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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 […]

Nursing Home Slaughter

In Connecticut there are two nursing homes side by side, one is the north building, the other is the south building. They are owned and operated by the same company. I’m guessing the buildings are maybe ¼ mile apart. I have transported patients in and out of both buildings over the years. 35 people have […]

Winter is Coming?

New studies suggest huge undercount of coronavirus infections — but are they right? I have been holding out hope that many more of us than could be imagined have been exposed to corona and are asymptomatic. And this means that in no time at all we as a country have herd immunity, so that even […]

The Worst is Yet Ahead

As many in the world begin to look to reopening their economies, the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesushief warned today “the worst is yet ahead of us.” He raised the specter of the Spanish flu, calling COVID-19 a “very dangerous combination … like the 1918 flu that killed up to 100 million people.” […]

Antibodies

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I wish there was an antibody test for COVID-19 that I could take right now and that it would be accurate.  I wish it would show that I already had COVID-19.  I would go “Yes!  I knew it!  I knew I had it!”  And I would feel a great well of relief. The problem is […]

See-Saw

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The see-saw emotions of this epidemic are unrelenting.  The data is looking better.  While Hartford continues to increase its hospitalizations, the numbers are slowing and both statewide and downstate, the numbers are going down.  While there were another 41 deaths, this number is also starting to slow and be less that what was once feared.  […]

Nursing Home

COVID-19 will change many things about America. One may be the care our older Americans get at nursing homes of skilled nursing facilities as they are largely known nowadays. Much of the war against COVID is being waged in these homes. Here in Connecticut, 40% of all deaths have been nursing home patients. Many of […]

Rest Day

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For the first time, net hospitalizations fell in Connecticut.  Still 1,938 people remain hospitalized.  Another 50 died. As I’ve mentioned I follow the patients EMS has brought into our hospital who test positive so I can alert EMS for them to check if they had any exposures.  For the most part now, it seems they […]

RO Number

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We are reaching our COVID-19 death peak in three days in Connecticut according to a new model by the University of Washington. Connecticut model Already people are discussing how we will reopen the state. Our Governor is a decent, cautious man and he wants to make certain he doesn’t open it too soon to let […]

Tiger

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It’s 12:59 A.M. I have given up on sleep. Fortunately tomorrow is my one day off (I will still go into the office to make my COVID EMS notifications) but I will go in at whatever time I feel like and will only stay for a couple hours. It’s not like I have to get […]

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