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'Outpatient Is Still Chaos': What We Heard This Week

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"We still predominately test if you are being admitted or, now, if you need an elective surgery or admission to a skilled nursing facility. Outpatient is still chaos." -- An anonymous infectious diseases specialist, responding to a MedPage Today benchmark survey about challenges healthcare workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"They are a harbinger of what is to come. In several decades, these conditions will start affecting large regions and for longer periods of time." -- Matthew Huber, PhD, of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, about potentially fatal heat and humidity mixtures recorded at weather stations throughout the world.

"Don't buy any fancy cars." -- Andrew Freedman, MD, program director of the urology residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, on his advice to medical trainees in the current uncertain economic climate.

"It's actually incredibly complicated." -- Alysse Wurcel, MD, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, on the logistics of testing prison and jail inmates for coronavirus infection.

"It is an important milestone in the field as it reports on survival of stem cell-derived dopamine neurons in a human brain." -- Malin Parmar, PhD, of Lund University in Sweden, discussing a novel brain cell transplant performed in a Parkinson's disease patient.

"Children are coming in critically ill, with fever and abdominal pain, vomiting and in shock." -- Nadine Choueiter, MD, of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, on the multi-system inflammatory disorder in children apparently connected to COVID-19.

"It definitely is taking a lot of patients a decent amount of time to feel that they are perfectly back to normal." -- Aaron Glatt, MD, chair of the department of medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau, on recovery from COVID-19.

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