New York families under coronavirus quarantine worry isolation measures aren't strict enough: 'If there are no answers, people make their own decisions'
A 50-year-old lawyer who works at Lewis & Garbuz in midtown Manhattan, has tested positive for the coronavirus, along with his wife, two of his children, and a neighbor. Anyone who attended services, a bar- and bat-mitzvah, or a funeral at the man's synagogue earlier this month is required to self-quarantine through March 8th. The man's daughter who tested positive for the coronavirus attends SAR Academy High School in the Bronx. School was canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday, but students and faculty weren't told to self-quarantine until late in the day on Wednesday. An infectious disease specialist told Business Insider that it seems "odd" that there are varying recommendations for self-quarantine. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
When Jessica Zmood's two older children found out on Tuesday morning that school was closed due to a suspected case of coronavirus, they did what any teenagers would do. They jumped on the bed and squealed with excitement. The news couldn't have come on a better day. Ella, who's in ninth grade at SAR Academy High School, a private Jewish school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and Judah, who's in seventh grade, at SAR's elementary school, both had exams scheduled. The weather on their unexpected day off was also unusually balmy after a long winter slog. But as details of the case started to unfold, their moods got more somber. The man who was diagnosed with the coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, is a 50-year-old father of four, including one child who attends SAR. He's in serious condition and is intricately tied to the Jewish communities in Riverdale and in New Rochelle, a city in Westchester County where he lives with his family. He also commuted daily to his law firm, Lewis & Garbuz, in midtown Manhattan. The man's wife, 22-year-old son, and 14-year-old daughter also tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reports released on Thursday. To help curb further spread, health officials in New York have implemented mandatory self-quarantines for people who had close contact with those infected, which is about 1,000 people. But families who are under quarantine have questioned how effective these measures are, since in some households — one member might be obligated to stay home, while the others are free to move out and about. "I appreciate the precautions but the playing field simply isn't level," said Tamar Weinberg, a mother of four under quarantine in New Rochelle. "Nor does it really make sense." In some homes, one family member could be quarantined while the rest of the household isn't
In the Zmood family, Ella is friends with (and in the same grade as) the 14-year-old who tested positive. But until late in the day on Wednesday, only Judah who was under quarantine. Earlier this month, Judah went to a bar- and bat-mitzvah celebration that the man also attended at the Young Israel of New Rochelle. Anyone who attended that event, services, or a funeral on February 22 or 23 is required to undergo a self-quarantine through March 8th, the synagogue announced on Tuesday. "Now, it seems really crazy," Zmood, a psychologist who practices in Manhattan, told Insider on Wednesday morning. "Because Ella is not quarantined and she probably should be. But Judah is, and he probably should not be." Even though Judah had been at the bar and bat-mitzvah with the infected man, they had not been in close contact, Zmood said. SAR's protocol only changed late in the afternoon on Wednesday. In an email to parents and faculty, the school announced that high school students and staff were required to self-quarantine through Friday. Limiting the spread among households is critical since 75% to 80% of cluster cases of coronavirus occur among families. Only 5 to 15% of an infected person's close friends and contacts develop the disease, Dr. Bruce Aylward, the leader of the WHO team that visited China after the coronavirus outbreak, told The New York Times.
Health officials are now trying to retrace the man's steps to get a sense of who is realistically at risk. He marked the second case of coronavirus in New York, but is the first apparent case of community spread. Quarantined families have questions about how effective partial self-isolation is
As families closely follow recommendations from health officials, they also wonder whether it makes sense for only one household member to be isolated, which has occurred in multiple instances among the New York families. Even infectious disease experts question the delay in quarantining students and staff at SAR and the rationale behind only quarantining those who attended services at the synagogue in New Rochelle, but not entire households. "That strikes me as odd," said Dr. Richard Martinello, associate professor of internal medicine, pediatrics, and infectious diseases at the Yale School of Medicine. "We do know that being a household member, just from the little experience we've had so far in the US, does seem to be a significant risk factor." The New York State Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Many families say they're looking for answers that officials won't offer
Parents say the lack of clarity amid a forced self-quarantine has been difficult. "I am more frustrated than stressed," Weinberg told Insider. Weinberg is strictly following protocol and finding ways to occupy her children, who range in age from 3 to 10, while she and her husband work from the house. The entrepreneur said she wants more clarity on the precautions being taken, however. She is concerned about the inconsistencies in the quarantines and school precautions in the area. Doubts around the efficacy of this prolonged quarantine will become more pressing as families face bigger decisions. Many families have trips that were booked months in advance. Monday night marks the start of Purim, the Jewish holiday when children dress up and gather at synagogues. Some families can swing working from home for a brief period of time, but many can't. A boy in the SAR community is celebrating his bar-mitzvah on Saturday night and some of the children under quarantine, who will be free from restrictions about 12 hours later, would like to go. "At some point, you just have to live your life," Zmood told Insider. "We're not going to let this kid have his bar-mitzvah ruined. That's hard, that's not a good situation." A mother in NYC whose husband is under quarantine wasn't told why she shouldn't isolate A mother of two in New York City, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her family's privacy, says she's also frustrated about how the quarantine is being handled, and the lack of information being offered. Her husband — who attended services at the Young Israel of New Rochelle on February 22 — is under quarantine. The couple was eager to find out if anyone else in the home needed to be isolated. The woman called the COVID-19 New York hotline and was transferred to the Department of Health. Nobody picked up the phone. When her husband tried the Department of Health again to find out if he should implement any other restrictions, he was "surprised" to learn that the rest of his family was free to move about. The representative didn't explain why his wife didn't need to isolate herself. Instead, the woman on the phone read from a script on the importance of handwashing, the mother said. The Manhattan mother has implemented some of her own precautionary measures, even though she wasn't instructed to. She's working from home and keeping her 2-year-old home from school, for now. "It's weird that I couldn't get an answer to a basic question that many other people probably have," she told Insider. "If there are no answers, people make their own decisions, which is dangerous."
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How Italy spiraled from a perfectly healthy country to near collapse in 24 days as the coronavirus took hold
Wracked by the coronavirus pandemic, Italy's healthcare system is crumbling. The country's aging population, coupled with...Wracked by the coronavirus pandemic, Italy's healthcare system is crumbling. The country's aging population, coupled with a lack of adequate medical resources, is overwhelming doctors and forcing them to make impossible decisions about which patients to save. The entire country is on lockdown, and more than 1,000 people have died. Here's how the situation got so dire so quickly. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. This week, doctors in Italy have been forced to make choices that no one, least of all people who have taken an oath to protect lives, should face: Who lives and who dies? As the country's coronavirus caseload has skyrocketed — more than 15,000 people have been infected and at least 1,000 have died — healthcare workers on the front lines are confronting a worst-case confluence of a contagious new virus, an aging population, and shortage of hospital beds. Doctors are now prioritizing young and mostly healthy COVID-19 patients because their chances of survival eclipse those of the elderly. "We do not have free beds in intensive care units," Lorenzo Casani, the health director of a clinic for elderly people in Lombardy, told Time. Doctors, he added, must "make this horrible choice and decide who is going to survive and who is not going to survive … who is going to get a monitor, a respirator, and the attention they need." The tragic triage is reminiscent of the choices made on a battlefield, and indeed, Italy is now at war. The country reported its first coronavirus case less than four weeks ago, on February 20. Now the scale of the country's outbreak is second only to China's. In response, Italian officials seem to have tried everything: They shut down schools, ordered shops to close, emptied the country's wildly popular tourist destinations, quarantined dozens of cities, and then expanded that "red zone" to lock down the entire country of 60 million people. "We all must give something up for the good of Italy. There is no more time," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a televised address. 'From one day to another, it was empty' Isabella Castoldi, a 25-year-old resident of Florence, told Business Insider that when news of the coronavirus emerged in Italy, few people she knew took the threat very seriously. "We underestimated the coronavirus," Castoldi said. Because the illness originated in China, she added, it seemed "very, very far away." Castoldi even went to Milan to get a tattoo on February 28. The coronavirus had breached northern Italy by that point — hundreds were sick. After returning from her trip, she went to work at a popular ice cream store steps from the city center. "We usually have a very, very long queue that extends outside the door," Castoldi said. "Then, from one day to another, it was empty." As she and a co-worker counted the shop's daily earnings, she said, realized they'd made "thousands of euros" less than normal. "That's when we started to realize that maybe this is more serious than we thought," Castoldi said. A series of lockdowns On February 23, the Italian government put almost a dozen towns — those in which the most coronavirus cases were reported — on lockdown. About 50,000 people were affected. Major landmarks were closed, the annual Venice Carnival was canceled, Giorgio Armani held its runway show at Milan Fashion Week in an empty theater. By February 26, less than a week after the first reported case, 12 people had died. Castoldi said she began to notice "overflowing" supermarkets as people panic-bought toilet paper, meat, and pasta. A week-and-a-half later, on March 8, Conte cordoned off an area of the country containing 16 million people. The quarantine came as Italy's coronavirus case total approached 6,000; its death toll had surpassed 230. But news of the impending closure leaked ahead of time, prompting thousands of people to flee parts of northern Italy the day before it went into effect. Roberto Burioni, a professor of virology at Milan's Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, told The Guardian that the leak triggered unnecessary travel as people rushed south. "Unfortunately some of those who fled will be infected with the disease," he said. Because Castoldi had been in Milan, which was part of the closed-off region, she reached out to her doctor and was instructed to self-quarantine. She shut herself in her bedroom, venturing out for just a few minutes each day with a mask on, since she lives with her father and brother. Her cat, Bilbo, hung by her side. On Monday, Conte announced an unprecedented nationwide lockdown. "All the measure of the red zones are now extended to all of the national territory," Conte said at a press conference. He announced a "stay at home" policy, a 6 p.m. curfew, and a ban on public gatherings. By that point, over 9,000 people had contracted the coronavirus and over 460 were dead. 'We do not have enough doctors' On Tuesday, the first day of Italy's nationwide lockdown, Italy recorded its highest leap in fatalities in a single day: 168 new coronavirus deaths were reported. Conte announced that most shops, save for pharmacies and grocery stores, would close. As of Friday, the country's coronavirus death toll — a basic calculation that divides the number of deaths by the total number of cases — was at about 7%. It's a grim reflection of Italy's struggles, given that the global death rate has been hovering around 3.4% for weeks. "We were not prepared. We do not have enough doctors for the people. We do not have an organized plan for pandemics," Casani told Time. Italy's investments in its national health service, Servizio Sanitario Nazionale, amount to 6.8% of its gross domestic product, according to Time. "The continuous cuts — to care and to research — are obviously a problem right now," Casani told the magazine. Another reason Italy's healthcare system appears to be so overwhelmed is that the country's population, on average, is the second-oldest in the world, after only Japan. The coronavirus is far more deadly to older people — a study from the Chinese CDC found that the death rate among those above 80 years old was nearly 15%. Italy's National Institute of Health has estimated that 58% of patients who have died so far were over 80 and another 31% were in their 70s, according to Reuters. 'An age limit for access to intensive care' Given the lack of resources and strains on Italy's hospitals, the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care has given nurses and doctors "catastrophe medicine" guidelines to follow as they navigate the deteriorating situation. "It may become necessary to establish an age limit for access to intensive care," the document says, according to a translation in the Atlantic. It adds: "What might be a relatively short treatment course in healthier people could be longer and more resource-consuming in the case of older or more fragile patients." In other words, older people are now a lower priority for treatment in Italy, since their chances of survival are slimmer. The guidelines also suggest doctors and nurses de-prioritize patients with underlying health conditions, since the coronavirus is more fatal for those groups, too. "We decide based on age, and on health conditions," anesthesiologist Christian Salaroli told Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Monday, "just like all war situations." 'The war has literally exploded' Dr. Daniele Macchini, who works at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, penned an anguished Facebook post earlier this week, calling the coronavirus a "tsunami that has swept us all." His thoughts, shared in Italian, were translated by Dr. Silvia Stringhini, an epidemiologist at Geneva University, the New York Post reported. "The war has literally exploded and battles are uninterrupted, day and night," Macchini wrote. Doctors are no longer known for their specialties as "surgeons, urologists, orthopedists," he added. They are all trying to treat the same illness, and the testing swabs just keep coming back "positive, positive, positive." Macchini said he has seen medical staff with "tears in their eyes because we can't save everyone." "We no longer see our families for fear of infecting them. Some of us have already become infected despite the protocols," he wrote. On Tuesday, Italy's medical community took another blow: Roberto Stella, the 67-year-old president of the Medical Guild of Varese, died in Como from respiratory failure caused by COVID-19, CNN reported. "His death represents the outcry of all colleagues who still today are not equipped with the proper individual protection needed," Italy's National Federation of Doctors and General Practitioners said in a statement. Roberta Re, a nurse at Piacenza hospital in Emilia-Romagna, told the Guardian that she also lost a colleague: a 59-year-old doctor who she considered a good friend. "It's an experience I would compare to a world war," Re said. "But it's a war that isn't fightable with traditional arms — as we don't yet know who the enemy is and so it's difficult to fight. The only weapon we do have to avoid things getting even worse is to stay at home and to respect the rules, to do what they did in China." In Venice, that's what Castoldi is now trying to do. Her self-quarantine has ended, so she can now roam the house and spend time with her family inside. She remains symptom-free. From her room, Castoldi has posted several warnings on social media, discouraging influencers and others around the world from spreading coronavirus jokes and memes. "Unless an outbreak like this affects us directly, it's easy to believe it never will," she said. 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At least 5 US health workers have gotten the coronavirus, and hundreds more are in quarantine. Hospitals may face staffing shortages as cases surge.
At least five US health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, hundreds are in quarantine...At least five US health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, hundreds are in quarantine after exposure, and dozens are waiting on test results. Healthcare workers are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus because they're exposed to more viral particles. Healthcare leaders say the US healthcare system is not ready for a widespread coronavirus outbreak. Delays in testing, mask shortages, and staffing issues could all hinder the country's response. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As the coronavirus spreads in the US, healthcare workers are on the front lines. At least five have contracted the virus, and hundreds of others have been exposed and sent home to self-quarantine over the last month. "It's high anxiety," Sal Rosselli, president of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, told Business Insider. "There's a lack of confidence that the industry is prepared to adequately provide a safe environment for patients that have the virus and for patients that don't have the virus, and provide safe working conditions for the people caring for them." As coronavirus case numbers swell, asking health workers to stay home for two weeks after they're exposed could leave hospitals short-staffed. "Already, hospitals and nursing homes are often not staffed appropriately," Rosselli said. "If a lot of health care workers contract the virus and have to stay home, obviously at the same time, more patients are being admitted to hospitals. It's potentially a huge critical situation." On Saturday, the CDC updated its recommendations to encourage healthcare providers who have been exposed to the coronavirus but aren't experiencing symptoms to continue coming in to work. They should check their temperature daily and wear face masks, the CDC said. Healthcare workers have a high risk of getting coronavirus The coronavirus has infected at least 111,000 people and killed 3,300. Nearly three-quarters of all cases have been in China. The US has over 600 cases; of these, 26 patients have died. Healthcare workers are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases like the coronavirus for a handful of reasons. First, medical staff members are exposed to more viral particles than the general public. Second, they face potential shortages of protective supplies and tests as the tide of patients rises. Third, a combination of stress and long hours could make their immune systems more vulnerable than normal. In China, nearly 3,400 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. At least 13 have died. The US could see 4.8 million coronavirus hospitalizations Dr. James Lawler, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offered estimates of how much the virus might spread in the US in a February webinar hosted by the American Hospital Association. His projections suggest the US could see 96 million cases of coronavirus, 4.8 million hospitalizations, and 480,000 deaths. Hospitals should prepare for an impact on the system 10 times that of a severe flu season, the presentation said. The CDC has lagged behind in testing and confirming suspected cases — as of Sunday, about 1,700 people had been tested. This also puts healthcare workers at risk of exposure, since limited testing raises the likelihood that patients go undiagnosed and spread the virus in medical settings. In Solano County, California, a patient with coronavirus went undiagnosed for four days each at two different hospitals last month because she didn't meet the CDC's coronavirus testing requirements. Over 200 employees between the two hospitals were exposed and have had to self-quarantine for weeks. Three have tested positive for coronavirus. "Healthcare providers may be being exposed, other patients may be being exposed, and until you can give confidence to people about those answers, we are in a crisis here," Yale professor Howard Forman, a radiologist and expert in healthcare management, told Business Insider. US hospitals are asking patients who suspect they might have the coronavirus to call ahead. That way, health workers can ensure they're taken to an isolation room, and that all of the health workers involved wear personal protective gear. But that's not what always happens, Rosselli said. "There's all kinds of workers that have direct contact with patients," said Rosselli. "There's a much larger number of housekeepers, dietary workers, technicians, radiologists, x-ray technicians, clerical workers." "It goes way beyond nurses and physicians," he added. Many healthcare workers at the Life Care Center were exposed At the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, 13 residents and one visitor have died. Officials said 70 staff members out of 180 had symptoms resembling coronavirus as of Saturday. In addition, 26 firefighters and three police officers who had contact with facility residents are also under quarantine. Kirkland Patch reported that 12 of those responders are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Tim Killian, a spokesman for the center, said the state had provided enough test kits for all of the residents, but it was not clear whether there were also enough kits to test all staff members. In addition, 20 staff members at the Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, are being tested for coronavirus after exposure to a patient there. One has already tested positive and is in isolation. Eleven are awaiting results under quarantine. Given the risk of staff shortages at hospitals like this, the CDC updated its recommendations for healthcare workers and facilities over the weekend, removing a requirement that asymptomatic workers who'd been exposed to a coronavirus patient stay home. Asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus has been recorded before, however. A study last month found that 20-year-old woman from Wuhan, China, transmitted the coronavirus to five family members without ever showing symptoms. 'I did this assuming that if something happened to me, of course I too would be cared for' After potential exposure to a coronavirus patient in a northern California Kaiser facility, an anonymous quarantined nurse released an open letter about her situation through the California Nurses Association. "As a nurse, I'm very concerned that not enough is being done to stop the spread of the coronavirus. I know because I am currently sick and in quarantine after caring for a patient who tested positive," she wrote. "I'm awaiting 'permission' from the federal government to allow for my testing, even after my physician and county health professional ordered it. I volunteered to be on the care team for this patient, who we knew was positive. I did this because I had all the recommended protective gear and training from my employer. I did this assuming that if something happened to me, of course I too would be cared for." Many health workers are concerned about getting paid during self-quarantine, Rosselli added. Some hospitals haven't released guidelines yet around whether quarantines count as sick time, paid time off, or unpaid time. "It's not unusual for healthcare workers to live from week-to-week because they're working class people generally, especially in nursing homes where the wages and benefits are inferior," he added. "If employers don't commit to paying folks if they have symptoms or if they contract the virus, we're concerned that people will hide the symptoms because they live from week-to-week and can't afford to take work off without pay." Lydia Ramsey and Jessica Snouwaert contributed reporting. Have you been personally affected by the coronavirus epidemic? Are you a healthcare worker on the front lines of this disease? Have you or someone you know been tested or diagnosed? We want to hear your story. Please email email@example.com. SEE ALSO: People are racing to buy face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak, but they probably won't protect you from illness Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 myths about the coronavirus, including why masks won't help
Ted Cruz announces self-quarantine after interacting with a person who tested positive for coronavirus
Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Sunday that he is entering into a 14-day self-quarantine after a...Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Sunday that he is entering into a 14-day self-quarantine after a brief interaction with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In a statement on Sunday night, Cruz said he came to the decision "out of an abundance of caution" after a person who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month tested positive for the disease. A number of White House officials — including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence — and over 19,000 others attended the conservative yearly gathering. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona also announced on Sunday that he would self-quarantine after he and members of his staff came into contact with the infected attendee. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Sunday that he is entering into a 14-day self-quarantine after a brief interaction with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In a statement on Sunday night, Cruz said he came to the decision "out of an abundance of caution," after a person who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month tested positive for the disease. The American Conservative Union (ACU) organized the event, where a number of White House officials over 19,000 others were in attendance. The ACU announced the new coronavirus case on Saturday. "Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake," Cruz said in a statement. Today I released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/XGXEa4ozcg — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 8, 2020 "I'm not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low," Cruz said. "Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction," he added. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a number of other top cabinet members and White House officials were slated to speak at the annual gathering. According to the ACU, the attendee caught the virus prior to the conference and was later diagnosed at a New Jersey hospital. He has been placed under quarantine. Important Health Notification for CPAC 2020 participants and attendees. pic.twitter.com/NtahNO8st3 — ACU (@ACUConservative) March 7, 2020 According to the ACU, the attendee who tested positive for the virus did not interact with Trump or Pence, and did not attend events in the main hall. The group advised those who attended the conference to remain calm and listen to health professionals. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona also announced on Sunday that he was going into self-quarantine after he and members of his staff came into contact with the infected attendee. My statement on #COVID19: pic.twitter.com/dyuq55fnBG — Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 9, 2020 "I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19," Gosar said. "I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times." "I am not currently experiencing any symptoms, nor is any member of my staff. However, in order to prevent any potential transmission, I will remain at my home in Arizona until the conclusion of the 14-day period following my interaction with this individual," he said. "Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, I am closing my office in Washington, D.C. for the week and my team will follow the previously approved Tele-commute plan," he added. As of Sunday, 21 people in the US have died from the coronavirus: 18 in Washington state, two in Florida, and one in California. The US has reported at least 547 coronavirus cases in total across 33 states. More than 3,800 people have died and more than 109,600 others have been infected, about 80% of whom are in China. Read more: The US government has completed fewer than 6,000 coronavirus tests as more states report new cases and deaths California, Washington, and New York have declared states of emergency to fight coronavirus – here's what it means The number of coronavirus cases outside China could jump tenfold every 19 days without 'strong intervention,' a study says A medical expert is going viral for a passionate post warning that mass panic about the coronavirus could do more damage than the disease itself Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What's inside a puffer fish