Another Virus

Angie Szumlinski News

According to the New York Times, Chinese health officials confirmed the world’s first known human infection from a strain of bird flu called H10N3 on June 1, 2021. The 41-year-old man in China’s easter Jiangsu province contracted the virus and was hospitalized April 28. China’s CDC performed genome sequencing on a virus sample from the man on May 28 and …

Putting Pandemic Lessons into Practice

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

It’s hard to imagine a time when we were scared about another contagious disease, but in 2003 many of us working in hospital preparedness were incredibly worried about SARS. Although the number of cases was initially low, some estimates show that 10% of infected patients died. When a group of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security mapped …

Is It Over Yet?

Angie Szumlinski News

As a matter of epidemiology, there’s no clear-cut criterion that determines a pandemic to be over. “You can’t sign a treaty with a virus, so we have to settle for a kind of cease-fire,” says Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University. One intuitive endpoint is full-on eradication, meaning that the coronavirus no longer circulates in humans or animals, but …

Caretaker Burnout

Moral Distress During Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Disasters, including global pandemics such as COVID-19, disrupt standard care and present ethical challenges. Planning helps us prepare for disasters, but it can’t eliminate the ethical dilemmas and moral distress that clinicians face. Staffing, supply shortages and patient surges require nurses and other healthcare providers to make decisions that may not align with standard care but are necessary under the …

Six Months In

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

Elemental Medium has published a special week-long series “Six Months In” reflecting on where we’ve been, what we’ve learned and what the future holds for the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first of the series, Elemental states “one of the most challenging aspects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is that even six months in so much is still unknown and uncertain. …