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Podcast Summary: Medical Treatment and Costs Associated with COVID-19

Don't miss our Podcast on PRIMA. But in case you do, here's a quick summary! COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT AND COSTS Officially named a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the novel COVID-19 virus is part of the family of coronaviruses. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, including cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and/ or other less commonly reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. While most people are asymptomatic and recover with minimal, if any care, the elderly or people with pre-existing comorbid conditions such as cardio-pulmonary disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease or im

How the AIDS Epidemic Offers Hope for the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the reality of the novel coronavirus began to unfold in early March, my first inclination and greatest concern was for our frontline healthcare workers. My mind was transported back to my own experience as a bedside nurse during the HIV/ AIDS epidemic of the mid 1980’s to 1990’s. As the young assistant nurse manager of a 54-bed medical-surgical unit in Florida, our state was among the top three in the nation affected by a surge in HIV/ AIDS patients. These patients died of mysterious and horrific symptoms at unprecedented rates due to an unknown cause. The fear and uncertainty of how the virus spread, its origin, how it might be contained, and how it might be treated was almost paralyzing

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