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ICU Nurse Says Careless Attitudes Around COVID-19 Are ‘A Slap In The Face’

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Lydia Mobley, an ICU nurse pictured on Dec. 18, 2020, when she received her first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, says her hospital in central Michigan is “seeing more COVID patients, which means more people dying.” Lydia Mobley hide caption

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Health care workers across the country have been under tremendous strain as they grapple with surging coronavirus caseloads — with no end to the pandemic in sight.

This month, the U.S. hit a staggering new record of more than 302,500 new cases daily, according to Johns Hopkins University. Just this week, the country reached an all-time single-day high of 4,462 deaths.

Lydia Mobley, an intensive care unit nurse, has witnessed the abysmal human toll firsthand.

NPR last spoke with Mobley in November, when she had just started working at a hospital in central Michigan. Back then, at the start of her 10-week contract with Fastaff Travel Nursing, she said her co-workers were already burned out.

It wasn’t until some of her patients fell ill that they expressed regret for not heeding the health warnings, she said.

Now, even in the pandemic’s deadliest days, Mobley says many people in her community haven’t changed their attitudes or behaviors.

“It’s really a slap in the face to be honest,” she says in an interview on Thursday with All Things Considered. “You know, we see these commercials — ‘Thank you health care heroes’ — or see these billboards, and then you go to the grocery store, the gas station when you have to, and you see people not wearing masks. And then you go to work and you watch people die.”

“I think if the public really wants to thank us, that they will start taking things seriously and just start wearing their masks and start social distancing,” she says.

Although the initial distribution of the country’s first coronavirus vaccines gave Mobley hope at first, her optimism has since faded as she watches what she describes as a “poorly managed” rollout.

This week, the Trump administration revised its vaccine distribution strategy in an attempt to accelerate a vaccination campaign that’s been criticized for its sluggish pace.

In order to inoculate more Americans more quickly, the administration is now calling on states to administer a first dose to all people 65 and older and to those with underlying health conditions. The federal government’s previous policy required holding millions of doses in reserve until a smaller pool of Americans could receive their second of two recommended doses.

The wait has been “frustrating” and “scary” for Mobley.

“By the time of my second vaccine I felt a lot less hope because, yes, I have my doses but none of my family or friends have theirs yet,” says the ICU nurse. “It makes me mad that, we have all these doses, we should be a lot farther ahead of where we are and we’re not.”

Christopher Intagliata, Elena Burnett and Carol Klinger produced and edited the audio interview. Emma Bowman adapted it for the Web.

Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/01/15/956988994/icu-nurse-says-careless-attitudes-around-covid-19-are-a-slap-in-the-face

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Israeli Health Officials To Government: Vaccinate All Palestinians

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Palestinian elementary school students wearing protective face masks take their seats in their classroom amid the coronavirus pandemic on the first day of class in September at a United Nations-run school in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

An outgoing high official told NPR that Israel has a public health imperative to protect all Palestinians from COVID-19, plus a humanitarian obligation.

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Israel’s Supreme Court Ends Spy Agency Cellphone Tracking Of COVID-19 Infections

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A man speaks on his mobile phone in the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem in December. In the early days of the pandemic, Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its own people, tracking civilians

About a year ago the country’s domestic intelligence agency began monitoring Israelis’ movements through cellular phone location data, leading critics to say it was spying on its own citizens.

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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Rollout Begins In U.S. As COVID-19 Cases Tick Up

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The first box of Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has started shipping its first vaccine doses across the U.S., adding a third vaccine to the country’s arsenal as public health officials warn of an uptick in cases.

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Remote Assistance: How Augmented Reality is Helping Businesses During the Pandemic

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In recent years, the way businesses operate and how consumers buy and consume has faced many changes. The current reality has made thousands of offices unnecessary by replacing them with work from home, at the same time the development of the so-called work remotely has undergone drastic development. Of course, when embracing remote work there are many tools and technologies that have made it easier to adopt in this new reality.

As is a quite evident day by day, the current market environment forces businesses to continue to find and use innovative solutions to cope with these difficult conditions. Now, more than ever, Remote Assistance and Augmented Reality /AR are the key to business continuity and are playing an important role in fostering future business growth. Given that the transformation that has taken place has centered on technology, then many businesses have also focused on AR technology as a way to increase productivity and create an interconnected interaction between the workforce.

Already accepting AR technology many businesses have at their disposal many tools and platforms to continue remote service operations. We can mention here VSight Remote, which despite the impact the pandemic has had, continues to provide sustainable solutions by turning remote assistance into an essential tool for avoiding operational outages on the ground.

The following points highlight how businesses can use AR Remote Assistance to continue operations, not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but also further, considering the positive and long-term impact that this technology makes possible.

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1. An unexpected problem requires an immediate solution.

Many businesses not only produce and sell but at the same time have to maintain specialized equipment belonging to the industrial sector where they operate. As the distribution of workforce varies in locations around the world, there is a need to reduce site visits — including pre-installation visits. To reduce reliance on site visits, businesses through AR Remote Assistance enable the headquarter workforce to interact at a distance with site workers and improve efficiency by being able to solve problems encountered quickly — without the need to make a trip towards the location of the problem. In this way businesses do not waste time but continue to work normally, finding the right solutions thanks to Remote Assistance.

2. Distribution of knowledge at a distance but with the same efficiency.

Another goal that businesses aim to keep in check at all times is the quality of service they provide. Not only in the expert-site worker connection but also in the one between the expert and the customers, it is important that the distance support is provided at the right time and in high quality. Now through Remote Assistance site workers especially gain from the extraordinary benefits by receiving the guidance of headquarter experts who make it possible to disseminate knowledge in real-time. Businesses using Remote Assistance make it possible for their experienced experts to be anywhere, right away. This means a greater engagement on the part of site workers. In addition, integrating remote assistance into their wearable devices, such as smart glasses facilitate the freedom of action during the performance of various tasks. Remote Assistance solution is seen as a valuable way not only for knowledge transfer but also for faster and more efficient employee training.

3. Fast cooperation worldwide.

The Remote Assistance solution offers ease of use by connecting the workforce worldwide. As mentioned above, site employees can now take advantage of the opportunity to successfully perform their tasks hands-free. Experts can now interact in real-time with site workers and at the same time interact in the same documents or images, using AR annotations and even adding 3D models to the live video streaming environment. With the help of remote collaboration, the time to perform all these operations is faster and does not require numerous manuals that are often quite distracting.

4. Create long-term and efficient solutions for the future of the business.

Successfully adopting AR-based Remote Assistance is a step towards ensuring business continuity not only during this global pandemic. The wide potential of this Remote Assistance is quite favorable to be used further by businesses for a longer period. All of this may be feasible given the fact that this technology makes it possible for businesses to reap the benefits that are quite valuable. Some of these benefits, as touched on above, are to facilitate remote maintenance inspections, improve remote collaboration, reduce the number of technicians deployed on the site, and facilitate the way the workforce performs its tasks.

Businesses that have adopted Remote Assistance and Augmented Reality prove how they can benefit from them by facilitating the operating processes between the trio of actors expert-technician and customer. This AR Remote Assistance has long-term benefits that enable significant business growth and the need to ensure business continuity is seen as a much-needed reason to start utilizing it.

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Remote Assistance: How Augmented Reality is Helping Businesses During the Pandemic was originally published in AR/VR Journey: Augmented & Virtual Reality Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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