December 2020 Newsletter

news & updates
December 2020
Healthcare in Crisis: Diagnosing Cybersecurity Shortcomings in Unprecedented Times
In the early fog of the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity took a back seat to keeping patients alive. Lost in the chaos was IT security.
When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the U.S. hard in March, the Elmhurst Hospital was forced into a logistical nightmare.
It was a grim sign of the times, as the Queens, N.Y. hospital was flooded with hundreds of sick patients, with one medical resident describing conditions as “apocalyptic”, according to a New York Times interview.
COVID-19 plus flu test allows patients to collect sample at home
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the first prescription diagnostic test for both COVID-19 and influenza A and B that allows patients to collect a sample at home and ship it to a laboratory for analysis.
The Quest Diagnostics test received emergency use authorization for use by individuals with a suspected respiratory viral infection consistent with COVID-19 when their health care provider deems home collection appropriate.
The US will have 40M doses of the COVID vaccine by the end of the year. How many people should get them?
By the end of the year, the United States government hopes to have close to 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
It plans to distribute half of those in December and hold back the other half to give the same people their second dose of the two-shot regimen.
But Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, says that’s a bad idea. Instead, Gottlieb says he would give out 35 million doses now, and presume the second doses will be available when people need them.
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