Using official CMS diagnosis codes, Perception Health's data analysts began a process to filter COVID-19 claims records and put these claims into a separate database for ongoing analysis. They subsequently examined the medical histories of the de-identified patients whose claims included these COVID-19 diagnosis codes.
>> Week of May 17, 2020
>> Methodology and initial findings
Our projections are based on previously reported cases, trending data, and estimates on the degree to which populations follow existing quarantine and social distancing recommendations. “We constructed the model with three assumptions: (1) current social distancing and quarantine procedures are maintained; (2) hospitalization rates in the U.S. stay below maximum capacity, thus removing the possibility of a ‘spike’ in the data; and (3) data reporting is consistent,” says Fetherling.
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“Our enhanced map and its data amalgamation show that rural America is not immune to the coronavirus,” says J. Tod Fetherling, CEO of Perception Health. “In fact, quite the opposite can be seen. Take for example Blaine County in Idaho, which has a population of only 21,551. The county recently reported 446 COVID-19 cases, which works out to 20.7 cases per 1,000 population. That’s a higher ratio than any of the boroughs in New York City,” says Fetherling.
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Healthcare providers around the world are sharing the same message: "We stayed at work for you, so please stay home for us." By self-isolating at home and going out only for essentials, we can help slow the spread of the virus so that the numbers of new patients do not overwhelm area healthcare facilities and use up valuable resources. Adults over 65 and those with existing medical problems are especially at risk. In Philadelphia, three nurses tell how the virus has affected their daily work routines, preparations for the influx of patients in the coming weeks, and why they are concerned that they will bring the virus home to their family and loved ones. Today Show feature • Philadelphia Magazine article
Two orthopedic surgeons from the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Dr. Elvis L. Francois (singer) and Dr. William Robinson (pianist), say music "goes places where medicine can't." They have have released live music performances on their individual Instagram accounts in order to help people find comfort in these times of uncertainty. Mayo Clinic feature • ABC News video
As doctors and nurses struggle to care for the increasing number of coronavirus patients, efforts are underway to head off a shortage in healthcare providers. Some are coming out of retirement, older providers are taking on tasks besides patient care to minimize the risk of becoming infected, and medical students are graduating early or filling vital roles where necessary. NPR feature • The Guardian article
With a shared sense of urgency from officials and hospitals around the world looking, New York-based Regeneron's Research and Development team is working around the clock to develop a treatment for the coronavirus.
Inside Regeneron's R&D War Room • Regeneron CEO's Statement • Regeneron Website
Every day researchers are recognizing similarities and differences between the flu and COVID-19. While 80% of all coronavirus patients have mild to moderate symptoms, its death rate is much higher than the flu. "It's about ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease, in congressional testimony on March 11. Read more on NPR.
According to an analysis of 103 cases of patients with the coronavirus, the magazine New Scientist reports that there are two distinct strains of the disease spreading around the world. The team identified two types of the virus based on differences in the genome at these two regions: 72 were considered to be the “L-type” and 29 were classed “S-type.”However, there is no evidence, states the WHO, that the virus has been changing. Read more.