A Complete Guide to Where the Stars of Tiger King Are Now

To say we’re grateful for Tiger King in times like these would be an understatement. 

The Netflix docu-series weaves the absurd and at times unbelievable story of Joe Exotic, an exotic animal zookeeper whose feud with fellow big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin comes to a dramatic climax when the FBI begins investigating whether or not Joe took out a hit on his similarly eccentric rival.

Between Joe’s descent into what those closest to him described as insanity, filmmakers introduce a cast of characters with their own stories just as unique as the tiger king himself. 

If you’ve already binged the seven-part series, you know how the saga ends. But where are Joe’s former employees and other controversial figures from Tiger King now, and how do they really feel about their on-screen portrayal?

Find out below: 

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Joe Exotic

The 57-year-old, whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving out a 22-year prison sentence for orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin and violating several wildlife laws. He admitted to euthanizing five tigers on the grounds of his Greater Wynnewood Zoo in Oklahoma, but claimed it was because they were “in pain.” 

Joe recently spoke to Netflix from behind bars and said he feels “ashamed” of his actions. “I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga. It’s now time to turn the tables and get Joe out of jail a free man and exonerated from all these charges,” he said. Tiger King filmmakers have also said that Joe would like either Brad Pitt or David Spade to portray him in the scripted adaptation of his life. 

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Carole Baskin

Carole and her husband, Howard Baskin, continue to run Big Cat Rescue, their purported animal sanctuary in Florida. She has, however, slammed the Netflix series as “salacious” and “sensational,” going as far to refute the speculation about her involvement in the unsolved disappearance of her second husband, Jack “Don” Lewis, in a lengthy blog post. 

“The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims,” Baskin wrote. “They did not care about truth. The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.”

In response to resurged interest in the cold case, authorities are seeking new leads from the public. 

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Bhagavan "Doc" Antle

The cult-like figure and his Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in South Carolina drew just as much fascination and horror as Joe Exotic among viewers. Since Tiger King‘s release, Antle has rejected all allegations of illegal animal euthanasia and dismissed one former employee’s claim that he has a “harem of wives” living on the zoo’s compound. 

“That’s fresh,” he told Vanity Fair. “I’ve got people popping out of the woodwork, welders, contractors, and people I’ve paid millions of dollars to, to enrich my facility… They know us so well… and not a soul ever imagined that there is a cult going on here. There are a lot of cute girls here, because the conservation movement does draw in cute girls. But those cute girls have nothing to do with this old fat guy running the place.”

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Jeff Lowe

Following Joe’s conviction, the shady Las Vegas businessman and his wife took over operations for the G.W. Zoo. During a recent appearance on Lights Out With David Spade, Lowe confirmed that despite financial strain, they still have plans to move the animals to a new 55-acre facility in Oklahoma this summer. 

As for Lowe’s reaction to Tiger King, he said, “[Director Eric Goode] made us look like sluts but it’s really helping us get laid, so it worked out OK that way.”

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Dillon Passage

Joe Exotic and his fourth husband were only married eight months at the time of his 2018 arrest, but the 24-year-old has remained loyal to the former exotic animal keeper and said he has “no regrets” about their relationship.

In fact, Passage credits Joe as the reason he kicked an addiction to prescription pills. As he explained to Variety, “Joe helped me get healthy again, get me in the right mental state. I felt alone. I felt like there was going to be nobody there for me. Joe made me feel like there was reason to be alive.”

Passage now works as a bartender in western Florida. 

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John Finlay

Finlay was just 19 when Joe hired him to work at the zoo in 2003. A decade later, they wed in an unofficial three-way ceremony with Travis Maldonado, who died from an accidentally self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2017. According to Texas Monthly, their relationship ended in 2014, when Finlay was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly attacking Joe in the zoo’s parking lot. 

He’s since made a new life for himself, complete with a shiny set of teeth. Finlay recently told TMZ that he’s working as a welder in Oklahoma, engaged to a woman and six years sober from drugs. Meanwhile, he wants Channing Tatum or Shia LaBeouf to play him in the upcoming miniseries. 

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Saff Saffery

Even after losing part of his arm in a tiger attack, Saffery stayed on as the G.W. Zoo’s manager through 2018. Saffery told Esquire that he recently relocated to California, and now works a “clock in, clock out job.”

“I invested so much blood, sweat, and tears into that place, and for my own health and sanity, I needed to take a break,” he explained. “Those colleagues—and those were friends in the deepest meaning of the word—and I would love to reconnect. But I would also love to find myself first.”

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Erik Cowie

Cowie, who worked as the head zookeeper for five years, was called to testify at Joe’s trial, where he alleged that older tigers were often shot and killed by Joe to free up space for new animals. “We needed three cages. He wiped out five cats,” he told local reporters at the time. “He came up a 4-10 in his hand and I knew he just shot Cuddles. I heard it, and he comes up the hill and goes… ‘If I knew it was going to be this easy to just walk right up the cage, I was just going to kill them all.'”

Filmmakers followed Cowie as he left the zoo and began working as a cook at an Oklahoma restaurant. He has yet to comment publicly on the Netflix series. 

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John Reinke

Reinke worked at the zoo for several years up until Joe’s arrest and Lowe took over the operation. Nowadays, he’s primarily focused on another lifelong passion completely unrelated to animals: car racing. Reinke told Speed51 that he now lives in Texas and co-owns two racetracks while also working as a mechanic. 

“I have not talked to Joe since he’s been incarcerated,” he shared on Lights Out With David Spade. “Not because I hate Joe. I got to love the guy. I was there for 14 years… We just built a bond and I knew that if I called him while he was incarcerated, he wouldn’t shut his mouth.” 

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Rick Kirkham

After losing all the footage he planned to use in a reality TV series about Joe in an arson fire (the origin of which is still unknown), Kirkham moved back to Texas and suffered what he described to the Tiger King filmmakers as a nervous breakdown. Kirkham, who according to his Facebook now lives in Norway and works as a freelance reporter, has recently claimed that he shot footage of Joe killing the zoo’s animals prior to the fire. 

“Joe was a surreal, one-of-a-kind figure—a very, very evil guy at heart, but also very lost, and I think that is why you almost feel sorry for him in the documentary series at some point. Believe me, there is nothing there to feel sorry about. He was a very evil guy to the animals and the people that worked for him,” Kirkham told Extra

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Joshua Dial

After serving as Joe’s campaign manager during his failed run for governor of Oklahoma, Dial cut all ties with the controversial figure. 

“I have tried to move on, and I have been successful so far. I was given a new life and a second chance when I met my fiancé; I have no desire to bring any of that pain into my life,” he told Oxygen.com, referencing the shooting death of Maldonado, which he witnessed. Dial explained, “I have a hard time sitting in offices now, I think it’s related to how Travis killed himself in the office at the zoo. So I really don’t know which line of work I’d like to go in.”

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James Garretson

The former strip club owner played a major role in Joe’s arrest by acting as a confidential informant for the FBI. In a recent interview with Australian radio show Carly & Seamus, Garretson said he’s faced backlash for his role in Joe’s demise. 

As he put it, “It comes down to Joe was killing a lot of animals so people can call me whatever they want to call me. I feel I did the right thing. If you’re an animal lover, you’re not going to call me a snitch.”

He now lives in south Florida and operates a jet ski business. 

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available to stream on Netflix. 

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Kristen Bell Reveals Why Dax Shepard Needs CGI Assistance Should He Get ‘Tiger King’ Role

The ‘CHiPs’ star has got the support of John Finlay as he heavily endorses himself for the part of Finlay’s husband Joe Exotic in a potential film or TV series project.

AceShowbizDax Shepard is heavily campaigning for the role of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” star Joe Exotic in a new TV series or big screen project after learning the jailed zoo boss’ ex-husband thinks he’d be perfect for the role.

Dax’s wife Kristen Bell admits the “CHiPs” star was thrilled to hear John Finlay had endorsed his campaign to grab the part of Joe Exotic, and now the Hollywood couple is doing everything it can to make the dream a reality.

“Dax would be so thrilled, because we loved that show!” Bell told Entertainment Tonight.

But she admits there is one snag – Dax has “an actual massive fear of killer animals.”

“One time, we went to Africa and he was very hesitant in the van to even look out the window when we were on a safari watching the animals,” she explained, “so he said that they’d have to figure out how to CGI big cats. He said, ‘I’m not gonna be doing any stunts with a 600-pound animal.’ “

“But he’s very much in. He’s very much campaigning for the role. I think he would be brilliant.”

Finlay recently told ET he’d like Channing Tatum to portray him in a potential “Tiger King” movie – a casting coup Bell also loves.

“That’s genius,” she added. “And also, Dax and Channing are very good friends, so they could pull this off easily. They have to do it!”

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Morrison's workers told to expect £1,000 bonuses

Morrison’s workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis are told to expect £1,000 bonuses – after Ocado, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all pledged 10% windfall

  • Their staff will be paid a 6 per cent increase on earnings over the next 12 months
  • It will also include new hires who were employed to deal with recent demand
  • Supermarkets saw grocery sales rising by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks 

Frontline staff at Morrisons have been told to expect a £1,000 windfall after the company pledged to triple their annual bonuses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Employees working in Morrisons supermarkets across the UK will be paid a 6 per cent increase on their earnings over the next 12 months, managers said on Thursday.

The announcement comes after Ocado, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco all promised similar measures. 

Employees working in Morrisons supermarkets across the UK will be paid a 6 per cent increase on their earnings over the next 12 months, managers said on Thursday 

Morrisons said that the bonus will represents an extra £1,050 for full-time employees and will also be paid to staff who are off sick or self-isolating.

The scheme will also include the new hires that the supermarket has made to help deal with added demand sparked by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Clare Grainger, group people director, said: ‘Our highly valued colleagues have stood tall amidst the coronavirus pandemic, playing their full part in feeding the nation.

‘We want to thank every single one of them for their continued hard work during these unprecedented times by paying a much higher guaranteed bonus for the whole year in recognition of their effort.’

It comes after a whole host of other supermarket chains announced similar measures. 

Ocado, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have all pledged to give a 10 per cent bonus to its staff on the frontline.  

Asda also promised an extra week’s pay in June and Marks & Spencer said it would give workers an extra 15 per cent pay.

Supermarkets dealt with record levels of demand in March with combined grocery sales rising by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks, according to figures released by Kantar earlier this week. Pictured: Shoppers queue outside a Morrisons store in Surrey

Supermarkets dealt with record levels of demand in March with combined grocery sales rising by 20.6 per cent in the last four weeks, according to figures released by Kantar earlier this week.   

Tesco sales jumped 5.5 per cent, Asda saw growth of 4.9 per cent and Morrisons enjoyed a 4.6 per cent increase.

But Sainsbury’s became the best performer of the traditional big four supermarkets after experiencing a growth in sales by 7.4 per cent. 

Experts say that more food was bought last month than over Christmas despite the stores having less time to prepare for the rush.  

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Home births will likely need to be cancelled because of coronavirus

The NHS is starting to suspend home births amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With official guidance telling us to stay at home as much as possible in order to save lives, you might assume that giving birth at home would be the best option – but medics are warning that hospitals could be the safest place.

This is particularly true for pregnant women who have symptoms of the virus. So, that’s a new, continuous cough and a high temperature.

Doctors say that because home births can require additional medical resources, they are not suitable for women who may have the illness.

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are among those which have already suspended home births.

‘Due to Covid-19 we will be temporarily suspending our homebirth services so we can provide safe care to all women having a baby with us,’ the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tweeted,

‘Your midwife will have discussed this with you, we appreciate your co-operation and apologise for the inconvenience.’

This is an incredibly difficult time to be pregnant.

The Government recently included pregnant women in the ‘vulnerable’ section of society who need to protect themselves more crefully from coronavirus.

Not only are these women now in the high-risk category, they have also had their support systems stripped away with the cancellation of antenatal and postnatal classes, groups and clinics. Birth partners are no longer able to attend appointments with them or in some cases even be present at the birth, and friends and family who would usually be a source of support are in lockdown.

Add to that a last minute change to your ideal birthing plan, and that is likely to cause a significant amount of anxiety.

‘We knew tighter restrictions were likely to come into force, but with the NHS now suspending home births in some areas of the country as well as the use of freestanding midwifery units (birth centres), anxiety will be heightened further,’ says Siobhan Miller, founder of The Positive Birth Company.

‘We know that thousands of pregnant women across the UK are concerned about not being able to give birth where they had planned, or whether they will even be able to have their birth partner with them.’ 

Siobhan says that in times of uncertainty, home can often feel like the safest place for pregnant women. She is keen to stress that home birth may still be an option for women who are showing no symptoms of coronavirus and are otherwise healthy.

‘As a first step, we recommend pregnant women should get in touch with their midwife or local maternity hospital to find out what options are available to them in their area, so they can prepare accordingly if plans have to change,’ she explains.

The Positive Birth Company has an online hypnobirthing course and is running a range of free Q&A sessions with experts on their Instagram page.

‘There’s also a huge amount of digital services and online courses available to help educate and empower pregnant women during this difficult time, and provide them with much-needed reassurance and support as well as access to a number of healthcare professionals,’ says Siobhan.

‘For those who face giving birth without their partner present, we recommend using a virtual birth partner, such as our Freya app. Freya will coach you through every surge and help you relax in between and ensure you never give birth alone.’ 

Private midwifery services have already reported an increase in people searching for support for home births because of NHS services being suspended.

‘Maternity services will do what they can to honour your birth plan. However, home births require two midwives to be away from the unit, so there may be times when this is not possible,’ said the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in a statement.

‘We are currently advising against homebirth for anyone with suspected or diagnosed Covid-19, due to the continuous monitoring and medical backup that is needed to keep you and your baby safe.’

If you are healthy and planning a home birth, this may still be possible. But, as the pandemic progresses and the pressure on the NHS increases, it may not be feasible for departments to spare two midwives for every home birth.

The Royal College of Midwives has called for the NHS to protect maternity services to safeguard pregnant women in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The warning comes as RCM research revealed that while almost one in 10 midwife posts were absent prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but now, one in five midwife roles are currently vacant.

Over a fifth of those polled reported local midwife-led maternity units have been closed, with more than a third of areas totally stopping home births.

‘While other areas of the health service can postpone and cancel procedures, there is still an ongoing need for maternity services,’ Gill Walton, chief executive of the RCM told the Independent.

‘Women are still pregnant, still having babies, and they need the care and support of properly resourced maternity services. We have to ensure that midwives and maternity support workers are ring-fenced from any redeployment to ensure that women continue to receive safe care.

‘Coronavirus is exposing the gaps that already exist in maternity services. The shortage of midwives has doubled since the start of the outbreak, a situation which is only likely to worsen as the pandemic spreads further.’

There is currently little to no data available on how the virus affects women in early stages of pregnancy – including the first and second trimester.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says that the UK is conducting ‘near real-time’ surveillance of all women who develop Covid-19 during pregnancy and their newborn babies and will update their website if there is any change in their evidence.

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Sharks hunt in warmer rather than hot waters around the equator

Sharks like to hunt in waters around Europe, South Africa and the US because they dislike the warm waters around the equator

  • Researchers studied 900 million incidents of sharks attacking fishing line bait
  • They looked at records from 1960 to 2014 for sharks, tuna, sailfish and marlin
  • The Bern team found that most predatory fish were found in temperate waters 

Sharks prefer to hunt in cooler waters around Europe, South Africa and the USA as they dislike warm oceans around the equator, a study discovered.

Researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland, looked at records of attacks by large fish such as sharks on ocean fishing lines between 1960 and 2014.

There were more than 900 million recorded incidents of sharks, tuna, sailfish and marlin trying to take the bait from longlines put out by fishermen.

The team, led by Marius Roesti, found that predatory fish were more often found hunting in mid-latitude areas than around the equator. 

The Bern team found that predator attacks were more frequent in temperate regions – roughly between 30 and 60 degrees north and south

Caribbean reef sharks, Carcharhinus perezi, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, Caribbean Sea. Researchers from the University of Bern, Switzerland, looked at records of attacks by large fish such as sharks on ocean fishing lines between 1960 and 2014.

Biodiversity tends to increase in both the oceans and on land around the equator due to the more humid climate and warmer temperatures.

Despite the wider range of species, studies of land based ecosystems found mixed evidence that they were interacting with each other more than in cooler climates.

Very little was known before this study about the geographical variation in the way ocean species interact with each other.

Roesti and colleagues found that predator attacks were more frequent in temperate regions – roughly between 30 and 60 degrees north and south.

They found the same pattern across four different ocean basins and over the 54 years of data – with predators having a strong preference for mid-latitude waters.

The amount of predatory fish hunting drops off again as you get towards the poles – so the their focus is almost completely on mid-latitude areas.

As you get towards the poles the main predators are marine mammals, seabirds and deep-water fish rather than sharks, tuna and marlin.

‘Since Darwin and Wallace, biologists have suggested that interactions between species become stronger towards the equator,’ the authors wrote. 

‘The prevailing idea is that less extreme climatic conditions in the tropics allow for an increase in the frequency and intensity of species interactions, such that species interactions become the dominant selective force at lower latitudes.’

They found that ‘relative predation was in no case strongest near the equator as expected under the biotic interactions hypothesis.’

‘Instead, relative predation peaked in or near the temperate zone.’

This pattern was particularly pronounced in the Southern hemisphere, where relative predation was 65 per cent stronger on average than near the equator. 

Grey Reef Sharks at Osprey Reef. Sharks are more likely to hunt in mid-latitude waters rather than warmer equatorial climates

Predator attacks were also linked to how many open ocean fish species were available in the water at the time of the hunt. 

The paper’s authors say these results may help explain recent findings that the rate of formation of new and distinct species in marine fish increase away from the equator.

It was previously thought that interactions between species lead to an increase in the diversity of species.

‘Perhaps the most provocative part of the species interactions hypothesis is that strong ecological interactions occurring over short time scales lead to increased species richness over evolutionary time,’ the authors wrote.

This is done either by driving speciation or by facilitating the coexistence of species.

‘In contrast to this idea, we found a negative association between the strength of relative predation and overall oceanic fish species richness across latitude in three out of four ocean basins. 

‘While species richness of open ocean fish in our analysis shows the prototypical peak near the equator, we note that species richness in some other groups of marine organisms peaks away from the equator.’

The research has been published in the journal Nature Communications. 

WHAT DOES THE GREAT WHITE SHARK’S DNA TELL US?

The genome of the great white shark has finally been decoded, and it may hold the key to discovering a cure for cancer.

The genome is far bigger than that of a human and contains a plethora of mutations that protect against cancer and other age-related diseases.

It contains an estimated 4.63 billion ‘base pairs’, the chemical units of DNA, making it one-and-a-half times bigger than its human counterpart.

Within the great white’s DNA is evidence of around 24,500 protein-encoding genes, compared with 19,000 to 20,000 in the average human.

Great white sharks, which measure up to 20 feet long (six metres) and weigh as much as three tonnes, are ancient giants that have been on Earth for at least 16 million years.

The animal’s genetic code also gives them enhanced wound healing which allows them to recover from severe ailments.

Experts believe the great white genome evolved to be stable and disease resistant and could be key in developing future treatments.

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NYU Langone tells ER doctors to 'think more critically' about who gets ventilators

NYC coronavirus cases surge as hospital system is collapsing: ER doctor

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NYU Langone Health, one of the nation's top academic medical centers, told emergency-room doctors that they have "sole discretion" to place patients on ventilators and institutional backing to "withhold futile intubations."

A March 28 email from Robert Femia, who heads the New York health center's department of emergency medicine, underscored the life-or-death decisions placed on the shoulders of bedside physicians as they treat increasing numbers of coronavirus patients with a limited supply of ventilators.

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New York state guidelines, established in 2015, recommend that hospitals appoint a triage officer or committee — someone other than the attending physician — to decide who gets a ventilator when rationing is necessary. The guidelines say that removing the decision from the physician treating the patient avoids a conflict of interest, allows an officer or committee with access to overall ventilator availability to make the call and prevents health worker burnout and stress.

Dr. Femia said in his email, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, that experts and leaders at NYU Langone were creating internal guidance on how to allocate ventilators, which are in short supply across New York City. But the emergency department couldn't afford to wait, he said.

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"In Emergency Medicine, we do not have the luxury of time, data, or committees to help with our critical triage decisions," he wrote. "Senior hospital leadership recognizes this and supports us to use our best clinical judgment."

Dr. Femia wrote that decisions about "airway management" and whether to use a ventilator or other respiratory support devices were at the sole discretion of treating physicians, but he told doctors to "think more critically about who we intubate."

"For those patients who you feel intubation will not change their ultimate clinical outcome (for example cardiac arrests, some chronic disease patients at end of life, etc) you will have support in your decision making at the department and institutional level to withhold futile intubations," he wrote, referring to the tubes attached to ventilators that are inserted in the mouths of patients and sit above the lungs.

Jim Mandler, a spokesman for NYU Langone Health, said Dr. Femia's email outlined guidance that had long been in place.

"We felt it was important to re-emphasize to our emergency medicine staff what these guidelines explicitly say, and to assure them that the decisions that they make at the bedside will be supported," he said.

Mr. Mandler added that NYU Langone was "not at the point in which these judgments need to be made within the current scope of care."

Dr. Femia's email came amid a surge in patients at NYU Langone hospitals.

NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan recorded 332 coronavirus patients in hospital beds on Monday, an 84% increase since Thursday, according to internal figures sent to staffers.

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Another 125 patients were in intensive care on Monday, more than double the number reported by the hospital on Thursday, according to the internal figures. At NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn, intensive-care patients increased to 36 from 21 over that same period.

NYU medical-school residents also treat patients at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the city's largest public hospital, which had 448 coronavirus patients in intensive care as of Monday, according to the figures.

Some NYU Langone doctors said they were unsettled by Dr. Femia's email.

"Asking ED physicians to make snap judgments about how well a patient will do based on little to no information is a tremendous burden to place on them," one doctor said.

"As a doctor, I don't know how to make the call," another said. The doctor said so far there was no evidence of anyone withholding care from patients. But what the email calls for "seems way too close to playing God."

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The same day doctors received the guidance from Dr. Femia, they also got a reminder not to speak to news reporters without permission from NYU Langone's Office of Communications and Marketing.

Kathy Lewis, executive vice president for communications and marketing, said in an email that NYU Langone's longstanding policy required faculty, residents and staff to forward all media inquiries to her office.

"Anyone who does not adhere to this policy, or who speaks or disseminates information to the media without explicit permission of the Office of Communications and Marketing, will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination," Ms. Lewis wrote.

Mr. Mandler, the NYU Langone spokesman, said the policy was meant to ensure that only NYU Langone officials with the most current information about coronavirus speak to reporters.

"We have a responsibility to the public at large to ensure that the information they receive from our institution is accurate," he said.

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A 5-Minute Novel Coronavirus Test Is Rolling Out This Week

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorization for a novel coronavirus test that delivers results in as little as five minutes.
  • The new, faster test from Abbott Laboratories uses the portable ID Now system to diagnose patients at the point of care.
  • Abbott Laboratories plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting this week.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for a new novel coronavirus test from Abbott Laboratories. Results from the speedy test come back in as little as five minutes and don’t require shuttling samples to a lab.

The Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test, a portable device the size of a toaster, uses molecular testing technology to detect fragments of the coronavirus genome. (Fun fact: It takes a bit longer to rule out a COVID-19 diagnosis—patients can expect to wait up to 13 minutes for a negative result.)

The new test will potentially cut days off of testing wait times, while also helping to alleviate issues caused by the lack of COVID-19 tests throughout the country. Tests are heading straight to healthcare workers this week. “Through the incredible work of teams across Abbott, we expect to deliver 50,000 COVID-19 tests per day to healthcare professionals on the front lines, where testing capabilities are needed most,” Chris Scoggins, senior vice president of Rapid Diagnostics for Abbott shared in a statement. “Portable molecular testing expands the country’s capacity to get people answers faster.”

The test uses a swab sample from the nose or the back of the throat, like novel coronavirus tests currently in use. Then, that is mixed with a chemical solution that opens up the virus and releases its RNA immediately. The ID Now system reads the sequences of the novel coronavirus genome, revealing the diagnosis in minutes. Even if there is only a small amount of COVID-19 found in the sample, the machine can amplify it enough to be detectable.

The portability of the test is just as impressive. It can be used by healthcare professionals outside of traditional hospitals with no need for a central lab facility. “The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus,” Robert B. Ford, president and chief operating officer of Abbott shared in a statement. “With rapid testing on ID NOW, healthcare providers can perform molecular point-of-care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots.”

At the moment, the test has received FDA emergency use authorization, but it is not FDA approved. That means it can only be used by authorized laboratories and patient care settings, according to Abbott.

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8 Ways You Can Take Measures To Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus At Home – Expert Tips

With the coronavirus pandemic spreading like wildfire, Ian Ginsberg of C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries shared with HL EXCLUSIVELY, different measures you can take to stop the spread of the virus.

Staying healthy and preventing the spread of the coronavirus is essential during this time of self-isolation and Ian Ginsberg of C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries shared with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY, eight ways you can stop the spread of the virus from washing your hands to getting enough vitamin-C. Ian shared some preventative measures which you can follow below.

1. “Firstly, wash your hands constantly and avoid touching your face. Make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as it’s the most effective way to clean them. Our bestselling soap is our Lemon Hand Wash ($14) with lemon oils and extracts, but we also love our new ultra-moisturizing Aqua Mellis Hand Wash ($18) with glycerin, shea butter, and sweet almond protein. If your hands are already chapped, try our sulfate-free Chapped Hands Cleanser ($12) with jojoba oil and aloe vera.

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3. “You should avoid touching things in public, like subway poles and railings. Wearing gloves can help prevent this since your natural reflexes may make it difficult. If you do have to go somewhere and leave your home, change into clean clothes when you get back.

4. “You should also take an immune booster like a Berocca Effervescent Multivitamin ($23.95) or Emergen-C to keep your immune system in top form.

5. “Get proper sleep. Being overtired weakens your immune system and can make you more vulnerable to infection than normal. The Le Sieste Tranquillite – Silk Weighted Eye Masque can be warmed or cooled to help soothe headaches, sinus pressure and rejuvenate the eyes and mind.

6. “Take a bath in the C.O. Bigelow Cold and Flu Soak ($18) with eucalyptus, ginger, echinacea, and peppermint to open stuffy sinuses and help soothe achy muscles. It’s one of our favorite products and can be enjoyed even when you’re not sick.

7. “Do not panic if you can’t find an N95 mask to wear. These masks are more for prevention of spreading the virus by someone who is already infected than preventing others from catching it.

8. “If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, hold a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue for 10 seconds before swallowing. The 1000mg Royal Oil from Lord Jones is our top choice favorite. If ingestibles aren’t your thing, try a CBD topical like Cannuka’s ultra moisturizing CBD Nourishing Body Cream to deliver relaxation to your body.”

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Heathrow passengers struggle to keep to strict 6ft coronavirus ‘social distancing’ rules as loved ones arrive in UK – The Sun

HEATHROW passengers struggled to keep to the strict 6ft coronavirus 'social distancing' rules as loved ones arrived in the UK today.

Travellers were pictured sitting next to each other as they waited for flights at the busy airport.

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Many exhausted travellers could be seen wearing facemasks amid the bug outbreak.

Other photos showed people standing close together in line as they waited to check in for their flight.

The images come despite experts warning that social distancing is the best way to slow down the spread of the deadly bug.

The UK has so far recorded more than 1,000 deaths with more than 200,000 cases recorded so far.

Social distancing simply means keeping your distance from other people.

It means where possible everyone is encouraged to stay at home, only going out to exercise in small family groups, or shop.

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And where you do come into contact with other people, experts advise you keep two metres – or 6ft – between you and any other people.

Keeping a distance will make it less likely for droplets from the nose or mouth to land on you when they sneeze or cough.

The virus is transmitted by droplets in the air, settling on surfaces and being picked up by others – or when droplets land directly on you.

Public Health England says: "Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible".

Supermarkets in particular have cracked down on close contact between shoppers.

Most major grocers have introduced social distancing measures which include limiting the number of shoppers allowed in stores at one time, as well as asking customers to remain two metres apart.

It comes after Waitrose was accused of "banning" couples from shopping together because they clog up queues.

Some supermarkets have introduced screens around checkouts to protect workers, plus they're limiting key items so everyone can have access to goods.

Tesco has also just limited the overall number of items in online orders.

Meanwhile A NHS worker was spat at in the face TWICE by a man while she was walking home after a ten-hour shift.

Sama Shali, 33, works in medicine management at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, and was walking to a nearby tram station when she was targeted.

It comes as doctors and nurses across Britain have been robbed of ID badges, their cash and even a car during the lockdown.



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Wimbledon 'cancellation to be confirmed by AELTC on Wednesday'

Wimbledon CANCELLATION ‘to be confirmed by All England Club after its emergency board meeting on Wednesday’

  • Wimbledon will be cancelled after an emergency board meeting on Wednesday
  • The Championships cannot realistically be played without fans or be postponed
  • It will be the first time the tournament hasn’t been played since World War Two
  • Most of the event’s potential losses will be covered by pandemic insurance 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The Championships at Wimbledon is set to be the latest sporting event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the decision reportedly set to be made by the All England Club after Wednesday’s emergency meeting. 

The club announced last week that a board meeting would take place to discuss this year’s Championships, due to take place from June 29 – July 12. 

Now, The Telegraph are reporting that the tournament will be cancelled for the first time since the Second World War, with alternative options such as playing the event behind closed doors and postponing it to a later date not seen to be feasible. 

The AELTC will reportedly announce Wimbledon’s cancellation after Wednesday’s meeting

Novak Djokovic holds aloft the men’s singles trophy after beating Roger Federer last year

Staging the event without spectators would still require thousands of people working on the site and would be seen to be self-defeating. 

Whilst postponing the event to a later date – even by a couple of weeks to when the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was due to be held before its one-year delay – also doesn’t work as the grass requires as much daylight as possible in order for the courts to be playable for two weeks.  

Despite the inevitable damage caused, most of the club’s potential losses should be covered by specialist pandemic insurance according to the report, a safeguard that other Grand Slam events seemingly don’t have. 

The cancellation would mark the first time the event hasn’t been played since World War Two

Over the weekend, the club confirmed its support to assist local efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak.

‘We have offered our facilities to our local NHS providers and will help in whatever way. 

‘We are offering support to our local communities and have donated funds through our partnership with the British Red Cross and food stores through our partnership with City Harvest.’ 

The French Open unilaterally rescheduled the tournament to September due to coronavirus

Wimbledon’s measured and organised approach to this year’s tournament is in stark contrast to the French Open, which unilaterally made the decision to postpone the event to September without consulting other bodies and federations. 

The French Tennis Federation have been widely criticised for their approach, with Roland Garros now due to take place from September 20 – October 4. 

The ATP and WTA tours have been suspended until early June due to the coronavirus crisis, with the entire clay court season being wiped from the calendar.  





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