Tag Archives: corona virus

Superspreaders

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Recently in the New York Times there was article that suggested “Most People with Coronavirus Won’t Spread it. Why Do a Few Infect Many?“ Covid, it seems, is like a forest fire that can simmer and then sudden flash over.  While many diseases have a steady rate of infection (each person passes it on to […]

More Opioid Deaths?

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Is the COVID epidemic causing increased opioid overdose deaths? No one knows for certain, but the head of the White House Office of Drug Policy is speculating that it has, citing increased death statistics from a few states such as Kentucky. Pandemic unleashes a spike in overdose deaths Here in Connecticut we won’t have an […]

Yet to Come

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My daughter had her first softball game of the summer yesterday. It was the first time she wore a uniform since her basketball team’s playoff run was stopped in March with the first Corona cancellations.  Last night they got mercied 17-5 but it was a beautiful night and she got two hits. They were supposed […]

Rt Numbers

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Connecticut has the second lowest Rt number in the United States, behind only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.  Rt number is the average number of people who become infected with COVID-19 by an infectious person. If it’s above 1.0, COVID-19 will spread quickly. If it’s below 1.0, infections will slow. In March, Connecticut’s Rt […]

Seroprevelence of Antibodies

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The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has just released a study of the seroprevelence of antibodies to SAR-CO-2 (COVID-19) in Six U.S. states, including Connecticut between March 23 and May 3, 2020. The study estimated that these states had between 6 to 24 times the number of reported cases. Commercial Laboratory Seroprevalence Survey Data In […]

COVID-19 Antibodies May Not Last

Ideally, if someone gets COVID-19, their body produces antibodies and they become immune from ever getting it again or they get immunity that lasts for several years. The answer to this is still unknown, but it doesn’t appear likely if we judge on the presence of antibodies in patients who have been infected. A recent […]

Lull

Today in Connecticut there are only 124 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.  This is down from a high of over 2,000 hospitalized.  Connecticut has had 4,287 deaths.  Yesterday only 1% (14 new cases) of the 1175 tested for COVID were positive.  I did have contact with a COVID patient, a SNF resident who was COVID positive […]

Room 134

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I hadn’t noticed this before, but my partner said it is true for many nursing homes now.  Since visitors aren’t allowed, the nursing homes put room numbers on windows so the family knows which room their loved on is when they come to visit. Another sad feature of many homes.  In the lobby they often […]

Reopening

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Connecticut reopened its gyms and swimming pools today along with indoor dining.  Unfortunately, neither my pool or the two gyms I go to reopened.  Nor word yet when they will.  Bummer. I had no desire to celebrate the phase two opening by going to a restaurant to dine indoors, so tonight i am in my […]

Preparing for the Next Wave

I read a great article about how to improve our response to COVID-19 when the second wave arrives (as most people believe it will) in the fall or sooner if social distancing and state reopenings fail. How the world can avoid screwing up the response to Covid-19 again I would like to add how EMS […]

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