Tag Archives: Covid-19

Vaccinated!

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The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association issued a joint release today urging health care professionals “to get the COVID-19 vaccine and share your experience with others.” They wrote: “While the arrival of vaccines is good news in the fight to defeat COVID-19, it does not signal an immediate […]

CT Contact Tracing App

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When I woke up Friday morning and checked my phone, there was a notification asking me to join Connecticut’s new COVID-19 contact tracking app.  I installed it right away.  The app tracks my proximity to other people using the app.  If I test positive, a contact tracer will ask if I will share my close […]

Second Wave?

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I am on my knees, wearing a yellow decontamination gown that has already torn at the right forearm and left wrist. I listen to rhonchi in the lungs of an obese febrile man, who likely aspirated on the brown emesis he threw up on himself. The apartment is dim, and smells heavily of cigarettes and […]

Not All Masks Are Good

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Our hospital has banned bandanas, gaiters and masks with exhalation valves from their universal masking requirements.    This includes all visitors to the hospital, who will be given a surgical mask on entry if their mask does not meet the new requirements.  Additionally staff can only wear homemade masks if they are covering surgical masks. […]

Masks and Herd Immunity

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You can wear a mask and still get COVID.  The mask is not fool-proof, but masks can reduce the viral load you are exposed to.  With a smaller viral load, you may get COVID, but it is likely to be much milder than if you got a full blast of the virus. A new commentary […]

Northeast Island

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There was a spike in COVID cases a week ago in Danbury, a city in western Connecticut near the New York border.  The state and city responded by urging residents to stay home and avoid large gatherings.  The city also canceled all youth sports for the fall to not leave their homes.  They also limit […]

Dragon Breath

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“Rebound!  Get under the boards!  Use your butt! And rebound!” I am next to the father of a girl on the team playing my daughter’s team.  He is wearing a mask, but it is under his chin and as he shouts at his poor daughter, I can see the spittle flying from his mouth.  The […]

Home Test

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I participated in a research project this week, testing a home COVID antibody test. I had to do it while being watched via a zoom link by a study monitor, as well as answering a series of questions about the test. Here’s how it went. The package came in the mail. After opening it, I […]

Not Lost

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Connecticut continues to have low rates of COVID-19.  Our state only has 56 patients in the entire state hospitalized with COVID, we are averaging only 2.2 new cases of COVID per day per 100,000 people.  Our testing rate is 0.8 % positive for a rolling ten day average, 0.6% over the last three days.  Our […]

AC Fireworks

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Every year on the 4th of July we have a big party at my house. My brother and his family come up from New Jersey. I grill steaks, ribs, burgers, fries, chicken, and also cook fish, scallops, shrimp and sometimes lobster, as well as corn, zucchini, and mashed potatoes. “The tribe,” as my wife calls […]

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