In this video I talk about the response of the medical community to the Bakersfield doctors. I discuss immunity, and some evidence on both sides of that debate. I also present the results from a case study of health care workers who had high risk exposures to a Covid-19 positive patient – surprising results.
Q&A with Dr. Faustman – How the BCG Vaccine Might Help Us Fight COVID-19
This post is a Q&A conducted with Dr. Faustman, an immunobiologist at Mass. General who is undertaking to study whether the BCG vaccine, a widely available and inexpensive vaccine might hold promise against COVID-19.
April 8th Covid-19 Literature Review
Literature review done on 4/8/20. Two interesting topics – the use of d-dimer to guide anticoagulation, and a novel treatment consisting of ACE2 bound to immune globulin.
April 5th-6th Covid-19 Literature Review
This post is a result of a literature review from April 5th and 6th. I’ve chosen the two publications that I thought might be most impactful and I’ve discussed them briefly here.
April 4th Covid-19 Literature Review
This is a non-exhaustive literature review from Covid-19 related articles published in the past few days. I touch on hydroxychloroquine, vaccine development, and transmission – asymptomatic, and airborne transmission.
This is a Q&A of the biggest questions I’ve received from friends, family, and clients over the past 2 weeks. I talk about masks, transmission, prevention, and I get into detail about one treatment which has made big headlines.
The United States Is Not Comparable to Italy
The threat of the novel coronavirus is heterogeneous. People are talking about the United States as if it were an individual who could be infected. Our country is a big place. Individuals are spread heterogeneously within the country with varying density and local factors. The healthcare system is equally heterogeneous. Imagine a small farming community and its one hospital versus a densely populated area like NYC with its many hospitals. We need to a more nuanced thought process.
We Are Looking at the Wrong Numbers
Everyone is looking at today’s numbers to see how bad things are in the US. But, given a ~1 week incubation period, and that the disease becomes severe or critical on day ~7 of symptoms, our numbers of critically ill patients today reflect infections contracted two weeks ago.
Original Covid-19 Post
This is my original post from March 4th, 2020 when the novel coronavirus was first becoming a concern in the United States.
Information about the Current Coronavirus Outbreak and How I am Responding to It
Covid-19 Q & A Update 3/27/20 Q: Is it helpful to wear a surgical mask?A: Almost certainly yes. It’s hard to find surgical masks right now, but if you have them, judicious use of the mask with good quality hand …