COVID-19 Daily Discussion - 2020-05-16

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New York state has reversed a policy of requiring nursing homes to accept patients from hospitals who had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Wall Street Journal writes: “The state has failed to protect the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Ron Kim, a Democratic member of the state Assembly whose Queens district has seen many nursing-home deaths. “The fact we maintained and pushed Covid-positive patients into facilities that were not equipped to handle them, it was a fatal error.”
http://archive.is/0naXY (Paywall: https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-sent-recovering-coronavirus-patients-to-nursing-homes-it-was-a-fatal-error-11589470773?mod=e2fb)
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/its-impossible-ny-nursing-homes-fret-about-covid-19-testing-order-for-workers/2417867/
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/business/nursing-homes-coronavirus.html (Archive: http://archive.is/riVYC)

Airlines in the United States are receiving criticism after a cardiologist returning from New York to California shared images on Twitter showing the "fully packed" seats on the United Airlines flight that he boarded. The cardiologist reportedly said to ABC7 News two days prior to this flight, "I'm scared of getting on the airplane on Saturday. I've been taking care of COVID-19 patients for the last two weeks and I'm more scared of getting on the airplane on Saturday than I'm walking into the hospital."
Others on Twitter have posted similar claims abo

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Currently looking for research opportunities focusing on genetic alteration.

Hello, everyone! I am an incoming transfer student looking to apply what I'm doing in my internship this summer at UCSF towards another internship at UC Davis. I am using Cre-Lox technology to reprogram heart fibroblasts to express Td-Tomato with the ultimate goal of having the Fibroblasts express factors that will turn them into Cardiomyocytes.

I've searched through much of the faculty directory and I'm not finding my research applicable towards much of the Biochemical focused professors. Is there anyone using this type of research? I would like to work in the labs at UCD and (if I am very lucky) get published doing original research with an excellent mentor.

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T10 Injury and looking at Baclofen Pump Option

I don't know how much of this information is relevant for my final questions, but here is everything I can think of to tell (Skip to the bottom for the questions):

I was run over by a 2 1/2 ton truck in 1984 when I was 7 crushing my T10. I was paralyzed from the waist down for about a month and then regained movement and body functions. After I went home, the doctors insisted I use crutches and braces. I was fed up with the crutches because they only hindered me using my legs the way they were meant to be used and instead used my arms a lot more than I should of. I got rid of the crutches about a year later and I am fully ambulatory. I have spasticity from the waist down.

The doctors assigned to me had no plans for me back then and were really seeing me to charge my mom money. For the last 5 years or so I have been investigating what can be done from various bay area doctors.

The first insight into all this investigation is when I came to a UCSF clinic for a pain in the bottom of my feet (they did not declare it was plantar fasciitis), but one of the doctors prescribed me Baclofen at about 30mg a day orally. That was great! I was able to get out of a chair and walk with out feeling the tightness of my muscles restricting me. I didn't feel like I was stiff all the time because my muscles were loser. I could walk with out dragging my body with me. I could walk and keep my balance while keeping my hands in my pockets. I could stand and prepare dinner with out sitting down to chop vegetables. I sweated less because my body was being used more efficiently. I could walk for long periods of time with out feeling the need to sit and rest.

This doctor then prescribed 60mg a day seeing how it worked so well. That did not work so well; I lost a lot of my balance and in general I was too weak. This caused my hip flexors to become even tighter than they already were causing a pull on the back of my right hip bone making lying on my stomach uncomfortable. Mean while I was in physical therapy for the regiments of Baclofen, but not at one who knew how to deal with my type of injury. I had went to Italy for 2 weeks which proved to be more walking discomfort then any other trip I have taken in the past before Baclofen where walking was more then a mile. My legs seized and the spasticity was overwhelming. If I rested for a while, my leg muscles would tighten up more making walking harder. I later found out this could be pseudo-exacerbation and/or a result of the musc

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