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Covid-19 is turning out to be much more insidious and formidable than a simple respiratory disease, impacting nearly every major organ in the body and striking down supposedly healthy people with no warning.
The latest revelation: Young and middle-aged patients at many hospitals are suffering sudden strokes. “The numbers are small, only a few dozen per location, but they provide new insights into what the virus does to our bodies,” The Washington Post reports. Some doctors think these stealth attacks could explain unusually high numbers of at-home deaths in New York City during the peak of its crisis. Read the story.
Many states are scaling back plans for makeshift emergency hospitals, as social distancing measures appear to be holding the virus somewhat in check. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been building dozens of facilities “in a herculean aid effort for American cities,” we report. But it’s unclear how many of the new hospitals will even be used.
At the same time, many hospitals are short on basic medical supplies — including veteran care centers. The official in charge of the sprawling Veterans Health Administration, the nation’s largest health-care system, told The Post that millions of face masks have...read more: