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Pavilion powers ahead to combat COVID-19

Construction crews are on the job around the clock at the new hospital on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to expedite the completion of 120 patient rooms 15 months ahead of the facility’s planned opening.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly nurse practitioner: We tried to order 300 COVID-19 tests. We got five

Tarik Sharif Khan, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Nursing, wrote an op-ed about the struggle to access needed medical supplies amidst the coronavirus pandemic. “While local and state officials like Mayor Jim Kenney and Gov. Tom Wolf are trying to obtain supplies and prepare for the surge of COVID-19 cases, their ability to respond is ultimately limited by the powers the president chooses to exercise, and the support the federal government offers,” he wrote.

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The Washington Post

Inside America’s mask crunch: A slow government reaction and an industry wary of liability

PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno said it was inappropriate for medical manufacturing companies to have been dwelling on matters of liability back in early March, as the pandemic was looming. “You didn’t have to be a fancy epidemiologist or Dr. [Anthony S.] Fauci to know what was coming,” he said.

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Bloomberg

Mortgage defaults could pile up at a pace that dwarfs 2008

Susan Wachter of the Wharton School spoke about the possibility of mass defaults on home mortgages due to the pandemic. “This is an unprecedented event,” she said. “The great financial crisis happened over a number of years. This is happening in a matter of months--a matter of weeks.”

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Bloomberg

Life-or-death hospital decisions come with threat of lawsuits

Allison Hoffman of the Law School said hospitals should apply consistent standards when triaging patients and rationing resources in order to avoid legal troubles down the line. Health care providers are “trying to look at what is reasonable and customary in uncharted territory,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Lizzo sends lunch delivery to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania workers

Singer Lizzo sent meals to hospital workers around the country this week, including those at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “I just wanted to tell you personally: Thank you so much for everything you are doing during this pandemic. The least I could do is send y’all some lunch,” she said in a video.

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Time

You probably read about an uninsured teen who died of COVID-19. The truth is more complicated

Tom Baker of the Law School said, of the legality of hospitals turning away patients, “Unless you’re running an emergency room that’s subject to EMTALA, which is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, you don’t have to treat someone that you don’t want to treat.”

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Inside Higher Ed

Colleges can help win the war against COVID-19

S. Abu Turab Rizvi and Peter Eckel of the Graduate School of Education wrote that higher education institutions have led the nation in confronting COVID-19. “They have the opportunity to continue to demonstrate by their actions today the deep societal value of education, research, expertise and community commitment,” they wrote.

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The Washington Post

We need smart solutions to mitigate the coronavirus’s impact. Here are 16

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel and Steven Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine recommended that the U.S. create a COVID-19 Recovery Corps of people who have survived the infection and become immune. These people could be employed as hospital support staff, educators, food delivery workers, and more.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Zoombombing: What it is, and how to stop it from ruining your coronavirus events

Jessa Lingel of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about how online gatherings can be protected from disruptions by trolls. “Just like people should be updating their Facebook settings, just like people should be thinking about location data that they put on Twitter or Instagram, we should also be thinking about the settings of a platform like Zoom,” she said.

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The New York Times

Please, stop shooting. We need the beds

Elinore Kaufman of Penn Medicine wrote an op-ed about the intersection of gun violence and the coronavirus pandemic in her work as a trauma surgeon. Therese Richmond of the School of Nursing contributed to the piece.

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