As part of its mission, ATHNA is committed to supporting research in our specialty. Currently there is a call out for participants in a COVID19 treatment study. If you know of anyone who might qualify, here is the information we have:
Participate in a COVID Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Study: The University of Minnesota has launched a clinical trial https://med.umn.edu/news-events/covid-19-clinical-trial-launches-university-minnesota to see if the common medication hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 in those exposed to the virus, either as a healthcare worker or by living in the same house as someone who has COVID-19. They are looking for people who have been exposed within the last 3 days to someone with known COVID-19. Participants from United States of America are eligible to enroll and will receive study medicine shipped overnight. For more information about the trial or to enroll, contact email@example.com.
Imaging Future Travel
No one is traveling right now, but the travel industry is keeping busy with promotions for what has been called "aspirational travel." (My husband renamed it delusional travel but he is a half empty kind of guy even in normal times...) Ads on TV, articles in the press, postings on social media- all are asking where do you want to go when this pandemic ends? For example, here is a quote that came into my email box from Catalonia Hotels this morning:
"Now it's time to stay home, but we know the best journeys start from the couch; daydreaming, wandering with your mind to any place you want. Don't cancel your dreams, just move them on the calendar."
And to inspire those dreams of future travel, another famous hotel chain, Belmond*, sent out a pandemic "care package" filled with ideas for nourishing our souls during this stressful time. Included in the package are recommendations for 8 readings "matched to a sensational Belmond destination." As you shelter in place, see if you, as a travel health nurse, can name the country, city, or region for each of these suggestions:
WHITE NIGHTS BY FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
EIGHT FEET IN THE ANDES BY DERVLA MURPHY
W.B. YEATS (80TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION) EDITED BY SEAMUS HEANEY
ITALIAN JOURNEY BY JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST & OTHER PLAYS BY OSCAR WILDE
RITUALS FOR EVERY DAY BY NADIA NARAIN AND KATIA NARAIN PHILLIPS
A SHADOW FALLS: IN THE HEART OF JAVA BY ANDREW BEATTY
AURA BY CARLOS FUENTES
TravelByte #36: Six Feet Never Mattered So Much
Hard to imagine that it was only a month ago that the first cases of COVID19 started to strike home here in the U.S. Those of us in travel health were still advising our travelers about their future itineraries, counseling companies about "business essential" travel, and working with administrators coordinating spring study abroad programming...
Spanish Flu 1918-19 & COVID19: Two Pandemics Compared
One hundred years ago America experienced a devastating pandemic just as WWI came to an end. Currently there is a lot of talk about the Spanish Flu, comparing its impact with our novel coronavirus global health emergency. This month's TravelByte on Social Distancing references that 1918-19 worldwide event as evidence that social distancing has benefit. ATHNA has received permission from the author to share an excellent 25 minute history lecture on our website. Fascinating details. Patient zero was in Kansas!
About the Author: Professor Don Schwartz received a Ph.D. in Modern European and American History from New York University and was a member of the history faculty at California State University from 1987-2010. His specialized fields include diplomatic history and The Holocaust. Since his retirement he has lectured at Panasastra University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and at Jiaotong University in Shanghai. He currently gives lectures to community groups in southern California.
TravelByte #35 What? A Nurse on the Cover?
Recently, my sister came bebopping in and said, "Hey, did you know that Florence Nightingale is on the latest cover of Smithsonian? I did not but was extremely pleased to learn about it, as I couldn't recall a nurse being on the cover of a non-nursing publication in decades. The Defiance of Florence Nightingale by Joshua Hammer is a brief but important piece that emphasizes her groundbreaking work in statistics, data visualization, and its impact on public health"...
Coronavirus Vocabulary Crossword
Early in our years as a professional organization ATHNA had a newsletter in lieu of a website. A popular feature was the Crossword Puzzle. This month we revive that feature with the latest viral terminology...
Meet Christa Schmitz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Christa Schmitz is the Director of Education for Passport Health and is responsible for the training and education for all corporate US and UK clinics. She has 20 years of nursing experience; 16 years as a nurse practitioner. Christa has been practicing in the field of travel medicine for 4 years. She has been an ATHNA member for the last two years and earned an ISTM Certificate in Travel HealthTM. She has worked in various areas of travel medicine, which include working as an NP in a travel medicine clinic, managing nursing staff and clinic operations for Passport Health, and leading the International Health Services program for the Boeing company. I asked her to tell us a little bit more about herself....
ATHNA member Gail Rosselot recently traveled to Belize. While there she saw toucans, a Jaguar, howler monkeys, and manta rays, but as a travel health nurse she found this pharmacy sign especially interesting.
Do you have a travel photo to share? In this new website feature, we'll post member favorites each month. Send your photographs to info@ATHNA.org.