As the Wuhan virus spreads, doctors in Wuhan say they face a ‘flooding’ of patients and not enough protective gear

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A doctor in the Chinese city of Wuhan said that thousands of patients are waiting for hours to see doctors, though doctors have been advised not to come into work for fear of catching the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The unnamed Wuhan doctor spoke to the BBC and discussed what conditions are like for medical staff in the city under lockdown.
The doctor told BBC News that the actual number of infected people “is probably higher” than what has been reported.
Another unnamed doctor told the South China Morning Post that the outbreak among medical staff was due to a lack of information and protective gear.
As of Friday morning, the disease has infected more than 830 people and killed 25 others.
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A doctor in the Chinese city of Wuhan said that thousands of patients are waiting for hours to see doctors.

The doctor at a Wuhan hospital told BBC News that there has been “an alarming rate of spread” of the deadly novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, over the last two weeks in the city.

BBC News declined to identify the doctor in order to protect her identity.

The new coronavirus can pass from human to human, and it has infected 830 people and killed 25 as of Friday morning.

As a precaution, the entire city of Wuhan, as well as other nearby cities of Huanggang and Ezhou have been locked down in an unprecedented quarantine against the disease, affecting about 23 million people.

The doctor told BBC News that scores of citizens have lined up at Wuhan hospitals in panic.

“The hospitals have been flooding with patients, there are thousands, I haven’t seen so many before,” the doctor said. “I am scared because this is a new virus and the figures are alarming.”

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The Prosecutors Role In Doing And Undoing Mass Incarceration

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The U.S. is the incarceration capital of the world — thanks to its record for the highest incarceration rate, with more than 20% of the world’s prison population.

Several factors are behind America’s incarceration boom over the last 40 years — including the War on Drugs and lengthy mandatory minimum sentences. But one that’s overlooked is the role prosecutors played — and can still play — in turning things around.

Fordham University Law Professor John Pfaff says overzealous prosecutors have had the biggest impact on mass incarceration so far.

PFAFF: “So you get arrested, what’s the chance the D.A. says, ‘I’m going to charge you with this felony.’ It’s almost doubled.”

In the 1990s, even though the crime rate was consistently falling, two trend lines continued to increase right alongside each other — the number of prosecutors being hired and the number of people being incarcerated.

Pfaff’s book, “Locked In” says this hiring trend explains how the United States doubled its prison population at a time when there was consistently less crime and fewer criminals.

PFAFF: “As crime was rising sharply between the 1970s and the 1990s, we hired about 3,000 more prosecutors nationwide. From 17,000 to 20,000. From 1990 to 2008, as crime fell and serious crime fell, we hired 10,000 more prosecutors from 20,000 to 30,000. So crime is going up we hire 3k, crime is going down we hire 10,000, 3x as many. … There’s no evidence that a prosecutor today is any more punitive or aggressive than a prosecutor certainly in 1990 if not in 1970. We just have more of them, and they’ve got to do something.”

Lately, in cities and states across the country, tough-on-crime attorneys are being replaced by prosecutors campaigning on decarceration.

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Dr. Pimple Popper treated a man with bubbling grape-sized nose growths that prevented him from breathing

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During this week’s episode of the show “Dr. Pimple Popper,” dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee helped a man who had trouble breathing because of his grape-sized nose growths.
55-year-old Tony said the condition had been growing for five years and other doctors said they had no way to help him.
Lee diagnosed Tony with a rhinophyma, a benign tumor that can appear bumpy and red.
To remove the growths, Lee used a heated wire to burn off excess skin and a scalpel to cut them off.
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In this week’s episode of the hit TLC show “Dr. Pimple Popper,” dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee treated a man with potentially life-threatening nose growths that prevented him from breathing.

Tony, a 55-year-old resident of Clinton, Tennessee, had two grape-sized growths dangling from his nose, which had smaller bump-like growths on its tip.

According to Tony, whose last name wasn’t mentioned, the growth are often pus-filled and give off a bad odor that smells “like rancid fish oil.”

The growths started to develop five years ago when Tony began taking heart-health medication. Soon after starting the medication, he said it felt like his nose was bubbling and then the growths started to form and grow quickly.

Eventually, they become so heavy Tony had trouble breathing because the growths blocked his nose. He said if he breathed in too hard through his nose, the growths would trap air from entering. To prevent this, Tony breathed lightly or physically held his growths out of the way to stop himself from suffocating.

At night, Tony wore a breathing mask with a strap that kept his nose growths out of the way. It also pushed air into his nose so he could get oxygen while sleeping. Without the mask, Tony said he …read more

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