Archive for April2020

Gas Mask

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Sitting in my office earlier today watching ambulances bring in COVID patients, I saw one responder in a yellow haz mat suit with a gas mask on. The PPE some services are providing continues to be upgraded. It may be expensive, but when compared to the cost of human life, not to mention lost workforce, […]

Rick James, David Crosby and Mike Pence

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A large man stands handcuffed, surrounded by six police officers by the side of the road.  Nearby two citizens have their iPhones out recording.  The man does not mince his words.  “I’m going to kill all of you.  I hate cops.  I’m going to eat you.  You’re gonna be in my belly.” It is clear […]

Good Times Again?

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States are starting to open up their economies. Here in Connecticut, hospitalizations have dropped for five days in a row. There is talk of major league baseball planning to play this summer. The stock market is booming again in anticipation that good times will be here again. Some public health ninnies are warning this is […]

New Brand On the Street

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When I work the city, I drive Park Street and look for users I know. How are they making out? Inez, who I see in front of El Mercado, has a mask on. She comes over when we pull to the curb. I give her an orange and a couple dollars. She says she is […]

Battle Royale

He is naked in the nursing home hallway, rolling over and over.  We manage to get a sheet under him and lift him up onto our stretcher.  His room air pulse saturation is 74–severely hypoxic.  The nurse, who told us he was COVID positive, said he walks around the wing and can hold a normal […]

A Good Day

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Today was a good day. I went into work for a couple hours and was surprised I only had to make one EMS notification of a COVID-positive patient. Around noon my daughters and I met another father and his daughter. We hit softballs on a nearby field, all the while complying with the town gathering […]

incredible hulk

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Today was all COVID. What came in as a rectal bleed blossomed into a story of an intense cough, abdominal pain, several days of diarrhea that now had blood in it, and a history of exposure to a COVID positive person. When we arrived on scene, before entering the patient’s apartment, I reached in our […]

OD deaths versus COVID deaths

Early on, I wondered when this was all over, if we would say, we did all this disruption and in the end, fewer people died of COVID than accidental overdoses in our state. Well, this week COVID has blown past substance use deaths. As of yesterday there were 1554 deaths in Connecticut is just a […]


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I am as pessimistic as I have been. Here is my worst case scenario: COVID-19 turns out to be as infectious as the common cold and if people develop antibodies to it, the antibodies only last a few months. People who are asymptomatic turn out to be the biggest spreaders of the disease. Even those […]

PPE Update

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The state Health Department sent out updated guidance on COVID-19 for health care professionals. Here are some of the highlights. Surgical masks should be worn when providing patient contact. A N-95 should be worn when aerosol-generating procedures are being performed. Anyone in a health care facility (patients, visitors, staff) should have at minimum a cloth […]

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