Kristen Bell Says She and Dax Shepard Have a 'Pretty Respectful Way' of Co-Parenting at Home



"I'm secretly loving the fact that the world is recognizing that now. So I think we could see a lot of growth come out of this beyond just never judging stay-at-home moms again," she continued. "I think we have the opportunity, if we use this time wisely, for marriages to really communicate and equalize the workload."

The Good Place actress recently told PEOPLE that having Shepard to lean on at home has been a very "heartwarming" experience for her.

"He has been tapping me out when I get frustrated," she said about the ways he helps her with homeschooling. "Like, 'What did my kid do in school today? What does she need to do tomorrow? What time does the class start?' "

Bell added, "He's made me feel like I'm not doing it by myself, which has made me fall much deeper in love with him. Because I think I'd pull my hair out if I thought it was all up to me."

As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Plasma from recovered coronavirus patients DOES help those suffering

Coronavirus patients treated with plasma from people who recovered from the infection are nearly TWICE as likely to survive than those who didn’t get the experimental treatment, study finds

  • Convalescent plasma therapy is when the liquid portion of blood is taken from a recovered coronavirus patient
  • It is transferred into a sick patient in hopes they will develop the antibodies needed to fight off the infection 
  • Researchers compared 39 coronavirus patients who received plasma infusions compared to 156 who didn’t 
  • About 18% of the plasma patients’ conditions worsened compared to 24% of the control group
  • Nearly 13% of plasma patients died and 72% were discharged in comparison  with 24% of control patients who died and 67% who were discharged
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Convalescent plasma infusions help improve the conditions of patients hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, a new study suggests.

Researchers found the disease worsened in less than one-fifth of people who received blood plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient.

Comparatively, nearly one-quarter of patients who didn’t receive plasma saw their health rapidly decline.

The team, from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, found that patients who received plasma needed less oxygen support, were less likely die and more likely to be discharged from the hospital.

Health experts say plasma is a potentially game-changing treatment but, with few donations, doctors have to decide which patients receive it and which do not.   

Plasma therapy is when the liquid portion of blood is taken from a recovered coronavirus patient and transferred into a sick patient in hopes they will develop the antibodies needed to fight off the infection. Pictured: Melissa Cruz donates COVID-19 convalescent plasma at Bloodworks Northwest in Seattle, Washington, April 17

In a new study, about 18% of 39 coronavirus patients who received plasma infusions saw their conditions worsen (left) compared to 24% of the group who didn’t receive plasma (right)

Convalescent plasma therapy is an experimental treatment in which plasma from a recovered coronavirus patient is used on an infected patient in critical condition.

The hope is that the antibodies and immunity in the blood of a healthy person will be transferred to a sick person.

From this, the infected person will then develop the antibodies needed to fight off the coronavirus.

The treatment was first used during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, a situation not far removed from the coronavirus pandemic.

For the study, published on the pre-peer-reviewed server medRxiv.org, the team compared 39 coronavirus patients who received plasma transfusions to 156 patients who did not.  

All of the patients had severe to life-threatening cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and were hospitalized between March 24 and April 8 of this year.

Results showed the conditions worsened among 18 percent of plasma patients compared to 24 percent of those who didn’t receive it. 

On days one and seven, the plasma group had fewer patients with worse ‘oxygenation status,’ but the control group didn’t have any statistical difference. 

After 16 days, only 13 percent of plasma patients died in comparison with 24 percent of the control group.

Additionally, about 72 percent of plasma recipients were discharged from the hospital compared to 67 percent of control patients.

Nearly 13% of plasma patients died and 72% were discharged compared to 24% of control patients who died and 67% who were discharged. Pictured: Medical workers walk outside a special coronavirus area at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, May 26

‘Convalescent plasma transfusion is a potentially efficacious treatment option for patients hospitalized with COVID-19,’ the authors wrote. 

They note that a randomized, controlled trial is needed to back up the study’s findings. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of convalescent plasma for treatment last month.

‘Prior experience with respiratory viruses and limited data that have emerged from China suggest that convalescent plasma has the potential to lessen the severity or shorten the length of illness caused by COVID-19,’ the agency said in a statement on April 16.

However, the FDA added it must be given on case-by-case basis, and patients who receive it must be experiencing conditions such as respiratory failure or multiple organ failure. 

People can donate plasma more than once, but have to wait several weeks after donating.    

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Amwell scores $194M, as telehealth business booms during coronavirus pandemic

This morning telehealth giant Amwell raised a whopping $194 million in a Series C funding. Allianz X and Takeda were among the participants this round. 

Amwell has a history of large funding rounds. In 2018 it raked it a cool $365.4 million in Series B funding, and in 2014 it raised $81 million.  

This latest funding news comes as telehealth gets its era in the spotlight, as providers and patients look for alternatives to in-person care due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“As we come out of covid there is going to be a newfound understanding of how digital plays a role in the fabric of healthcare. It is a new balance of physical vs digital,” Amwell President and CEO Dr. Roy Schoenberg, told MobiHealthNews last week. “With that comes that mature understanding that we are going to regularly care for our patients through telehealth. It is going to be part of the way our relationship happens.”

WHAT THEY DO 

Founded in 2006, Amwell is one of the largest telehealth companies in the U.S. Its offerings include virtual urgent care, pediatrics, telestroke, population health management, telepsychiatry and chronic disease management. 

It is able to work with health systems in order for them to create their own telehealth program that can integrate with the system’s EHR. Its markets also includes health plans, Medicare advantage plans, and employers. 

In mid-April, Amwell announced its new virtual-health offering geared towards small and medium physician practices with less than 100 providers.

Clinicians using the platform, dubbed Amwell Private Practice, will be able to begin scheduling virtual appointments for their existing patients. Amwell also noted that the tool is currently available to these practices through June 30, with fully waived per-provider fees.

WHAT IT’S FOR 

The company plans to use the new money to help expand its technology and services and help providers scale. 

“The past two months have accelerated telehealth by more than two years,” Ido Schoenberg, CEO of Amwell, said in a statement. “We intend to build upon this momentum to transform healthcare with digital care-delivery. Our strategic investors are providers, insurers, consumer gateways and healthcare innovators. Each of these partners play[s] a key role in creating a more interconnected digital healthcare ecosystem, where our mission is to deliver greater access to more affordable, high quality care.”

THE LARGER TREND 

It’s no secret that during the coronavirus pandemic rates of telehealth usage have skyrocketed. Teladoc, one of Amwell’s biggest competitors, announced a major spike in demand in its first quarter. In its April earnings call it disclosed that its year-over-year revenue grew 41%, from $128.6 million in 2019 to $180.8 million in 2020. It also reported that total visits grew by 92%.

“You have a perfect storm that says we need to fend all people’s healthcare concerns somewhere else,” Schoenberg said. “So, telehealth sort of stepped in to become the aggregator or the destination where people went to. … That translated in a matter of days or maybe a week. … Somewhere in the middle of March to what we see today which is a sustained about thirty-fold increase in volume. This is not 30%, this is not 300%, this is 3,000% of growth and increase in telehealth.”

 

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Fire flowed through my veins: a 14-Year-old mysterious inflammation describes a disease

“He would definitely die,” says his doctor about him. Jack McMorrow, a 14-year-old Boy from New York, made by infection with the Coronavirus – and a mysterious inflammatory disease in children, which may be a Sars-Cov-2 in connection. The “pediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (MIS-C) occurs since the beginning of the corona of a crisis significantly more often than before the pandemic. Experts suggest that it is triggered by an Overreaction of the body’s own defenses to the Virus. Instead of protecting the body, the immune system attacks the tissue and organs.

Strong fever, tachycardia, extremely low blood pressure

What it feels like, has James had told his father of the “New York Times” and the news channel CNN. It all started were in mid-April with a slight fever and rashes on the hands. “We have dismissed it,” said John McMorrow. He thought his son might have used to common disinfectants.

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However, in the following ten days it was gone Jack got increasingly worse, writes the New York Times. Symptoms such as Nausea, a swollen throat, dry cough, and a metallic taste had been added. His parents would be consulted via video chat Jacks children’s doctors and on a weekend, even an emergency clinic with him and visited.

Then he woke up one Morning and was motionless

His fever was so high that he “couldn’t move more,” said Jack CNN. “Even if other moving my limbs, it was painful. The only way I could describe it, is that it is almost like electricity or fire, feeling that flowed through my veins.” The “New York Times” said the 14-Year-old, the pain had flooded his body “in a throbbing, stabbing noise”. “You could feel how it flowed through the veins, and it was almost as if someone had injected a direct fire.”

Jack was taken to hospital. He had a tennis ball-sized lymph nodes, high fever, a raging heartbeat and a alarmingly low blood pressure. His resting heart rate was 165 beats per Minute, about twice as high as usual, because his heart is tried, the low blood pressure, which, in turn, oxygen and nutrient supply to vital organs is impaired.

Blood vessels throughout the body become inflamed

Jack had a Form of heart failure called cardiogenic shock, – said the head of the pediatric intensive care of the hospital, Steven Kernie, the New York Times, and Jack’s condition was “quite serious”. The blood vessels in his whole body had been ignited, so that the muscles of the vessels “controlled the flow of blood as well as they should”.

For days the Doctors tried to improve Jack’s health. But it was only when they him, steroids administered, which can have an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect, they had success. Slowly the Boy recovered.

Meanwhile, Jack is back home. He will have to, for a time, steroids and blood thinners taking, the paper reported. He may have a heart valve cracks, and a residual inflammation of the heart, but the Doctors assumed that this to heal by itself.

Earlier, he had considered time to be an actor, told Jack of the “New York Times”. He even appeared once as an extra on the TV show “Gotham”. But before he became sick, he thought about studying medicine. And the interest in it is now grown. “I just want to make more out of my life, now that I got it back.”

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Black Americans Are Disproportionally Affected by Coronavirus, Study Shows


Black Americans are disproportionally getting infected with — and dying from — the new coronavirus, COVID-19, a new study found.

Using demographic data, researchers found that counties with higher populations of black residents accounted for 58 percent of the COVID-19 deaths nationwide.

“Roughly one in five counties nationally is disproportionately black and only represent 35 percent of the U.S. population, but we found that these counties accounted for nearly half of COVID-19 cases and 58 percent of COVID-19 deaths,” the researchers, from four universities in conjunction with the nonprofit AIDS research organization amFar and PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, said in the study.

While the discrepancy has been anecdotally noted by mayors like Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot and several senators based on local statistics, this is one of the first large studies to look at the issue nationwide.

The study has not yet been published in a journal, but the scientists wanted to push out the information to help lawmakers better understand the need for more support in these communities. The research also echoes data from several states and cities, such as Chicago, Wisconsin and Louisiana.

“In small metro areas as well as rural areas, we're seeing disproportionately higher COVID-19 deaths taking place in primarily black counties,” Gregorio Millett, a lead investigator on the study and amFar vice president, told Politico.

The study also found that the people living in these areas were more likely to have underlying conditions that can cause severe cases of COVID-19, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. They were also less likely to have access to consistent medical care, and more likely to have jobs considered “essential” that require them to work during the pandemic, such as nurses, grocery store clerks and bus drivers.

“We know that being uninsured and crowded living conditions are associated with increases in COVID-19 diagnoses among black Americans,” Millett said.

Black people in the U.K. are similarly affected by COVID-19. A new study found that black people are four times more likely to die of the virus than white people. And those of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and mixed ethnicities also had a "statistically significant raised risk of death,” according to the report, from the U.K.’s Office of National Statistics, CNN reported.

The higher rates of death are "partly a result of socio-economic disadvantage and other circumstances, but a remaining part of the difference has not yet been explained," the study said.

Legislators in both countries are pushing for greater support and medical care for black communities. In late March, a group of Senators — including former Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker — demanded that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar “monitor and address racial disparities in our nation’s response” to COVID-19.

President Trump enlisted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to develop a plan to support minority communities who have been hurt by the virus in April, but the plan has not yet been announced.

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World Asthma Day 2020: Things asthma patients must keep in mind

Asthma often results in wheezing, coughing, heaving chest, difficulty in breathing/shortness of breath, blurred vision, chapped lips, dry mouth and an intense feeling of discomfort and claustrophobia.




World Asthma Day, celebrated on the second Tuesday of May every year, is a campaign which has been created with the objective of making people more aware about the condition and the dangers it poses. This year, it also highlights how in the current health climate, with the COVID 19 pandemic, people with asthma need to be more vigilant, maintain social distancing and ensure they have access to their medication.

“The most important thing to do when you’re an asthmatic is to know what your triggers are. Once those have been identified it will be easier for you to either deal with them or avoid them or having a solution handy in case an attack happens. Triggers can be internal and external. Internal triggers can be obesity, hypertension, while external triggers include dust mites, mold allergens, pollen, perfumes, cold temperatures,” explains Dr Manoj Goel, Director & Head, Pulmonology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.

Asthma often results in wheezing, coughing, heaving chest, difficulty in breathing/shortness of breath, blurred vision, chapped lips, dry mouth and an intense feeling of discomfort and claustrophobia. “This is because the airways to your lungs have narrowed making it difficult for the oxygen to reach it,” he adds.

During the covid 19 pandemic asthmatic patients are certainly vulnerable. Dr Goel says that while there are no studies indicating that asthmatic patients are more prone to covid 19, it is believed that since the two are respiratory ailments they only complement each other. “If you an asthmatic patient who is struggling with the COVID 19 pandemic, please wear a mask. That is your first line of defense against the virus followed by hand sanitizer and gloves,” he says.

So, what do you do to keep yourself from suffering from an asthma attack?

Ensure you have your inhaler around you. If you don’t then make sure you do not panic. Sit upright, take deep breaths and try to reach the nearest hospital. The most important thing is to ensure you have removed yourself from the trigger. As asthma patients there are other things you need to keep in mind such as not smoking and not being in the presence of secondhand smoke. Chemicals in tobacco only aggravate asthmatic conditions. It is said that the lung function of an asthmatic smoker is 30 percent less than that of a non-asthmatic smoker.

Secondly, if you are an asthmatic and love working out, there is no reason you shouldn’t. Swimming, aerobics walking, jogging are all good exercise options for asthmatic patients. Have an action plan that can be deployed in case you do have an attack. Thirdly do not overexert yourself if you are an asthmatic patient, take it slow.

“In the end my advice to you would be constant vigilance. Do not be lax about your condition, it is debilitating and needs to be considered when making decisions. Have a treatment plan ready so that I case of any emergency you can avail of it and take the necessary help,” he says.

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Söder presents Corona-relaxations for Bayern

After a week-long corona-related closures, restrictions, and limitations, to adopt the Bavarian Cabinet a comprehensive roadmap for loosening. There should be a long-term approach, said circles on Tuesday from the government. It will give a roadmap for almost all areas of school and day-care centres on gastronomy and Hotels to nursing homes. In addition, the Cabinet has to decide, whether the output restrictions have inventory or be loosened. What measures are relaxed, want to be Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and several Ministers at the lunch to be announced. You can see the press conference of Prime Minister Söder in the live stream.

Grim Reaper scares bathers on the beach in Florida

You can see in the Video: Reaper protested on the beach at Corona-relaxations.

The death went, on the Friday on the beach in the U.S. state of Florida. There the lawyer, Daniel Uhlfelder was dressed as a grim Reaper. To protest against the fact that the beaches have been released in the Region again for the Public. In spite of the Coronavirus pandemic. His message, which does not want to long for everyone to hear: The Virus is still there and still lethal. These protesters in California, see it quite differently. They protest that all the beaches are re-opened. While some districts in the state had dared to take the cautious Opening up of their beaches, is California Governor Gavin Newsom to not at all agree. He left the beaches for part of the closing. And put the police and the coast guard for inspections. The question of how the current Situation is handled, splits, currently in California but also the country as a whole. Many believe that the pandemic was not claimed as bad and call for a broad easing of restrictions. Including many supporters of US President Trump are. On the other hand, those who warn caution stand. And before a second wave of Infection warn.