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Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns  - web md

Shortages Looming for Respirators, Masks, Gowns

Only about 12% of facilities have been able to get supplemental PPE from federal resources, compared with 25% that have drawn from local donations and 17% from do-it-yourself efforts to cobble together masks and gowns, results show. State and local governments have supplied PPE to 29% of facilities surveyed.
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How Three Countries Have Kept COVID-19 In Check  - web md

How Three Countries Have Kept COVID-19 In Check

Although the United States missed its chance to head off a COVID-19 epidemic, and is well on its way to becoming the pandemic's new epicenter, these lessons drawn from other countries could still be used to help manage infections in the months and years ahead, Adalja and Kullar said.
web md - 22 hours ago
U.S. Hospital Beds Were Maxed Out Before Pandemic  - web md

U.S. Hospital Beds Were Maxed Out Before Pandemic

At Elmhurst Hospital Center, a 545-bed public hospital, doctors and nurses have only a few dozen ventilators for their patients, some of whom have died while waiting for a bed. A refrigerated truck has been stationed outside the hospital to hold the dead, the newspaper reported.
web md - 1 day ago
COVID-19: Dramatic Changes to Telepsychiatry Rules and Regs  - web md

COVID-19: Dramatic Changes to Telepsychiatry Rules and Regs

In the wake of drastic rule changes governing telemental health services during the COVID-19 outbreak, experts give the most up-to-date information on how to best navigate this ever-changing landscape.
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Keep Calm: Under 25s With Diabetes Not Hospitalized Due to COVID-19  - web md

Keep Calm: Under 25s With Diabetes Not Hospitalized Due to COVID-19

Reassuringly, COVID-19 in under 25s with diabetes doesn't seem to require hospitalization, early reports from global hotspots indicate. But the pandemic means new cases of type 1 diabetes are being missed.
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Livestock, Poultry Safe From Coronavirus: Expert

The low level of risk to livestock and poultry is good news for U.S. livestock producers, meat packers and consumers, who could use some stability as uncertainty about the coronavirus restricts many normal daily activities, Roth noted.
web md - 1 day ago
Severe COVID-19 Might Injure the Heart  - web md

Severe COVID-19 Might Injure the Heart

Doctors in China have already warned that heart injuries appear common in COVID-19 patients, particularly those with existing heart disease or high blood pressure. A recent, smaller study found that 12% of hospitalized patients had the complication.
web md - 1 day ago
Social Distancing May Be Working, New Study Hints  - web md

Social Distancing May Be Working, New Study Hints

Data show that the number of people with fever that's an early indication of coronavirus infection started falling almost immediately after social distancing measures took effect in some areas, USA Today reported.
web md - 2 days ago
Critics Lead Gilead to Drop Coronavirus Drug Status  - web md

Critics Lead Gilead to Drop Coronavirus Drug Status

Gilead asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to designate remdesivir a so-called orphan drug, saying it qualified as a rare disease because fewer than 200,000 Americans are infected with the coronavirus.
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Young People Far From Immune to Coronavirus

Young People Far From Immune to Coronavirus' Bite

The data from China showed that older people were more likely to die. But Americans may have misunderstood the data that initially came out of China: that older people were most affected and younger ones were safe.
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Wuhan Study Shows Social Distancing Saves Lives  - web md

Wuhan Study Shows Social Distancing Saves Lives

The closures significantly delayed the peak of the epidemic in Wuhan -- the epicenter of the worldwide pandemic -- and gave the health system the time and opportunity to grow and respond to the crisis, according to the study authors.
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Commentary: What If There Is a Virtual ACC and Nobody Cares?

It seems tone-deaf to discuss science-that-can-wait while colleagues across the world fight this challenge, writes John Mandrola, MD, of the upcoming virtual American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions.
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Expert: Coronavirus Isn't 'Alive,' But Still Harms

"A virus usually enters the cell through a protein our cells have on their surface. COVID-19 -- and SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] before that -- use a protein called ACE2, which is on the surface of the cells in our lung, throat and intestinal tract,"  Mendenhall said.
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ICU Lessons on COVID-19 From Italian Front Line: Be Flexible  - web md

ICU Lessons on COVID-19 From Italian Front Line: Be Flexible

The rate of increase in patients needing ICU beds in areas badly affected by COVID-19 can double every 3 to 5 days for over a month, with patients staying an average of 15 days; flexibility is imperative.
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Social Distancing May Need to Last Months: Study  - web md

Social Distancing May Need to Last Months: Study

As painful as the last 9 days of social distancing have been, disease modelers think Americans may need to be at home much longer to truly “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 infection and avoid overwhelming the critical care capacity of U.S. hospitals, a new study says.
web md - 2 days ago
COVID-19 May Delay Some Cancer Treatments  - web md

COVID-19 May Delay Some Cancer Treatments

It's long been understood that cancer, as well as its therapies, have the unfortunate side effect of weakening a patient's immune system. That can leave a patient more vulnerable to infectious illness, including COVID-19.
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Could Robots Be Deployed in Battle With COVID-19?  - web md

Could Robots Be Deployed in Battle With COVID-19?

"Opportunities lie in intelligent navigation and detection of high-risk, high-touch areas, combined with other preventative measures," the authors said in a university news release. "New generations of large, small, micro- and swarm robots that are able to continuously work and clean [i.e., not only removing dust but also truly sanitizing/sterilizing all surfaces] could be developed."
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Are Vital Home Health Workers Now A Safety Threat?  - web md

Are Vital Home Health Workers Now A Safety Threat?

Hundreds of thousands of health care workers go into homes to provide important services for seniors and disabled people. But with the rising concerns about the danger of the coronavirus pandemic, especially for older people, these health workers could be endangering their patients and themselves.
web md - 2 days ago
Coronavirus (COVID-19)  - web md

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
web md - 3 days ago
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What People With Parkinson's Need to Know About COVID-19

"People living with Parkinson's disease are at high risk if they contract COVID-19, whether they are above age 50 or if they have young-onset Parkinson's disease, which occurs in people younger than 50," said Dr. Frederick Southwick, an infectious disease expert at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
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Co-parent adoption: A critical protection for LGBTQ+ families

Co-parent adoption: A critical protection for LGBTQ+ families

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Every child deserves to be part of a loving family, and establishing a secure legal relationship known as parentage between parents and their children is critical to the well-being of all families. This provides stability and security for children and allows parents to care for their children, including making important medical decisions. For LGBTQ+ families, co-parent adoption ensures that parents have a secure legal relationship to their child.

What is co-parent adoption?

Co-parent adoption (also called second parent adoption) is the legal process of adopting a partners biological or legal child, when a person is not biologically or legally related to the child. This may be the case if the parents used donated sperm or eggs to create their family, or if one partner had children prior to the relationship, either through adoption or biological means. Co-parent adoption can be used to establish a legal relationship in any of these cases. (This post focuses on families created with donated sperm or eggs.)

Why is co-parent adoption important?

Because adoption decrees must be honored in all US states and jurisdictions, they are the best way to ensure that the legal status of both parents is recognized. Birth certificates are not considered as legally strong as adoption decrees. If a co-parent is on a state birth certificate due to marriage, but hasnt legally adopted their child, the co-parent might not be treated as a legal parent outside of the state where the child was born. This may be critical in certain situations, such as when a child needs emergency health care.

Why is co-parent adoption especially important for families with same-gender parents?

Because of outdated assumptions about parents and families, the parental rights of same-gender parents may be questioned more often than those of a family with a mother and father even when one parent is not genetically related to the child.

Consider the following scenario: A married same-gender female couple has a baby using sperm from a donor. Both mothers are listed as parents on their childs birth certificate because they are married to one another. When the child is 5 years old, the family is traveling in another US state and there is a car accident. The gestational mother and child are both hurt. While the gestational mother is in surgery and unable to give consent, time-sensitive medical decisions must be made about their child. In the state the family is visiting, the nongestational mothers legal relationship to her child is questioned, because she did not give birth to the child and that state does not honor a birth certificate with two mothers listed as the parents. Because the hospital questions the nongestational mothers right to consent for her childs treatment, the doctors decide the course of treatment.

All states must honor an adoption decree, so the nongestational mother in this scenario would be able to make medical decisions for her child if she had adopted the child through co-parent adoption.

And even though some states now allow unmarried parents to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage so they can both be on their childs birth certificate, most unmarried parents also need to complete a co-parent adoption to ensure that the nongestational parent has a legal relationship to their child.

Is co-parent adoption an option for same-gender parents in every state?

Fewer than 20 US states and territories currently permit co-parent adoptions for same-gender parents. In those states, the process varies widely. In Massachusetts, the paperwork is simple enough that parents can file it themselves without the help of a lawyer. In Rhode Island, a family lawyer must file the paperwork, and the nongestational parent must complete numerous steps before the whole family goes to court. Required steps might include: a physical exam; submission of tax returns; fingerprinting for a criminal background check; character letters; a lengthy questionnaire about the parents own childhood and parenting beliefs; an advertisement posted in a newspaper to find the donor; and a visit from a social worker to assess the safety of the familys home.

The co-parent adoption process creates numerous barriers for LGBTQ+ families. Co-parent adoptions may not be financially feasible for some families. The process may also be psychologically difficult, especially if a nongestational parent has planned for the birth of their child and cared for them since birth. To have to prove their commitment to their child may feel unnecessary and invasive. Having a social worker visit the familys home may make both parents feel vulnerable.

Improving co-parent adoption laws

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and others are working to legalize co-parent adoptions in states where it is not yet available, and simplify the process in states where it is available. As one example, a group of parents in Rhode Island is currently working to simplify the co-parent adoption process to make it more attainable for families. You can help these efforts by

  • educating yourself about laws on parentage and co-parent adoption in your state
  • writing letters to state legislators or testifying at the statehouse when co-parent adoption laws are being considered
  • sharing your story if you have gone through the co-parent adoption process, or faced barriers to securing a legal relationship to your child
  • providing emotional or financial support to families going through the co-parent adoption process.

For more information

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Family Equality Council

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys can help with finding a qualified adoption lawyer

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