What it’s like for EMTs to battle coronavirus in Detroit

What it’s like for EMTs to battle coronavirus in Detroit

Source:  VICE

Not long after midnight in Detroit, Michigan, another call came in.  EMT Kelly Hornik heard the radio chirp and looked down at the laptop next to her in the ambulance as she was driving.  The screen glowed red.

“Emergency pending,” a digitized voice said over the radio.

“That’s us,” Hornik said to her partner, Ray Vanhevel, who was sitting in the back of the rig.  “We’ve got a call.”

Dispatchers had scant information on what the medics should expect when they arrived on site of the emergency, only that it was a man with a high-grade fever.  A few months ago, a call like that would’ve been a breeze to handle.

Now it means gearing up to face COVID-19.

Watch “Fighting Coronavirus on the Streets of Detroit” above and read the story at VICE.


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The Navajo Nation is experiencing one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the country. Watch “Coronavirus in Navajo Nation”

The Navajo Nation is experiencing one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the country. Watch “Coronavirus in Navajo Nation”

Source:  CBS News

The Navajo Nation is experiencing one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the country, trailing only four northeastern states.

Even as it has quickly instituted extensive lockdown measures, its inadequate infrastructure, limited access to running water, and lack of nutritious food resources compound the threat they face from the pandemic.

In the latest episode of CBSN Originals’ documentary series, REVERB, Adam Yamaguchi meets with members of the Navajo Nation to examine how these problems have intensified the crisis.

Watch “Coronavirus in Navajo Nation” above and read the story at CBS News.


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Fighting the opioid crisis with an innovative treatment

Fighting the opioid crisis with an innovative treatment

Source:  The Atlantic

“The first time I used, it was the most euphoric rush I had ever felt in my life.  And I knew then that I was not going to stop,” says Kenny Shadday, a McDonald’s manager in eastern Kentucky.

Shadday did, in fact, stop—he’s now recovered from his opioid addiction, thanks to an innovative new program that brings intensive outpatient treatment to rural areas.

In a new documentary from The Atlantic, Nikki King, the founder of Ripley County Courts Addiction & Drug Services, gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of her one-of-a-kind treatment program.

Watch “A Small Town Plague” above and read the story at The Atlantic.


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“The American Nurse” is a tribute to our Florence Nightingales

“The American Nurse” is a tribute to our Florence Nightingales

Source:  San Francisco Chronicle

During the deadly new coronavirus pandemic, we have come to think of the nurses treating COVID-19 patients as soldiers on the front lines of a global war — underequipped, but undeterred.

They are our Florence Nightingales, putting themselves in harm’s way to serve us, and no doubt documentary filmmakers are hard at work chronicling this current pandemic to help future audiences understand the vast challenges these first responders are facing.

But for now, a glimpse of nurses’ selflessness and love is available to stream for free, courtesy of Kino Lorber.

“The American Nurse,” a 2014 documentary by cancer survivor Carolyn Jones, is available on the distributor’s website through May 31.

Read the story at the San Francisco Chronicle.


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Netflix docuseries “Pandemic” puts a face to the doctors and public health officials battling the coronavirus outbreak

Netflix docuseries “Pandemic” puts a face to the doctors and public health officials battling the coronavirus outbreak

Source:  Decider

If you’ve already anxiety-watched Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” Netflix has the perfect docuseries to watch next.

In January, Netflix released “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak,” a six-part docuseries about the spread of viral illness around the world.

While the series doesn’t explicitly mention coronavirus, it does put a face to the public health officials, doctors, and influenza experts on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Pandemic” attempts to explain, in layperson’s terms, how viral outbreaks begin and spread around the globe.

When the series was released in January, coronavirus was just beginning to spread in China and had yet to reach other parts of the world.

“Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” is available now on Netflix.

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CBSN Originals presents “The War on Science”

CBSN Originals presents “The War on Science”

Source:  CBS News

As the government struggles to contain growing public concern about coronavirus from spilling over into panic, it’s faced with a potentially larger problem — trust in science.

More access to misinformation online is casting doubt on established science, making it more difficult for many to separate scientific fact from questionable ideas.

As social media posts and YouTube videos have increasingly cast doubt on science, surveys show a decline in the number of young Americans that believe in basic and long-established scientific facts, and there are troubling signs that fringe ideas are making their way into classrooms.

In the CBSN Original “The War on Science,” Adam Yamaguchi discovers pockets of America where politics, religion, social media, and conspiracy theories drive a deepening suspicion of science.

Watch “The War on Science” above and read the story at CBS News.


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