¿Funcionarán las aplicaciones de rastreo para COVID?

Cuando le dije a mi hija de 18 años, Caroline, que pronto podría descargar una aplicación para alertarla si se había estado recientemente en una situación de riesgo cerca de alguien con COVID-19, y que los funcionarios de salud pública esperaban combatir la pandemia con esas apps, su respuesta fue tajante.

“OK, pero nadie las va a usar”, respondió.

El pesimismo de mi hija, una joven adicta a los teléfonos inteligentes, es el reto que enfrentan los tecnólogos de todo el país al tratar de desarrollar e implementar aplicaciones para rastrear  la pandemia en un momento en el que resurge en la mayoría de los estados.

A los que desarrollan aplicaciones, y a los expertos en salud pública que los observan de cerca, les preocupa que si no involucran a suficientes personas, las aplicaciones no lograrán captar un número significativo de infecciones, y de personas en riesgo de infección.… Read more

I Faced a Challenge One Out of Every Three Americans Has: Depression and Anxiety

Lenny Mendonca, center, former chief economic and business advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, discusses trade and tourism with Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, left, and Caroline Beteta, president of Visit California, in March amid the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Judy Lin / CalMatters

On Friday, April 10, at 5 PM, Californians learned I had resigned as Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority.

The press release stated I was leaving “to focus on family and personal business.” In corporate speak, this usually means someone got fired. I was not fired, and I approved this press release, even though I hate 5 PM Friday press releases.

I am sharing additional information because I faced a challenge one of every three people in America has: depression and anxiety.

Far too often, people suffer these illnesses with shame and without support. As our country … Read more

How to make the most of your child’s telehealth visit

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, telehealth visits with doctors have been on the rise — and for many reasons, they are likely to be part of medical care for the foreseeable future.

While they aren’t the same as an in-person visit, I’ve found as a pediatrician that telehealth visits can be very useful. I can accomplish more than I would have expected while my patients can stay in the safety and convenience of their own homes (or wherever they are — I have done some where the patient was in a car or playing outside).

As I’ve done more and more of these visits, I’ve found that there are things parents can do to make the most of telehealth. Below are some helpful tips.

Handling software, lighting, and logging on

  • Make sure you have downloaded the software ahead of time and know how to use it. Avail yourself of any
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‘Please Tell Me My Life Is Worth A LITTLE Of Your Discomfort,’ Nurse Pleads

When an employee told a group of 20-somethings they needed face masks to enter his fast-food restaurant, one woman fired off a stream of expletives. “Isn’t this Orange County?” snapped a man in the group. “We don’t have to wear masks!”

The curses came as a shock, but not really a surprise, to Nilu Patel, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at nearby University of California-Irvine Medical Center, who observed the conflict while waiting for takeout. Health care workers suffer these angry encounters daily as they move between treacherous hospital settings and their communities, where mixed messaging from politicians has muddied common-sense public health precautions.

“Health care workers are scared, but we show up to work every single day,” Patel said. Wearing masks, she said, “is a very small thing to ask.”

Patel administers anesthesia to patients in the operating room, and her husband is also a health care worker. They’ve … Read more

When lockdown is not actually safer: Intimate partner violence during COVID-19

The first thing that came to mind when I heard about COVID restrictions and mitigation strategies was how exceptionally dangerous this time could be for women living with abusive partners. “Self-isolate,” “stay at home,” “practice social distancing,” and “recession” are all words likely to be terrifying to many women who are living with intimate partner violence (IPV). The lives of these women are often filled with fear and danger under normal circumstances, but during this new normal of the global pandemic, the lives of these very often “invisible victims” are at an increased risk for more violence — and even murder.

Prior to the COVID pandemic, epidemiological estimates showed that nearly one in three women experience IPV, and approximately one in four women experience severe IPV. Other data show that nearly half of all female homicides are from a current or past male intimate partner. Although these numbers are already … Read more