In this KevinMD podcast/article, Dr. Gregory Jasani, an emergency medicine physician in an inner-city, discusses his experiences treating COVID-19 patients and his thoughts surrounding the current mask mandates across the country. In his experience, wearing a mask is not about a person’s civil liberties, but rather the numbers game when you work in healthcare.
Our friends at the Mayo Clinic have provided this excellent resource to track the data you need to help protect yourself, your patients, your friends, your family, and anyone else you may come in contact with during this unprecedented time. Trends for the US are simple to access and see, whether they are new cases, […]
Data on this topic continues to accumulate, with experts evaluating and revising their previous findings to reflect more accurately what is taking place with coronavirus transmission. The most current data shows transmission primarily occurs from person to person in close proximity. These are the top places and activities that increase the risk of catching coronavirus/COVID-19.
This article takes a closer look at the Bradykinin hypothesis, which describes COVID-19 like a burglar who slips in your unlocked second-floor window and starts to ransack your house. Once inside, though, they don’t just take your stuff — they also throw open all your doors and windows so their accomplices can rush in and […]
In this article from Pediatrics, the authors explore severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in children and its impact on the COVID-19 transmission. The argument concludes that children, particularly school-aged children, are far less important drivers of SARS-CoV-2 transmission than adults.
An urgent need exists for innovative testing strategies to expedite identification of COVID-19 cases and facilitate mass testing. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, this recent study aimed to determine the detection rate of SARS-CoV-2 using a novel, self-administered kit for saliva collection compared with standard swab testing.
This roundup of articles highlights the 14 vaccines doctors are targeting in the fight against COVID‑19, in addition to featuring one doctor’s claim that the virus was active in France in December 2019, almost a month earlier than previously believed.
This JAMA “Viewpoint” describes how to interpret 2 types of diagnostic tests commonly in use for SARS-CoV-2 infections—reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and IgM and IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)—and how the results may vary over time.
Although still a lower projection from a month ago, the IHME model increase is due to “many states experiencing flatter and thus longer epidemic peaks.” It also said that coronavirus deaths across the country are not falling “very quickly” after their estimated peak.
The Journal of Internal Medicine stresses that, although the timing of antiviral therapy may significantly slow COVID-19 progression, the study was underpowered to evaluate the therapeutic effect of the drugs and they should continue to be used only in studies, not empirical use.