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Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein is the deputy managing editor of ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site.

Lessons for Minnesota? Houston emergency rooms being overrun with COVID-19 patients

By: and - July 14, 2020

HOUSTON — Houston hospitals have been forced to treat hundreds of COVID-19 patients in their emergency rooms — sometimes for several hours or multiple days — as they scramble to open additional intensive care beds for the wave of seriously ill people streaming through their doors, according to internal numbers shared with NBC News and […]

What we know — and don’t know — about possible coronavirus treatments promoted by Trump

By: - March 31, 2020

President Donald Trump’s excitement about decades-old anti-malarial drugs to treat COVID-19 has touched off widespread interest in the medications, hoarding by some doctors, new clinical trials on the fly and desperation among patients who take them for other conditions. Many experts say there isn’t enough evidence that the drugs work for the coronavirus, but at […]