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A Healthcare System, If We Can Keep It

By KIM BELLARD

We are in strange days, and they are only going to get stranger as COVID-19 works its way further through our society.  It makes me think of Benjamin Franklin’s response when asked what kind of nation the U.S. was going to be:  “A Republic, if you can keep it.” 

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The versions of that response that COVID-19 have me wondering about are: “A federal system, if we can keep it,” and, more specifically, “a healthcare system, if we can keep it.”  I’ll talk about each of those in the context of the pandemic.

In times of national emergencies — think 9/11, think World Wars — we usually look to the federal government to lead.  The COVID-19 pandemic has been declared a national emergency, but we’re still looking for strong federal leadership.  We have the Centers for Disease Control, infectious disease experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, and a White House coronavirus task force.  But real national leadership is lacking. 

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Why Peak Viral Load makes temperature screening alone insufficient for COVID-19

By TONY ESTRELLA

And how South Korea and Taiwan’s approach to diagnosis and tracking is leading to positive results

By now, the sight of people wearing surgical masks, flinching at the sights and sounds of someone coughing or sneezing, governments restricting large gatherings, and sports leagues suspending or cancelling matches is familiar across the world.

Even though this newest coronavirus we now call COVID-19 is not the deadliest disease as measured by daily deaths, the concern over the outbreak is forcing urgent actions.

Daily deaths from COVID-19 compared to other diseases. Source: informationisbeautiful

One of the core concerns is limiting how quickly the virus can spread. Having too many people require urgent care can overwhelm healthcare systems. This anxiety has led to a call to ‘flatten the curve’ to avoid this challenge.

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Julia Cheek, Everlywell, & its response to COVID-19

I interviewed Julia Cheek, CEO of Everlywell about their response to COVID-19. Last week they issued a $1m challenge to labs to promote the rapid capability to develop COVID-19 testing. Her goal is to get the US up to 250K home tests per day within a month, but it won’t be easy. This is the first in a series of news and tracking that THCB & Catalyst @ Health 2.0 will be doing on health tech companies’ response to the pandemic — Matthew Holt

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