dataset” for COVID-19 with machine-readable content.

The Surgeon General is calling on an unlikely source to help curb the spread of the virus: Kylie Jenner. (Page Six)

For external use only: You might already have the key ingredient for homemade hand sanitizer in your liquor cabinet. (TechTimes)

Engineered in a weapons lab, descended from outer space, broadcast from 5G towers: these are just some of the COVID-19 conspiracy theories. (IFLscience)

Looks like another tale of an endless cruise: the Norwegian Jewel, with 2,000 people aboard, turned away for docking by Fiji, New Zealand, French Polynesia, and Hawaii. (NPR)

After more than 4,500 Red Cross blood drive cancellations, the country is facing a donor blood shortage. (New York Times)

Royalty aren’t immune: Prince Albert II of Monaco, 62, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. (Reuters)

All 236 members in Georgia’s state legislature were told to self-isolate after one lawmaker tested positive. (CBS News)

One nurse outlined the “worst-case scenario” for how this will all play out. (KevinMD)

Now you know: Pennsylvania declares beer stores to be “life-sustaining businesses” that can stay open amidst a sweeping closure order.

Similarly, in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott waived a state law prohibiting restaurants from delivering alcohol. (Dallas Morning News)

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said he has tested positive for coronavirus, the first known positive test in the National Football League. (


Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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  1. Carol, heads up. The official 3 symptoms for Corona need to be updated! I summarize: About 50% of corona patients have digestive symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. These seem to be early symptoms. These people also had worse outcomes than those without digestive symptoms. SOURCE: Check March 18, 1st paragraph of the pr: “BETHESDA, Md., March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Digestive symptoms are common in COVID-19, occurring as the chief complaint in nearly half of patients presenting to hospital according to a new descriptive, cross-sectional multicenter study from China by investigators from the Wuhan Medical Treatment Expert Group for COVID-19 published today in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, the official publication of the American College of Gastroenterology.”