SitRep: COVID-19, March27

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The U.S. surpassed China as the nation with the most COVID-19 infections in the world, and the numbers continued to increase: 85,996 cases and 1,300 deaths.

But is the number really in the millions? In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted March 18-24 in a representative sample of adults, 2.3% said “yes” when asked if they’d been diagnosed.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus and began self-isolation. (CNN)

Calling it a “very twisted prank,” officials at a Pennsylvania supermarket threw away $35,000 worth of fresh meat after a woman reportedly coughed intentionally on it. (The Daily Beast)

Italian doctors voiced suspicion that the coronavirus was already circulating there before the outbreak was first acknowledged in China. (Reuters)

No wonder they’re grumbling: healthcare professionals account for a tenth of Italy’s 74,000 COVID-19 cases, and 37 physicians have died of the illness. (Daily Mail)

“Dozens” of sailors aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt have become ill with COVID-19 after a stop in Vietnam, necessitating diversion to Guam, where all 5,000 personnel aboard the ship will be tested. (AP News)

Grocery shopping and package delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic can be made low-risk with a few simple precautions, suggests an expert at Harvard. (Washington Post)

300: That’s the number of people in Iran estimated to have died from drinking methanol in the belief that it will protect them against COVID-19. (AP News)

Vice President Pence promised to leave no stone unturned in the hunt for masks, but here’s one he apparently missed. The Service Employees International Union located 39 million N95 masks and is connecting the supplier to U.S. hospitals and other healthcare facilities. (Business Insider)

And the Washington Post reported that 1.5 million respirator masks are sitting unused in a federal warehouse in Indiana because of an expired shelf life, despite CDC guidance backing use of such masks.

No sharing: Six healthcare organizations representing respiratory and critical care medicine specialists warned against shared use of ventilators as a means of dealing with the nationwide shortage. (American Society of Anesthesiologists)

James Dyson, he of the eponymous bagless vacuum, designed a new type of ventilator in 10 days and promised to deliver 10,000 of them to British hospitals early next month and donate another 5,000 to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNN)

Even celebrities aren’t immune to COVID-19: Fox News lists 17 who have publicly announced their positive test results.


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, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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