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COVID-19 Testing Sites

Due to the expansive number of COVID-19 testing centers Alabama now has, we have decided to create a standalone webpage for this information. Please click the icon to at the top of this alert to visit.

Prior Email Updates

Click the icon above to view a collection of the previous COVID-19 email updates sent by the Medical Association. We will try to update this list as quickly as possible to ensure you don't miss anything.

Current Coronavirus News and Information

5 things to know about COVID-19 this week

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new information is coming out constantly. Recently, we’ve learned new things about this virus, like how COVID-19 may actually be a blood vessel disease; a proteins in blood may predict the virus’ severity; and the Red Cross warns of a drop in blood supplies. The DO has all you need to know about these developments and more. 

What parents need to know about kids in the summer of COVID-19

As states reopen, the coming months bring the prospect of gatherings at pools, playgrounds and even amusement parks. But in this summer of COVID-19, many parents are left wondering what their kids can safely do. There isn’t a satisfactory answer, because there’s still so much unknown about the coronavirus in regards to children. Scientists don’t have a full understanding in part because they don’t have a lot of data from places well suited to provide it, such as schools and day care centers. But there are studies and reports that have provided clues. This research provides a preliminary snapshot of what the illness means for kids and their role in spreading the infection.

Genes May Leave Some People More Vulnerable to Severe Covid-19

Why do some people infected with the coronavirus suffer only mild symptoms, while others become deathly ill? Geneticists have been scouring our DNA for clues. Now, a study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Variations at two spots in the human genome are associated with an increased risk of respiratory failure in patients with Covid-19, the researchers found. One of these spots includes the gene that determines blood types. Having Type A blood was linked to a 50 percent increase in the likelihood that a patient would need to get oxygen or to go on a ventilator, according to the new study. The New York Times has a summary here.

Mistakes to avoid as you reopen your physician practice

Safely reopening a physician practice requires patience and planning. Vigilance is also needed to avoid potential pitfalls that could erase progress that had been won by taking carefully measured steps during the COVID-19 pandemic. An AMA checklist designed to help physicians manage the safe reopening of their practices emphasizes new precautions that must be taken to protect patients, clinicians and staff from COVID-19 as in-person care resumes or becomes more routine. View a summary of the recommendations here.

COVID-19 And State Medical Liability Immunity

COVID-19 has created a health care environment that is unprecedented and ripe for litigation. In addition to risking their own health and well-being to care for those suffering from COVID-19, health care professionals face the financial risk of being sued for their treatment of COVID-19 patients. Claims of medical negligence are already being pursued for COVID-19 treatment, such as refusing to prescribe hydroxychloroquine and for delays in responding to nursing call button alerts because of the requirement to put on PPE. To provide physicians with some protection from litigation in the face of this health care emergency, states have begun taking action to address medical liability. Read the full article for an overview of enacted immunity coverage and where Alabama stacks up.

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