"Connecting Communities for COVID19 News" 30th Apr 2020
Coronavirus Scotland: Ex-soldier on island in splendid isolation
When it comes to coping with social distancing and self-isolating, Chris Lewis is, quite literally, in a field of his own. The former paratrooper is spending lockdown on Hildasay, a tiny uninhabited island in the North Atlantic that forms part of the rugged Shetland archipelago. His neighbours are 15 sheep, a family of otters, a visiting whale and the thousands of birds that provide him with nightly entertainment.
Indonesian Muslims spend Ramadan with an eco-friendly isolation twist amid the coronavirus pandemic
Returning to his Java village for Ramadan, Abdullah Al-Mabrur pitched a tent in the forest over concerns he might be carrying the coronavirus - and is now spending his self-imposed isolation cleaning up the river he played in as a child. The Indonesian government banned "mudik" - citizens' traditional return to their home towns and villages for the fasting month - on Friday to help contain the spread of the epidemic. Ramadan began the same day, but by then Al-Mabrur had already travelled back from West Sumatra, where he ran a traditional medicine clinic he was forced to close after business plummeted.
Covid-19: Music meets Medicine inside Lagos Isolation Centres
Yinka Olatunbosun reports on how the Arts4Life programme by the Lagos State government explores music, amongst other forms of arts to impact positively on the lives of frontline workers and the Covid-19 patients at the isolation centres across the state in this encounter with the leader of the string Quartet that recently performed at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba.
Struggling through 4 years of infertility prepared me for the uncertainty and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic
As people across the world continue to live with stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus many are feeling isolated, hopeless and anxious. Author Amy Klein writes about how enduring four years of infertility prepared her for the challenges people are experiencing right now
Centralized isolation has been successful fighting coronavirus in Asia
Isolation is the less warm-and-fuzzy side of the “more testing and more contact tracing” mantra. But it does seem to work. Singapore, for example, had coronavirus well contained but didn’t practice centralized quarantining among its population of migrant workers — only to see their dorms become a major outbreak hot spot.
This is what it's like having a mental health condition during coronavirus
Mental health charities in Greater Manchester have reported unprecedented numbers of calls from people in need of help, since the country went into lockdown over six weeks ago. As people come to terms with a drastic change in every day life, what has the coronavirus pandemic been like for people with existing mental health conditions? We spoke to four people from across the region, who have been diagnosed with depression, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and anxiety.
Coronavirus: Watch as NI care home resident emerges from isolation after defeating Covid-19 to reach 98th birthday
Next week a resident of a Portadown nursing home will celebrate her 98th birthday, one which she has had to defeat Covid-19 to reach.
From Brooklyn to Beijing, Portraits of Isolation During the Coronavirus
Photographs and interviews by Ruddy Roye, Francesca Volpi, Edu Bayer, Maryam Rahmanian, Saumya Khandelwal, and Gilles Sabrie for The Wall Street Journal
Coronavirus: should we be wearing face masks?
We cut through the conflicting advice on face masks to bring you the key information you need to know
Hygiene of Hand and Mind during the Pandemic
To mitigate negative impacts, we need to exchange ideas and approaches across social, legal and economic sciences in conversations that include communities, scientific experts and administrators. We need to consider the ethics of human rights, animal health, environment and social sciences. Individual observation and investigation of our human nature and interdependence is a first step in moving towards these multifaceted goals—something to contemplate during the next 20 to 30 seconds you spend washing your hands.
Mouthcare for hospital patients with known or suspected Covid-19
If oral hygiene is neglected the mouth becomes dry and sore, so supporting the mouthcare of seriously ill patients is an important nursing role. In addition to patient comfort it can help prevent additional infection and reduce patients’ risk of developing viral pneumonia. Public Health England has issued guidance on providing mouthcare for hospitalised adults and children with known or suspected Covid-19. The guidance focuses on...
Brushing your teeth can help prevent spread of coronavirus
The majority, if not all toothpastes, contain detergents, which confer significant antimicrobial properties to the product. ‘Indeed the same detergents are present in many hand washing formulations, recommended against coronavirus.’ The British Dental Association agreed there could be benefits in brushing your teeth before going outside for daily exercise or to the shops.
Home hygiene more important than ever in the coronavirus, stay-at-home era.
80 percent of the respondents in a recent Freudenberg survey felt the need to disinfect and clean their homes was more important than ever before. Experts from the Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions group have tips for maintaining a hygienically clean home or apartment.
How the Yorkshire community has united during the coronavirus pandemic | Yorkshire events, weddings & celebrities
In York the Supper Collective galvanises the efforts of restaurants, cafes, chefs and food producers to provide 100 meals a day for the isolated and vulnerable in their homes as well as for key NHS workers. Based in the city’s ‘Bishy Road’ area, Supper Collective sees restaurants supply meals on different days for distribution. Examples of their efforts also include treats such as mini cheese boards from Pairings wine bar delivered to the staff at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive nets $428,000 worth of donations
This year's Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive resulted in more than $428,000 worth of goods donated to agencies in 15 communities. The donations were counted and sorted in mid-March, just before coronavirus restrictions were established. The donations included more than 20,000 rolls of toilet paper, which became hard to find in the early days of the pandemic.
My Quarantine Routine: Lizzy, running The Hygiene Bank charity during lockdown
During lockdown some charities are struggling with increased need but a decrease in donations. Some need to find new ways to work and respond to the current crisis. Today for My Quarantine Routine, we’re with Lizzy Hall, 50, who is the founder and full-time volunteer for The Hygiene Bank charity, who give personal care items to those in need throughout the UK.
Free mental health courses offered by Jersey charity
Free mental health courses are now available online for people in Jersey. Jersey’s Recovery College has started their summer semester to help people with mindfulness and managing anxiety, stress and depression. The courses take place in a ‘virtual classroom’ of no more than 12 people.
Qatar Charity's Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic: Qatar Charity and UNICEF sign two agreements to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak among vulnerable groups in Jordan and Syria - Jordan
Qatar Charity and the United Nations Children’s Fund signed two grant agreements for a total of US 2 million to address the humanitarian needs caused by the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak in Syria and Jordan. Qatar Charity allocated US 1 million to provide access to life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene services for Syrian refugees in Jordan and an additional US $ 1 million to support UNICEF in its efforts to improve Covid-19 preparedness and response levels in Syria. Ms. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, expressed her thanks to Qatar Charity for its support and contribution.
Jennifer Aniston announces donation to support nurses amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘You’re our heroes’
Jennifer Aniston revealed she has made a donation to help support frontline workers as the world continues to battle against the spread of Covid-19. The Friends star took to social media to share the news that she has chosen to contribute to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund. Sharing a snap on Instagram story, the 51-year-old wrote: ‘I’m so proud of my partners at @aveenoua, who along with @jnj, are supporting frontline workers with a generous donation to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund.’ She continued: ‘I’m joining them in making a donation, because their courage and dedication is beyond admirable – and they need our support.
Nursing staff at a Chippenham surgery sing their version of 'Angels' to say thank you during Covid-19
The nursing team at Rowden Medical Practice in Chippenham has come up with a special version of Robbie Williams' hit 'Angels' to make people smile during the coronavirus pandemic. This has been created over many lunch breaks and has kept us laughing and smiling - we want to share that with everyone. In such uncertain times sometimes laughter and a smile can make such a difference.
Housing Executive boss explains new £260k coronavirus fund for community groups
The Housing Executive has launched a new £260,000 Covid-19 response fund for groups providing much needed 'lockdown' services to the vulnerable. Colm McQuillan, Director of Housing Services, told Belfast Live they came up with the idea after finding a lot of their tenants are isolated and alone. So they diverted over quarter of a million pounds to help them get what they need to get through this crisis and stay connected with others. "It is primarily to help our tenants and those living within our estates," Mr McQuillan said. Grants of up to £1,500 are being offered to groups targeting "services at a local level - particularly around those who are shielding, our own tenants who find themselves isolated - and we have found quite a few of them as we have done our ring arounds".
Coronavirus UK: 100,000 social care volunteers needed
A national force of volunteers has been launched to help social care providers fill staff gaps during the coronavirus outbreak. The online platform, called the National Care Force, works by allowing volunteers to book shifts to help across the social care sector and hopes to recruit 100,000 volunteers. It comes after the NHS and Royal Voluntary Service launched an ‘army’ made up of 600,000 volunteers to help people who are self-isolating across the country. But the social care sector is still feeling the strain.
Highland digital community platform sees 10,000 sign ups in Covid-19 effort
A new online platform formed to help people during the pandemic has already attracted 10,000 community-spirited Highlanders. Highland Covid-19, started by Inverness-based events team Planit Scotland, is a dedicated resource for people across the north Highlands to get free access to online activities, advice and help at their doorsteps.
Dalbeattie Community Allotments remain open during coronavirus pandemic thanks to strict physical distancing
A Dalbeattie gardening scheme is proving to be an outdoor godsend to dozens of local growers. It had been feared that Dalbeattie Community Allotments Association would suspend all activities. But thanks to a strict physical distancing regime green-fingered citizens can still plant and sow. DCAA chairperson Sandra McWhirter said getting out in glorious spring weather was an escape for many. “If we did not have this we would all go stir crazy,” Sandra told the News.
Regional funding available for Covid-19 connected community activities
A total of £50,000 is available from Sovereign Housing Association’s Pay it Forward crowdfunding scheme, and groups involved in projects such as delivering food to the most vulnerable, offering hardship support, or providing digital services to support wellbeing are encouraged to apply for the funding, which is being made available on Crowdfunder. The Pay it Forward Fund is also open to those planning relaunch events or post-Covid-19 celebrations, such as a pubs or cafes reopening with a party, special events to relaunch businesses such as hairdressers or beauticians, and activities such as street parties.
The Keys to Making Agile Work in the New “Remote Office”
One of Arce’s clients, a Colombian company that did not have any work-at-home schemes before the pandemic, has improved its processes in this context. “In one week, they developed the tools and the processes to work from home. Also, since this is a company new to agile, they have actually become more organized with digital tools in a remote environment than with the physical ones. Particularly because in their office environments, they had many distractions, and very distracting bosses, so concentration was hard there,” Arce said.
View from India: Pandemic boosts remote-working tools
Government of India (GoI) has extended the work from home option for the IT-BPO sector until 31 July 2020, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology, told state governments in a video conference.
13 ways the coronavirus pandemic could forever change the way we work
Amid stay-at-home orders across the country, office workers have ditched their daily commutes to work from dining room tables, couches and beds in their own homes. Many may find themselves in this situation for the long haul, as businesses struggle to find a path forward while restrictions slowly lift. But what other changes will we see in the coming months and years? CNBC Make It spoke to futurists, employment experts, CEOs, designers and more to find out how the pandemic could forever transform the way we work.
Our entire workforce in India is working remotely: Dell India MD
In an interview with Mint, Alok Ohrie, president and managing director, Dell Technologies India talks about key customer challenges and concerns, the increased demand for remote work solutions, and how they have enabled Working From Home for all employees
How to Make the Most of the Move to Remote Working
The coronavirus pandemic has meant businesses across the UK have had to rapidly embrace remote working. The scale and speed that businesses have had to adapt to employees working from home has meant a steep learning curve for many small business owners. So what has the process taught us, and how can business owners make the most of the shift to remote working? Hugo Tilmouth, CEO of ChargedUp, shares his experiences and the lessons he has learned.
Amid coronavirus, virtual classrooms offer travel options
Across America, entertainers, chefs and veterans are among those now connecting live on various social media platforms. During the pandemic, they are allowing us to come together virtually, travel to intriguing destinations and, particularly for parents, provide kids with some engaging educational opportunities. Here are some of them
Video lessons, virtual choirs and fridge deliveries: How hero teachers have gone above and beyond during coronavirus crisis
'You get into education because you want to make a difference to children’s lives, and that means you help out beyond the classroom,' teachers tell Colin Drury
Sheffield primary takes the classroom online to help educate children during lockdown
With schools out for the foreseeable due to the coronavirus crisis, one Sheffield primary school has moved its classrooms online to help teach children while they’re at home.
Teaching kids at home? Classroom-worthy virtual experiences can ease your burden
Across America, entertainers, chefs and veterans are among those now connecting live on various social media platforms. During the pandemic, they are allowing us to come together virtually, travel to intriguing destinations and, particularly for parents, provide kids with some engaging educational opportunities. Here are some of them. All times are Pacific. The various experiences will be recorded so that they can be viewed at other times.
Send Your Kids to Design School With Free Lessons From the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom
While we won’t call entertaining and educating kids stuck at home an easy task, we can at least say there are plenty of places stepping up to fill the virtual void. That includes museums offering virtual tours, destinations providing virtual views, and even national parks hosting virtual hikes, all of which make for excellent virtual field trips. But, if your kid is more into math and science now’s their time to shine thanks to The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom.
Coronavirus: EVSC teachers adapt to engage students through online instruction
To keep students' focus while working virtually — which has placed unprecedented strain on educators worldwide — local teachers have aimed to produce more engaging daily instruction. Between recording lessons to be aired on WNIN, Kerry Sensenbrenner is focused on keeping her sixth grade students interacting with one another and minimizing feelings of isolation.
Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown
New public campaign launched by Culture Secretary to get people talking openly about loneliness. Oliver Dowden announces loneliness to be a priority category of £750 million charity funding package. Guaranteed £5 million boost for national loneliness organisations leading the charge. Government publishes guidance on supporting yourself and others safely. Loneliness charities including Age UK will be supported to work with NHS Volunteer Responders in their communities Network of high-profile charities, businesses and public figures to join ‘Tackling Loneliness Network’ formed by Government to help connect groups at risk of isolation
From face masks at work to limits on pints — here’s what a year of coronavirus restrictions could look like for Britain
Face masks could become mandatory for the public if the science changes, according to Scotland’s national clinical director. Jason Leitch declined to rule out stricter rules on face coverings and said he had “never” seen science move at a faster pace. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday changed her government’s approach by backing wearing face masks in public in "limited circumstances".She added: "We are recommending that you do wear a cloth face covering if you are in an enclosed space with others where social distancing is difficult, for example public transport or in a shop."
'Social bubbles' of small groups could be early step out of UK lockdown
“Social bubbles” allowing people to mix with a fixed small group of family and friends could be a part of easing the lockdown, Downing Street has hinted, but experts warned that tougher isolation and quarantining measures may be needed at the same time as any relaxation of restrictions. Boris Johnson’s official spokesman signalled No 10 was open to the idea on Wednesday, saying it was “very alive to the issue of social isolation and the need for mental wellbeing”.
Coronavirus: Call for islands to test, trace, isolate
A shift to contact tracing could help "snuff out" coronavirus in island communities like Shetland, one expert has claimed. Shetland was an early hotspot for Covid-19, but suppressed the outbreak with a containment strategy. The islands now have their own testing facilities, prompting calls to return to "test, trace and isolate". Public health expert Prof Allyson Pollock argues that a bespoke approach could work well in island communities
Coronavirus crisis: New hygiene measures for WA's hospitality sector
WA hospitality staff will be required to complete mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training ahead of the eventual re-opening of bars, restaurants and cafes. All staff will have to complete the first stage of the two-tier course, with managers and supervisors also required to complete the second, more advanced program. Every venue will be required to have a staff member with the more advanced accreditation on shift at all times, as the venue’s dedicated hygiene officer. Businesses will also have to display signage that the venue is compliant with all conditions.
Coronavirus: France mandates masks for schools and transport
France will make face masks compulsory on public transport and in secondary schools when it starts easing its coronavirus lockdown on 11 May, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said. Schools will reopen gradually, starting with kindergartens and primary schools. Pupils aged 11-15 will be expected to wear face masks.
The dangers of cramped coronavirus hotspots
For weeks, Singapore was lauded as one of the world’s most effective countries in tackling Covid-19. One of the first to be hit outside China, the city-state kept coronavirus at bay through border controls and aggressive contact-tracing strategies, while avoiding a shutdown. Its first deaths were recorded only in late March. Yet since April 7 it has been in lockdown as it struggles to contain an escalating outbreak among low-wage migrant workers.
Fauci: 'We're not ready' for sports to return
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this week that the country is “not ready” for sports to make a return amid the coronavirus pandemic and indicated that leagues should be ready to “go without this sport for this season.” In an interview with The New York Times published on Monday, Fauci, who is one of top experts leading the White House’s coronavirus task force, said “safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything” when it comes to the question of when sporting events will be able to resume in the country. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then, unfortunately, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season,’ ” he continued.
UAE combats coronavirus: Umm Al Quwain commercial outlets to reopen with restrictions
The re-opening is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the current situation that has taken into full consideration the reports raised by the executive and field departments in charge of combatting the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision allows commercial establishments, which include shopping centres, retail areas and markets, to partially re-open at a 30 per cent capacity to avoid health issues, with customers to maintain physical-distancing norms to avoid overcrowding. According to the directive, all establishments have to obligate their staff to wear face masks, while wearing gloves is advisable, but not compulsory. They have also to ensure easy access to stores and sufficient provision of large amounts of sanitisers and hygiene kits in addition to closing all public seating areas and prayer spaces.
Slovenia eases restrictions as coronavirus curbed
Slovenia will from Thursday lift a restriction imposed at the end of March that prohibited citizens from travelling outside their local municipalities, Prime Minister Janez Jansa said on Wednesday. Education Minister Simona Kustec told national TV Slovenia later on Wednesday that schools and kindergartens, which have been closed since the middle of March, would gradually start reopening from May 18. She did not give details.
'We were behind the eight ball': Papua New Guinea's health minister on Covid-19
“‘The call centre has been key, because we are getting the calls and people are reporting their symptoms to us over the phone, which helps us investigate areas of concern when they arise. After we receive a call we send a response team out to the area, they take a swab and then we send it off to the labs and that’s how we caught the [cases] in Western Province and Sandaun,” Wong says. “Without putting some of these policies and structures into place, we would not have contained Covid-19 as we have been able to, and I would really hate to think what position our country would be in now.”
Cyprus unveils road map to easing coronavirus restrictions
Cyprus’ president unveiled a road-map Wednesday for gradually lifting a strict, stay-at-home order over the next month that has until now helped to contain the spread of the coronavirus
Bipartisan group pitches the White House on a $46.5 billion Covid-19 plan
Their message, however, was largely the same: The White House should back a $46.5 billion effort to hire an army of 180,000 contact-tracers, book blocks of vacant hotel rooms so Americans sick with Covid-19 can self-isolate, and pay sick individuals to stay away from work until they recover.
Here's why New Zealand, Slovakia and Portugal have so few coronavirus cases compared to other countries
While it's difficult for experts to say precisely what combination of measures has made some countries successful in keeping cases and death rates low, there are a couple of factors that their responses have had in common - speed in locking down and widespread testing
Coronavirus: 'Test, trace, isolate' - Iceland PM says strict strategy has controlled outbreak
Iceland has coronavirus under control thanks to a strict policy of test, trace and isolate, the country's prime minister has told Sky News. There are only a handful of cases emerging each day on the sparsely populated island nation, and on one day this week no new cases were reported. "Our main guiding line has been to follow the instruction of the World Health Organisation," said prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.
California Launches Plan to Get Struggling Farmers’ Produce to Food Banks
Hoping to get food flowing from fields to those in need, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday farmers and ranchers are rushing to provide up to 21 million pounds monthly to overburdened food banks. Spurred by the statewide ban of on-site dining, California’s $50 billion agricultural industry has seen a 50% drop in commercial demand in recent weeks. With limited ability to sell produce and meat products, Newsom said more than 120 producers have begun divvying their hauls to food banks which have simultaneously seen a 70% demand during the pandemic. Newsom said the partnership includes tax breaks for farmers and will be facilitated by federal grants and philanthropic donations.
Further expansion of access to coronavirus testing helps protect the most vulnerable
Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over will now be able to get tested says the UK government
NHS app, testing and contact-tracing: how will the UK's coronavirus plan work?
The NHS CV19 app will enable the public to report their symptoms and order a swab test online if available. The NHS has chosen to go with its own model rather than one proposed by Apple and Google, and hopes it will be ready in two to three weeks, though the timetable for rollout is unclear. Once someone installs the app, it will start logging the distance between the user’s phone and others nearby that also have the app installed, using Bluetooth Low Energy. This anonymous log of how close they are to others will be stored securely on their phone, according to a letter to local authorities and public health directors from Public Health England.
Hyatt is latest hotel chain to announce new cleaning program amid coronavirus. Here's what hotels are doing
"We must critically examine the hotel experience from every vantage point – from our rooms and our lobbies to our spas and dining – bringing in the latest research, technology and innovation to make that happen," Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt president and CEO, said in a statement. By September, every Hyatt hotel is expected to have someone trained as a "hygiene manager," who will make sure their hotel adheres to new guidelines. These may include social distancing guidelines, prominent hand sanitizer placement, food safety and hygiene protocol implementation for restaurants and room service and increased cleaning frequency with hospital-grade disinfectants on high-touch surfaces, shared spaces and in guest rooms.
Coronavirus: Power workers living in isolation pods
Electricity workers are living in a mini village to ensure power keeps reaching homes and hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. About 18 National Grid employees have been living in pods on the site in the Midlands since the Easter weekend. Staying there helps minimise the risk of them falling ill, the company said. Among the workers is Steve Gregory, who will miss his wedding anniversary while he works to keep the electricity flowing.
Q doctor Gets 300 Clinicians Back to Work Remotely in 48 Hours, in Response to Covid-19
Q doctor, a technology provider that removes barriers for patients to access medical advice and treatment, has enabled 300 clinicians to provide remote patient care using its virtual workplace system, by scaling the capacity of its Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) connection with Cloud Gateway. Q doctor provides a virtual workspace and online video consultations solution, Q health, which gives consultants, GPs, nurses and many other medical professionals the ability to provide care, wherever the doctor or patient is based. NHS Digital and NHS England have granted approval for Q doctor to be included in an emergency Coronavirus framework, meaning Q health is now centrally funded for NHS organisations that need it.
COVID-19 Canada holds its first ‘virtual’ parliament meeting
Due to concerns about the possible spread of the coronavirus, all large gatherings of people across the country have been halted. This includes church gatherings, sports events, school classrooms, in fact gatherings of any kind and that includes to hundreds of members who normally gather in Canada’s House of Commons. To ensure parliament keeps working,and questions can be asked of the ruling Liberal government, technicians set up a ‘Zoom’ meeting with a trial on Monday and the actual question period on Tuesday.
Remdesivir: New findings on coronavirus drug 'highly significant'
Scientists in the US have announced the first effective treatment against coronavirus - an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of Covid-19 patients. While not a vaccine against Covid-19, the findings mark a major medical advance in the fight against the respiratory disease which has killed more than 220,000 people worldwide and infected more than three million. Early results of an international trial have revealed that the anti-inflammatory, anti-viral drug remdesivir, is a potential breakthrough. It is not a vaccine or a cure, but can aid with patients' recovery.
Extensive contact tracing, isolation controlled coronavirus spread in Shenzhen, China: Study
Extensive contact tracing and isolation were key tools in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Shenzhen, China, a new study has found. The study, which was published Monday in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, utilized January and February information from the Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed data from 391 COVID-19 patients and 1,286 of their close contacts, and found that extensive contact tracing and rapid isolation of potentially infected individuals reduced the time that infectious people interacted with others in the community by two days.
Large Vessel Strokes in Younger Patients Tied to COVID-19
Five COVID-19 patients ages 33 to 49 developed acute ischemic large-vessel stroke, data from a New York City health system showed. All five presented to Mount Sinai Health System from March 23 to April 7 and all tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, wrote Thomas Oxley, MD, of Mount Sinai, and colleagues, in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday.