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Sheila M. Eldred


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Health journalist Sheila Mulrooney Eldred has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News and many other publications. She has been a National Press Foundation fellow and was recently named Minnesota Media & Publishing Association's Contributor of the Year. She lives in Minneapolis.



Pivoting in a Pandemic

Back in January, before the terms “social distancing” and “PPE” (personal protective equipment) peppered conversations, before COVID-19 even had a name, some of Minnesota’s top health care leaders met with technical staff at 3M’s headquarters in Maplewood and urged the company to ramp up production of N95 respirators. The company responded by quadrupling production and airlifting masks to hotspots in New York City and Seattle. “That saved thousands of lives,” says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.
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'Not New York in April,' But Docs In New Hot Spots Face Fatigue

When people in Houston find out that Hilary Fairbrother, MD, works in emergency medicine, they give her an extra-wide berth — even though she always wears a mask. At home, if she has a sniffle, she wonders if it's allergies or COVID-19. And she can't forget what it was like to put a previously healthy 35-year-old on a ventilator.
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The Latest Pandemic PPE Shortage: Gowns

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. When Daniel DelCastillo, DMD, takes his disposable gown off after a day of work at his dental office in Miami, he sprays it down with a mixture of water and Pinesol, then carefully wipes it down with a towel.
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Mpls protests: Friend of trucker speaks out

When Lonnie McQuirter, owner of a beloved gas station in south Minneapolis, saw the clip of
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Police Arrest, Allegedly Target Medics at Twin Cities Protests

When police surrounded a group of volunteer medics after curfew ended a protest on Sunday night in St. Paul, Mary Roach was mystified. As a cop zip-tied her, she asked why she was being arrested and reminded him that medics were exempt from the curfew.
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Nurses Disciplined, Fired for Wearing Hospital-Issued Scrubs

At a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, nurses allege they were retaliated against for speaking out about safety concerns, including inadequate PPE.
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Which Specialties Are at Highest Risk for Contracting COVID-19?

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The doctor in China who risked his job to warn the world about COVID-19 was not a frontline emergency medicine or ICU doctor. Li Wenliang, MD, was an ophthalmologist, a glaucoma specialist who died after contracting the virus from an asymptomatic patient.
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U of M Professors' Design Adds Layer of Protection for Health Care Workers from COVID-19 Patients

Local doctors realized that protection beyond masks and gowns would be key for health care workers to stay safe during critical moments of taking care of patients with coronavirus.
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Rural Hospitals Prepare for Two Vastly Different Scenarios

On March 14, the Saturday before school closed for the year, more than 400 people attended a quinceañera in rural Doniphan, Nebraska — population 829. Two of the attendees later tested positive for COVID-19. And now, 7 weeks later, Hall County, home to Doniphan, leads the state in COVID-19 incidence. It has over 1000 cases, more than double that of urban Douglas County, where Omaha is located.
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Doc Suspended for Exposing Poor Social-Distancing Practices, She Says

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Obstetrician Ana Sanchez, MD, was forced to abruptly leave a laboring patient when St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, suspended her privileges and barred her from campus.
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Rapidly Changing PPE Policies Sow Confusion

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. In the Ob/Gyn department at Main Line Health, a suburban Philadelphia hospital, rules surrounding personal protective equipment (PPE) have evolved — from minimal use to measured caution — over the past few weeks.
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NYC Hospitals Require Healthcare Workers to Report in Person, Even for Phone and Telehealth Work

A social worker in New York City was home, caring for his sick son, when the hospital at which he works ordered him to report back to work. His son had COVID-19, yet his hospital told him he had to show up in person.
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Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two kids. Click on the resume icon to read more about her career.