Doctors play catch-up on undiagnosed cancers during pandemic — 8/10/20

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Today we highlight a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about one of the many indirect medical harms of the coronavirus pandemic: cases of undiagnosed cancer. 

“When hospitals started postponing nonemergency services in March due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, routine cancer screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies were canceled,” Jordan Nutting reports. “Physicians know the drop off in screening has allowed cancer cases to go undetected. The worry now is that patients’ cancers will be diagnosed later, potentially leading to poorer health outcomes.”

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A man is tested for COVID-19 by a National Guard member, who uses a swab to gather material from inside both of the man’s nostrils in the parking lot of Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway, in May during the first session of community testing in Racine County.

Doctors know they missed cancer cases because routine screenings were canceled. Now, they’re playing catch-up.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 testing ability dropping because supplies are being redirected to other statesJournal Times 

Big Ten set to shut down its 2020 football season because of COVID-19. Can the league hold a season in the spring?Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Epic Systems loosens mandates on employees returning to workWisconsin State Journal 

La Crosse already had a housing crisis, but COVID-19 worsened itLa Crosse Tribune 

Mask violation reporting form stirs debate on mandate enforcementWPR 

Simple new experiment reveals which face masks are best at blocking dropletsScienceAlert 

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“Scientific evidence shows that when all people wear masks in public, transmission of COVID-19 is reduced. The virus is insidious, it doesn’t respect geographic boundaries, and we need to do everything possible to prevent its spread throughout our state. I strongly urge each of us to wear a mask in public as a simple and effective act to protect yourself and others.”

Dr. John Raymond, Sr., president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, as quoted by WTMJ-TV

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45,000 masks and counting: COVID-19 stopped the Mexican Fiesta. But it didn’t stop its organizers.Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

‘You can’t get more basic than diapers’: Dane County Diaper Bank covers gap in federal assistance programsWisconsin State Journal 

City COVID-19 programs aid small businessesBaraboo News Republic

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