Feb 20, 2018

Medicine is nearing its #MeToo moment

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An NBC News report reveals that the world of medicine — an industry that has so far been left largely untouched by high-profile sexual harassment and abuse claims — is about to face its own #MeToo moment.

Why it matters: As other industries have been coming to terms with pervasive cultures of sexual misconduct, women in medicine — "a field that already has an inherent power structure" — are "hopeful" they'll get their moment soon.

Medicine is a "traditionally male field," although more women are moving up the ranks. But men of higher rank still "feel free to mistreat nurses" and other women working below them," Teresa Goodell, a trauma clinical nurse, told NBC News.

“I think that things can get pretty bad pretty quickly in medicine in a way that might not happen in other workplace environments as readily, because of seclusion and access to on-call rooms and the strong hierarchies and power differentials that are at play."
— University of Michigan professor Dr. Reshma Jagsi

But, but, but: A senior OBGYN in Seattle said that harassment also comes from patients: "It's definitely one of the reasons I went into OBGYN...I got tired of fighting male patients to be viewed as legitimate as a provider."

Go deeper: What to know about the men facing misconduct allegations.

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Japan to close schools through late March to control coronavirus outbreak

A couple takes photos in front of the Olympic rings in Tokyo. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the government will ask elementary, middle and high schools around the country to close until late March as an attempt to contain its novel coronavirus outbreak, AP reports.

Why it matters: The government's decision — impacting 12.8 million students across 34,847 schools — comes as concerns mount about the spread of the virus in Japan, which has 189 confirmed cases and hundreds more abroad the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Go deeper: The latest coronavirus updates

What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

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A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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