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Asians more likely to be hospitalized with COVID than other Bay Area racial groups, study finds

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  • A study published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities on Tuesday found that Bay Area residents of Asian descent were more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than any other racial or ethnic group in 2020.
  • While the study also included Black, Hispanic and white residents, Asians were the only racial group whose age, income, health insurance status and medical comorbidities did not fully account for their higher risk of hospitalization.
  • “What is interesting is that even when we count for all socioeconomic factors and health profile, just being Asian alone still conferred excess risk for having severe COVID,” the study’s co-author, University of California, San Francisco, ophthalmologist Dr. David Hwang, was quoted as saying. “We don’t fully understand the reasons for that.”
  • Hwang cited other potential reasons, such as the rise of anti-Asian violence, which may have prevented many from seeking medical care during the early stages.
  • Another possibility he mentioned was language barriers, as many Asians in the Bay Area may have found it difficult to find a healthcare provider that spoke their own language or dialect.

A recent study has found that Bay Area residents of Asian descent were more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than any other racial or ethnic group in the area in 2020.

The research, co-authored by a University of California, San Francisco, researcher and published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities on Tuesday, noted that the heightened risk among Asians cannot be fully explained by socioeconomic factors or pre-existing medical conditions. 

You’ll Never See Nurses the Same After Reading Raw Letters From the Front Line, a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the stories of our time, has launched Dear Nurses, a portrait series celebrating heroes working in hospitals amid the horror of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In honor of 2020 being designated as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, has partnered with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) to interview and capture portraits of 40 nurses working in COVID-19 units across Louisiana. Each portrait features a personal message written on their skin, Dear World’s signature storytelling medium, and includes a first-person account of the story that inspired the words written on their bodies. 

Man in Wheelchair Gets Spit on, Called a ‘P*ssy’ INSIDE NYC Hospital

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A video showing an Asian man in a wheelchair getting verbally harassed and spat on has sparked outrage on social media, with many calling to bring the unseen offender to justice.

The incident, which went viral on Instagram this week, reportedly occurred at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, a short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing facility in Roosevelt Island, New York.

Doctor Fighting on the Front Lines Reveals How a ‘Tiny Breathing Tube’ Separates Life and Death for Patients

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Like many medical practitioners around the country, Dr. Jason Chiu is sacrificing his health by dedicating his time and energy towards fighting the COVID-19 crisis head-on.

Chiu, who is an anesthesiologist and founder of his private practice, The Painless Center, dedicates two to three days out of his week to work 12-hour shifts at major hospitals in New York and New Jersey. He works on what is called the “special intubation unit,” a team composed of him and three other colleagues.

Retired NYPD Sergeant Dies on Street Shortly After Being Diagnosed with COVID-19 at Hospital

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A retired NYPD sergeant diagnosed with COVID-19 was found dead on the street only about an hour after he left the hospital on Monday. 

Yon Chang, 56, who was at the Lenox Hill Hospital checking on his symptoms, left the hospital after feeling “frustrated” with the care that he was receiving, only to be found dead at about 6:05 a.m. on the traffic island at Park Ave. and E. 77th St, according to the New York Daily News.

Washington ER Doctor Fired After Calling Out Hospital For Not Protecting Staff From COVID-19

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A doctor in Bellingham, Washington was reportedly fired from his post after speaking against his hospital’s lack of safety measures in its COVID-19 response.  

Dr. Ming Lin, a 17-year hospital veteran, had earlier made an appeal online for the hospital to secure safety equipment for its staff. Washington is among the states that have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.