Archive for June2020

Need to See the Data

I follow the COVID epidemic as closely as I can.  The longer the epidemic goes on, the more we learn, but at times we head down roads that are dead ends.  Great news one day can be debunked the next. Recently I reported on an article in the Annals of Medicine that posits that 40% to […]

A Complaint

I was accused of being racist.  This was about fifteen years ago.  At the time my main assignment was working as a contract paramedic for a volunteer service in Bloomfield, a volunteer town to the north of Hartford that like Hartford had a predominantly black population.  I was working that day with a black partner/friend […]

New Normal

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Yesterday I gowned up for the first time in two weeks.  The patient was from an assisted living complex and had body aches and shortness of breath.  He denied a fever or cough, and while he said he had no COVID contacts, we were aware of several cases of COVID in his same rather large […]

Power to the People

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My middle daughter, who is 20 and a college student, attended a protest rally at the state capitol today.  My wife wouldn’t let her carpool with friends and made certain she had her mask and hand sanitizer.  Even though COVID has almost dropped out of sight in Connecticut, she warned her to keep her guard […]

Asymptomatic? Get Tested

Asymptomatic persons seem to account for approximately 40% to 45% of SARS-CoV-2 infections, and they can transmit the virus to others for an extended period, perhaps longer than 14 days. This is from Prevalence of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Narrative Review, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on June 3, 2020 and available for free […]

Negative

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I got COVID tested a couple days ago.  What I wanted was the antibody test to see if I really did have COVID back in late January/early February when I was so sick or if maybe I had picked it up later from one of my patients and was one of the asymptomatic ones.  While […]

Bulls***

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These two graphs from the University of Minnesota show the decline of COVID hospitalizations in Connecticut. COVID-19 Tracking Project Pretty damn dramatic. Only 2% of 5,824 people tested in Connecticut yesterday were positive for COVID — the lowest percentage yet. Daily coronavirus updates: State sees fewest new confirmed cases since March; Lamont pledges financial assistance […]

COVID-19 and the Protests

The worry has been expressed by many that the nationwide protests against police brutality and racism may ignite an increase in COVID-19 cases. Health Officials Fear Widespread Protests Could Lead To New Coronavirus Outbreaks In Colorado Protests could cause catastrophic setback for controlling coronavirus, experts say It may be surprising to some that a group […]

Wild

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Many years ago, I watched a long video of a police scene in California, where a man who was reported to be on “angel dust” (PCP), was being held down by police officers.  The officers chatted among themselves while the camera focused in on the man who was pleading for help.  I watched as the […]

Hooray for Hartford

Like in much of the nation, there have been anti-police violence protests in Hartford.  Here, they have been peaceful.  Yesterday, local police halted traffic to enable the marchers to pass safely through the streets.  When the protesters blocked both lanes of the Interstate highway that runs east west through the city, they were joined by […]

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