POST 252. May 22, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The stakes, two years into the pandemic, should be clear. Fewer vaccines, fewer treatments, and fewer tests will mean more infections, more serious illnesses, and more deaths. That is the scenario the country is staring down: one million people already dead and more to come because politicians became complacent.”

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“New York City raised its COVID alert level to high on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after warning of the possibility, as a fifth pandemic wave fueled by the most contagious COVID subvariants yet tighten their grip on the metro area and the nation.

The five boroughs had been in a “medium” COVID alert state since May 2 after passing a critical infection rate threshold — 200 new daily cases per 100,000 residents over a rolling seven-day period. The upgrade to “high” alert status means the COVID hospitalization rate also hit a key benchmark — 10 new admissions per 100,000 residents on a rolling basis. Both are based on current CDC community guidelines.

At the time health officials announced the change to medium alert, the rolling hospitalization rate was 6.8 per 100,000 residents, while the rolling new case rate was 218.22. Both rates have steadily been increasing since — to 10.2 and 308.51…

“Now is the time to double down on protecting ourselves and each other by making choices that can keep our friends, neighbors, relatives and coworkers from getting sick,” NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said in announcing the transition.

“As a city, we have the tools to blunt the impact of this wave, including distributing tests, masks and promoting treatments,” he added. “Getting back to Low Risk depends on everyone doing their part and if we follow guidance, our forecasts anticipate this wave’s peak will not last long. What we do now can make all the difference…

The switch doesn’t automatically trigger any new COVID mandates. Those would be considered only if the alert level reached “very high,” which is the highest of the four tiers, health officials say.

That said, the health department issued a new mask advisory Monday, even before the official switch to a high COVID alert level, urging all New Yorkers to mask up indoors regardless of vaccination status for the time being.” (A)

“As the number of new Covid-19 cases reported each day in New York City topped 4,000 this week, the message the mayor seemed to be sending was: As you were. We got this.

He issued no public warnings. He did not reinstate a mask mandate for public indoor settings, even though a new alert system he approved in March recommends doing so at the risk level the city has now hit.

Even as city schools requested — but did not require — that older students resume wearing masks, Mr. Adams let stand his recent decision to let students go unvaccinated to senior proms.

Students can “celebrate all of their hard work with a prom and graduation, regardless of vaccination status,” he said in a news release, adding, “I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet gotten vaccinated to do so.”

Three main considerations are behind Mr. Adams’s approach, my colleague Emma G. Fitzsimmons reports: Hospitalizations and deaths have risen more slowly than in previous waves. New restrictions could cost him politically with a weary public. And he worries that mandates could hurt restaurants, tourism and the city’s economic comeback.

“If every variant that comes, we move into shutdown thoughts, we move into panicking, we’re not going to function as a city,” Mr. Adams said Wednesday.

Former city officials and many health experts disagree.

Health experts have argued that taking action when hospitals and health workers are overwhelmed or about to be — as Mr. Adams says he would — would be too late. Since most home tests are not counted in the city statistics, it is likely that there are already far more new daily cases than the official tally. As of Tuesday, more than 770 city residents were hospitalized with Covid.

Dr. Dave Chokshi, the health commissioner under Mayor Bill de Blasio and during Mr. Adams’s early months as mayor, said recently that the city was acting on “collective amnesia.”

“People would say, ‘Well, it’s only cases increasing, let’s see what happens to hospitalizations,’” he said. “It’s hard not to have your head explode when you feel the public, and in many cases, the political conversation, go in those circles. And you’re like, ‘Wow, when are we going to learn.’” (B)

COVID cases and hospitalizations are continuing to rise in New Jersey, with nearly every county now seeing high levels of transmission.

But severe outcomes — intensive care admissions, ventilator use and deaths — are still relatively low in a state that has one of the nation’s highest vaccination rates, at 76%…

It’s becoming hard to determine if it’s up or down at this point in the pandemic, more than two months after Gov. Phil Murphy ended the statewide public health emergency and called for a “more normal way of life.”

From the start of the pandemic, COVID has shifted its trajectory becoming almost impossible to forecast as it continues to mutate into new variants. Scientists are wary about the effect multiple reinfections can have now that several subvariants of omicron have spread across the globe, including the BA.2 strain, which quickly became the dominant line in New Jersey. The worry is that a subvariant could evade immunity from vaccines or from a prior infection and sicken people.

“We’re just at the beginning of this surge, and the metrics are trending in the wrong direction,” said Stephanie Silvera, an infectious disease specialist at Montclair State University. “While we may not be seeing a rise in severe outcomes, we still need to be mindful of reinfections, of long COVID — things that may well have a lasting effect.” ..

So just how bad is COVID-19 in New Jersey these days?

A Health Department report released Thursday shows that almost every corner of the state jumped from a “moderate” to a “high” level of transmission during the first week of May

The sharp decline from the omicron surge coupled with the end of mandates and warmer weather has changed behavior.

Indoor mask-wearing has dropped significantly in recent months even in such places as Hudson County, which is often among the first places in New Jersey to get hit with a COVID surge due to its dense population and close proximity to New York City. On Tuesday morning, shoppers and staff without masks at the ShopRite in Hoboken far outnumbered those wearing them, whereas it was the opposite just a few months ago, when the weather was colder and COVID was waning.

“When you take mask mandates away, it’s almost impossible to put them back on,” Silvera said. “Politically to mandate it again is extremely challenging, especially when, and I know this sounds cynical, we have an important election coming up.”..

Murphy has been reluctant to reinstate any mandates, saying the state is “shifting to an endemic reality” in which the disease has to be managed as normal daily life continues.

“Not a single community has been spared from this tragedy,” Murphy said last week . “It is a loss that will impact our state and our country for years to come.” (C)

“Last week, White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha warned in an interview with The Associated Press the U.S. will be increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress doesn’t swiftly approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments.

Jha warned that without additional funding from Congress for the virus would cause “unnecessary loss of life” in the fall and winter, when the U.S. runs out of treatments.

He added the U.S. was already falling behind other nations in securing supplies of the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines and said that the domestic manufacturing base of at-home tests is already drying up as demand drops off…

Jha said domestic test manufactures have started shuttering lines and laying off workers, and in the coming weeks will begin to sell off equipment and prepare to exit the business of producing tests entirely unless the U.S. government has money to purchase more tests, like the hundreds of millions it has sent out for free to requesting households this year.

That would leave the U.S. reliant on other countries for testing supplies, risking shortages during a surge, Jha warned. About 8.5 million households placed orders for the latest tranche of 8 free tests since ordering opened on Monday, Jha added.

The pandemic is now 2 1/2 years old. And the U.S. has seen — depending how you count them — five waves of COVID-19 during that time, with the later surges driven by mutated versions of the coronavirus. A fifth wave occurred mainly in December and January, caused by the omicron variant.

The omicron variant spread much more easily than earlier versions.

Some experts are worried the country now is seeing signs of a sixth wave, driven by an omicron subvariant. On Wednesday, Walensky noted a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in the past five weeks, including a 26% increase nationally in the last week.

Hospitalizations also are rising, up 19% in the past week, though they remain much lower than during the omicron wave, she said…

Officials said they are concerned that waning immunity and relaxed mitigation measures across the country may contribute to a continued rise in infections and illnesses across the country. They encouraged people — particularly older adults — to get boosters.

Some health experts say the government should be taking clearer and bolder steps.

The CDC community level guidelines are confusing to the public, and don’t give a clear picture of how much virus transmission is occurring in a community, said Dr. Lakshmi Ganapathi, an infectious diseases specialist at Harvard University.

When the government officials make recommendations but do not set rules, “it ultimately rests on every single individual picking and choosing the public health that works for them. But that’s not what is effective. If you’re talking about stemming hospitalizations and even deaths, all of these interventions work better when people do it collectively,” she said.” (D)

“Supplies of key Covid-19 therapies are in danger of running out as soon as this summer, a senior health official said, as the Biden administration seeks more funds to fight the pandemic.

Stocks of Eli Lilly & Co.’s monoclonal Covid antibody, bebtelovimab, are expected to be exhausted by July, the official said on a call, and newer omicron variants have already rendered other monoclonal treatments ineffective. Supplies of AstraZeneca Plc’s Evusheld antibody treatment could run dry by the fall, according to the official, who requested not to be identified as a condition of participation in the briefing.

The US government is preparing to extend the public health emergency that allows the authorization and use of vaccines and drugs like Pfizer Inc.’s antiviral Paxlovid during the pandemic. The administration has been wrangling with Congress to approve funds to obtain additional medical supplies and support programs to fight the coronavirus.

Stockpiles of Paxlovid will last through fall, but the government will need to purchase additional courses to continue providing the drug beyond that, the official said. Though supply of the antiviral has increased in recent months, demand has also risen as newer omicron variants drive Covid in the US. The number of Paxlovid courses administered increased 315% between April 10 and May 14, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response said Tuesday in a statement.” (E)

“After the Omicron variant caused massive numbers of infections this past winter, lots of people looked on the bright side, hoping it would be “a free shot for the country,” says Eli Rosenberg, deputy director for science at the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Public Health. Even though lots of people got infected with the highly contagious variant, at least they would then have immunity against the virus, protecting them from getting sick in the future. In theory.

But that hasn’t turned out to be true. Many people—even those who are vaccinated, boosted, and previously infected—are again testing positive as Omicron relatives like BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 circulate throughout the country.

Not all states track reinfections, but many of those that do are seeing upticks. In Indiana, about 14% of cases reported in the week ending May 12 were reinfections, up from about 10% the week before. North Carolina and New York are seeing similar, albeit slightly lower, percentages. The actual numbers may be higher, since official case counts are increasingly missing diagnoses due to widespread home testing and other factors.

“This is going to keep cycling through the population,” Rosenberg says. “Every few months you could keep getting it.”..

Rosenberg says there’s always a spike in reinfections when a new variant starts to surge, since antibodies from one strain may not hold up well against the next. Experts often say reinfection is unlikely for at least 90 days following a COVID-19 illness, and maybe longer. But that’s only true if a new variant doesn’t pop up, Rosenberg says, and the virus “keeps switching on us every few months—faster than 90 days.”

Research suggests the newer variants are also better at evading immune defenses than their predecessors. Omicron caused huge numbers of breakthrough infections and reinfections thanks to mutations that made it extra contagious and able to get around natural immune blockades, research shows

It’s too early to say exactly how BA.2.12.1 will compare. But two studies published in May as preprints—meaning they were not peer-reviewed prior to publication—suggest that newer Omicron subvariants, including BA.2.12.1, could be even better at evading prior immunity than the original Omicron strains.

It’s early, but preliminary findings suggest “it’s both very highly transmissible and it has escape mutations…that make it somewhat resistant to previous infection or to vaccination,” says Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine…

The good news is that vaccines and prior infections still seem to be effective at preventing serious disease. People with immunity from vaccination and past bouts with the virus are better protected than those who have been infected alone, Hotez says, so everyone should stay up-to-date on their shots. Combined with “situational awareness”—like wearing a protective mask or skipping large, mask-free gatherings if COVID-19 is rampant in your area—Hotez says that’s our best defense, at least right now. (Other tools, such as nasal vaccines that could theoretically stop transmission, boosters that could protect against multiple variants, or protein-based shots that could provide more durable protection, are in the works, but they’re not here yet.)..

No one knows for sure whether SARS-CoV-2 will ever cause illnesses as mild as the common cold. The virus is continually evolving, and it’s impossible to predict what the next variant will bring—but it’s safe to assume reinfections are no longer the rarities they were once thought to be.” (F)

“The coronavirus isn’t getting complacent. The latest iterations of the omicron variant are more contagious than anything that came before. But at the same time, America is letting its guard down. People are getting back to their lives, while Congress dithers on another round of support for the country’s pandemic response.

One-third of Americans still haven’t gotten two doses of the Covid-19 vaccines. Booster rates are lagging, with only 63 percent of people over 64 — those most likely to benefit — having received an additional dose. Kids under 5 still can’t get a shot. With the virus getting better at evading prior immunity, there are widespread vulnerabilities that require a national response…

The Biden administration has played a significant role in pushing the country out of an emergency footing. It has loosened masking and isolation guidance, sometimes earlier than some experts thought was appropriate. It has adopted a message that Americans are going to have to learn to live with the virus.

But that transition to a new normal was always contingent on the easy availability of vaccines, tests, and treatments, something the White House is still fighting to secure.

The stakes, two years into the pandemic, should be clear. Fewer vaccines, fewer treatments, and fewer tests will mean more infections, more serious illnesses, and more deaths. That is the scenario the country is staring down: one million people already dead and more to come because politicians became complacent.

“I think it’d be terrible,” Jha said. “I think we would see a lot of unnecessary loss of life if that were to happen.”

The question now is whether his warnings will be heeded — or whether they will fall on the deaf ears of a country, and a Congress, that has been moving on.” (G)

“Just weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began a comprehensive internal review with an eye toward restructuring, the agency’s director announced on Friday that the team that coordinated the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic would return some of its functions to other departments.

But the so-called Incident Management Structure, initially brought together to respond to the public health emergency, is not being dissolved and will continue to meet “the demands of this evolving pandemic,” according to a letter sent to employees on Friday by the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The move signals the beginning of efforts to put in place comprehensive changes at the agency, whose public standing and reputation have suffered in recent years. Some 60 percent of Americans, for example, say they are confused by changes in official pandemic recommendations, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

But Dr. Walensky’s letter was short on details regarding the changes. A statement in response to questions from The New York Times said only that the review’s “initial data collection phase is complete, and now the director will synthesize the information, identify themes, and prioritize next steps to formalize approaches and find new ways to adapt the agency to the changing environment.”…

The C.D.C. has long been admired for its scientific approach to improving public health. Many scientists from around the world were trained by its experts and have emulated the agency’s standards and methods.

But the C.D.C.’s infrastructure was neglected for decades, along with the public health system generally. Agency scientists stumbled early in the pandemic with the flawed design of a diagnostic test, and went on to make some recommendations about masking, isolation and quarantine that critics charged were based on insufficient evidence.” (H)

“Federal health officials this week warned Americans that coronavirus cases are at a high level, but with a caveat: Estimates are sure to be a significant undercount of the true infections.

“Depending on which tracker you use, we’re at about 100,000 infections a day,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said at a press briefing on Wednesday. “And we know that the number of infections is actually substantially higher than that – hard to know exactly how many, but we know that a lot of people are getting diagnosed using home tests.”

Rapid tests, which offer fast results and can be taken anywhere, grant people a convenient way to determine if they have the coronavirus. The Biden administration this week started offering a third round of free rapid tests, and Jha said it has seen “really impressive demand” for the tests.

But the rise in at-home testing comes with a downside – possibly hundreds of thousands of cases are going unreported to health departments. Some experts say cases could be five to 10 times higher than the official numbers, making the current surge much more wide-reaching than it seems on the surface.

“I’ve been a huge fan of home tests for the last two years,” Jha said. “But what that means is we’re clearly undercounting infections.”

Experts agree that general trends presented in coronavirus metrics are more important than individual data points, but missing coronavirus cases still present some issues.

One of the biggest problems could be lacking data on exactly who is getting the virus. Such data is vital for deciding where to direct resources and how to make policy.

“If we are at a point where our telescope is pointed to a completely different part of the sky, we have less of an understanding of what our case numbers mean and what we are missing,” says Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Brown University.

And certain populations are more likely than others to be left out of the picture. Federal funds that covered tests for the uninsured dried up last month. Meanwhile, a two-pack of rapid tests costs $24 at major retailers. These factors cause an income barrier for who is getting tested, according to Nuzzo.

“The fact that we are doing less testing now in people with lower incomes worries me that we are missing surveillance in possibly one of our highest risk populations,” Nuzzo says.

Perry Halkitis, the dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, concurs that the added expenses mean that only those who can afford testing are getting it. He notes that such costs place the burden on poorer Americans, much like other health crises.

“At the beginning, it affects everybody. But diseases over time as they evolve tend to lodge themselves in the most vulnerable,” Halkitis says.

Additionally, missing coronavirus cases means experts could have difficulties spotting a new variant when it pops up.

“If people are diagnosing themselves at home, or they’re just not getting tested at all, we are missing the opportunity to sequence and see if there is a new variant causing those infections,” Nuzzo says.

It’s important to start studying a new variant as soon as possible because the mutations in the virus could lead to changes in the disease. For example, knowing that a new variant renders vaccines ineffective or targets certain populations would lead to modifications in mitigation strategies…”

Once testing infrastructure erodes, Nuzzo says, “it’s really hard to build back when you need it.” (I)

“Back at the start of February 2022, at what in retrospect was the peak of the Omicron surge, with over 2,500 deaths per day in the United States from the infection, Ashish Jha, then the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and now the White House Covid czar, told The New York Times’ David Leonhardt, “I don’t actually care about infections. I care about hospitalizations and deaths and long-term complications.”

The mind-numbing logical inconsistency at the heart of the new consensus that Covid-19 case numbers don’t matter is one thing—the road to hospitalizations, deaths, long-term complications starts with infections. Even if Omicron, in David Leonhardt’s words, was milder than previous variants—which, frankly, is starting to look like a dubious proposition—its sheer transmissibility was always going to be a problem. Because it’s the infection fatality ratio and the reproductive number together that matter in the end. A wildly transmissible variant—even of putatively less clinical severity—is going to cause more carnage than one that cannot manage to infect very many people at all. That was the winter of 2021–22.

But the main hypothesis here is based on a notion that we can, no, rather we have, delinked case numbers from all those nasty downstream effects; given the infectiousness of SARS-CoV-2’s recent variants, we’re all going to get it, and we might as well just give in. It won’t be that bad. As physician and talking head Leana Wen has said:

I really believe that all of us, unless we take really extraordinary steps, are going to get Covid and therefore be at risk for long Covid. I accept that risk for myself. I accept that risk for my children the same way that I accept that when my 2-year-old climbs onto a play gym and her brother is there, he may very well push her off of the play gym. Now, I wish that that won’t happen. I will do my best to make sure that doesn’t happen, but that is a risk that I have to be able to tolerate. And I think of Covid in that same sense.

We’re all just falling off the jungle gym. Nothing that a Band-Aid and a parent’s kiss can’t soothe…

But here we are in the midst of another surge. I’ve known more people infected over the past few weeks than I have in many, many months. Almost all have been in bed for just a few days; all were vaccinated and boosted; some have gotten access to Paxlovid; none were hospitalized. And all have recovered, though a few have lingering symptoms—a cough, shortness of breath—though these are rare among my friends and colleagues. But we are more than lucky. We are privileged. We may not be the 1 percent, but we are doctors, public health experts, university professors; we work for big nonprofits, and have access to most anything we need should we get sick…

Jonathan Reiner, a physician in DC, has let the CDC have it: “The fact that CDC continues to propagate this green bullshit tells me that they’ve made a decision to hide this massive Covid surge from you. You deserve to know your risk when you go out (and maybe even wear a mask?). This map is camouflage.” But if cases don’t matter and getting infected doesn’t matter, then the CDC’s decision—the White House’s decision that there is little need to alert the public—makes complete sense. We’re good. Don’t worry. Here’s a Band-Aid and a kiss…

So, the very least of what I’d expect from our leaders now—the politicians, the agency officials, the talking heads and experts—is to sound the alarm. Warn people that the risk to them and their families is high, as too many are unvaccinated and unboosted. Some have suggested that we wait for rises in national deaths to start to break through, but that is akin to not calling the fire department until you’re sure you’ve got a good burn going. Besides, deaths are already starting to sneak up…

But we won’t even get an acknowledgment that we are in a new wave. And of course, if you can’t admit the basics, all the rest is far less likely. Still, we keep pushing because as my old Yale College classmate—now infectious disease physician and researcher—Abraar Karan has said:

Cases matter. Surge of cases matter. Re-infections matter. Testing matters. Sequencing for new variants matters. Morbidity & Long Covid matter. Cases in unboosted individuals matter. Cases in high-risk patients matter. Cases among those without ‘the tools’ matter.

Plenty of people know this, and are trying to do their best to fight. You’re not alone if you share these concerns. In the end, you need to know where you stand. When this is all over, I hope there is a reckoning, in this life or the next, for the ways in which people who have committed their lives to public service, to the care of others, were so willing to cut loose the ties that bind us to each other, to sacrifice so many others for the good of those just like themselves.” (J)

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PART 1. January 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a deadly new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/01/the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-on-tuesday-confirmed-the-first-u-s-case-of-a-deadly-new-coronavirus-that-has-killed-six-people-in-china/

PART 2. January 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “If it’s not contained shortly, I think we are looking at a pandemic..”….. “With isolated cases of the dangerous new coronavirus cropping up in a number of states, public health officials say it is only a matter of time before the virus appears in New York City.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/01/part-2-coronavirus-if-its-not-contained-shortly-i-think-we-are-looking-at-a-pandemic-with-isolated-cases-of-the-dangerous-new-coronavirus-cropping-u/

PART3. February 3, 2020. “The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe…”..Trump appeared to downplay concerns about the flu-like virus …We’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down..” (D)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part3-the-wuhan-coronavirus-spreading-from-china-is-now-likely-to-become-a-pandemic-that-circles-the-globe-trump-appeared-to-downplay-concerns-about-the-flu-like-virus/

PART 4. February 9, 2020. Coronavirus. “A study published Friday in JAMA found that 41% of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital.….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-4-coronavirus-so-like-sars-and-mers-other-coronaviruses-before-it-the-wuhan-coronavirus-is-spreading-in-hospitals/

PART 5. February 12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “In short, shoe-leather public health and basic medical care—not miracle drugs—are generally what stop outbreaks of emerging infections..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-5-coronavirus-in-short-shoe-leather-public-health-and-basic-medical-care-not-miracle-drugs-are-generally-what-stop-outbreaks-of-emerging-infections/

POST 6. February 18, 2020.  Coronovirus. “Amid assurances that the (ocean liner) Westerdam was disease free, hundreds of people disembarked in Cambodia…” “ One was later found to be infected”…. “Over 1,000… passengers were in…transit home”…. “This could be a turning point””

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/post-6-coronovirus-amid-assurances-that-the-ocean-liner-westerdam-was-disease-free-hundreds-of-people-disembarked-in-cambodia-one-was-later-found-to-be-infect/

PART 7. February 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. With SARS preparedness underway in NJ LibertyHealth/ Jersey City Medical Center, where I was President, proposed that our 100 bed community hospital with all single-bedded rooms, be immediately transformed into an EMERGENCY SARS ISOLATION Hospital.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-7-coronavirus-with-sars-preparedness-underway-in-nj-libertyhealth-jersey-city-medical-center-where-i-was-president-proposed-that-our-100-bed-community-hospital-with-all-single-bedded-rooms/

PART 8. February 24, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…every country’s top priority should be to protect its health care workers. This is partly to ensure that hospitals themselves do not become sites where the coronavirus is spread more than it is contained.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-8-coronavirus-every-countrys-top-priority-should-be-to-protect-its-health-care-workers-this-is-partly-to-ensure-that-hospitals-themselves-do-not-become-sites-where-t/

PART 9. February 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Responding to a question about the likelihood of a U.S. outbreak, President Trump said, “I don’t think it’s inevitable…”It probably will. It possibly will,” he continued. “It could be at a very small level, or it could be at a larger level.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-9-coronavirus-responding-to-a-question-about-the-likelihood-of-a-u-s-outbreak-president-trump-said-i-dont-think-its-inevitableit-probably-will-it-possibly-will-he-contin/

Part 10. March 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Stop Surprise Medical Bills for Coronavirus care. (&) Lessons Learned (or not) In California and Washington State from community acquired cases.

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PART 11. March 5, 2020.  CORONAVIRUS. “Gov. Andrew Cuomo… would require employers to pay workers and protect their jobs if they are quarantined because of the coronavirus.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-11-coronavirus-gov-andrew-cuomo-would-require-employers-to-pay-workers-and-protect-their-jobs-if-they-are-quarantined-because-of-the-coronavirus/

Part 12. March 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Tom Bossert, Donald Trump’s former homeland security advisor…(said) that due to the coronavirus outbreak, “We are 10 days from the hospitals getting creamed.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-12-coronavirus-tom-bossert-donald-trumps-former-homeland-security-advisorsaid-that-due-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak-we-are-10-days-from-the-hospitals-gett/

Part 13.. March 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “If I’m buying real estate in New York, I’ll listen to the President….If I’m asking about infectious diseases, I’m going to listen to Tony Fauci,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-13-coronavirus-march-14-2020-if-im-buying-real-estate-in-new-york-ill-listen-to-the-president-if-im-asking-about-infectious-diseases-im-going-to-listen-to-tony-fauci

PART 14. March 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “ “Most physicians have never seen this level of angst and anxiety in their careers”…. One said “I am sort of a pariah in my family.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-14-coronavirus-march-17-2020-most-physicians-have-never-seen-this-level-of-angst-and-anxiety-in-their-careers-one-said-i-am-sort-of-a-pariah-in/

PART 15. March 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Crimson Contagion” and imagining an influenza pandemic, was simulated by the Trump administration….in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-15-coronavirus-march-22-2020-crimson-contagion-and-imagining-an-influenza-pandemic-was-simulated-by-the-trump-administration-in-a-series-of-exercises-that-2/

PART 16. March 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. I am not a clinician or a medical ethicist but articles on Coronavirus patient triage started me Googling………to learn about FUTILE TREATMENT

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-16-march-27-2020-coronavirus-i-am-not-a-clinician-or-a-medical-ethicist-but-articles-on-coronavirus-patient-triage-started-me-googlingto-learn-about-futile-treatme/

PART 17. April 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Florida allows churches to continue holding services. Gun stores deemed “essential.”  “New York’s private and public hospitals unite to manage patient load and share resources.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-17-april-2-2020-coronavirus-florida-allows-churches-to-continue-holding-services-gun-stores-deemed-essential-new-yorks-private-and-public-hospitals-unite-to-ma/

PART 18. April 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The federal government’s emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) is depleted, and states will not be receiving any more shipments, administration staff told a House panel.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-18-april-9-2020-coronavirus-the-federal-governments-emergency-stockpile-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe-is-depleted-and-states-will-not-be-receiving-any-more-shipments/

PART 19. April 13, 2020 CORONOAVIRUS. “…overlooked in the United States’ halting mobilization against the novel coronavirus: the personal aides, hospice attendants, nurses and occupational or physical therapists who deliver medical or support services to patients in their homes.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-19-april-14-2020-coronoavirus-overlooked-in-the-mobilization-against-coronavirus-the-personal-aides-hospice-attendants-nurses-and-occupational-or-physical-therapists-wh/

PART 20. April 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…nothing is mentioned in the “Opening Up America Again” plan about how states should handle a resurgence.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-20-april-20-2020-coronavirus-nothing-is-mentioned-in-the-opening-up-america-again-plan-about-how-states-should-handle-a-resurgence-2/

PART 21. April 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “We need to ask, are we using ventilators in a way that makes sense for other diseases but not this one?”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-21-april-23-2020-coronavirus-we-need-to-ask-are-we-using-ventilators-in-a-way-that-makes-sense-for-other-diseases-but-not-for-this-one-2/

POST 22. April 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ..the “ACS released a list of 10 issues that should be addressed before a healthcare organization resumes elective surgeries[JM1] ….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/post-22-april-29-2020-coronavirus-the-acs-released-a-list-of-10-issues-that-should-be-addressed-before-a-healthcare-organization-resumes-elective-surgeries/

POST 23. May 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. … what Dr. Fauci really wants,…”is just to go to a baseball game. That will have to wait. The level of testing for the virus is not adequate enough to allow for such mass gatherings.’ (K)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-23-may-3-2020-coronavirus-what-dr-fauci-really-wantsis-just-to-go-to-a-baseball-game-that-will-have-to-wait-the-level-of-testing-for-the-virus-is-not-adequate/

POST 24. May 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said: “there are going to be deaths no matter what”… but that people needed to get back to work.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-24-may-7-2020-coronavirus-former-new-jersey-governor-chris-christie-said-there-are-going-to-be-deaths-no-matter-what-but-that-people-needed-to-get-back-to-work/

POST 25. May 10, 2020, CORONAVIRUS. “It is scary to go to work,” said Kevin Hassett, a top economic adviser to the president. “I think that I’d be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-25-may-10-2020-coronavirus-it-is-scary-to-go-to-work-said-kevin-hassett-a-top-economic-adviser-to-the-president-i-think-that-id-be-a-lot-safer-if-i-was/

POST 26. May 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS, “Deep cleaning is not a scientific concept”….”there is no universal protocol for a “deep clean” to eradicate the coronavirus”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-26-may-14-2020-coronavirus-deep-cleaning-is-not-a-scientific-concept-there-is-no-universal-protocol-for-a-deep-clean-to-eradicate-the-cor-2/

POST 27. May 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Hospital…executives…are taking pay cuts…to help offset the financial fallout from COVID-19.” As “front line” layoffs and furloughs accelerate…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-27-may-19-2020-coronavirus-hospitalexecutivesare-taking-pay-cutsto-help-offset-the-financial-fallout-from-covid-19-as-front-line/

POST 28. May 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ““You’ve got to be kidding me,”..”How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.” CDC conflates viral and antibody tests numbers.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-28-may-23-2020-coronavirus-youve-got-to-be-kidding-me-how-could-the-cdc-make-that-mistake-this-is-a-mess-cdc-conflates-viral-and-anti/

PART 29. May 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The economy did not close down. It closed down for people who, frankly, had the luxury of staying home,” (Governor Cuomo). But not so for frontline workers!

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/part-29-may-22-2020-coronavirus-the-economy-did-not-close-down-it-closed-down-for-people-who-frankly-had-the-luxury-of-staying-home-but-not-so-for-frontline-workers/

POST 30. June 3,202. CORONAVIRUS. “The wave of mass protests across the United States will almost certainly set off new chains of infection for the novel coronavirus, experts say….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-30-june-3202-coronavirus-the-wave-of-mass-protests-across-the-united-states-will-almost-certainly-set-off-new-chains-of-infection-for-the-novel-coronavirus-experts-say/

POST 31. June 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “I think we had an unintended consequence: I think we made people afraid to come back to the hospital,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-31-june-9-2020-coronavirus-i-think-we-had-an-unintended-consequence-i-think-we-made-people-afraid-to-come-back-to-the-hospital/

Post 32. June 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Could the Trump administration be pursuing herd immunity by “inaction”?  “ If Fauci didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-32-june-16-2020-coronavirus-could-the-trump-administration-be-pursuing-herd-immunity-by-inaction-if-fauci-didnt-exist-wed-have-to-invent-him/

POST 33. June 21, 2002. CORONAVIRUS….. Smashing (lowering the daily number of cases) v. flattening the curve (maintaining a plateau)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-33-june-23-2002-coronavirus-smashing-lowering-the-daily-number-of-cases-v-flattening-the-curve-maintaining-a-plateau/

POST 34. June 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Director Redfield… “the number of coronavirus infections…could be 10 times higher than the confirmed case count — a total of more than 20 million.” As Florida, Texas and Arizona become eipicenters!

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-34-june-26-2020-coronavirus-cdc-director-redfield-the-number-of-coronavirus-infectionscould-be-10-times-higher-than-the-confirmed-case-count-a-total-of-mo/

POST 35. June 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pence: “We slowed the spread. We flattened the curve. We saved lives..”  While Dr. Fauci “warned that outbreaks in the South and West could engulf the country…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-35-june-29-2020-coronavirus-pence-we-slowed-the-spread-we-flattened-the-curve-we-saved-lives-while-dr-fauci-warned-that-outbreaks-in-the-south-and-west-could-engulf-the-co/

POST 36. July 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “There’s just a handful of interventions proven to curb the spread of the coronavirus. One of them is contact tracing, and “it’s not going well,” (Dr. Anthony Fauci)..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-36-july-2-2020-coronavirus-theres-just-a-handful-of-interventions-proven-to-curb-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus-one-of-them-is-contact-tracing-and-its-not/

POST 37. June 8, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. When “crews arrive at a hospital with a patient suspected of having COVID-19, the hospital may have a physical bed open for them, but not enough nurses or doctors to staff it.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-37-june-8-2020-coronavirus-when-crews-arrive-at-a-hospital-with-a-patient-suspected-of-having-covid-19-the-hospital-may-have-a-physical-bed-open-for-them-but-not-enough-nurses-or-d/

POST 38. July 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Some Lessons Learned, or not. AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw: I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Disney as a healthcare CEO — based on the fact that they’re working extremely hard to keep people safe,” (M)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-38-july-15-2020-coronavirus-some-lessons-learned-or-not-adventhealth-ceo-terry-shaw-i-wouldnt-hesitate-to-go-to-disney-as-a-healthcare-ceo-based-on-the-fact-that-theyre-worki/

POST 39. July, 23,2020. CORONAVIRUS. A Tale of Two Cities. Seattle becomes New York (rolls back reopening) while New York becomes Seattle (moves to partial phase 4 reopening)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-39-july-232020-coronavirus-a-tale-of-two-cities-seattle-becomes-new-york-rolls-back-reopening-while-new-york-becomes-seattle-moves-to-partial-phase-4-reopening/

POST 40. July 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.” One canon of medical practice is that you order a test only if you can act on the result. And with a turnaround time of a week or two, you cannot. What we have now is often not testing — it’s testing theater.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-40-july-27-2020-coronavirus-one-canon-of-medical-practice-is-that-you-order-a-test-only-if-you-can-act-on-the-result-and-with-a-turnaround-time-of-a-week-or-two-you-cannot-what-we/

POST 41. August 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Whenever a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes available, one thing is virtually certain: There won’t be enough to go around. That means there will be rationing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-41-august-2-2020-coronavirus-whenever-a-vaccine-for-the-coronavirus-becomes-available-one-thing-is-virtually-certain-there-wont-be-enough-to-go-around-that-means-there-wi-2/

POST 42. August 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “I think that if future historians look back on this period, what they will see is a tragedy of denial….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-42-coronavirus-august-11-2020-i-think-that-if-future-historians-look-back-on-this-period-what-they-will-see-is-a-tragedy-of-denial/

POST 43. August 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.”  “we’ve achieved something great as a nation. We’ve created an unyielding market for FAUCI BOBBLEHEADS”!! (W)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-43-august-22-2020-coronavirus-weve-achieved-something-great-as-a-nation-weve-created-an-unyielding-market-for-fauci-bobbleheads-w/

POST 44.  September 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The CDC…modified its coronavirus testing guidelines…to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19.” (While Dr. Fauci was undergoing surgery.) A White House official said: “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-44-september-1-2020-coronavirus-the-cdcmodified-its-coronavirus-testing-guidelinesto-exclude-people-who-do-not-have-symptoms-of-covid-19-while-dr-fauci-2/

POST 45. September 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  Trump on Fauci. ‘You inherit a lot of people, and you have some you love, some you don’t. I like him. I don’t agree with him that often but I like him.’

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-45-september-9-2020-coronavirus-trump-on-fauci-you-inherit-a-lot-of-people-and-you-have-some-you-love-some-you-dont-i-like-him-i-dont-agree-with-him-that-often-but-i-like-him-2/

POST 46.  September 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Bill Gates used to think of the US Food and Drug Administration as the world’s premier public-health authority. Not anymore. And he doesn’t trust the Centers for Disease Control and Protection either….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-46-september-17-2020-coronavirus-bill-gates-used-to-think-of-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-as-the-worlds-premier-public-health-authority-not-anymore-and-he-doesn-2/

POST 47. September 24, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers University…called New York City’s 35 percent rate for eliciting contacts “very bad.” “For each person, you should be in touch with 75 percent of their contacts within a day,” he said”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-47-september-24-2020-coronavirus-perry-n-halkitis-dean-of-the-school-of-public-health-at-rutgers-universitycalled-new-york-citys-35-percent-rate-for-eliciting-con/

POST 48. October 1, 2020.   “…you can actually control the outbreak if you do the nonpharmaceutical interventions (social distancing and masks). In the United States we haven’t done them. We haven’t adhered to them; we’ve played with them.” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-48-october-1-2020-you-can-actually-control-the-outbreak-if-you-do-the-nonpharmaceutical-interventions-social-distancing-and-masks-in-the-united-states-we-havent-done-t-2/

POST 49. October 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. RAPID RESPONSE. “The possibility that the president and his White House entourage were traveling superspreaders is a nightmare scenario for officials in Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-49-october-4-2020-coronavirus-rapid-response-the-possibility-that-the-president-and-his-white-house-entourage-were-traveling-superspreaders-is-a-nightmare-scenario-for-officials-in/

POST 50. October 6, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Monday October 5th will go down as one of the most fraught chapters in the history of American public Health (and national security).

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-50-october-6-2020-coronavirus-monday-october-5th-will-go-down-as-one-of-the-most-fraught-chapters-in-the-history-of-american-public-health-and-national-security/

POST 51. October 12, 2020. Rather than a hodge-podge of Emergency Use Authorizations, off-label “experimentation”, right-to-try arguments, and “politicized” compassionate use approvals maybe we need to designate REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS (REVRCs).

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-51-october-14-2020-rather-than-a-hodge-podge-of-emergency-use-authorizations-off-label-experimentation-right-to-try-arguments-and-politicized-compassiona/

POST 52. October 18, 2020.  ZIKA/ EBOLA/ CANDIDA AURIS/ SEVERE FLU/ Tracking. “… if there was a severe flu pandemic, more than 33 million people could be killed across the world in 250 days… Boy, do we not have our act together.” —”- Bill Gates. July 1, 2018

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-52-october-18-2020-zika-ebola-candida-auris-severe-flu-tracking-if-there-was-a-severe-flu-pandemic-more-than-33-million-people-could-be-killed-across-the-world-in-250/

POST 53. October 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “a…“herd-immunity strategy” is a contradiction in terms, in that herd immunity is the absence of a strategy.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-53-october-20-2020-coronavirus-aherd-immunity-strategy-is-a-contradiction-in-terms-in-that-herd-immunity-is-the-absence-of-a-strategy/

POST 54. October 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. POST 54A. New Jersey’s Coronavirus response, led by Governor Murphy and Commissioner of Health Persichilli started with accelerated A+ traditional, evidence-based Public Health practices, developed over years of experience with seasonal flu, swine flu, Zika, and Ebola.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-54a-october-23-2020-coronavirus-new-jerseys-coronavirus-response-led-by-governor-murphy-and-commissioner-of-health-persichilli-started-with-accelerated-a-traditional-evidence-base/

POST 55. October 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Testing Conundrum: “ It’s thus very possible to be antigen negative but P.C.R. positive, while still harboring the virus in the body..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-55-october-26-2020-coronavirus-the-testing-conundrum-its-thus-very-possible-to-be-antigen-negative-but-p-c-r-positive-while-still-harboring-the-virus-in-the-body/

Post 56. October 30, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-56-october-30-2020-coronavirus-trumps-now-back-in-charge-its-not-the-doctors/

POST 57. November 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Deborah Birx: the US is entering its “most deadly phase” yet, one that requires “much more aggressive action,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-57-november-3-2020-coronavirus-dr-deborah-birx-the-us-is-entering-its-most-deadly-phase-yet-one-that-requires-much-more-aggressive-action/

POST 58. November 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…the president has largely shuttered the White House Coronavirus Task Force and doubled down on anti-science language…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-58-november-4-2020-coronavirus-the-president-has-largely-shuttered-the-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-and-doubled-down-on-anti-science-language/

POST 59. November 5, 2020. Coronavirus. “The United States on Wednesday recorded over 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-59-november-5-2020-coronavirus-the-united-states-on-wednesday-recorded-over-100000-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day-for-the-first-time-since-the-pandemic-began/

POST 60. November 7, 2020. “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus….” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-60-november-7-2020-white-house-chief-of-staff-mark-meadows-has-tested-positive-for-the-coronavirus-a/

POST 61. November 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Joe Biden’s top priority entering the White House is fighting both the immediate coronavirus crisis and its complex long-term aftermath…” “Here are the key ways he plans to get US coronavirus cases under control.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-61-november-7-2020-coronavirus-joe-bidens-top-priority-entering-the-white-house-is-fighting-both-the-immediate-coronavirus-crisis-and-its-complex-long-term-aftermath/

POST 62. November 8, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States reported its 10 millionth coronavirus case on Sunday, with the latest million added in just 10 days,…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-62-november-8-2020-coronavirus-the-united-states-reported-its-10-millionth-coronavirus-case-on-sunday-with-the-latest-million-added-in-just-10-days/

POST 63. November 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has opened a center to help patients recovering from COVID-19 and to study the long-term impact of the disease….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-63-november-9-2020-coronavirus-new-york-city-based-mount-sinai-health-system-has-opened-a-center-to-help-patients-recovering-from-covid-19-and-to-study-the-long-term-impact-of-the-di/

POST 64. November 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “It works! Scientists have greeted with cautious optimism a press release declaring positive interim results from a coronavirus vaccine phase III trial — the first to report on the final round of human testing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-64-november-10-2020-coronavirus-it-works-scientists-have-greeted-with-cautious-optimism-a-press-release-declaring-positive-interim-results-from-a-coronavirus-vaccine-phase-iii-trial/

POST 65. November 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a stronger stance in favor of masks on Tuesday, emphasizing that they protect the people wearing them, rather than just those around them…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-65-november-11-2020-coronavirus-the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-took-a-stronger-stance-in-favor-of-masks-on-tuesday-emphasizing-that-they-protect-the-people-wearing-t/

POST 66. November.12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.”… as the country enters what may be the most intense stage of the pandemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely disengaged.”… “President-elect Biden has formed a special transition team dedicated to coordinating the coronavirus response across the government…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-66-novembetr12-2020-coronavirus-as-the-country-enters-what-may-be-the-most-intense-stage-of-the-pandemic-yet-the-trump-administration-remains-largely-disengaged/

POST 67. November 13, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “When all other options are exhausted, the CDC website says, workers who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (and “who are well enough to work”) can care for patients who are not severely immunocompromised — first for those who are also confirmed to have COVID-19, then those with suspected cases.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-67-november-13-2020-coronavirus-when-all-other-options-are-exhausted-the-cdc-website-says-workers-who-are-suspected-or-confirmed-to-have-covid-19-and-who-are-well-enough/

POST 68. November 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. The CDC “now is hewing more closely to scientific evidence, often contradicting the positions of the Trump administration.”..” “A passenger aboard the first cruise ship to set sail in the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic has tested positive for coronavirus..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-68-november-14-2020-coronavirus-the-cdc-now-is-hewing-more-closely-to-scientific-evidence-often-contradicting-the-positions-of-the-trump-administration/

POST 69. November 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will issue a new executive order outlining steps hospitals will need to take to ready themselves for a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and directing the hospitals to finalize plans for converting beds into ICU beds, adding staffing and scaling back on or eliminating elective procedures….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-69-november-15-2020-coronavirus-colorado-gov-jared-polis-will-issue-a-new-executive-order-outlining-steps-hospitals-will-need-to-take-to-ready-themselves-for-a-surge-in-covid-19-hos/

POST 70. November 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Atlas criticized Michigan’s new Covid-19 restrictions..urging people to “rise up” against the new public health measures.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-70-november-16-2020-coronavirus-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-member-dr-atlas-criticized-michigans-new-covid-19-restrictions-urging-people-to-rise-up-against-the-new-pub/

POST 71. November 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ”Hospitals overrun as U.S. reports 1 million new coronavirus cases in a week.” “But in Florida, where the number of coronavirus infections remains the third-highest in the nation, bars and schools remain open and restaurants continue to operate at full capacity.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-71-november-17-2020-coronavirus-hospitals-overrun-as-u-s-reports-1-million-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-week-but-in-florida-where-the-number-of-coronavirus-infecti/

POST 72. November 18, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The Health and Human Services Department will not work with President-elect Joe Biden’s (PANDEMIC) team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that he won the election,….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-72-november-18-2020-coronavirus-the-health-and-human-services-department-will-not-work-with-president-elect-joe-bidens-pandemic-team-until-the-general-services-administration-mak/

POST 73. November 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…officials at the CDC…urged Americans to avoid travel for Thanksgiving and to celebrate only with members of their immediate households…” When will I trust a vaccine? to the last question I always answer: When I see Tony Fauci take one….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-73-november-19-2020-coronavirus-officials-at-the-cdcurged-americans-to-avoid-travel-for-thanksgiving-and-to-celebrate-only-with-members-of-their-immediate-household-2/

POST 74. November 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pfizer…submitted to the FDA for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine candidate. —FDA issued an EUA for the drug baricitinib, in combination with remdesivir, as WHO says remdesivir doesn’t do much of anything.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-74-november-20-2020-coronavirus-pfizersubmitted-to-the-fda-for-emergency-use-authorization-for-their-coronavirus-vaccine-candidate-fda-issued-an-eua-for-the-drug-baricitinib-in/

POST 75. November 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest non-profit health systems says he won’t be wearing a mask at work because he’s recovered from COVID-19, and doing so would only be a “symbolic gesture” because he considers himself immune from the virus….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-75-november-21-2020-coronavirus-the-president-and-ceo-of-one-of-the-nations-largest-non-profit-health-systems-says-he-wont-be-wearing-a-mask-at-work-because-hes-recovered-from-2/

POST 76. November 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” Ventilators..”just keep people alive while the people caring for them can figure out what’s wrong and fix the problem. And at the moment, we just don’t have enough of those people.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-76-november-23-2020-coronavirus-no-battle-plan-survives-contact-with-the-enemy-ventilators-just-keep-people-alive-while-the-people-caring-for-them-can-figure-out/

POST 77. November 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pope Francis: “When I got really sick at the age of 21, I had my first experience of limit, of pain and loneliness.”.. “….Aug. 13, 1957. I got taken to a hospital…”….” I remember especially two nurses from this time.”…” They fought for me to the end, until my eventual recovery.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-77-november-26-2020-coronavirus-pope-francis-when-i-got-really-sick-at-the-age-of-21-i-had-my-first-experience-of-limit-of-pain-and-loneliness-aug/

POST 78. November 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Kelby Krabbenhoft is no longer president and CEO of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health.” “…for not wearing a face covering… “ because “He considered himself immune from the virus.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-78-november-27-2020-coronavirus-kelby-krabbenhoft-is-no-longer-president-and-ceo-of-sioux-falls-s-d-based-sanford-health-for-not-wearing-a-face-covering/

POST 79. November 28, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Mayo Clinic. “”Our surge plan expands into the garage…”..””Not where I’d want to put my grandfather or my grandmother,” … though it “may have to happen.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-79-november-28-2020-coronavirus-mayo-clinic-our-surge-plan-expands-into-the-garage-not-where-id-want-to-put-my-grandfather-or-my-grandmother/

POST 80. November 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Op-Ed in the Jersey Journal. Do you know which hospital is right for you if you have coronavirus? | Opinion

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-80-november-29-2020-coronavirus-oped-in-the-jersey-journal-do-you-know-which-hospital-is-right-for-you-if-you-have-coronavirus-opinion/

POST 81. December 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Atlas, … who espoused controversial theories and rankled government scientists while advising President Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, resigned…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-81-december-1-2020-coronavirus-dr-atllas-who-espoused-controversial-theories-and-rankled-government-scientists-while-advising-president-trump-on-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

POST 82. December 3, 2020. CORONAVIRIUS. The NBA jumped to the front of the line for Coronavirus testing….while front line nurses often are still waiting. Who will similarly “hijack” the vaccine?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-82-december-3-2020-coronavirius-the-nba-jumped-to-the-front-of-the-line-for-coronavirus-testing-while-front-line-nurses-often-are-still-waiting-who-will-similarly-hijack-2/

POST 83. December 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will impose a new, regional stay-at-home order for areas where capacity at intensive care units falls below 15%.”… East Tennessee –“This is the first time the health care capability benchmark has been in the red..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-83-december-4-2020-coronavirus-california-gov-gavin-newsom-says-he-will-impose-a-new-regional-stay-at-home-order-for-areas-where-capacity-at-intensive-care-units-falls-below-15/

POST 84. December 6, 2020. CPRONAVIRUS. “ More than 100,000 Americans are in the hospital with COVID-19…” “We’re seeing C.D.C. …awaken from (its) politics-induced coma…”…Dr. Fauci “to be a chief medical adviser in Biden’s incoming administration..”.. “Trump administration leaves states to grapple with how to distribute scarce vaccines..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-84-december-6-2020-cpronavirus-more-than-100000-americans-are-in-the-hospital-with-covid-19-were-seeing-c-d-c-awaken-from-its-politi/

POST 85. December 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Florida, Gov. DeSantis’ administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced..”.. “NY Gov. Cuomo said…the state will implement a barrage of new emergency actions..”… Rhode Island and Massachusetts open field hospitals… “Biden Names Health Team to Fight Pandemic”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-85-december-7-2020-coronavirus-florida-gov-desantis-administration-engaged-in-a-pattern-of-spin-and-concealment-that-misled-the-public-on-the-gravest-health-threat-the-s/

POST 86. December 9, 2020. If this analysis seems a bit incomprehensible it is because “free Coronavirus test” is often an oxymoron! with charges ranging from as little as $23 to as much as $2,315… Laws (like for free Coronavirus tests) are Like Sausages. Better Not to See Them Being Made. (Please allow about 20 seconds for the text to download. Thanx!)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-86-december-9-2020-if-this-analysis-seems-a-bit-incomprehensible-it-is-because-free-coronavirus-test-is-often-an-oxymoron-with-charges-ranging-from-as-little-as-23-to-as-mu/

POST 87. December 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Rudolph W. Giuliani, the latest member of President Trump’s inner circle to contract Covid-19, has acknowledged that he received at least two of the same drugs the president received. He even conceded that his “celebrity” status had given him access to care that others did not have.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-87-december-12-2020-coronavirus-rudolph-w-giuliani-the-latest-member-of-president-trumps-inner-circle-to-contract-covid-19-has-acknowledged-that-he-received-at-l/

POST 88. December 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “As COVID-19 cases surge, the federal government is releasing data about hospital capacity at facilities around the country….”The new data paints the picture of how a specific hospital is experiencing the pandemic,”…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-88-december-11-2020-coronavirus-as-covid-19-cases-surge-the-federal-government-is-releasing-data-about-hospital-capacity-at-facilities-around-the-country-the-new-data-pai/

PART 89. December 12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. THE VACCINE!!! “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/part-89-december-12-2020-coronavirus-the-vaccine-now-this-is-not-the-end-it-is-not-even-the-beginning-of-the-end-but-it-is-perhaps-the-end-of-the-beginning-winston-church/

POST 90. December 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…the first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have been given to the American public..”…” Each person who receives a vaccine needs two doses, and it’s up to states to allocate their share of vaccines.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-90-december-14-2020-coronavirus-the-first-doses-of-a-covid-19-vaccine-have-been-given-to-the-american-public-each-person-who-receives-a-vaccine/

POST 91. December 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “UPMC will first give (vaccination) priority to those in critical jobs. That includes a range of people working in critical units, from workers cleaning the emergency room and registering patients to doctors and nurses.. “Finally, if needed, UPMC will use a lottery to select who will be scheduled first.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-91-december-15-2020-coronavirus-upmc-will-first-give-vaccination-priority-to-those-in-critical-jobs-that-includes-a-range-of-people-working-in-critical-units-from-workers-cleanin/

POST 92. December 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “..each state — and each hospital system — has come up with its own (vaccination) plan and priorities. The result has been a sometimes confusing constellation of rules and groupings that has left health care workers wondering where they stand.” (Trump appointee July 4th email “…we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,”)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-92-december-17-2020-coronavirus-each-state-and-each-hospital-system-has-come-up-with-its-own-vaccination-plan-and-priorities-the-result-has-been-a-sometimes/

POST 93. December 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  On NPR Congresswoman Shalala (D-Florida) said she wouldn’t jump the vaccination line in Miami; then added she would get vaccinated in Washington this week. This, even though Congress has failed to pass “essential” Coronavirus legislation. So who are our “essential” workers?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-93-december-19-2020-coronavirus-on-npr-congresswoman-shalala-d-florida-said-she-wouldnt-jump-the-vaccination-line-in-miami-then-added-she-would-get-vaccinated-in-washington-this/

POST 94. December 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “A doctor at an L.A. County public hospital said the number of COVID-19 patients is “increasing exponentially, without an end in sight.”.. “I haven’t done ICU medicine since I was a resident — you don’t want me adjusting your ventilator,” he said. “That’s the challenge, actually — it isn’t so much space, it’s staff…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-94-december-21-2020-coronavirus-a-doctor-at-an-l-a-county-public-hospital-said-the-number-of-covid-19-patients-is-increasing-exponentially-without-an-end-in-sight/

POST 95. December 23, 2020. “The Murphy administration may step in to force (New Jersey) hospitals to report COVID-19 outbreaks among staff.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-95-december-23-2020-the-murphy-administration-may-step-in-to-force-new-jersey-hospitals-to-report-covid-19-outbreaks-among-staff/

POST 96. December 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Achieving herd immunity against the coronavirus could require as much as 90 percent of the population to be vaccinated, Anthony Fauci…”…”..he hesitated to state a number as high as 90% weeks ago because many Americans still seemed skeptical about vaccine….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-96-december-26-2020-coronavirus-achieving-herd-immunity-against-the-coronavirus-could-require-as-much-as-90-percent-of-the-population-to-be-vaccinated-anthony-fauci/

POST 97. December 27, 2020. “A new variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading through the UK and other countries has not yet been detected in the United States..”.. . But if new-wave medicines like antivirals and antibody therapy contributed to the development of viral variants, it will be “a reminder for all the medical community that we need to use these treatment options carefully.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-97-december-27-2020-a-new-variant-of-the-coronavirus-that-has-been-spreading-through-the-uk-and-other-countries-has-not-yet-been-detected-in-the-united-states-but-if-ne/

POST 98. December 28, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new penalties in order to rein in possible vaccination fraud…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-98-december-28-2020-coronavirus-governor-andrew-cuomo-announced-new-penalties-in-order-to-rein-in-possible-vaccination-fraud/

POST 99. December 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “ICUs are being overwhelmed across many parts of California. Statewide aggregate ICU availability has been at 0% since Christmas Eve…. a surge on top of a surge on top of a surge.”… “hospitals are getting close to the point where they would begin putting COVID-positive patients under the care of COVID-positive staff who are asymptomatic.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-99-december-29-2020-coronavirus-icus-are-being-overwhelmed-across-many-parts-of-california-statewide-aggregate-icu-availability-has-been-at-0-since-christmas-eve-a-surge-o/

POST 100. December 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Front line hospital workers – in the ER, ICUs, EMS, acute medical care, behavioral health – are amongst the most courageous, heroic and dedicated colleagues you will ever meet.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-100-december-29-2020-coronavirus-front-line-hospital-workers-in-the-er-icus-ems-acute-medical-care-behavioral-health-are-amongst-the-most-courageous-heroic-and-dedica/

POST 101. December 30, 2020.CORONAVIRUS. Is there a point where the increasing Coronavirus trajectory so far exceeds the slow growth of the vaccination rate that reaching herd immunity through vaccinations becomes less likely?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-101-december-30-2020-coronavirus-is-there-a-point-where-the-increasing-coronavirus-trajectory-so-far-exceeds-the-slow-growth-of-the-vaccination-rate-that-reaching-herd-immunity-through-vaccin/

POST 102. January 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “We’ve taken the people with the least amount of resources and capacity and asked them to do the hardest part of the vaccination — which is actually getting the vaccines administered into people’s arms,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “Ultimately, the buck seems to stop with no one,”…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-102-january-2-2020-coronavirus-weve-taken-the-people-with-the-least-amount-of-resources-and-capacity-and-asked-them-to-do-the-hardest-part-of-the-vaccination-which/

POST 103. January 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Fauci said “that the United States would not follow Britain’s lead in front-loading first vaccine injections, potentially delaying the administration of second doses…Dr. Moore – ”British officials “seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just trying to guess their way out of a mess.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-103-january-4-2021-coronavirus-dr-fauci-said-that-the-united-states-would-not-follow-britains-lead-in-front-loading-first-vaccine-injections-potentially-delaying-the-admin/

POST 104. January 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Paramedics in Southern California are being told to conserve oxygen and not to bring patients to the hospital who have little chance of survival…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-104-january-6-2021-coronavirus-paramedics-in-southern-california-are-being-told-to-conserve-oxygen-and-not-to-bring-patients-to-the-hospital-who-have-little-chance-of-survival/

POST 105. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. POST 105. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Facing a shortage of vaccinators, the Association of Immunization Managers… recommends relaxing regulation or adjusting licensing requirements. At least two states, Massachusetts and New York, have changed their laws in recent weeks to expand those who are eligible to give shots.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-105-january-8-2021-coronavirus-being-able-to-staff-vaccination-clinics-with-volunteers-from-our-reserve-workforce-means-that-staff-at-the-vaccination-sites-can-continue-to-perform-th/

POST 106. January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The riots at the Capitol could have been a superspreader event. “From what I saw… you had a large congregation of individuals who were in close contact for an extended period of time and almost universally unmasked…. many coming and going on buses as well, also unmasked, and hanging out in hotel lobbies.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-106-january-9-2021-coronavirus-the-riots-at-the-capitol-could-have-been-a-superspreader-event-from-what-i-saw-you-had-a-large-congregation-of-individuals-who-were-in-close/

POST 107. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Our job is to make sure the vaccine isn’t politicized the way masks were politicized,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said after getting her vaccine.   South Carolina Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, a Republican, wrote that “Congress shouldn’t be putting themselves first in line for the COVID-19 vaccination when the average American can’t get it.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-107-january-8-2021-coronavirus-our-job-is-to-make-sure-the-vaccine-isnt-politicized-the-way-masks-were-politicized-rep-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-d-n-y-said-after-getting-her-vaccine/

POST 108. January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. (vaccination)”Line-cutters will be named and shamed. It’s inevitable, as will be the congressional hearings and front-page investigative stories ferreting out who saved their own skin at the expense of others.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-108-january-9-2021-coronavirus-vaccinationline-cutters-will-be-named-and-shamed-its-inevitable-as-will-be-the-congressional-hearings-and-front-page-investigative-stories/

POST 109.January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “President-elect Joe Biden will aim to release nearly every available dose of the coronavirus vaccine when he takes office, a break with the Trump administration’s strategy of holding back half of US vaccine production to ensure second doses are available.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-109-january-9-2021-coronavirus-president-elect-joe-biden-will-aim-to-release-nearly-every-available-dose-of-the-coronavirus-vaccine-when-he-takes-office-a-break-with-the-trump-admini/

POST 110. January 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The (federal) government is changing the way it allocates Covid vaccine doses, now basing it on how quickly states can administer shots and the size of their elderly population.”… “New York State sent a letter to hospitals saying if they don’t use their vaccine allocations by the end of this week, they won’t receive any further allocations.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-110-january-13-2021-coronavirus-the-federal-government-is-changing-the-way-it-allocates-covid-vaccine-doses-now-basing-it-on-how-quickly-states-can-administer-shots-and-t/

POST 111. January 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Visitors from Toronto to New York to Buenos Aires have long flocked to Florida for sun, surf and shopping. Now they are coming for the Covid-19 vaccine….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-111-january-14-2021-coronavirus-visitors-from-toronto-to-new-york-to-buenos-aires-have-long-flocked-to-florida-for-sun-surf-and-shopping-now-they-are-coming-for-the-covid-19-vaccin/

POST 112. January 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CHINA – “Eleven million people are under lockdown in Hebei province after a new cluster of coronavirus infections.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-112-january-14-2021-coronavirus-china-eleven-million-people-are-under-lockdown-in-hebei-province-after-a-new-cluster-of-coronavirus-infections/

PART 113. January 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The Next President Actually Has a Covid Plan… New York City and other places in the state expect to exhaust their supply of doses as early as next week… Charles Barkley said during the “NBA on TNT” broadcast that pro athletes should get the first round of the vaccine…..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/part-113-january-17-2021-coronavirus-the-next-president-actually-has-a-covid-plan-new-york-city-and-other-places-in-the-state-expect-to-exhaust-their-supply-of-doses-as-early-as-next-week/

POST 114. January 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “When government programs that have been unattended, underfunded and bogged down by red tape suddenly have to meet a huge demand in a crisis, they can’t cope and people suffer….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-114-january-18-2021-coronavirus-when-government-programs-that-have-been-unattended-underfunded-and-bogged-down-by-red-tape-suddenly-have-to-meet-a-huge-demand-in-a-crisis-they-can/

POST 115. January 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. A year ago today an unnumbered POST was headlined “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a deadly new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.” The CORONAVIRUS CONTENT TRACKING PROJECT started with HISTORIOGRAPHY and over time moved to LESSONS LEARNED, RAPID RESPONSE, and THE VACCINATION PROGRAM. Now 115 POSTS later – the BIDEN CORONAVIRUS PLAN.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-115-january-21-2020-coronavirus-a-year-ago-today-an-unnumbered-post-was-headlined-the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-on-tuesday-confirmed-the-first-u-s-case-of-a-deadly/

POST 116. January 22, 2021. President Biden – “We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-116-january-22-2021-president-biden-were-entering-what-may-be-the-toughest-and-deadliest-period-of-the-virus-we-must-set-aside-politics-and-finally-face-this-pandemic-as-one-nation/

POST 117. January 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. 1.Dr. Fauci:“The idea that you can get up here….”and.. let the science speak”… “It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.” 2.updated CDC guidance:”.. providers could give the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose..” 3.Dr. Fauci: people would be “taking a chance” if they follow the CDC’s updated guidance.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-117-january-23-2021-coronavirus-1-dr-faucithe-idea-that-you-can-get-up-here-and-let-the-science-speak-it-is-somewhat-of-a-liberating/

POST 118. January 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Unfortunately, we’ve let this virus spread extensively and are launching the vaccination campaign at the height of the threat,” Dr. Meyers said. “The more the virus spreads before the vaccine reaches people, the fewer deaths we can prevent with the vaccine.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-118-january-24-2021-coronavirus-unfortunately-weve-let-this-virus-spread-extensively-and-are-launching-the-vaccination-campaign-at-the-height-of-the-threat-dr-meyers-sa/

POST 119. January 27, 2010. CORONAVIRUS. Amazon is offering its help to President Joe Biden with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, included the help of companies like Starbucks, Costco and Microsoft in a plan to vaccinate 45,000 residents a day.

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POST 120. January 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The fact that four vaccines backed by the federal government seem to be less effective against the (South African) B.1.351 variant has unsettled federal officials and vaccine experts alike. Facing this uncertainty, many researchers said it was imperative to get as many people vaccinated as possible — quickly. Lowering the rate of infection could thwart the contagious variants while they are still rare, and prevent other viruses from gaining new mutations that could cause more trouble.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-120-january-28-2021-coronavirus-the-fact-that-four-vaccines-backed-by-the-federal-government-seem-to-be-less-effective-against-the-south-african-b-1-351-variant-has-unsettled-feder/

POST 121. January 30, 2021. CORONVIRUS. Will our communities become stratified by which vaccine is distributed? 95%ters v. 72%ters? Will the easier distribution of the J&J vaccine drive its inequitable distribution to” hard-hit, marginalized, and medically underserved communities.” (thanx! to XJ/LA)

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POST 122. February 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr.Fauci endorses double-masking. Dr.Osterholm disagrees!

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POST 123. February 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Nursing homes across the country are facing the same struggle, as workers have been more reluctant than residents to be vaccinated…

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POST 124. February 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Osterholm ” …it may be time to..go with a ‘first-dose only’ approach, so more people over the age of 65 can have at least some protection right away. He said that would require delaying second doses until this summer.” Dr.Fauci “warned against this practice, and cautioned people about “the danger” that could come with focusing only on the first dose.”

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POST 125. June 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “States are rolling back Covid-19 restrictions as new cases trend down from record highs across the country. But experts warn it might be too much too soon as variants pose an increased risk and the pandemic… is far from over.”

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POST 126. February 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “There will be more coronavirus outbreaks in the future. Bats and other mammals are rife with strains and species of this abundant family of viruses. Some of these pathogens will inevitably spill over the species barrier and cause new pandemics. It’s only a matter of time.” (A)

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POST 127. February 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “… Trump only agreed to be hospitalized when aides told him that he could walk to Marine One or he could wait until his case progressed and he would be carried out.”

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POST 128. February 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks…

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POST 129. February 15, 2021, CORONAVIRUS. “ “The CDC released its much-anticipated, updated guidance to help school leaders decide how to safely bring students back into classrooms, or keep them there.”…” For politicians, parents and school leaders looking for a clear green light to reopen schools, this is not it.”

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POST 130. February 16, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “A second person who had contracted the Ebola virus died this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking another outbreak just three months after the nation outlasted the virus’s second-worst outbreak in history…”

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POST 131. February 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “It really is right now – a race between how quickly new variants, particularly the U.K. variant, can spread in the United States and how quickly we can get people vaccinated”

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POST 132. February 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In Texas, where over 2.5 million people are still without power, the state health department said this week’s vaccine shipments wouldn’t arrive until Wednesday at the earliest.”

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POST 133. February 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Going off your meds is a surefire way to aggravate your doctor. What if a whole country did it?” The United Kingdom has veered into uncharted territory by changing tack and introducing a revised COVID-19 vaccination protocol, one that involves distributing the second dose at 12 weeks, rather than the prescribed 21 days.”

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POST 134. February 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The first tranche of the J&J (single dose) vaccine must go to K-12 teachers, so schools can open safely in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. The federal government…”can set up its own vaccination centers in regions with eligible populations it’s trying to target.” We owe our front-line teachers nothing less!

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POST 135. February 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “As Chief Executive Officers of New York’s major health care systems, we would like to provide facts to clear up confusion in the public and the media regarding decisions to discharge patients to nursing homes during New York’s spring coronavirus surge.”

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POST 136. March 2, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced on Tuesday they would be lifting their states’ mask mandates and rolling back many of their Covid-19 health mandates..”…while “The US could experience a “fourth surge” of coronavirus before the majority of the country is vaccinated.”

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POST 137. March 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The clamor for hard-to-get Covid-19 vaccines has created armies of anxious Americans who have resorted to hunting for leftovers on the fringes of the country’s patchwork vaccination system. They haunt pharmacies at the end of the day in search of an extra, expiring dose. They drive from clinic to clinic hoping that someone was a no-show to their appointment. They cold-call pharmacies like eager telemarketers: Any extras today? Maybe tomorrow? Some pharmacists have even given them a nickname: vaccine lurkers.” (H)

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POST 138. March 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “New cases are decreasing in the third wave because we are past the holidays, not because of vaccinations. It is a common misconception that the decrease we are seeing in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. is due to vaccinations. The two aren’t related; at least yet.”

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POST 139. March 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others…” In practice, that means fully vaccinated grandparents may visit unvaccinated healthy adult children and healthy grandchildren of the same household without masks or physical distancing.” (C)

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POST 140. March 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In West Virginia, they are bracing for the second wave….. Not coronavirus but opioid overdoses, with one scourge driving a resurgence of the other.

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POST 141. March 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Today is the first anniversary of the WHO declaration that the novel coronavirus was a Public Health Emergency of International Concern… “To truly prepare itself against the next pandemic, the U.S. has to reimagine what preparedness looks like.”

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POST 142. March 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Candida auris is a superbug, a pathogen that can evade drugs made to kill it—and early signs suggest the COVID-19 pandemic may be propelling infections of the highly dangerous yeast. That’s because C. auris is particularly prominent in hospital settings, which have been flooded with people this year due to the coronavirus.”

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POST 143. March 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Trump administration sought to suppress Covid-19 testing in the United States last year by softening guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on who needed to be tested, a House panel said Monday.”

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POST 144. March 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The vaccine hesitancy we are seeing isn’t just about Covid vaccines,”… “It is a general reflection of Americans’ lack of trust in science, the pharmaceutical industry, and large health care institutions. We need a full court press on science and vaccine education right now to prevent more aggressive Covid-19 variants from developing and taking hold.”

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POST 145. March 25, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Efforts to disseminate Covid-19 vaccines as widely as possible are hitting an unexpected obstacle: health-care workers who decline the shots.

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POST 146. March 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Osterholm told Becker’s: “This is the perfect storm,”…”Here is Europe locking down and having problems containing B.1.1.7, even with vaccinations and previous infection histories. Here we are opening up as wide as we can. We are literally just walking into the mouth of the virus saying, ‘Don’t worry.’” (M)

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POST 147. April 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The pandemic helped cement the shift to “a philosophy of really focusing on the role of the physician in reasoning through ambiguous and unknown problems as the focus of education, rather than teaching students that the role of physician was to memorize a body of knowledge that was already in existence and good enough for what usually happens.”

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POST 148. April 7, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. While the Biden administration accelerates vaccinations to ward off numerous variants and as more young people are being hospitalized, states, even with increasing case rates are on paths to fully reopen. Politics v. public health!

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POST 149. April 10, 2021. CORONAVIRIUS. “From Michigan to Massachusetts, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again. Deaths will soon follow. “ ”.. the Biden administration is facing renewed calls to delay second vaccine doses and blanket more of the U.S. population with an initial shot.”

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POST 150. April 10, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” is quickly becoming a divisive issue across the US – with several states, including New York, embracing the idea, while others have already moved to ban them.”

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POST 151. April 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.   the J&J vaccination pause. “ Federal officials are concerned that doctors may not be trained to spot or treat the rare disorder if recipients of the vaccine develop symptoms of it…”  “…a standard treatment for blood clots — use of an anticoagulant drug — could be dangerous or even fatal in such cases…”

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POST 152. April 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s director said Saturday authorities are considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines because the country’s domestically made doses “don’t have very high protection rates,”

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POST 153. April 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “At least 35 hospitals across Michigan were listed Thursday as nearing capacity and three were at full capacity for COVID-19 patients..”.. We can manufacture beds. We can open up beds. We can create entire wings of the hospital if we have to, but if we don’t have staff for those beds, we’ve got nothing.”..

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POST 154. April 19, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Breakthrough infections, which occur when fully vaccinated people are infected by the pathogen that their shots were designed to protect against, are an entirely expected part of any vaccination process.”   “Pfizer’s chief executive said that a third dose of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine was “likely” to be needed within a year of the initial two-dose inoculation — followed by annual vaccinations.”

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POST 155. April 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. As the J&J vaccine pause is ended Senator Johnson said “The science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective. So if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not? I mean, what is it to you?”

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POST 156. April 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. As CDC revises guidance on outdoor masking, Texas Governor Abbott says “the state is “very close” to herd immunity… despite acknowledging that he does not know what the herd immunity threshold is for the virus, an uncertainty echoed by the public health community.”

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POST 157. April 25, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Ohio hospitals; “We agreed in multiple conversations, there’s nothing in fighting a pandemic that creates a competitive advantage.”…

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POST 158. May 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. . As populations get closer to herd immunity “ it may be helpful to introduce some nuance to what we mean by the term. Nationwide herd immunity. Regional herd immunity. Temporary herd immunity. Endemicity.”

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POST 159. May 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Without deeper sharing of expertise in how to make vaccines…waiving patent obligations is unlikely to be a game-changer… Having access to the “recipe” certainly helps, but understanding how to put it together and produce it at scale is something else.”

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POST 160. May 13, 2021.CORONAVIRUS. “The CDC acknowledged Friday that airborne spread of COVID-19 among people more than 6 feet apart “has been repeatedly documented.”” Meanwhile states relax or eliminate indoor dining restrictions. HUH?

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POST 161. May 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Even if the spread of Covid-19 decreases enough to allow a return of most activities, there are some aspects of pandemic life that epidemiologists say will persist much longer. In particular, they say that masks are a norm that should continue, even if that view puts them at odds with the new C.D.C. guidance. More than 80 percent of them say people should continue to wear masks when indoors with strangers for at least another year, and outdoors in crowds.” 

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POST 162. May 21, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is refusing to lift his indoor mask mandate for vaccinated residents…” “…fully vaccinated residents in New York and Connecticut are no longer required to wear masks..”..” “California says it isn’t ready to follow the federal lead and unmask, at least for another month..”.. “..Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting state governmental entities such as counties, public school districts, public health authorities and government officials from requiring mask wearing.”

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POST 163. May 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey announced a mandate…saying supervisors and those of higher rank must get the vaccine by June 30. They will eventually require the system’s 35,000 employees to do the same.

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POST 164. May 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. On Wednesday, health minister Norihisa Tamura warned Olympic organizers they would have to “secure their own” hospital beds for anyone falling ill at the Games, explaining the government would not release beds set aside for Japanese covid-19 patients.”

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POST 165. May 31,2001. CORONAVIRUS. “Like all pandemics, this one will end either with millions — maybe billions — being infected or being vaccinated. This time, world leaders have a choice, but little time to make that choice before it is made for them.”

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POST 166. June 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “President Biden said Wednesday that he has asked intelligence agencies to double down on their efforts to investigate whether the coronavirus originated from human contact with an animal or in an laboratory in China, saying there is not “sufficient information” to assess whether one is more likely than the other.” 

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POST 167. June 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Hospitals prevaricate on mandatory staff vaccinations.  Florida’s Governor forbids cruise ship vaccine mandates. Pfizer and Moderna apply for FDA full approval.

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POST 168. June 10, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Our species has a tendency to get distracted. We have a very strong appetite for distraction, and when something is not in the spotlight, when it’s not a crisis anymore, we tend to forget and move on to something else. So the biggest challenge is going to be maintaining focus on this next step of developing vaccines that anticipate pandemics.”

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POST 169. June 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Hospitals in Washington, D.C…announced a consensus agreement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 30,000 workers, 70% of which are already vaccinated. Each of 14 hospitals will set their own deadline…” 

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POST 170. June 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Ashish Jha…is worried about the potential impact  the delta variant could have in the United States… “I’m concerned about the Delta variant,”… “Why? Most contagious variant yet. Wreaked havoc in India. Spiking cases in UK. Growing rapidly in the US.”

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POST 171. June 19, 2021. “A 34-year-old man (a Covid-19 survivor) has been diagnosed with India’s first known case of “green fungus” infection.”… “Green fungus is the new infection to join the earlier known cases of black, white and yellow fungus.”…”green fungus was earlier seen only as a “junior partner” in other infections… In the current patient, this fungus is acting as the aggressor.”

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POST 172. June 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman said: “If you can go into a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office.”…”remote work can “dramatically undermine” the character and culture a company is attempting to build; and “virtually eliminates spontaneous learning and creativity.”

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POST 173. June 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The daily toll of COVID-19, as measured by new cases and the growing number of deaths, overlooks a shadowy set of casualties: the rising risk of mental health problems among health care professionals working on the frontlines of the pandemic.”

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POST 174. July 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “..while the WHO is encouraging people to keep wearing masks even if they’re vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci says it doesn’t look like the CDC currently plans to change its guidelines.” … health officials in Los Angeles recommended that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precautionary measure.”..”

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POST 175. July 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Can a health care worker who is not against vaccines in general still harbor sincere concerns that scientists don’t yet know about all the side effects of these vaccines? Yes, says Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD — but those people should not work in health care.”

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POST 176. July 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Mercy Springfield ( Missouri) hospital…” ran out of ventilators for its patients over the Fourth of July weekend…”…“Mercy will require all current and future employees to be fully vaccinated.”…“The US government is deploying a Covid-19 surge team to provide public health support in southwest Missouri

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/07/post-176-july-9-2021-coronavirus-mercy-springfield-missouri-hospital-ran-out-of-ventilators-for-its-patients-over-the-fourth-of-july-weekend/

POST 177. July 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. the Delta variant is “the 2020 version of Covid-19 on steroids,”… “It is the most hypertransmissible, contagious version of the virus we’ve seen to date…it’s a superspreader strain if there ever was one .” but… now, there’s a Delta Plus variant…

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POST 178. July 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Tennessee’s top vaccine official says she has been fired as punishment for doing her job in the face of political pushback.”..” More than 180 state and local public health leaders…have resigned, retired or been fired since April 1…”“Former President Trump and his GOP allies have stepped up attacks on Anthony Fauci…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/07/post-178-july-15-2021-coronavirus-tennessees-top-vaccine-official-says-she-has-been-fired-as-punishment-for-doing-her-job-in-the-face-of-political-pushback-more-tha/

POST 179. July 16, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “It, therefore, follows that the “harm principle” (“first, do no harm.”) can be used to justify compulsory vaccination programs in specific instances where the community interests or benefits are deemed to be significant.”

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POST 180, July 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Most people will either get vaccinated, or have been previously infected, or they will get this Delta variant,”.. “And for most people who get this Delta variant, it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital,”

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POST 181. July 22, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Health experts fear the Tokyo Olympics could become a COVID-19 superspreader event.” “Whatever happens in Japan isn’t likely going to stay in Japan since all of the athletes and accompanying coaches and staff will be returning to their home countries.”

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POST 182. July 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R): “Folks supposed to have common sense.”…“But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” ““Beginning in mid-September, New York City will require all of its 340,000 municipal workers, including police, firefighters and teachers, to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly.”

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POST 183. July 29, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. When I was appointed President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center in1989 in the peak of the HIV/ AIDS crisis, we had a dedicated, and always full, dedicated 60 bed AIDS unit, staffed by one full time nurse and numerous part-time and per diem nurses. Today, right now, hospitals caught in the Covid-19 surge, are forced to redeploy nursing staff, respiratory therapists and other clinicians, most without prior infectious diseases experience. Why are we tolerating the unvaccinated putting our hospital staffs at risk?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/07/post-183-july-29-2021-coronavirus-when-i-was-appointed-president-and-ceo-of-jersey-city-medical-center-in1989-in-the-peak-of-the-hiv-aids-crisis-we-had-a-dedicated-and-always-full-dedicated-60/

POST 184. August 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The coronavirus could be “just a few mutations potentially away” from evolving into a variant that can evade existing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said..” (A) “The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox..” (I)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-184-august-1-2021-coronavirus-the-coronavirus-could-be-just-a-few-mutations-potentially-away-from-evolving-into-a-variant-that-can-evade-existing-covid-19-vaccines-cdc-director/

POST 185. August 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ‘If you aren’t going to help, please get out of the way’: Biden turns up the pressure on GOP governors as Delta spreads”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-185-august-6-2021-coronavirus-if-you-arent-going-to-help-please-get-out-of-the-way-biden-turns-up-the-pressure-on-gop-governors-as-delta-spreads/

POST 186. August 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” she added, referring to patients who have to be put on a ventilator.” (A) “There is no one definition of what the end of a pandemic means.”.. “The question of when the crisis will be over is a layered one — with different answers from local, national and global perspectives.”

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POST 187. August 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the state of Florida requested 300 ventilators from the federal government.”… “An 11-month-old girl with Covid-19 is stable and no longer intubated one day after she was airlifted to a Texas hospital 150 miles away because of a shortage of pediatric beds in the Houston area.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-187-august-11-2021-coronavirus-as-a-result-of-the-increase-in-covid-19-cases-and-hospitalizations-the-state-of-florida-requested-300-ventilators-from-the-federal-government/

POST 188. August 15, 20201. CORONAVIRUS. “According to an internal CDC briefing….an estimated 1.1 million people have already gotten unauthorized booster shots…”….”If it is left up to the honor system, I think many Americans will suddenly wake up and find themselves immunocompromised enough to get a 3rd dose,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-188-august-15-20201-coronavirus-according-to-an-internal-cdc-briefing-an-estimated-1-1-million-people-have-already-gotten-unauthorized-booster-shots/

POST 189. August 19,2021. CORONAVIRUS. “There wasn’t a single I.C.U. bed available in Alabama on Wednesday…”…”A triage plan on the Alabama health department’s website suggests that “persons with severe mental retardation” are among those who “may be poor candidates for ventilator support.”

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POST 190, August 21, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “We’re looking, in essence, at running two systems — a COVID system and a non-COVID system of care,”..“Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and certified paramedics can now care for patients in Mississippi hospitals and emergency rooms under a new health office order issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Wednesday.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-190-august-21-2021-coronavirus-were-looking-in-essence-at-running-two-systems-a-covid-system-and-a-non-covid-system-of-care-emergency-medical/

POST 191. August 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical advisor to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained that late September gives the United States time to set up the logistics.” This is not medical science, but perhaps Political Science?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-191-august-27-2021-coronavirus-anthony-fauci-md-chief-medical-advisor-to-the-president-and-director-of-the-national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases-explained-that-lat/

POST 192. August 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Hurricane Ida – “I hate to say it this way, but we have a lot of people on ventilators today and they don’t work without electricity,” he said.”

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POST 193. September 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Nurses are leaving their hospitals and becoming travel nurses at hospitals across town “because they can make $4,000, $5,000, $6,000, $7,000 a week while not having to relocate anywhere..”

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POST 194. August 2, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Recently-released data is painting a grim picture of the opioid epidemic that has gripped the United States — as the country is still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than half a million Americans. Some people are calling them twin pandemics that have collided”…“Faced with a novel health crisis, researchers are collecting data on the long-term impact of using opioids to treat COVID-19 pain…

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POST 195. September 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “…there are “zero ICU beds left for children in Dallas County, Texas,”.,..”That means if your child’s in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an ICU bed, or more likely if they have Covid and need an ICU bed, we don’t have one. Your child will wait for another child to die… (county judge Clay Jenkins)

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POST 196. SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. PART 1. Military helicopters and jets were overhead, as President Bush was getting ready to leave NYC. PART 2. LESSONS LEARNED memorandum by hospital CEO Jonathan Metsch goes “viral”…

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POST 197. September 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Idaho officials have instituted “crisis standards of care” to help 10 hospitals and health care systems decide how to allocate personnel and resources to deal with a crush of COVID-19 patients.”… “The Washington Medical Coordination Center oversees facilitating transfers in the state, and it’s warning we could be nearing the point of “Crisis Standards of Care,” just like Idaho.” .. “These crisis models don’t actually save more lives, they just save different lives..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-197-september-12-2021-coronavirus-idaho-officials-have-instituted-crisis-standards-of-care-to-help-10-hospitals-and-health-care-systems-decide-how-to-allocate-personnel-and/

POST 198. September 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. A pundit said “The most elegant policy riposte to the anti-vaxxers… is to refuse to allow Medicare or Medicaid to pay their medical bills in the event they become seriously ill. Private health insurers might also follow suit.” (but is making our hospitals become the bill collectors right?)

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POST 199. September 19, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Crisis Standards of Care. “… to his knowledge, no patient in Idaho has been taken off life-support therapy in order to provide that therapy to another patient who has a better prognosis.” “While that has yet to occur, if we continue on this path, it will,”

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POST 200. September 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Director overrides a recommendation of its scientific advisors saying “that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.”…“In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”

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POST 201. September 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “A multibillion-dollar institution in the Seattle area is sitting on nearly $12 billion in cash… received at least $509 million in government funds (from) a federal program that is supposed to prevent health care providers from capsizing during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Based on our estimates…we find preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations cost $5.7 billion from June to August in 2021.”…

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POST 202. September 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “..NY Governor Hochul signed an executive order expanding healthcare worker eligibility requirements…to head off potential staffing shortages fueled by the state’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirements.” “The.. order allows out-of-state/ out-of-country healthcare workers to practice in New York…”..”It allows EMTs graduates to temporarily pitch in at additional healthcare settings; allows various types of healthcare workers to more easily administer and order COVID-19 vaccinations; enables telemedicine physician visits in nursing homes; permits facilities to more quickly discharge, transfer or receive patients…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-202-september-30-2021-coronavirus-ny-governor-hochul-signed-an-executive-order-expanding-healthcare-worker-eligibility-requirementsto-head-off-potential-staffing-shortages/

POST 203. October 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “.. more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths”…The risk is not just to the mother. Covid-19 in pregnancy can cause preterm birth or babies born so sick they have to go straight to the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.” 

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POST 204. October 5, 2021.CORONAVIRUS. “News that an experimental antiviral drug from Merck appears to halve the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 has bolstered hopes of finding a simple at-home treatment for the virus.”..” A more blunt assessment came from vaccine scientist Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine. “It’s not a miracle cure but a companion tool, So get vaccinated.””

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POST 205. October 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The AAP reported nearly 226,000 new child cases over the past week ending. “Hospital care for children does not occur in isolation from that of adults. Many of the resources we use are the same—a twenty-pound baby and a two-hundred-pound man might use the same kind of ventilator, for example. Dialysis machines, which could cleanse a seven-year-old’s blood as easily as his grandfather’s, are in high demand. Pediatric resident physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists get cross-deployed to care for adults during the surges.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-205-october-11-2021-coronavirus-the-aap-reported-nearly-226000-new-child-cases-over-the-past-week-ending-hospital-care-for-children-does-not-occur-in-isolation-from-that-of-adults/

POST 206. October 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. to borrow from Winston Churchill about where we are with the pandemic –  “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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POST 207. October 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “…if you choose your own unauthorized booster shot, what happens if later research proves a different combination is better? That’s why experts say it’s a bad idea to become your own vaccine advisory committee and get a shot out of turn.”

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POST 208. October 22, 2021, CORONAVIRUS. “What is the “delta plus” variant?” Scientists are monitoring the delta-related variant — known as AY.4.2. — to see if it might spread more easily or be more deadly than previous versions of the coronavirus.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-208-october-22-2021-coronavirus-what-is-the-delta-plus-variant-scientists-are-monitoring-the-delta-related-variant-known-as-ay-4-2-to/

POST 209. October 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The quest at Mount Sinai began with a mystery.”…”America was not simply struggling to contain a once-in-a-century pandemic, caused by a virus far more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Many patients were, for unknown reasons, not recovering.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-209-october-28-2021-coronavirus-the-quest-at-mount-sinai-began-with-a-mystery-america-was-not-simply-struggling-to-contain-a-once-in-a-century-pandemic-ca/

POST 210. October 31, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Some people want the FDA to speed up. Others want it to be more cautious…There’s a fundamental tension between the right to get access to a drug people are desperate for and the right to protection from dangerous failures of quality. The first demands speed; the second requires time…”

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POST 211. November 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Colorado – “…there are patients who really ought to be in an intensive care unit but instead they’re in an emergency room. Or they ought to be in a step-down unit but instead they’re on the floor. Or they ought to be getting one-to-one nursing, and instead they’re getting two-to-one, or three-to-one nursing….”

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POST 212. November 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “They went into hospitals with heart attacks, kidney failure or in a psychiatric crisis. They left with covid-19…” “A new report shows the coronavirus pandemic had a direct increase on the number of healthcare-acquired infections in hospitals nationwide.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/11/post-212-november-9-2021-coronavirus-they-went-into-hospitals-with-heart-attacks-kidney-failure-or-in-a-psychiatric-crisis-they-left-with-covid-19-a-new-repor/

POST 213. November 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Since the earliest days of the pandemic, there has been one collective goal for bringing it to an end: achieving herd immunity…Now the herd is restless. And experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have set aside herd immunity as a national goal.”

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POST 214. November 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “This virus is doing what this virus does,” said Michael Osterholm… “We don’t understand why surges start, we don’t understand why they end.” (A)

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POST 215. November 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Fauci on the new South African variant: “It’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

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POST 216. December 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Covid cacophony: as states struggle to address health care staffing shortages, a federal court puts Biden administration health care worker vaccination mandate on hold. 

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POST 217. December 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter

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POST 218. December 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In some ways, Delta is the ideal variant: It’s transmissible enough to dominate more dangerous variants, and its virulence can be controlled through vaccination. In the next few weeks, we’ll find out whether Omicron will have its own silver lining—or whether it’ll be catastrophically worse.”

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POST 219. December 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Entering uncharted territory, the U.S. counts 500,000 Covid-related deaths.”… “So yes, I am furious at the unvaccinated, and I am not ashamed of disclosing that. I am no longer trying to understand them or educate them.”

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POST 220 December 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.  Dr. Osterholm. “You cannot outrun the game clock with this pandemic. This virus will find you… We’ve seen health care systems virtually broken by this pandemic. They just couldn’t provide critical care to non-Covid patients.” (A)

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POST 221. December 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine was going to be a shot for the world. Now, under the weight of a mountain of bad PR, one wonders if the world will want it.”

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POST 222. December 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. So why my “inside baseball” focus on COVID-19 from the perspective of a retired hospital CEO?

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POST 223. December 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Links for a case study of Crisis Standards of Care.

POST 224. December 29, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “crisis standards of care protocols in Maryland – “It also allows us to slim down documentation,… allows unconventional staffing models such as using nurses that have not been bedside. It also sets the expectations for the community that it’s not business as usual.”

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POST 225. January 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Be first, be right, be credible,” are among the most important principles for health authorities to follow in a crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared in a pamphlet on crisis communication in 2018….”

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Post 226. January 5, 2022. CORONAVIRUS.  New York City – “The city’s ambulance corps are so understaffed because of the COVID-19 surge, they’re now under new orders to try to convince stable patients with flu-like symptoms not to go to the hospital.”

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POST 227. January 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  “Stay indoors. But also return in person. Wear a mask. Not that one. The expensive one, that you can’t find. Take rapid tests. Which you also can’t find. But if you find them, don’t buy them. Rapid tests don’t work. You need PCR. There are zero appointments in your area.” (F)

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POST 228. January 13, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “State officials are attempting to address California’s staffing shortage through a sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately.” “Asymptomatic health professionals who had tested positive for COVID-19 should “preferably be assigned to work with COVID positive patients.”

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POST 229. January 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “It is now highly unlikely that the U.S. will hit the ~85-90% of Americans vaccinated to get to the other side of the pandemic…”

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POST 230. January 20, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Fauci also said that the world is still in the first of what he considered to be the five phases of the pandemic. The first is the “truly pandemic” phase, “where the whole world is really very negatively impacted,” followed by deceleration, control, elimination and eradication.”…to paraphrase Churchill – “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”..

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POST 231. January 24, 202. CORONAVIRUS. “Florida’s top public health official in Orlando has been placed on administrative leave after sending an email to his employees noting their lackluster coronavirus vaccination rates and urging them to get the shots.”

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POST 232. January 28, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “A Boston hospital’s denial of a heart transplant to a man who is unvaccinated for Covid-19 has generated national attention, but experts say mandating vaccines is in keeping with other long-standing requirements that patients have to meet to receive an organ — including getting other shots…”

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POST 233. February 2, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The same virus can cause endemic, epidemic or pandemic infections: it depends on the interplay of a population’s behaviour, demographic structure, susceptibility and immunity, plus whether viral variants emerge.”

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POST 234. February 2, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell demanded an end to the COVID-19 state of emergency on Wednesday , saying it was time for Americans to get on with their lives after two years on a ‘hellish highway.’”

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POST 235. February 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Over time, the U.S. health care sector has implemented various pieces of the  (pandemic) safety-assessment-and-improvement puzzle, but it has not instituted a thorough system of safety that reaches from the boardroom to the front lines and that can be maintained during times of crisis.”

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POST 236. February 22, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.  MOUNT SINAI AT HOME – “We began thinking about how we could use hospital-at-home to meet the needs of our hospital system in our community, in terms of responding to the crisis of COVID-19…” 

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POST 237. February 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Decision-makers are increasingly embracing the reality that we will have to “learn to live with” the coronavirus. But how will they know when to impose or lift restrictions?”  “Now, the CDC’s “Covid-19 community level” metrics are based on three pieces of data in a community: new Covid-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity and new Covid-19 cases.”

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POST 238. March 5, 2022, CORONAVIRUS. “Two different scientists can look at the same set of data and come up with different conclusions. That’s not to say that one person is being unscientific or ignoring the scientific process,” said Leana Wen, an emergency physician and a professor at George Washington University. “Public health policy is also a measure of values.””

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POST 239. March 9, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “War is an infectious disease’s best friend,” says Michael Osterholm, “It challenges every public health program you can possibly have. It limits the medical care available for those who might be seriously ill, and often fosters transmission when so many people are crowded into bomb shelter locations and on trains. This is going to be the perfect storm of one serious challenge after another.” (E)

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POST 240. March 15, 2022. ““China is modifying its Covid-19 playbook amid a surge in cases as it seeks to avoid strains on its healthcare system.”

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POST 241. March 20, 2022, CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Ashish Jha will serve as the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator.” He is not, for the record, a virologist, immunologist, or vaccinologist…But he is a public health expert and a practicing internist, which means he has years of experience explaining complicated and often incomplete information to people who neither know nor care about the correct pronunciation of “adenovirus.” That’s who he imagines on the other end of his webcam.”

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POST 242. March 24, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “How worried should people be about the BA.2 variant? Will vaccines protect against it? What if someone contracted a previous variant — could they become reinfected? Is BA.2 milder than previous versions, and if so, should people try to get it? Could BA.2 cause another surge in the US, and is it time for restrictions to be put back into place?”

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POST 243. March 28, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “…the US Food and Drug Administration is planning authorize a fourth dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines for adults over age 50 next week.”…”The decision to make fourth doses available now will bypass independent groups of scientific advisers for both the FDA and CDC, which would normally meet and publicly review the available science and then make recommendations to the agencies.”

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POST 244. April 4, 2022.CORONAVIRUS. “Here’s a scary thought: America’s ability to face the pandemic’s next phase may depend on a handful of senators.”…. “When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures.”
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POST 245. April 10, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. We can’t react to a wave we don’t see coming. “I keep thinking back to this idea of If we don’t measure it, it won’t happen,”…(As President Donald Trump once put it, “If we stop testing, we’d have fewer cases.”) In reality, “it’s very well happening, and we just don’t see it yet.”

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POST 246. April 15, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “State authorities and health care organizations could pay a high price for reinstating SCOPE OF PRACTICE (SOP) restrictions when the pandemic ends.” (e.g. NPs, PAs, Pharmacists +++)

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POST 247. April 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The DOJ lawyers tasked with defending the CDC’s mask mandate authority have warned Biden administration officials that continuing to push the legal fight over the mask mandate could backfire, if the conservative-leaning appeals court upholds the order.”….”A Supreme Court ruling upholding the decision to strike down the mask mandate would make the Florida judge’s conclusions about CDC authority binding nationwide.”

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POST 248. April 27, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “For at-risk Americans without access to a “test-to-treat” drugstore that has a qualifying provider available, this means some will have to make multiple trips to get the pills. You have to develop COVID symptoms, you have to subsequently get a test for COVID-19, get the result of that test, find and go to see a provider, get a prescription, and then fill that prescription. That’s six steps in five days,”…

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POST 249. May 6, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States is “certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase..” (Dr. Anthony Fauci). “The US should prepare for a possible summer surge of Covid-19 cases across Southern states..” (Dr. Deborah Birx)

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POST 250. May 11, 2022. Herd Immunity Deja vu. “Not so long ago, the world was clinging to the hope of herd immunity—to the notion that the population would eventually reach some communal level of protection sufficient to quash the outbreak for good. Maybe, experts posited many months back, once 60 to 90 percent of people had been infected or vaccinated or both, the virus would run out of viable hosts, and simply fizzle out. Now it’s clear that “that’s too simplistic…”

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POST 251. May 16, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Now, nearly one million people have died. It did not have to be this way.”

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POST 252. May 20, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The stakes, two years into the pandemic, should be clear. Fewer vaccines, fewer treatments, and fewer tests will mean more infections, more serious illnesses, and more deaths. That is the scenario the country is staring down: one million people already dead and more to come because politicians became complacent.”

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POST 251. May 16, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Now, nearly one million people have died. It did not have to be this way.”

“We are a country with the best doctors in the world, we got a vaccine in an astoundingly short period of time, and yet we’ve had so many deaths…”

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THE MAGNITUDE OF THE country’s loss is nearly impossible to grasp.

More Americans have died of Covid-19 than in two decades of car crashes or on battlefields in all of the country’s wars combined.

Experts say deaths were all but inevitable from a new virus of such severity and transmissibility. Yet, one million dead is a stunning toll, even for a country the size of the United States, and the true number is almost certainly higher because of undercounting.

It is the result of many factors, including elected officials who played down the threat posed by the coronavirus and resisted safety measures; a decentralized, overburdened health care system that struggled with testing, tracing and treatment; and lower vaccination and booster rates than other rich countries, partly the result of widespread mistrust and resistance fanned by right-wing media and politicians…

Understanding the toll — who makes up the one million and how the country failed them — is essential as the pandemic continues. More than 300 people are still dying of Covid every day.. ..

Among wealthy countries, the United States has been notably unsuccessful at persuading residents to get fully vaccinated and boosted. Today, about a third of people across the United States have not been fully vaccinated, and some 70 percent of the population has not received a booster. (By contrast, 17 percent of people in Canada have not been fully vaccinated, and 46 percent have not had boosters.)

Nearly half of the deaths from Covid in the United States occurred after vaccines were made widely available. The failure to vaccinate, epidemiologists say, contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths. During the Omicron wave in December 2021 and January 2022, for instance, the Covid death rate in the United States was higher than in Germany, France, Britain or Canada, which had each fully vaccinated and boosted larger shares of their populations.

(A)

“The president called on Congress to urgently provide billions of dollars more for testing, vaccines and treatments, something lawmakers have been unwilling to deliver so far.

That lack of funding — Biden has requested an additional $22.5 billion in what he calls critically needed money — is a U.S. reflection of faltering resolve that jeopardizes the global response to the pandemic, he says.

Eight months after he used the first COVID summit to announce an ambitious pledge to donate 1.2 billion vaccine doses to the world, the urgency of the U.S. and other nations to respond has waned.

Momentum on vaccinations and treatments has faded even as more infectious variants rise and billions of people across the globe remain unprotected…

After the delivery of more than 1 billion vaccines to the developing world, the problem is no longer a lack of shots but of logistical support to get doses into arms. According to government data, more than 680 million donated vaccine doses have been left unused in developing countries because they were expiring and couldn’t be administered quickly enough. As of March, 32 poorer countries had used less than half of the COVID-19 vaccines they were sent.

U.S. assistance to promote and facilitate vaccinations overseas dried up earlier this year, and Biden has requested about $5 billion for the effort through the rest of the year.

“We have tens of millions of unclaimed doses because countries lack the resources to build out their cold chains, which basically is the refrigeration systems, to fight disinformation and to hire vaccinators,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week…

Biden has warned that without Congress acting, the U.S. could lose out on access to the next generation of vaccines and treatments, and that the nation won’t have enough supply of booster doses or the antiviral drug Paxlovid for later this year. He’s also sounding the alarm that more variants will spring up if the U.S. and the world don’t do more to contain the virus globally.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha pressed the need for the U.S. to fund global vaccination efforts as a way to protect Americans at home, warning that strains like delta and omicron first sprang up overseas.

“All of these variants were first identified outside of the United States,” he said. “If the goal is to protect the American people, we have got to make sure the world is vaccinated. There’s just no domestic-only approach here.”  (B)

“Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in an interview on Thursday that the COVID-19 death toll of 1 million people in the U.S. is “incredibly tragic” and added that “many of those deaths were avoidable.”

“I mean, the idea of 1 million deaths in an outbreak, that is historic in nature. We have had nothing like this in well over 104 years. One of the parts about it that adds to the tragedy is that many of those deaths were avoidable, avoidable if people had been vaccinated,” Fauci told Amna Nawaz of PBS.

“It’s estimated that, if people had been vaccinated to a much greater extent right now, that vaccines would have avoided at least a quarter of those deaths, namely about 250,000.”..

The interview comes as Congress remains stalled over COVID-19 funding the White House warns is much needed to keep up with vaccinations and boosters, among other necessities.

If Congress cannot come to a deal, the U.S. could face risks such as shortages of tests, vaccines and COVID-19 treatments, in addition to an inability to fund new potential breakthrough treatments.

“First of all, we won’t have enough antivirals. We won’t be able to develop newer and better antivirals. We won’t be able to have a booster for everyone, and we will not be able to get the best possible boosters,” he said, outlining how the U.S. could be impacted without proper pandemic funding.

“We have studies right now that are lined up to try and figure out what the most appropriate booster will be for the fourth shot that likely people will need as we get into the fall. If we don’t get the resources that we asked for, we’re not going to be able to do that,” he added.” (C)

“The number of new coronavirus cases reported worldwide has continued to fall except in the Americas and Africa, the World Health Organization said in its latest assessment of the pandemic…

The downward trend in reported infections began in March, although many countries have dismantled their widespread testing and surveillance programs, making an accurate count of cases extremely difficult.

WHO said there were only two regions where reported COVID-19 infections increased: the Americas, by 14%, and Africa, by 12%. Cases remained stable in the Western Pacific and fell everywhere else, the agency said.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned during a press briefing this week that “the rising cases in more than 50 countries highlights the volatility of this virus.”

Tedros said COVID-19 variants, including mutated versions of the highly infectious omicron, are driving a resurgence of COVID-19 in several countries, including South Africa, which was the first to identify omicron in November.” (D)

“New coronavirus cases surged in most counties in New York State this week, putting them on “high” alert under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and triggering recommendations for indoor masking, including inside schools.

The state refrained from imposing an indoor mask mandate, but health officials on Friday afternoon did urge residents living in counties that have been placed on “medium” or “high” alert to wear masks in indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

“These public health measures, as well as ensuring proper air ventilation when gathering, will help reduce Covid-19 transmission in communities and lower the risk of serious illness and hospitalization for individuals,” the state health commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett, said in a statement.

As of Thursday, the average of new cases stood at more than 10,000 a day, according to a New York Times database. New cases have increased 47 percent over the past two weeks, and hospitalizations have increased 28 percent over that time period, to an average of more than 2,600 a day.

As of Thursday, the seven-day average of daily deaths stood at 20, up from 15 two weeks ago, according to the Times database…

Mayor Adams, who has focused on rolling back a number of pandemic policies in an effort to reopen the city, called the rise a “slow uptick.”

“Our hospitals and deaths — those numbers are really at a solid place,” he said at a news conference on Friday. “We’re going to be prepared and not panicked.”…

However, Denis Nash, an epidemiologist at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, noted that testing is much lower than it once was. And widely used home tests are not usually reported. Both factors mean that case numbers could be much higher than the official counts.

About 77 percent of people are fully vaccinated in the state, a figure that rises to 79 percent in New York City. Covid-19 treatments available to certain at-risk populations may also be reducing the number of serious cases and keeping hospitalization rates relatively low.

“We have very good vaccination coverage and, although booster coverage hasn’t been so great, it’s been stable for a while,” said Dr. Nash.

“I think that we don’t yet know if we could absorb a big surge in transmission without seeing a substantial increase in hospitalizations and deaths,” he added.

If hospitalizations and deaths begin to rise quickly, government officials should consider “some reinstatement of measures to protect New Yorkers,” Dr. Nash said.” (E)

“If the United States had the same Covid death rate as Australia, about 900,000 lives would have been saved…

For many Americans, imagining what might have been will be painful. But especially now, at the milestone of one million deaths in the United States, the nations that did a better job of keeping people alive show what Americans could have done differently and what might still need to change.

Many places provide insight. Japan. Kenya. Norway. But Australia offers perhaps the sharpest comparisons with the American experience. Both countries are English-speaking democracies with similar demographic profiles. In Australia and in the United States, the median age is 38. Roughly 86 percent of Australians live in urban areas, compared with 83 percent of Americans.

Yet Australia’s Covid death rate sits at one-tenth of America’s, putting the nation of 25 million people (with around 7,500 deaths) near the top of global rankings in the protection of life.

Australia’s location in the distant Pacific is often cited as the cause for its relative Covid success. That, however, does not fully explain the difference in outcomes between the two countries, since Australia has long been, like the United States, highly connected to the world through trade, tourism and immigration. In 2019, 9.5 million international tourists came to Australia. Sydney and Melbourne could just as easily have become as overrun with Covid as New York or any other American city.

So what went right in Australia and wrong in the United States?

For the standard slide-show presentation, it looks obvious: Australia restricted travel and personal interaction until vaccinations were widely available, then maximized vaccine uptake, prioritizing people who were most vulnerable before gradually opening up the country again.

From one outbreak to another, there were also some mistakes: breakdowns of protocol in nursing homes that led to clusters of deaths; a vaccine rollout hampered by slow purchasing. And with Omicron and eased restrictions, deaths have increased.

But Australia’s Covid playbook produced results because of something more easily felt than analyzed at a news conference. Dozens of interviews, along with survey data and scientific studies from around the world, point to a lifesaving trait that Australians displayed from the top of government to the hospital floor, and that Americans have shown they lack: trust, in science and institutions, but especially in one another.

When the pandemic began, 76 percent of Australians said they trusted the health care system (compared with around 34 percent of Americans), and 93 percent of Australians reported being able to get support in times of crisis from people living outside their household.

In global surveys, Australians were more likely than Americans to agree that “most people can be trusted” — a major factor, researchers found, in getting people to change their behavior for the common good to combat Covid, by reducing their movements, wearing masks and getting vaccinated. Partly because of that compliance, which kept the virus more in check, Australia’s economy has grown faster than America’s through the pandemic.

But of greater import, interpersonal trust — a belief that others would do what was right not just for the individual but for the community — saved lives. Trust mattered more than smoking prevalence, health spending or form of government, a study of 177 countries in The Lancet recently found. And in Australia, the process of turning trust into action began early.” (F)

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PART 1. January 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a deadly new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/01/the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-on-tuesday-confirmed-the-first-u-s-case-of-a-deadly-new-coronavirus-that-has-killed-six-people-in-china/

PART 2. January 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “If it’s not contained shortly, I think we are looking at a pandemic..”….. “With isolated cases of the dangerous new coronavirus cropping up in a number of states, public health officials say it is only a matter of time before the virus appears in New York City.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/01/part-2-coronavirus-if-its-not-contained-shortly-i-think-we-are-looking-at-a-pandemic-with-isolated-cases-of-the-dangerous-new-coronavirus-cropping-u/

PART3. February 3, 2020. “The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe…”..Trump appeared to downplay concerns about the flu-like virus …We’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down..” (D)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part3-the-wuhan-coronavirus-spreading-from-china-is-now-likely-to-become-a-pandemic-that-circles-the-globe-trump-appeared-to-downplay-concerns-about-the-flu-like-virus/

PART 4. February 9, 2020. Coronavirus. “A study published Friday in JAMA found that 41% of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital.….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-4-coronavirus-so-like-sars-and-mers-other-coronaviruses-before-it-the-wuhan-coronavirus-is-spreading-in-hospitals/

PART 5. February 12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “In short, shoe-leather public health and basic medical care—not miracle drugs—are generally what stop outbreaks of emerging infections..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-5-coronavirus-in-short-shoe-leather-public-health-and-basic-medical-care-not-miracle-drugs-are-generally-what-stop-outbreaks-of-emerging-infections/

POST 6. February 18, 2020.  Coronovirus. “Amid assurances that the (ocean liner) Westerdam was disease free, hundreds of people disembarked in Cambodia…” “ One was later found to be infected”…. “Over 1,000… passengers were in…transit home”…. “This could be a turning point””

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/post-6-coronovirus-amid-assurances-that-the-ocean-liner-westerdam-was-disease-free-hundreds-of-people-disembarked-in-cambodia-one-was-later-found-to-be-infect/

PART 7. February 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. With SARS preparedness underway in NJ LibertyHealth/ Jersey City Medical Center, where I was President, proposed that our 100 bed community hospital with all single-bedded rooms, be immediately transformed into an EMERGENCY SARS ISOLATION Hospital.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-7-coronavirus-with-sars-preparedness-underway-in-nj-libertyhealth-jersey-city-medical-center-where-i-was-president-proposed-that-our-100-bed-community-hospital-with-all-single-bedded-rooms/

PART 8. February 24, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…every country’s top priority should be to protect its health care workers. This is partly to ensure that hospitals themselves do not become sites where the coronavirus is spread more than it is contained.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-8-coronavirus-every-countrys-top-priority-should-be-to-protect-its-health-care-workers-this-is-partly-to-ensure-that-hospitals-themselves-do-not-become-sites-where-t/

PART 9. February 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Responding to a question about the likelihood of a U.S. outbreak, President Trump said, “I don’t think it’s inevitable…”It probably will. It possibly will,” he continued. “It could be at a very small level, or it could be at a larger level.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-9-coronavirus-responding-to-a-question-about-the-likelihood-of-a-u-s-outbreak-president-trump-said-i-dont-think-its-inevitableit-probably-will-it-possibly-will-he-contin/

Part 10. March 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Stop Surprise Medical Bills for Coronavirus care. (&) Lessons Learned (or not) In California and Washington State from community acquired cases.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-10-coronavirus-stop-surprise-medical-bills-for-coronavirus-care-lessons-learned-or-not-in-california-and-washington-state-from-community-acquired-cases/

PART 11. March 5, 2020.  CORONAVIRUS. “Gov. Andrew Cuomo… would require employers to pay workers and protect their jobs if they are quarantined because of the coronavirus.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-11-coronavirus-gov-andrew-cuomo-would-require-employers-to-pay-workers-and-protect-their-jobs-if-they-are-quarantined-because-of-the-coronavirus/

Part 12. March 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Tom Bossert, Donald Trump’s former homeland security advisor…(said) that due to the coronavirus outbreak, “We are 10 days from the hospitals getting creamed.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-12-coronavirus-tom-bossert-donald-trumps-former-homeland-security-advisorsaid-that-due-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak-we-are-10-days-from-the-hospitals-gett/

Part 13.. March 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “If I’m buying real estate in New York, I’ll listen to the President….If I’m asking about infectious diseases, I’m going to listen to Tony Fauci,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-13-coronavirus-march-14-2020-if-im-buying-real-estate-in-new-york-ill-listen-to-the-president-if-im-asking-about-infectious-diseases-im-going-to-listen-to-tony-fauci

PART 14. March 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “ “Most physicians have never seen this level of angst and anxiety in their careers”…. One said “I am sort of a pariah in my family.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-14-coronavirus-march-17-2020-most-physicians-have-never-seen-this-level-of-angst-and-anxiety-in-their-careers-one-said-i-am-sort-of-a-pariah-in/

PART 15. March 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Crimson Contagion” and imagining an influenza pandemic, was simulated by the Trump administration….in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-15-coronavirus-march-22-2020-crimson-contagion-and-imagining-an-influenza-pandemic-was-simulated-by-the-trump-administration-in-a-series-of-exercises-that-2/

PART 16. March 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. I am not a clinician or a medical ethicist but articles on Coronavirus patient triage started me Googling………to learn about FUTILE TREATMENT

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-16-march-27-2020-coronavirus-i-am-not-a-clinician-or-a-medical-ethicist-but-articles-on-coronavirus-patient-triage-started-me-googlingto-learn-about-futile-treatme/

PART 17. April 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Florida allows churches to continue holding services. Gun stores deemed “essential.”  “New York’s private and public hospitals unite to manage patient load and share resources.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-17-april-2-2020-coronavirus-florida-allows-churches-to-continue-holding-services-gun-stores-deemed-essential-new-yorks-private-and-public-hospitals-unite-to-ma/

PART 18. April 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The federal government’s emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) is depleted, and states will not be receiving any more shipments, administration staff told a House panel.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-18-april-9-2020-coronavirus-the-federal-governments-emergency-stockpile-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe-is-depleted-and-states-will-not-be-receiving-any-more-shipments/

PART 19. April 13, 2020 CORONOAVIRUS. “…overlooked in the United States’ halting mobilization against the novel coronavirus: the personal aides, hospice attendants, nurses and occupational or physical therapists who deliver medical or support services to patients in their homes.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-19-april-14-2020-coronoavirus-overlooked-in-the-mobilization-against-coronavirus-the-personal-aides-hospice-attendants-nurses-and-occupational-or-physical-therapists-wh/

PART 20. April 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…nothing is mentioned in the “Opening Up America Again” plan about how states should handle a resurgence.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-20-april-20-2020-coronavirus-nothing-is-mentioned-in-the-opening-up-america-again-plan-about-how-states-should-handle-a-resurgence-2/

PART 21. April 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “We need to ask, are we using ventilators in a way that makes sense for other diseases but not this one?”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-21-april-23-2020-coronavirus-we-need-to-ask-are-we-using-ventilators-in-a-way-that-makes-sense-for-other-diseases-but-not-for-this-one-2/

POST 22. April 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ..the “ACS released a list of 10 issues that should be addressed before a healthcare organization resumes elective surgeries[JM1] ….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/post-22-april-29-2020-coronavirus-the-acs-released-a-list-of-10-issues-that-should-be-addressed-before-a-healthcare-organization-resumes-elective-surgeries/

POST 23. May 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. … what Dr. Fauci really wants,…”is just to go to a baseball game. That will have to wait. The level of testing for the virus is not adequate enough to allow for such mass gatherings.’ (K)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-23-may-3-2020-coronavirus-what-dr-fauci-really-wantsis-just-to-go-to-a-baseball-game-that-will-have-to-wait-the-level-of-testing-for-the-virus-is-not-adequate/

POST 24. May 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said: “there are going to be deaths no matter what”… but that people needed to get back to work.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-24-may-7-2020-coronavirus-former-new-jersey-governor-chris-christie-said-there-are-going-to-be-deaths-no-matter-what-but-that-people-needed-to-get-back-to-work/

POST 25. May 10, 2020, CORONAVIRUS. “It is scary to go to work,” said Kevin Hassett, a top economic adviser to the president. “I think that I’d be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-25-may-10-2020-coronavirus-it-is-scary-to-go-to-work-said-kevin-hassett-a-top-economic-adviser-to-the-president-i-think-that-id-be-a-lot-safer-if-i-was/

POST 26. May 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS, “Deep cleaning is not a scientific concept”….”there is no universal protocol for a “deep clean” to eradicate the coronavirus”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-26-may-14-2020-coronavirus-deep-cleaning-is-not-a-scientific-concept-there-is-no-universal-protocol-for-a-deep-clean-to-eradicate-the-cor-2/

POST 27. May 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Hospital…executives…are taking pay cuts…to help offset the financial fallout from COVID-19.” As “front line” layoffs and furloughs accelerate…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-27-may-19-2020-coronavirus-hospitalexecutivesare-taking-pay-cutsto-help-offset-the-financial-fallout-from-covid-19-as-front-line/

POST 28. May 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ““You’ve got to be kidding me,”..”How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.” CDC conflates viral and antibody tests numbers.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-28-may-23-2020-coronavirus-youve-got-to-be-kidding-me-how-could-the-cdc-make-that-mistake-this-is-a-mess-cdc-conflates-viral-and-anti/

PART 29. May 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The economy did not close down. It closed down for people who, frankly, had the luxury of staying home,” (Governor Cuomo). But not so for frontline workers!

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/part-29-may-22-2020-coronavirus-the-economy-did-not-close-down-it-closed-down-for-people-who-frankly-had-the-luxury-of-staying-home-but-not-so-for-frontline-workers/

POST 30. June 3,202. CORONAVIRUS. “The wave of mass protests across the United States will almost certainly set off new chains of infection for the novel coronavirus, experts say….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-30-june-3202-coronavirus-the-wave-of-mass-protests-across-the-united-states-will-almost-certainly-set-off-new-chains-of-infection-for-the-novel-coronavirus-experts-say/

POST 31. June 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “I think we had an unintended consequence: I think we made people afraid to come back to the hospital,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-31-june-9-2020-coronavirus-i-think-we-had-an-unintended-consequence-i-think-we-made-people-afraid-to-come-back-to-the-hospital/

Post 32. June 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Could the Trump administration be pursuing herd immunity by “inaction”?  “ If Fauci didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-32-june-16-2020-coronavirus-could-the-trump-administration-be-pursuing-herd-immunity-by-inaction-if-fauci-didnt-exist-wed-have-to-invent-him/

POST 33. June 21, 2002. CORONAVIRUS….. Smashing (lowering the daily number of cases) v. flattening the curve (maintaining a plateau)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-33-june-23-2002-coronavirus-smashing-lowering-the-daily-number-of-cases-v-flattening-the-curve-maintaining-a-plateau/

POST 34. June 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Director Redfield… “the number of coronavirus infections…could be 10 times higher than the confirmed case count — a total of more than 20 million.” As Florida, Texas and Arizona become eipicenters!

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-34-june-26-2020-coronavirus-cdc-director-redfield-the-number-of-coronavirus-infectionscould-be-10-times-higher-than-the-confirmed-case-count-a-total-of-mo/

POST 35. June 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pence: “We slowed the spread. We flattened the curve. We saved lives..”  While Dr. Fauci “warned that outbreaks in the South and West could engulf the country…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-35-june-29-2020-coronavirus-pence-we-slowed-the-spread-we-flattened-the-curve-we-saved-lives-while-dr-fauci-warned-that-outbreaks-in-the-south-and-west-could-engulf-the-co/

POST 36. July 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “There’s just a handful of interventions proven to curb the spread of the coronavirus. One of them is contact tracing, and “it’s not going well,” (Dr. Anthony Fauci)..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-36-july-2-2020-coronavirus-theres-just-a-handful-of-interventions-proven-to-curb-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus-one-of-them-is-contact-tracing-and-its-not/

POST 37. June 8, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. When “crews arrive at a hospital with a patient suspected of having COVID-19, the hospital may have a physical bed open for them, but not enough nurses or doctors to staff it.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-37-june-8-2020-coronavirus-when-crews-arrive-at-a-hospital-with-a-patient-suspected-of-having-covid-19-the-hospital-may-have-a-physical-bed-open-for-them-but-not-enough-nurses-or-d/

POST 38. July 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Some Lessons Learned, or not. AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw: I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Disney as a healthcare CEO — based on the fact that they’re working extremely hard to keep people safe,” (M)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-38-july-15-2020-coronavirus-some-lessons-learned-or-not-adventhealth-ceo-terry-shaw-i-wouldnt-hesitate-to-go-to-disney-as-a-healthcare-ceo-based-on-the-fact-that-theyre-worki/

POST 39. July, 23,2020. CORONAVIRUS. A Tale of Two Cities. Seattle becomes New York (rolls back reopening) while New York becomes Seattle (moves to partial phase 4 reopening)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-39-july-232020-coronavirus-a-tale-of-two-cities-seattle-becomes-new-york-rolls-back-reopening-while-new-york-becomes-seattle-moves-to-partial-phase-4-reopening/

POST 40. July 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.” One canon of medical practice is that you order a test only if you can act on the result. And with a turnaround time of a week or two, you cannot. What we have now is often not testing — it’s testing theater.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-40-july-27-2020-coronavirus-one-canon-of-medical-practice-is-that-you-order-a-test-only-if-you-can-act-on-the-result-and-with-a-turnaround-time-of-a-week-or-two-you-cannot-what-we/

POST 41. August 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Whenever a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes available, one thing is virtually certain: There won’t be enough to go around. That means there will be rationing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-41-august-2-2020-coronavirus-whenever-a-vaccine-for-the-coronavirus-becomes-available-one-thing-is-virtually-certain-there-wont-be-enough-to-go-around-that-means-there-wi-2/

POST 42. August 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “I think that if future historians look back on this period, what they will see is a tragedy of denial….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-42-coronavirus-august-11-2020-i-think-that-if-future-historians-look-back-on-this-period-what-they-will-see-is-a-tragedy-of-denial/

POST 43. August 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.”  “we’ve achieved something great as a nation. We’ve created an unyielding market for FAUCI BOBBLEHEADS”!! (W)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-43-august-22-2020-coronavirus-weve-achieved-something-great-as-a-nation-weve-created-an-unyielding-market-for-fauci-bobbleheads-w/

POST 44.  September 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The CDC…modified its coronavirus testing guidelines…to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19.” (While Dr. Fauci was undergoing surgery.) A White House official said: “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-44-september-1-2020-coronavirus-the-cdcmodified-its-coronavirus-testing-guidelinesto-exclude-people-who-do-not-have-symptoms-of-covid-19-while-dr-fauci-2/

POST 45. September 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  Trump on Fauci. ‘You inherit a lot of people, and you have some you love, some you don’t. I like him. I don’t agree with him that often but I like him.’

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-45-september-9-2020-coronavirus-trump-on-fauci-you-inherit-a-lot-of-people-and-you-have-some-you-love-some-you-dont-i-like-him-i-dont-agree-with-him-that-often-but-i-like-him-2/

POST 46.  September 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Bill Gates used to think of the US Food and Drug Administration as the world’s premier public-health authority. Not anymore. And he doesn’t trust the Centers for Disease Control and Protection either….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-46-september-17-2020-coronavirus-bill-gates-used-to-think-of-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-as-the-worlds-premier-public-health-authority-not-anymore-and-he-doesn-2/

POST 47. September 24, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers University…called New York City’s 35 percent rate for eliciting contacts “very bad.” “For each person, you should be in touch with 75 percent of their contacts within a day,” he said”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-47-september-24-2020-coronavirus-perry-n-halkitis-dean-of-the-school-of-public-health-at-rutgers-universitycalled-new-york-citys-35-percent-rate-for-eliciting-con/

POST 48. October 1, 2020.   “…you can actually control the outbreak if you do the nonpharmaceutical interventions (social distancing and masks). In the United States we haven’t done them. We haven’t adhered to them; we’ve played with them.” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-48-october-1-2020-you-can-actually-control-the-outbreak-if-you-do-the-nonpharmaceutical-interventions-social-distancing-and-masks-in-the-united-states-we-havent-done-t-2/

POST 49. October 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. RAPID RESPONSE. “The possibility that the president and his White House entourage were traveling superspreaders is a nightmare scenario for officials in Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-49-october-4-2020-coronavirus-rapid-response-the-possibility-that-the-president-and-his-white-house-entourage-were-traveling-superspreaders-is-a-nightmare-scenario-for-officials-in/

POST 50. October 6, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Monday October 5th will go down as one of the most fraught chapters in the history of American public Health (and national security).

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-50-october-6-2020-coronavirus-monday-october-5th-will-go-down-as-one-of-the-most-fraught-chapters-in-the-history-of-american-public-health-and-national-security/

POST 51. October 12, 2020. Rather than a hodge-podge of Emergency Use Authorizations, off-label “experimentation”, right-to-try arguments, and “politicized” compassionate use approvals maybe we need to designate REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS (REVRCs).

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-51-october-14-2020-rather-than-a-hodge-podge-of-emergency-use-authorizations-off-label-experimentation-right-to-try-arguments-and-politicized-compassiona/

POST 52. October 18, 2020.  ZIKA/ EBOLA/ CANDIDA AURIS/ SEVERE FLU/ Tracking. “… if there was a severe flu pandemic, more than 33 million people could be killed across the world in 250 days… Boy, do we not have our act together.” —”- Bill Gates. July 1, 2018

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POST 53. October 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “a…“herd-immunity strategy” is a contradiction in terms, in that herd immunity is the absence of a strategy.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-53-october-20-2020-coronavirus-aherd-immunity-strategy-is-a-contradiction-in-terms-in-that-herd-immunity-is-the-absence-of-a-strategy/

POST 54. October 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. POST 54A. New Jersey’s Coronavirus response, led by Governor Murphy and Commissioner of Health Persichilli started with accelerated A+ traditional, evidence-based Public Health practices, developed over years of experience with seasonal flu, swine flu, Zika, and Ebola.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-54a-october-23-2020-coronavirus-new-jerseys-coronavirus-response-led-by-governor-murphy-and-commissioner-of-health-persichilli-started-with-accelerated-a-traditional-evidence-base/

POST 55. October 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Testing Conundrum: “ It’s thus very possible to be antigen negative but P.C.R. positive, while still harboring the virus in the body..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-55-october-26-2020-coronavirus-the-testing-conundrum-its-thus-very-possible-to-be-antigen-negative-but-p-c-r-positive-while-still-harboring-the-virus-in-the-body/

Post 56. October 30, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-56-october-30-2020-coronavirus-trumps-now-back-in-charge-its-not-the-doctors/

POST 57. November 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Deborah Birx: the US is entering its “most deadly phase” yet, one that requires “much more aggressive action,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-57-november-3-2020-coronavirus-dr-deborah-birx-the-us-is-entering-its-most-deadly-phase-yet-one-that-requires-much-more-aggressive-action/

POST 58. November 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…the president has largely shuttered the White House Coronavirus Task Force and doubled down on anti-science language…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-58-november-4-2020-coronavirus-the-president-has-largely-shuttered-the-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-and-doubled-down-on-anti-science-language/

POST 59. November 5, 2020. Coronavirus. “The United States on Wednesday recorded over 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began..

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POST 60. November 7, 2020. “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus….” (A)

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POST 61. November 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Joe Biden’s top priority entering the White House is fighting both the immediate coronavirus crisis and its complex long-term aftermath…” “Here are the key ways he plans to get US coronavirus cases under control.”

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POST 62. November 8, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States reported its 10 millionth coronavirus case on Sunday, with the latest million added in just 10 days,…”

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POST 63. November 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has opened a center to help patients recovering from COVID-19 and to study the long-term impact of the disease….”

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POST 64. November 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “It works! Scientists have greeted with cautious optimism a press release declaring positive interim results from a coronavirus vaccine phase III trial — the first to report on the final round of human testing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-64-november-10-2020-coronavirus-it-works-scientists-have-greeted-with-cautious-optimism-a-press-release-declaring-positive-interim-results-from-a-coronavirus-vaccine-phase-iii-trial/

POST 65. November 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a stronger stance in favor of masks on Tuesday, emphasizing that they protect the people wearing them, rather than just those around them…

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POST 66. November.12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.”… as the country enters what may be the most intense stage of the pandemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely disengaged.”… “President-elect Biden has formed a special transition team dedicated to coordinating the coronavirus response across the government…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-66-novembetr12-2020-coronavirus-as-the-country-enters-what-may-be-the-most-intense-stage-of-the-pandemic-yet-the-trump-administration-remains-largely-disengaged/

POST 67. November 13, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “When all other options are exhausted, the CDC website says, workers who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (and “who are well enough to work”) can care for patients who are not severely immunocompromised — first for those who are also confirmed to have COVID-19, then those with suspected cases.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-67-november-13-2020-coronavirus-when-all-other-options-are-exhausted-the-cdc-website-says-workers-who-are-suspected-or-confirmed-to-have-covid-19-and-who-are-well-enough/

POST 68. November 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. The CDC “now is hewing more closely to scientific evidence, often contradicting the positions of the Trump administration.”..” “A passenger aboard the first cruise ship to set sail in the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic has tested positive for coronavirus..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-68-november-14-2020-coronavirus-the-cdc-now-is-hewing-more-closely-to-scientific-evidence-often-contradicting-the-positions-of-the-trump-administration/

POST 69. November 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will issue a new executive order outlining steps hospitals will need to take to ready themselves for a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and directing the hospitals to finalize plans for converting beds into ICU beds, adding staffing and scaling back on or eliminating elective procedures….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-69-november-15-2020-coronavirus-colorado-gov-jared-polis-will-issue-a-new-executive-order-outlining-steps-hospitals-will-need-to-take-to-ready-themselves-for-a-surge-in-covid-19-hos/

POST 70. November 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Atlas criticized Michigan’s new Covid-19 restrictions..urging people to “rise up” against the new public health measures.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-70-november-16-2020-coronavirus-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-member-dr-atlas-criticized-michigans-new-covid-19-restrictions-urging-people-to-rise-up-against-the-new-pub/

POST 71. November 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ”Hospitals overrun as U.S. reports 1 million new coronavirus cases in a week.” “But in Florida, where the number of coronavirus infections remains the third-highest in the nation, bars and schools remain open and restaurants continue to operate at full capacity.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-71-november-17-2020-coronavirus-hospitals-overrun-as-u-s-reports-1-million-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-week-but-in-florida-where-the-number-of-coronavirus-infecti/

POST 72. November 18, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The Health and Human Services Department will not work with President-elect Joe Biden’s (PANDEMIC) team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that he won the election,….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-72-november-18-2020-coronavirus-the-health-and-human-services-department-will-not-work-with-president-elect-joe-bidens-pandemic-team-until-the-general-services-administration-mak/

POST 73. November 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…officials at the CDC…urged Americans to avoid travel for Thanksgiving and to celebrate only with members of their immediate households…” When will I trust a vaccine? to the last question I always answer: When I see Tony Fauci take one….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-73-november-19-2020-coronavirus-officials-at-the-cdcurged-americans-to-avoid-travel-for-thanksgiving-and-to-celebrate-only-with-members-of-their-immediate-household-2/

POST 74. November 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pfizer…submitted to the FDA for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine candidate. —FDA issued an EUA for the drug baricitinib, in combination with remdesivir, as WHO says remdesivir doesn’t do much of anything.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-74-november-20-2020-coronavirus-pfizersubmitted-to-the-fda-for-emergency-use-authorization-for-their-coronavirus-vaccine-candidate-fda-issued-an-eua-for-the-drug-baricitinib-in/

POST 75. November 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest non-profit health systems says he won’t be wearing a mask at work because he’s recovered from COVID-19, and doing so would only be a “symbolic gesture” because he considers himself immune from the virus….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-75-november-21-2020-coronavirus-the-president-and-ceo-of-one-of-the-nations-largest-non-profit-health-systems-says-he-wont-be-wearing-a-mask-at-work-because-hes-recovered-from-2/

POST 76. November 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” Ventilators..”just keep people alive while the people caring for them can figure out what’s wrong and fix the problem. And at the moment, we just don’t have enough of those people.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-76-november-23-2020-coronavirus-no-battle-plan-survives-contact-with-the-enemy-ventilators-just-keep-people-alive-while-the-people-caring-for-them-can-figure-out/

POST 77. November 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pope Francis: “When I got really sick at the age of 21, I had my first experience of limit, of pain and loneliness.”.. “….Aug. 13, 1957. I got taken to a hospital…”….” I remember especially two nurses from this time.”…” They fought for me to the end, until my eventual recovery.”

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POST 78. November 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Kelby Krabbenhoft is no longer president and CEO of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health.” “…for not wearing a face covering… “ because “He considered himself immune from the virus.”

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POST 79. November 28, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Mayo Clinic. “”Our surge plan expands into the garage…”..””Not where I’d want to put my grandfather or my grandmother,” … though it “may have to happen.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-79-november-28-2020-coronavirus-mayo-clinic-our-surge-plan-expands-into-the-garage-not-where-id-want-to-put-my-grandfather-or-my-grandmother/

POST 80. November 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Op-Ed in the Jersey Journal. Do you know which hospital is right for you if you have coronavirus? | Opinion

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-80-november-29-2020-coronavirus-oped-in-the-jersey-journal-do-you-know-which-hospital-is-right-for-you-if-you-have-coronavirus-opinion/

POST 81. December 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Atlas, … who espoused controversial theories and rankled government scientists while advising President Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, resigned…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-81-december-1-2020-coronavirus-dr-atllas-who-espoused-controversial-theories-and-rankled-government-scientists-while-advising-president-trump-on-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

POST 82. December 3, 2020. CORONAVIRIUS. The NBA jumped to the front of the line for Coronavirus testing….while front line nurses often are still waiting. Who will similarly “hijack” the vaccine?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-82-december-3-2020-coronavirius-the-nba-jumped-to-the-front-of-the-line-for-coronavirus-testing-while-front-line-nurses-often-are-still-waiting-who-will-similarly-hijack-2/

POST 83. December 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will impose a new, regional stay-at-home order for areas where capacity at intensive care units falls below 15%.”… East Tennessee –“This is the first time the health care capability benchmark has been in the red..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-83-december-4-2020-coronavirus-california-gov-gavin-newsom-says-he-will-impose-a-new-regional-stay-at-home-order-for-areas-where-capacity-at-intensive-care-units-falls-below-15/

POST 84. December 6, 2020. CPRONAVIRUS. “ More than 100,000 Americans are in the hospital with COVID-19…” “We’re seeing C.D.C. …awaken from (its) politics-induced coma…”…Dr. Fauci “to be a chief medical adviser in Biden’s incoming administration..”.. “Trump administration leaves states to grapple with how to distribute scarce vaccines..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-84-december-6-2020-cpronavirus-more-than-100000-americans-are-in-the-hospital-with-covid-19-were-seeing-c-d-c-awaken-from-its-politi/

POST 85. December 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Florida, Gov. DeSantis’ administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced..”.. “NY Gov. Cuomo said…the state will implement a barrage of new emergency actions..”… Rhode Island and Massachusetts open field hospitals… “Biden Names Health Team to Fight Pandemic”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-85-december-7-2020-coronavirus-florida-gov-desantis-administration-engaged-in-a-pattern-of-spin-and-concealment-that-misled-the-public-on-the-gravest-health-threat-the-s/

POST 86. December 9, 2020. If this analysis seems a bit incomprehensible it is because “free Coronavirus test” is often an oxymoron! with charges ranging from as little as $23 to as much as $2,315… Laws (like for free Coronavirus tests) are Like Sausages. Better Not to See Them Being Made. (Please allow about 20 seconds for the text to download. Thanx!)

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POST 87. December 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Rudolph W. Giuliani, the latest member of President Trump’s inner circle to contract Covid-19, has acknowledged that he received at least two of the same drugs the president received. He even conceded that his “celebrity” status had given him access to care that others did not have.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-87-december-12-2020-coronavirus-rudolph-w-giuliani-the-latest-member-of-president-trumps-inner-circle-to-contract-covid-19-has-acknowledged-that-he-received-at-l/

POST 88. December 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “As COVID-19 cases surge, the federal government is releasing data about hospital capacity at facilities around the country….”The new data paints the picture of how a specific hospital is experiencing the pandemic,”…

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PART 89. December 12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. THE VACCINE!!! “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill

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POST 90. December 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…the first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have been given to the American public..”…” Each person who receives a vaccine needs two doses, and it’s up to states to allocate their share of vaccines.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-90-december-14-2020-coronavirus-the-first-doses-of-a-covid-19-vaccine-have-been-given-to-the-american-public-each-person-who-receives-a-vaccine/

POST 91. December 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “UPMC will first give (vaccination) priority to those in critical jobs. That includes a range of people working in critical units, from workers cleaning the emergency room and registering patients to doctors and nurses.. “Finally, if needed, UPMC will use a lottery to select who will be scheduled first.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-91-december-15-2020-coronavirus-upmc-will-first-give-vaccination-priority-to-those-in-critical-jobs-that-includes-a-range-of-people-working-in-critical-units-from-workers-cleanin/

POST 92. December 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “..each state — and each hospital system — has come up with its own (vaccination) plan and priorities. The result has been a sometimes confusing constellation of rules and groupings that has left health care workers wondering where they stand.” (Trump appointee July 4th email “…we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,”)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-92-december-17-2020-coronavirus-each-state-and-each-hospital-system-has-come-up-with-its-own-vaccination-plan-and-priorities-the-result-has-been-a-sometimes/

POST 93. December 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  On NPR Congresswoman Shalala (D-Florida) said she wouldn’t jump the vaccination line in Miami; then added she would get vaccinated in Washington this week. This, even though Congress has failed to pass “essential” Coronavirus legislation. So who are our “essential” workers?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-93-december-19-2020-coronavirus-on-npr-congresswoman-shalala-d-florida-said-she-wouldnt-jump-the-vaccination-line-in-miami-then-added-she-would-get-vaccinated-in-washington-this/

POST 94. December 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “A doctor at an L.A. County public hospital said the number of COVID-19 patients is “increasing exponentially, without an end in sight.”.. “I haven’t done ICU medicine since I was a resident — you don’t want me adjusting your ventilator,” he said. “That’s the challenge, actually — it isn’t so much space, it’s staff…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-94-december-21-2020-coronavirus-a-doctor-at-an-l-a-county-public-hospital-said-the-number-of-covid-19-patients-is-increasing-exponentially-without-an-end-in-sight/

POST 95. December 23, 2020. “The Murphy administration may step in to force (New Jersey) hospitals to report COVID-19 outbreaks among staff.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-95-december-23-2020-the-murphy-administration-may-step-in-to-force-new-jersey-hospitals-to-report-covid-19-outbreaks-among-staff/

POST 96. December 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Achieving herd immunity against the coronavirus could require as much as 90 percent of the population to be vaccinated, Anthony Fauci…”…”..he hesitated to state a number as high as 90% weeks ago because many Americans still seemed skeptical about vaccine….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-96-december-26-2020-coronavirus-achieving-herd-immunity-against-the-coronavirus-could-require-as-much-as-90-percent-of-the-population-to-be-vaccinated-anthony-fauci/

POST 97. December 27, 2020. “A new variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading through the UK and other countries has not yet been detected in the United States..”.. . But if new-wave medicines like antivirals and antibody therapy contributed to the development of viral variants, it will be “a reminder for all the medical community that we need to use these treatment options carefully.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-97-december-27-2020-a-new-variant-of-the-coronavirus-that-has-been-spreading-through-the-uk-and-other-countries-has-not-yet-been-detected-in-the-united-states-but-if-ne/

POST 98. December 28, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new penalties in order to rein in possible vaccination fraud…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-98-december-28-2020-coronavirus-governor-andrew-cuomo-announced-new-penalties-in-order-to-rein-in-possible-vaccination-fraud/

POST 99. December 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “ICUs are being overwhelmed across many parts of California. Statewide aggregate ICU availability has been at 0% since Christmas Eve…. a surge on top of a surge on top of a surge.”… “hospitals are getting close to the point where they would begin putting COVID-positive patients under the care of COVID-positive staff who are asymptomatic.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-99-december-29-2020-coronavirus-icus-are-being-overwhelmed-across-many-parts-of-california-statewide-aggregate-icu-availability-has-been-at-0-since-christmas-eve-a-surge-o/

POST 100. December 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Front line hospital workers – in the ER, ICUs, EMS, acute medical care, behavioral health – are amongst the most courageous, heroic and dedicated colleagues you will ever meet.

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POST 101. December 30, 2020.CORONAVIRUS. Is there a point where the increasing Coronavirus trajectory so far exceeds the slow growth of the vaccination rate that reaching herd immunity through vaccinations becomes less likely?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-101-december-30-2020-coronavirus-is-there-a-point-where-the-increasing-coronavirus-trajectory-so-far-exceeds-the-slow-growth-of-the-vaccination-rate-that-reaching-herd-immunity-through-vaccin/

POST 102. January 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “We’ve taken the people with the least amount of resources and capacity and asked them to do the hardest part of the vaccination — which is actually getting the vaccines administered into people’s arms,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “Ultimately, the buck seems to stop with no one,”…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-102-january-2-2020-coronavirus-weve-taken-the-people-with-the-least-amount-of-resources-and-capacity-and-asked-them-to-do-the-hardest-part-of-the-vaccination-which/

POST 103. January 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Fauci said “that the United States would not follow Britain’s lead in front-loading first vaccine injections, potentially delaying the administration of second doses…Dr. Moore – ”British officials “seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just trying to guess their way out of a mess.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-103-january-4-2021-coronavirus-dr-fauci-said-that-the-united-states-would-not-follow-britains-lead-in-front-loading-first-vaccine-injections-potentially-delaying-the-admin/

POST 104. January 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Paramedics in Southern California are being told to conserve oxygen and not to bring patients to the hospital who have little chance of survival…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-104-january-6-2021-coronavirus-paramedics-in-southern-california-are-being-told-to-conserve-oxygen-and-not-to-bring-patients-to-the-hospital-who-have-little-chance-of-survival/

POST 105. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. POST 105. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Facing a shortage of vaccinators, the Association of Immunization Managers… recommends relaxing regulation or adjusting licensing requirements. At least two states, Massachusetts and New York, have changed their laws in recent weeks to expand those who are eligible to give shots.”

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POST 106. January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The riots at the Capitol could have been a superspreader event. “From what I saw… you had a large congregation of individuals who were in close contact for an extended period of time and almost universally unmasked…. many coming and going on buses as well, also unmasked, and hanging out in hotel lobbies.”

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POST 107. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Our job is to make sure the vaccine isn’t politicized the way masks were politicized,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said after getting her vaccine.   South Carolina Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, a Republican, wrote that “Congress shouldn’t be putting themselves first in line for the COVID-19 vaccination when the average American can’t get it.”

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POST 108. January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. (vaccination)”Line-cutters will be named and shamed. It’s inevitable, as will be the congressional hearings and front-page investigative stories ferreting out who saved their own skin at the expense of others.”

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POST 109.January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “President-elect Joe Biden will aim to release nearly every available dose of the coronavirus vaccine when he takes office, a break with the Trump administration’s strategy of holding back half of US vaccine production to ensure second doses are available.

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POST 110. January 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The (federal) government is changing the way it allocates Covid vaccine doses, now basing it on how quickly states can administer shots and the size of their elderly population.”… “New York State sent a letter to hospitals saying if they don’t use their vaccine allocations by the end of this week, they won’t receive any further allocations.”

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POST 111. January 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Visitors from Toronto to New York to Buenos Aires have long flocked to Florida for sun, surf and shopping. Now they are coming for the Covid-19 vaccine….

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POST 112. January 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CHINA – “Eleven million people are under lockdown in Hebei province after a new cluster of coronavirus infections.

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PART 113. January 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The Next President Actually Has a Covid Plan… New York City and other places in the state expect to exhaust their supply of doses as early as next week… Charles Barkley said during the “NBA on TNT” broadcast that pro athletes should get the first round of the vaccine…..

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POST 114. January 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “When government programs that have been unattended, underfunded and bogged down by red tape suddenly have to meet a huge demand in a crisis, they can’t cope and people suffer….”

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POST 115. January 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. A year ago today an unnumbered POST was headlined “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a deadly new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.” The CORONAVIRUS CONTENT TRACKING PROJECT started with HISTORIOGRAPHY and over time moved to LESSONS LEARNED, RAPID RESPONSE, and THE VACCINATION PROGRAM. Now 115 POSTS later – the BIDEN CORONAVIRUS PLAN.

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POST 116. January 22, 2021. President Biden – “We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”

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POST 117. January 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. 1.Dr. Fauci:“The idea that you can get up here….”and.. let the science speak”… “It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.” 2.updated CDC guidance:”.. providers could give the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose..” 3.Dr. Fauci: people would be “taking a chance” if they follow the CDC’s updated guidance.

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POST 118. January 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Unfortunately, we’ve let this virus spread extensively and are launching the vaccination campaign at the height of the threat,” Dr. Meyers said. “The more the virus spreads before the vaccine reaches people, the fewer deaths we can prevent with the vaccine.”

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POST 119. January 27, 2010. CORONAVIRUS. Amazon is offering its help to President Joe Biden with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, included the help of companies like Starbucks, Costco and Microsoft in a plan to vaccinate 45,000 residents a day.

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POST 120. January 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The fact that four vaccines backed by the federal government seem to be less effective against the (South African) B.1.351 variant has unsettled federal officials and vaccine experts alike. Facing this uncertainty, many researchers said it was imperative to get as many people vaccinated as possible — quickly. Lowering the rate of infection could thwart the contagious variants while they are still rare, and prevent other viruses from gaining new mutations that could cause more trouble.”

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POST 121. January 30, 2021. CORONVIRUS. Will our communities become stratified by which vaccine is distributed? 95%ters v. 72%ters? Will the easier distribution of the J&J vaccine drive its inequitable distribution to” hard-hit, marginalized, and medically underserved communities.” (thanx! to XJ/LA)

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POST 122. February 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr.Fauci endorses double-masking. Dr.Osterholm disagrees!

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POST 123. February 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Nursing homes across the country are facing the same struggle, as workers have been more reluctant than residents to be vaccinated…

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POST 124. February 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Osterholm ” …it may be time to..go with a ‘first-dose only’ approach, so more people over the age of 65 can have at least some protection right away. He said that would require delaying second doses until this summer.” Dr.Fauci “warned against this practice, and cautioned people about “the danger” that could come with focusing only on the first dose.”

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POST 125. June 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “States are rolling back Covid-19 restrictions as new cases trend down from record highs across the country. But experts warn it might be too much too soon as variants pose an increased risk and the pandemic… is far from over.”

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POST 126. February 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “There will be more coronavirus outbreaks in the future. Bats and other mammals are rife with strains and species of this abundant family of viruses. Some of these pathogens will inevitably spill over the species barrier and cause new pandemics. It’s only a matter of time.” (A)

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POST 127. February 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “… Trump only agreed to be hospitalized when aides told him that he could walk to Marine One or he could wait until his case progressed and he would be carried out.”

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POST 128. February 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks…

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POST 129. February 15, 2021, CORONAVIRUS. “ “The CDC released its much-anticipated, updated guidance to help school leaders decide how to safely bring students back into classrooms, or keep them there.”…” For politicians, parents and school leaders looking for a clear green light to reopen schools, this is not it.”

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POST 130. February 16, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “A second person who had contracted the Ebola virus died this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking another outbreak just three months after the nation outlasted the virus’s second-worst outbreak in history…”

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POST 131. February 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “It really is right now – a race between how quickly new variants, particularly the U.K. variant, can spread in the United States and how quickly we can get people vaccinated”

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POST 132. February 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In Texas, where over 2.5 million people are still without power, the state health department said this week’s vaccine shipments wouldn’t arrive until Wednesday at the earliest.”

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POST 133. February 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Going off your meds is a surefire way to aggravate your doctor. What if a whole country did it?” The United Kingdom has veered into uncharted territory by changing tack and introducing a revised COVID-19 vaccination protocol, one that involves distributing the second dose at 12 weeks, rather than the prescribed 21 days.”

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POST 134. February 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The first tranche of the J&J (single dose) vaccine must go to K-12 teachers, so schools can open safely in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. The federal government…”can set up its own vaccination centers in regions with eligible populations it’s trying to target.” We owe our front-line teachers nothing less!

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POST 135. February 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “As Chief Executive Officers of New York’s major health care systems, we would like to provide facts to clear up confusion in the public and the media regarding decisions to discharge patients to nursing homes during New York’s spring coronavirus surge.”

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POST 136. March 2, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced on Tuesday they would be lifting their states’ mask mandates and rolling back many of their Covid-19 health mandates..”…while “The US could experience a “fourth surge” of coronavirus before the majority of the country is vaccinated.”

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POST 137. March 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The clamor for hard-to-get Covid-19 vaccines has created armies of anxious Americans who have resorted to hunting for leftovers on the fringes of the country’s patchwork vaccination system. They haunt pharmacies at the end of the day in search of an extra, expiring dose. They drive from clinic to clinic hoping that someone was a no-show to their appointment. They cold-call pharmacies like eager telemarketers: Any extras today? Maybe tomorrow? Some pharmacists have even given them a nickname: vaccine lurkers.” (H)

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POST 138. March 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “New cases are decreasing in the third wave because we are past the holidays, not because of vaccinations. It is a common misconception that the decrease we are seeing in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. is due to vaccinations. The two aren’t related; at least yet.”

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POST 139. March 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others…” In practice, that means fully vaccinated grandparents may visit unvaccinated healthy adult children and healthy grandchildren of the same household without masks or physical distancing.” (C)

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POST 140. March 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In West Virginia, they are bracing for the second wave….. Not coronavirus but opioid overdoses, with one scourge driving a resurgence of the other.

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POST 141. March 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Today is the first anniversary of the WHO declaration that the novel coronavirus was a Public Health Emergency of International Concern… “To truly prepare itself against the next pandemic, the U.S. has to reimagine what preparedness looks like.”

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POST 142. March 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Candida auris is a superbug, a pathogen that can evade drugs made to kill it—and early signs suggest the COVID-19 pandemic may be propelling infections of the highly dangerous yeast. That’s because C. auris is particularly prominent in hospital settings, which have been flooded with people this year due to the coronavirus.”

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POST 143. March 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Trump administration sought to suppress Covid-19 testing in the United States last year by softening guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on who needed to be tested, a House panel said Monday.”

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POST 144. March 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The vaccine hesitancy we are seeing isn’t just about Covid vaccines,”… “It is a general reflection of Americans’ lack of trust in science, the pharmaceutical industry, and large health care institutions. We need a full court press on science and vaccine education right now to prevent more aggressive Covid-19 variants from developing and taking hold.”

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POST 145. March 25, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Efforts to disseminate Covid-19 vaccines as widely as possible are hitting an unexpected obstacle: health-care workers who decline the shots.

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POST 146. March 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Osterholm told Becker’s: “This is the perfect storm,”…”Here is Europe locking down and having problems containing B.1.1.7, even with vaccinations and previous infection histories. Here we are opening up as wide as we can. We are literally just walking into the mouth of the virus saying, ‘Don’t worry.’” (M)

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POST 147. April 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The pandemic helped cement the shift to “a philosophy of really focusing on the role of the physician in reasoning through ambiguous and unknown problems as the focus of education, rather than teaching students that the role of physician was to memorize a body of knowledge that was already in existence and good enough for what usually happens.”

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POST 148. April 7, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. While the Biden administration accelerates vaccinations to ward off numerous variants and as more young people are being hospitalized, states, even with increasing case rates are on paths to fully reopen. Politics v. public health!

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POST 149. April 10, 2021. CORONAVIRIUS. “From Michigan to Massachusetts, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again. Deaths will soon follow. “ ”.. the Biden administration is facing renewed calls to delay second vaccine doses and blanket more of the U.S. population with an initial shot.”

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POST 150. April 10, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” is quickly becoming a divisive issue across the US – with several states, including New York, embracing the idea, while others have already moved to ban them.”

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POST 151. April 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.   the J&J vaccination pause. “ Federal officials are concerned that doctors may not be trained to spot or treat the rare disorder if recipients of the vaccine develop symptoms of it…”  “…a standard treatment for blood clots — use of an anticoagulant drug — could be dangerous or even fatal in such cases…”

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POST 152. April 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s director said Saturday authorities are considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines because the country’s domestically made doses “don’t have very high protection rates,”

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POST 153. April 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “At least 35 hospitals across Michigan were listed Thursday as nearing capacity and three were at full capacity for COVID-19 patients..”.. We can manufacture beds. We can open up beds. We can create entire wings of the hospital if we have to, but if we don’t have staff for those beds, we’ve got nothing.”..

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POST 154. April 19, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Breakthrough infections, which occur when fully vaccinated people are infected by the pathogen that their shots were designed to protect against, are an entirely expected part of any vaccination process.”   “Pfizer’s chief executive said that a third dose of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine was “likely” to be needed within a year of the initial two-dose inoculation — followed by annual vaccinations.”

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POST 155. April 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. As the J&J vaccine pause is ended Senator Johnson said “The science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective. So if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not? I mean, what is it to you?”

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POST 156. April 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. As CDC revises guidance on outdoor masking, Texas Governor Abbott says “the state is “very close” to herd immunity… despite acknowledging that he does not know what the herd immunity threshold is for the virus, an uncertainty echoed by the public health community.”

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POST 157. April 25, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Ohio hospitals; “We agreed in multiple conversations, there’s nothing in fighting a pandemic that creates a competitive advantage.”…

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POST 158. May 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. . As populations get closer to herd immunity “ it may be helpful to introduce some nuance to what we mean by the term. Nationwide herd immunity. Regional herd immunity. Temporary herd immunity. Endemicity.”

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POST 159. May 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Without deeper sharing of expertise in how to make vaccines…waiving patent obligations is unlikely to be a game-changer… Having access to the “recipe” certainly helps, but understanding how to put it together and produce it at scale is something else.”

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POST 160. May 13, 2021.CORONAVIRUS. “The CDC acknowledged Friday that airborne spread of COVID-19 among people more than 6 feet apart “has been repeatedly documented.”” Meanwhile states relax or eliminate indoor dining restrictions. HUH?

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POST 161. May 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Even if the spread of Covid-19 decreases enough to allow a return of most activities, there are some aspects of pandemic life that epidemiologists say will persist much longer. In particular, they say that masks are a norm that should continue, even if that view puts them at odds with the new C.D.C. guidance. More than 80 percent of them say people should continue to wear masks when indoors with strangers for at least another year, and outdoors in crowds.” 

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POST 162. May 21, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is refusing to lift his indoor mask mandate for vaccinated residents…” “…fully vaccinated residents in New York and Connecticut are no longer required to wear masks..”..” “California says it isn’t ready to follow the federal lead and unmask, at least for another month..”.. “..Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting state governmental entities such as counties, public school districts, public health authorities and government officials from requiring mask wearing.”

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POST 163. May 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey announced a mandate…saying supervisors and those of higher rank must get the vaccine by June 30. They will eventually require the system’s 35,000 employees to do the same.

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POST 164. May 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. On Wednesday, health minister Norihisa Tamura warned Olympic organizers they would have to “secure their own” hospital beds for anyone falling ill at the Games, explaining the government would not release beds set aside for Japanese covid-19 patients.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/05/post-164-may-26-2021-coronavirus-on-wednesday-health-minister-norihisa-tamura-warned-olympic-organizers-they-would-have-to-secure-their-own-hospital-beds-for-anyone-falling-ill/

POST 165. May 31,2001. CORONAVIRUS. “Like all pandemics, this one will end either with millions — maybe billions — being infected or being vaccinated. This time, world leaders have a choice, but little time to make that choice before it is made for them.”

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POST 166. June 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “President Biden said Wednesday that he has asked intelligence agencies to double down on their efforts to investigate whether the coronavirus originated from human contact with an animal or in an laboratory in China, saying there is not “sufficient information” to assess whether one is more likely than the other.” 

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POST 167. June 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Hospitals prevaricate on mandatory staff vaccinations.  Florida’s Governor forbids cruise ship vaccine mandates. Pfizer and Moderna apply for FDA full approval.

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POST 168. June 10, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Our species has a tendency to get distracted. We have a very strong appetite for distraction, and when something is not in the spotlight, when it’s not a crisis anymore, we tend to forget and move on to something else. So the biggest challenge is going to be maintaining focus on this next step of developing vaccines that anticipate pandemics.”

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POST 169. June 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Hospitals in Washington, D.C…announced a consensus agreement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 30,000 workers, 70% of which are already vaccinated. Each of 14 hospitals will set their own deadline…” 

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POST 170. June 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Ashish Jha…is worried about the potential impact  the delta variant could have in the United States… “I’m concerned about the Delta variant,”… “Why? Most contagious variant yet. Wreaked havoc in India. Spiking cases in UK. Growing rapidly in the US.”

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POST 171. June 19, 2021. “A 34-year-old man (a Covid-19 survivor) has been diagnosed with India’s first known case of “green fungus” infection.”… “Green fungus is the new infection to join the earlier known cases of black, white and yellow fungus.”…”green fungus was earlier seen only as a “junior partner” in other infections… In the current patient, this fungus is acting as the aggressor.”

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POST 172. June 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman said: “If you can go into a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office.”…”remote work can “dramatically undermine” the character and culture a company is attempting to build; and “virtually eliminates spontaneous learning and creativity.”

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POST 173. June 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The daily toll of COVID-19, as measured by new cases and the growing number of deaths, overlooks a shadowy set of casualties: the rising risk of mental health problems among health care professionals working on the frontlines of the pandemic.”

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POST 174. July 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “..while the WHO is encouraging people to keep wearing masks even if they’re vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci says it doesn’t look like the CDC currently plans to change its guidelines.” … health officials in Los Angeles recommended that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precautionary measure.”..”

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POST 175. July 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Can a health care worker who is not against vaccines in general still harbor sincere concerns that scientists don’t yet know about all the side effects of these vaccines? Yes, says Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD — but those people should not work in health care.”

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POST 176. July 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Mercy Springfield ( Missouri) hospital…” ran out of ventilators for its patients over the Fourth of July weekend…”…“Mercy will require all current and future employees to be fully vaccinated.”…“The US government is deploying a Covid-19 surge team to provide public health support in southwest Missouri

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POST 177. July 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. the Delta variant is “the 2020 version of Covid-19 on steroids,”… “It is the most hypertransmissible, contagious version of the virus we’ve seen to date…it’s a superspreader strain if there ever was one .” but… now, there’s a Delta Plus variant…

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POST 178. July 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Tennessee’s top vaccine official says she has been fired as punishment for doing her job in the face of political pushback.”..” More than 180 state and local public health leaders…have resigned, retired or been fired since April 1…”“Former President Trump and his GOP allies have stepped up attacks on Anthony Fauci…”

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POST 179. July 16, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “It, therefore, follows that the “harm principle” (“first, do no harm.”) can be used to justify compulsory vaccination programs in specific instances where the community interests or benefits are deemed to be significant.”

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POST 180, July 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Most people will either get vaccinated, or have been previously infected, or they will get this Delta variant,”.. “And for most people who get this Delta variant, it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital,”

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POST 181. July 22, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Health experts fear the Tokyo Olympics could become a COVID-19 superspreader event.” “Whatever happens in Japan isn’t likely going to stay in Japan since all of the athletes and accompanying coaches and staff will be returning to their home countries.”

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POST 182. July 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R): “Folks supposed to have common sense.”…“But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” ““Beginning in mid-September, New York City will require all of its 340,000 municipal workers, including police, firefighters and teachers, to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly.”

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POST 183. July 29, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. When I was appointed President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center in1989 in the peak of the HIV/ AIDS crisis, we had a dedicated, and always full, dedicated 60 bed AIDS unit, staffed by one full time nurse and numerous part-time and per diem nurses. Today, right now, hospitals caught in the Covid-19 surge, are forced to redeploy nursing staff, respiratory therapists and other clinicians, most without prior infectious diseases experience. Why are we tolerating the unvaccinated putting our hospital staffs at risk?

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POST 184. August 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The coronavirus could be “just a few mutations potentially away” from evolving into a variant that can evade existing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said..” (A) “The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox..” (I)

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POST 185. August 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ‘If you aren’t going to help, please get out of the way’: Biden turns up the pressure on GOP governors as Delta spreads”

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POST 186. August 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” she added, referring to patients who have to be put on a ventilator.” (A) “There is no one definition of what the end of a pandemic means.”.. “The question of when the crisis will be over is a layered one — with different answers from local, national and global perspectives.”

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POST 187. August 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the state of Florida requested 300 ventilators from the federal government.”… “An 11-month-old girl with Covid-19 is stable and no longer intubated one day after she was airlifted to a Texas hospital 150 miles away because of a shortage of pediatric beds in the Houston area.”

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POST 188. August 15, 20201. CORONAVIRUS. “According to an internal CDC briefing….an estimated 1.1 million people have already gotten unauthorized booster shots…”….”If it is left up to the honor system, I think many Americans will suddenly wake up and find themselves immunocompromised enough to get a 3rd dose,”

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POST 189. August 19,2021. CORONAVIRUS. “There wasn’t a single I.C.U. bed available in Alabama on Wednesday…”…”A triage plan on the Alabama health department’s website suggests that “persons with severe mental retardation” are among those who “may be poor candidates for ventilator support.”

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POST 190, August 21, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “We’re looking, in essence, at running two systems — a COVID system and a non-COVID system of care,”..“Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and certified paramedics can now care for patients in Mississippi hospitals and emergency rooms under a new health office order issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Wednesday.”

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POST 191. August 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical advisor to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained that late September gives the United States time to set up the logistics.” This is not medical science, but perhaps Political Science?

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POST 192. August 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Hurricane Ida – “I hate to say it this way, but we have a lot of people on ventilators today and they don’t work without electricity,” he said.”

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POST 193. September 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Nurses are leaving their hospitals and becoming travel nurses at hospitals across town “because they can make $4,000, $5,000, $6,000, $7,000 a week while not having to relocate anywhere..”

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POST 194. August 2, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Recently-released data is painting a grim picture of the opioid epidemic that has gripped the United States — as the country is still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than half a million Americans. Some people are calling them twin pandemics that have collided”…“Faced with a novel health crisis, researchers are collecting data on the long-term impact of using opioids to treat COVID-19 pain…

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POST 195. September 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “…there are “zero ICU beds left for children in Dallas County, Texas,”.,..”That means if your child’s in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an ICU bed, or more likely if they have Covid and need an ICU bed, we don’t have one. Your child will wait for another child to die… (county judge Clay Jenkins)

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POST 196. SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. PART 1. Military helicopters and jets were overhead, as President Bush was getting ready to leave NYC. PART 2. LESSONS LEARNED memorandum by hospital CEO Jonathan Metsch goes “viral”…

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POST 197. September 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Idaho officials have instituted “crisis standards of care” to help 10 hospitals and health care systems decide how to allocate personnel and resources to deal with a crush of COVID-19 patients.”… “The Washington Medical Coordination Center oversees facilitating transfers in the state, and it’s warning we could be nearing the point of “Crisis Standards of Care,” just like Idaho.” .. “These crisis models don’t actually save more lives, they just save different lives..”

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POST 198. September 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. A pundit said “The most elegant policy riposte to the anti-vaxxers… is to refuse to allow Medicare or Medicaid to pay their medical bills in the event they become seriously ill. Private health insurers might also follow suit.” (but is making our hospitals become the bill collectors right?)

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POST 199. September 19, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Crisis Standards of Care. “… to his knowledge, no patient in Idaho has been taken off life-support therapy in order to provide that therapy to another patient who has a better prognosis.” “While that has yet to occur, if we continue on this path, it will,”

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POST 200. September 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Director overrides a recommendation of its scientific advisors saying “that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.”…“In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”

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POST 201. September 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “A multibillion-dollar institution in the Seattle area is sitting on nearly $12 billion in cash… received at least $509 million in government funds (from) a federal program that is supposed to prevent health care providers from capsizing during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Based on our estimates…we find preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations cost $5.7 billion from June to August in 2021.”…

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POST 202. September 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “..NY Governor Hochul signed an executive order expanding healthcare worker eligibility requirements…to head off potential staffing shortages fueled by the state’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirements.” “The.. order allows out-of-state/ out-of-country healthcare workers to practice in New York…”..”It allows EMTs graduates to temporarily pitch in at additional healthcare settings; allows various types of healthcare workers to more easily administer and order COVID-19 vaccinations; enables telemedicine physician visits in nursing homes; permits facilities to more quickly discharge, transfer or receive patients…”

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POST 203. October 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “.. more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths”…The risk is not just to the mother. Covid-19 in pregnancy can cause preterm birth or babies born so sick they have to go straight to the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.” 

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POST 204. October 5, 2021.CORONAVIRUS. “News that an experimental antiviral drug from Merck appears to halve the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 has bolstered hopes of finding a simple at-home treatment for the virus.”..” A more blunt assessment came from vaccine scientist Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine. “It’s not a miracle cure but a companion tool, So get vaccinated.””

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POST 205. October 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The AAP reported nearly 226,000 new child cases over the past week ending. “Hospital care for children does not occur in isolation from that of adults. Many of the resources we use are the same—a twenty-pound baby and a two-hundred-pound man might use the same kind of ventilator, for example. Dialysis machines, which could cleanse a seven-year-old’s blood as easily as his grandfather’s, are in high demand. Pediatric resident physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists get cross-deployed to care for adults during the surges.”

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POST 206. October 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. to borrow from Winston Churchill about where we are with the pandemic –  “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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POST 207. October 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “…if you choose your own unauthorized booster shot, what happens if later research proves a different combination is better? That’s why experts say it’s a bad idea to become your own vaccine advisory committee and get a shot out of turn.”

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POST 208. October 22, 2021, CORONAVIRUS. “What is the “delta plus” variant?” Scientists are monitoring the delta-related variant — known as AY.4.2. — to see if it might spread more easily or be more deadly than previous versions of the coronavirus.

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POST 209. October 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The quest at Mount Sinai began with a mystery.”…”America was not simply struggling to contain a once-in-a-century pandemic, caused by a virus far more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Many patients were, for unknown reasons, not recovering.”

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POST 210. October 31, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Some people want the FDA to speed up. Others want it to be more cautious…There’s a fundamental tension between the right to get access to a drug people are desperate for and the right to protection from dangerous failures of quality. The first demands speed; the second requires time…”

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POST 211. November 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Colorado – “…there are patients who really ought to be in an intensive care unit but instead they’re in an emergency room. Or they ought to be in a step-down unit but instead they’re on the floor. Or they ought to be getting one-to-one nursing, and instead they’re getting two-to-one, or three-to-one nursing….”

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POST 212. November 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “They went into hospitals with heart attacks, kidney failure or in a psychiatric crisis. They left with covid-19…” “A new report shows the coronavirus pandemic had a direct increase on the number of healthcare-acquired infections in hospitals nationwide.”

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POST 213. November 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Since the earliest days of the pandemic, there has been one collective goal for bringing it to an end: achieving herd immunity…Now the herd is restless. And experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have set aside herd immunity as a national goal.”

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POST 214. November 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “This virus is doing what this virus does,” said Michael Osterholm… “We don’t understand why surges start, we don’t understand why they end.” (A)

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POST 215. November 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Fauci on the new South African variant: “It’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

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POST 216. December 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Covid cacophony: as states struggle to address health care staffing shortages, a federal court puts Biden administration health care worker vaccination mandate on hold. 

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POST 217. December 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter

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POST 218. December 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In some ways, Delta is the ideal variant: It’s transmissible enough to dominate more dangerous variants, and its virulence can be controlled through vaccination. In the next few weeks, we’ll find out whether Omicron will have its own silver lining—or whether it’ll be catastrophically worse.”

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POST 219. December 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Entering uncharted territory, the U.S. counts 500,000 Covid-related deaths.”… “So yes, I am furious at the unvaccinated, and I am not ashamed of disclosing that. I am no longer trying to understand them or educate them.”

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POST 220 December 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.  Dr. Osterholm. “You cannot outrun the game clock with this pandemic. This virus will find you… We’ve seen health care systems virtually broken by this pandemic. They just couldn’t provide critical care to non-Covid patients.” (A)

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POST 221. December 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine was going to be a shot for the world. Now, under the weight of a mountain of bad PR, one wonders if the world will want it.”

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POST 222. December 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. So why my “inside baseball” focus on COVID-19 from the perspective of a retired hospital CEO?

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POST 223. December 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Links for a case study of Crisis Standards of Care.

POST 224. December 29, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “crisis standards of care protocols in Maryland – “It also allows us to slim down documentation,… allows unconventional staffing models such as using nurses that have not been bedside. It also sets the expectations for the community that it’s not business as usual.”

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POST 225. January 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Be first, be right, be credible,” are among the most important principles for health authorities to follow in a crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared in a pamphlet on crisis communication in 2018….”

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Post 226. January 5, 2022. CORONAVIRUS.  New York City – “The city’s ambulance corps are so understaffed because of the COVID-19 surge, they’re now under new orders to try to convince stable patients with flu-like symptoms not to go to the hospital.”

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POST 227. January 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  “Stay indoors. But also return in person. Wear a mask. Not that one. The expensive one, that you can’t find. Take rapid tests. Which you also can’t find. But if you find them, don’t buy them. Rapid tests don’t work. You need PCR. There are zero appointments in your area.” (F)

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POST 228. January 13, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “State officials are attempting to address California’s staffing shortage through a sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately.” “Asymptomatic health professionals who had tested positive for COVID-19 should “preferably be assigned to work with COVID positive patients.”

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POST 229. January 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “It is now highly unlikely that the U.S. will hit the ~85-90% of Americans vaccinated to get to the other side of the pandemic…”

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POST 230. January 20, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Fauci also said that the world is still in the first of what he considered to be the five phases of the pandemic. The first is the “truly pandemic” phase, “where the whole world is really very negatively impacted,” followed by deceleration, control, elimination and eradication.”…to paraphrase Churchill – “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”..

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POST 231. January 24, 202. CORONAVIRUS. “Florida’s top public health official in Orlando has been placed on administrative leave after sending an email to his employees noting their lackluster coronavirus vaccination rates and urging them to get the shots.”

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POST 232. January 28, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “A Boston hospital’s denial of a heart transplant to a man who is unvaccinated for Covid-19 has generated national attention, but experts say mandating vaccines is in keeping with other long-standing requirements that patients have to meet to receive an organ — including getting other shots…”

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POST 233. February 2, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The same virus can cause endemic, epidemic or pandemic infections: it depends on the interplay of a population’s behaviour, demographic structure, susceptibility and immunity, plus whether viral variants emerge.”

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POST 234. February 2, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell demanded an end to the COVID-19 state of emergency on Wednesday , saying it was time for Americans to get on with their lives after two years on a ‘hellish highway.’”

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POST 235. February 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Over time, the U.S. health care sector has implemented various pieces of the  (pandemic) safety-assessment-and-improvement puzzle, but it has not instituted a thorough system of safety that reaches from the boardroom to the front lines and that can be maintained during times of crisis.”

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POST 236. February 22, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.  MOUNT SINAI AT HOME – “We began thinking about how we could use hospital-at-home to meet the needs of our hospital system in our community, in terms of responding to the crisis of COVID-19…” 

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POST 237. February 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Decision-makers are increasingly embracing the reality that we will have to “learn to live with” the coronavirus. But how will they know when to impose or lift restrictions?”  “Now, the CDC’s “Covid-19 community level” metrics are based on three pieces of data in a community: new Covid-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity and new Covid-19 cases.”

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POST 238. March 5, 2022, CORONAVIRUS. “Two different scientists can look at the same set of data and come up with different conclusions. That’s not to say that one person is being unscientific or ignoring the scientific process,” said Leana Wen, an emergency physician and a professor at George Washington University. “Public health policy is also a measure of values.””

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POST 239. March 9, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “War is an infectious disease’s best friend,” says Michael Osterholm, “It challenges every public health program you can possibly have. It limits the medical care available for those who might be seriously ill, and often fosters transmission when so many people are crowded into bomb shelter locations and on trains. This is going to be the perfect storm of one serious challenge after another.” (E)

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POST 240. March 15, 2022. ““China is modifying its Covid-19 playbook amid a surge in cases as it seeks to avoid strains on its healthcare system.”

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POST 241. March 20, 2022, CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Ashish Jha will serve as the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator.” He is not, for the record, a virologist, immunologist, or vaccinologist…But he is a public health expert and a practicing internist, which means he has years of experience explaining complicated and often incomplete information to people who neither know nor care about the correct pronunciation of “adenovirus.” That’s who he imagines on the other end of his webcam.”

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POST 242. March 24, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “How worried should people be about the BA.2 variant? Will vaccines protect against it? What if someone contracted a previous variant — could they become reinfected? Is BA.2 milder than previous versions, and if so, should people try to get it? Could BA.2 cause another surge in the US, and is it time for restrictions to be put back into place?”

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POST 243. March 28, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “…the US Food and Drug Administration is planning authorize a fourth dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines for adults over age 50 next week.”…”The decision to make fourth doses available now will bypass independent groups of scientific advisers for both the FDA and CDC, which would normally meet and publicly review the available science and then make recommendations to the agencies.”

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POST 244. April 4, 2022.CORONAVIRUS. “Here’s a scary thought: America’s ability to face the pandemic’s next phase may depend on a handful of senators.”…. “When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures.”
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POST 245. April 10, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. We can’t react to a wave we don’t see coming. “I keep thinking back to this idea of If we don’t measure it, it won’t happen,”…(As President Donald Trump once put it, “If we stop testing, we’d have fewer cases.”) In reality, “it’s very well happening, and we just don’t see it yet.”

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POST 246. April 15, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “State authorities and health care organizations could pay a high price for reinstating SCOPE OF PRACTICE (SOP) restrictions when the pandemic ends.” (e.g. NPs, PAs, Pharmacists +++)

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POST 247. April 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The DOJ lawyers tasked with defending the CDC’s mask mandate authority have warned Biden administration officials that continuing to push the legal fight over the mask mandate could backfire, if the conservative-leaning appeals court upholds the order.”….”A Supreme Court ruling upholding the decision to strike down the mask mandate would make the Florida judge’s conclusions about CDC authority binding nationwide.”

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POST 248. April 27, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “For at-risk Americans without access to a “test-to-treat” drugstore that has a qualifying provider available, this means some will have to make multiple trips to get the pills. You have to develop COVID symptoms, you have to subsequently get a test for COVID-19, get the result of that test, find and go to see a provider, get a prescription, and then fill that prescription. That’s six steps in five days,”…

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POST 249. May 6, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States is “certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase..” (Dr. Anthony Fauci). “The US should prepare for a possible summer surge of Covid-19 cases across Southern states..” (Dr. Deborah Birx)

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POST 250. May 11, 2022. Herd Immunity Deja vu. “Not so long ago, the world was clinging to the hope of herd immunity—to the notion that the population would eventually reach some communal level of protection sufficient to quash the outbreak for good. Maybe, experts posited many months back, once 60 to 90 percent of people had been infected or vaccinated or both, the virus would run out of viable hosts, and simply fizzle out. Now it’s clear that “that’s too simplistic…”

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POST 251. May 16, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Now, nearly one million people have died. It did not have to be this way.”

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POST 250. May 11, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. Herd Immunity Déjà vu. “Not so long ago, the world was clinging to the hope of herd immunity—to the notion that the population would eventually reach some communal level of protection sufficient to quash the outbreak for good. Maybe, experts posited many months back, once 60 to 90 percent of people had been infected or vaccinated or both, the virus would run out of viable hosts, and simply fizzle out. Now it’s clear that “that’s too simplistic…”

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“The Biden administration is issuing a new warning that the US could potentially see 100 million Covid-19 infections this fall and winter, as officials publicly stress the need for more funding from Congress to prepare the nation.

The projection of 100 million potential infections is an estimate based on a range of outside models that are being closely tracked by the administration and would include both the fall and winter, a senior administration official told CNN. Officials say this estimate is based on an underlying assumption of no additional resources or extra mitigation measures being taken, including new Covid-19 funding from Congress, or dramatic new variants.

The White House is sharing these estimates as officials renew their push to get Congress to approve additional funding to combat the virus and as the nation approaches a coronavirus death toll of 1 million. Officials have said the White House will commemorate the moment when the US surpasses 1 million deaths from Covid-19.

The Biden administration has been sounding the alarm for weeks that additional funding is needed to continue the federal Covid-19 response, even as it seeks a return to “normal” with many pandemic-era restrictions lifting.

CNN has reported that the Biden administration requested $22.5 billion in supplemental Covid-19 relief funding in March in a massive government funding package but it was stripped from the bill. That request included funding for testing, treatments, therapeutics and preventing future outbreaks. Negotiators were able to reach an agreement on a scaled-back $10 billion package, but Congress left Washington in April without passing that bipartisan bill amid a disagreement over the Title 42 immigration policy — a pandemic-era rule that allowed migrants to be returned immediately to their home countries, citing a public health emergency.” (A)

“Last week, Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told several news outlets that America had exited “the full-blown explosive pandemic phase,” and was transitioning toward a “more controlled” chapter of the crisis. But if that pivot sounds nice and neat and tidy, it shouldn’t. Cases are still rising, to levels likely undercounted, and are still meeting numbers that the nation hit during the early parts of last summer’s devastating Delta surge. Other countries are also battling gargantuan swells in cases, and new branches of Omicron’s lineage are circumventing the defenses left behind by the last. The pandemic is very much gunning.

Not so long ago, the world was clinging to the hope of herd immunity—to the notion that the population would eventually reach some communal level of protection sufficient to quash the outbreak for good. Maybe, experts posited many months back, once 60 to 90 percent of people had been infected or vaccinated or both, the virus would run out of viable hosts, and simply fizzle out. Now it’s clear that “that’s too simplistic,” says Sarah Cobey, an infectious-disease modeler at the University of Chicago. Immunity against the most serious forms of COVID has decent staying power, especially if laid down by vaccines. But our defensive shields aren’t strong or durable enough to block transmission long-term; the virus keeps finding the holes in our blockades.

That doesn’t make the protection we do have useless. The types of immunity more relevant to the current pandemic era blunt the frequency and severity of future waves, rather than obliterate them. If classic herd immunity was a silencer, then we’ve had to trade it in for herd immunity lite—a muffler, whose effects accumulate gradually, and can still strengthen with effort and time. There is no pandemic off switch. So we must instead work to maintain incremental gains: In this universe, 60 percent of people infected is mostly meaningful in that 60 is higher than 50, and 40, and anything below. It might translate into some level of heightened population resilience, but it is not a guarantee that the virus’s threat is gone…

Some people who have banked multiple and recent exposures—three shots and an Omicron infection, say—are quite far along the spectrum of immune protection. Others very much aren’t, because they still have no experience with the virus or vaccines at all, or have logged those encounters so far in their past that they’re likely quite easy to infect or reinfect. And for some people the safeguards of shots struggle to properly take, or fade faster because of age or underlying health conditions. To make matters more complex still, no one knows exactly where they fall along the spectrum of protection; many people can’t even say for sure whether they’ve had the virus or not, given how disastrous America’s testing infrastructure has been, and how tough it can be to detect virus-elicited antibodies in blood. “We’re in this position where we have a poor understanding of how different levels of immunity map to reductions in infectiousness,” Cobey told me.

All of this leaves the country in a troubling spot, a time when the coronavirus is still very much on the move. Cases are once again ticking upward nationwide, pulling the sick out of work and school, and straining a health-care system that’s been stretched past breaking for years.” (B)

“Covid cases surged during the last two winters and are likely to again this year — unless the country can prepare and act, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said Sunday morning.

“If we don’t get ahead of this thing, we’ll have a lot of waning immunity, this virus continues to evolve and we may see a pretty sizable wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths this fall and winter,” Jha said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Congress needs to provide resources, Jha said, specifically $22.5 billion, a number that will help with a vaccine supply that’s dwindling. In March, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said: “If the science shows that fourth doses are needed for the general population later this year, we will not have the supply necessary to ensure shots are available.”

The money, once allocated, would go toward Covid vaccine supply and coronavirus testing.

“If Congress doesn’t step up and fund these, I think, urgent and emergent priorities … they can’t wait until the fall, it will be too late,” Jha said.

And the proof is in the jab. With cases increasing in the Northeast, deaths remain low because of high vaccination rates.

“That’s not true for the whole country,” Jha said.

With enough resources to get more people vaccinated and more therapeutics in place, he said, “I do think we can get through this winter without a lot of suffering and death.”” (C)

“After dropping substantially after the winter Omicron surge, new confirmed U.S. cases have been rising again. As of Friday, the average of new U.S. cases had reached about 70,200 a day, an increase of 52 percent over the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database, though infections are thought to be undercounted, especially with access to at-home testing. Hospitalizations are also climbing nationally, with an average of more than 18,400 people with the coronavirus in U.S. hospitals, an increase of 20 percent from two weeks ago. And deaths, a lagging indicator, ticked up for the first time in weeks, inching upward by 1 percent, to an average of 371 a day.” (D)

“A devastating virus was laying waste to nations that lacked medicines available to Americans. The pills were patented and pricey. Poor countries lacked refrigeration to store them, the thinking went, and patients would not be able to follow the complex dosing regimen.

The year was 2002, the virus was H.I.V., and the president, George W. Bush, secretly sent his top health advisers to Africa to investigate what activists were calling “medical apartheid.” In the 20 years since, the United States has led the way in building a global infrastructure for H.I.V. testing and treatment, saving an estimated 21 million lives.

Now, with that history in mind, global health agencies and the Biden administration are working to bring coronavirus tests and expensive antiviral pills to low- and middle-income nations. This week, President Biden will emphasize “global test to treat” at his second international Covid-19 summit, a virtual gathering of world leaders aimed at injecting new energy into the international pandemic response.

Until now, the response has been focused largely on vaccinations, which remain a high priority. But Mr. Biden will also use the summit to call on wealthy nations to donate $2 billion to purchase Covid treatments and $1 billion to purchase oxygen supplies for low- and middle-income countries, according to a senior administration official involved with the planning.

In the United States, where antiviral pills to combat Covid are widely available, Mr. Biden’s “test to treat” initiative lets many patients go to pharmacies, get tested for Covid and receive a free prescription on the spot if they test positive. In low- and middle-income nations, such efforts will most likely be much more limited until generic pills arrive, probably in 2023.

But the global effort faces some of the same obstacles and inequities that existed two decades ago.

Rich nations, including the United States, have gobbled up much of the supply. Global health agencies do not have the money to buy the antivirals or tests, which are crucial because the medication needs to be started early in the course of infection. Drug companies, trying to protect their patents, are limiting the supply of generic alternatives in many middle-income countries, including an entire swath of Latin America.

All of this is playing out against the infectious disease equivalent of a ticking time bomb.

“We all expect a major new surge from Omicron or a new variant in the global south from June to September, and if that happens, we are not going to be ready with test and treat,” said Dr. Bill Rodriguez, who runs the testing arm of the ACT Accelerator, the Geneva-based consortium coordinating the global response. “It feels extremely similar — painfully, ironically, tragically similar — to what happened with H.I.V.”..

One of the biggest hurdles is the rapid decline of Covid testing around the world. The W.H.O.-backed consortium recently reported that just 20 percent of the 5.7 billion tests conducted globally have been in low- and middle-income nations. Low-income countries accounted for less than 1 percent of the testing. The reasons are twofold: Countries lack money to buy the tests, and demand has dropped in regions where Covid rates are now low…

Paxlovid, the more powerful of the two Covid antiviral pills approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is so plentiful in the United States that pharmacies are struggling to use up their supplies. The Biden administration has committed to purchasing 20 million treatment courses for Americans.

The W.H.O. recently issued a “strong recommendation” that Paxlovid, which is made by Pfizer, be given to patients at high risk of hospitalization and called for its “wide geographic distribution.” The W.H.O. has given a far weaker “conditional recommendation” to the other drug, molnupiravir, which is made by Merck and is not nearly as in demand.” (E)

“For the first time in two years last Saturday and amid no shortage of hand-wringing, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner returned. Now, days later, perhaps most unsurprisingly, it appears a growing number of attendees, from journalists to members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet, are discovering they took home a sign-of-the-times souvenir from their weekend of schmoozing in Washington.

Those who went did so knowing they’d be at increased risk for contracting COVID-19, despite whatever precautions organizers said they were committed to taking (measures that, as the Washington Post reported prior to the event, some White House officials and health experts feared were insufficient). That 2,600 people nevertheless took that chance was fodder for Daily Show host Trevor Noah, this year’s comedic host, who coined the evening “the nation’s most distinguished super-spreader event.” After all, as Noah noted, this dinner came just weeks after the Gridiron dinner, another politerati-type gathering, at which a reported 72 people who attended tested positive for Covid-19. “What are you doing here?” Noah asked Saturday night. Some in the tightly-packed room, where few wore masks and ventilation was poor, were perhaps asking themselves the same—or, in Post reporter Jada Yuan’s case, asking too late:

Later in his remarks, Noah thanked White House press secretary Jen Psaki for being willing to “risk getting COVID for, like, what, the tenth time?” Psaki has yet to announce a positive test since attending, but Secretary of State Antony Blinken has, along with reporters and staffers from outlets that reportedly include CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Politico, and others. Among them is ABC’s Jon Karl, who sat next to Kim Kardashian and shook hands with Biden, as Politico reported, and Voice of America chief national correspondent Steve Herman, who announced his diagnosis on Twitter Tuesday.

“We worked hard to publicize our protocols and encouraged those eligible to get booster shots in the weeks leading up to the dinner. Our event implemented protocols that went beyond any guidance or regulation issued by the CDC or the DC health department,” CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said in a statement. “We wish anyone who may not be feeling well a speedy recovery.”

The WHCD required proof of vaccination (as did the Gridiron) and a same-day negative test for entry (unlike the Gridiron). Protocol aside, CNN noted the nature of the two events is fundamentally different: the Gridiron is a singular dinner, whereas the WHCD is part of a weekend of events in Washington—receptions and parties where COVID precautions were varied and outside the purview of the WHCA, as Portnoy noted in an email Tuesday. “Nothing we implement to protect the ballroom can reach the many social events other organizers throw around our dinner,” he wrote, according to the New York Times. “Bear that in mind.”

Indeed, attendees could have contracted the virus at any point in the weekend (and some who have said they’d participated in other social gatherings). But it doesn’t help that party organizers were reportedly “hesitant to install devices that disinfect the air using ultraviolet light because of concerns the devices might interfere with the program,” according to the Post. Portnoy told the paper that the offer from Don Milton, a prominent coronavirus expert who has advised the White House, to install such technology—at no charge—came too late in their planning. “We just aren’t in a position, with less than a week to go, to more fully understand the benefits or potential risks of what appears to be an experimental technology,” Portnoy said. Milton noted there is “really good data going back many decades” and that the White House recently acknowledged its credibility.” (F)

“George Cheeks, the president and chief executive of CBS, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, just days after sitting beside President Biden at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the network confirmed on Friday.

Mr. Cheeks is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot, according to CBS, and tested negative before the dinner on Saturday, and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

“He is feeling fine and working from home,” the company said in a statement.

Mr. Cheeks is one of several people who attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner only to later test positive for coronavirus, including Antony J. Blinken, the secretary of state, and several journalists, such as Jonathan Karl, ABC News’s chief Washington correspondent, who shook hands with Mr. Biden during the dinner, and Steve Herman, the chief national correspondent at Voice of America.

As of Friday night, it was unclear how many cases had been confirmed among people who attended the dinner or related events. The dinner required proof of vaccination and a same-day negative test, and boosters were strongly encouraged; the associated events set their own policies.

At the dinner, Mr. Cheeks sat between President Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, all three unmasked.”  (G)

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PART 1. January 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a deadly new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/01/the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-on-tuesday-confirmed-the-first-u-s-case-of-a-deadly-new-coronavirus-that-has-killed-six-people-in-china/

PART 2. January 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “If it’s not contained shortly, I think we are looking at a pandemic..”….. “With isolated cases of the dangerous new coronavirus cropping up in a number of states, public health officials say it is only a matter of time before the virus appears in New York City.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/01/part-2-coronavirus-if-its-not-contained-shortly-i-think-we-are-looking-at-a-pandemic-with-isolated-cases-of-the-dangerous-new-coronavirus-cropping-u/

PART3. February 3, 2020. “The Wuhan coronavirus spreading from China is now likely to become a pandemic that circles the globe…”..Trump appeared to downplay concerns about the flu-like virus …We’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down..” (D)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part3-the-wuhan-coronavirus-spreading-from-china-is-now-likely-to-become-a-pandemic-that-circles-the-globe-trump-appeared-to-downplay-concerns-about-the-flu-like-virus/

PART 4. February 9, 2020. Coronavirus. “A study published Friday in JAMA found that 41% of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital.….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-4-coronavirus-so-like-sars-and-mers-other-coronaviruses-before-it-the-wuhan-coronavirus-is-spreading-in-hospitals/

PART 5. February 12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “In short, shoe-leather public health and basic medical care—not miracle drugs—are generally what stop outbreaks of emerging infections..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-5-coronavirus-in-short-shoe-leather-public-health-and-basic-medical-care-not-miracle-drugs-are-generally-what-stop-outbreaks-of-emerging-infections/

POST 6. February 18, 2020.  Coronovirus. “Amid assurances that the (ocean liner) Westerdam was disease free, hundreds of people disembarked in Cambodia…” “ One was later found to be infected”…. “Over 1,000… passengers were in…transit home”…. “This could be a turning point””

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/post-6-coronovirus-amid-assurances-that-the-ocean-liner-westerdam-was-disease-free-hundreds-of-people-disembarked-in-cambodia-one-was-later-found-to-be-infect/

PART 7. February 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. With SARS preparedness underway in NJ LibertyHealth/ Jersey City Medical Center, where I was President, proposed that our 100 bed community hospital with all single-bedded rooms, be immediately transformed into an EMERGENCY SARS ISOLATION Hospital.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-7-coronavirus-with-sars-preparedness-underway-in-nj-libertyhealth-jersey-city-medical-center-where-i-was-president-proposed-that-our-100-bed-community-hospital-with-all-single-bedded-rooms/

PART 8. February 24, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…every country’s top priority should be to protect its health care workers. This is partly to ensure that hospitals themselves do not become sites where the coronavirus is spread more than it is contained.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-8-coronavirus-every-countrys-top-priority-should-be-to-protect-its-health-care-workers-this-is-partly-to-ensure-that-hospitals-themselves-do-not-become-sites-where-t/

PART 9. February 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Responding to a question about the likelihood of a U.S. outbreak, President Trump said, “I don’t think it’s inevitable…”It probably will. It possibly will,” he continued. “It could be at a very small level, or it could be at a larger level.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/02/part-9-coronavirus-responding-to-a-question-about-the-likelihood-of-a-u-s-outbreak-president-trump-said-i-dont-think-its-inevitableit-probably-will-it-possibly-will-he-contin/

Part 10. March 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Stop Surprise Medical Bills for Coronavirus care. (&) Lessons Learned (or not) In California and Washington State from community acquired cases.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-10-coronavirus-stop-surprise-medical-bills-for-coronavirus-care-lessons-learned-or-not-in-california-and-washington-state-from-community-acquired-cases/

PART 11. March 5, 2020.  CORONAVIRUS. “Gov. Andrew Cuomo… would require employers to pay workers and protect their jobs if they are quarantined because of the coronavirus.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-11-coronavirus-gov-andrew-cuomo-would-require-employers-to-pay-workers-and-protect-their-jobs-if-they-are-quarantined-because-of-the-coronavirus/

Part 12. March 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Tom Bossert, Donald Trump’s former homeland security advisor…(said) that due to the coronavirus outbreak, “We are 10 days from the hospitals getting creamed.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-12-coronavirus-tom-bossert-donald-trumps-former-homeland-security-advisorsaid-that-due-to-the-coronavirus-outbreak-we-are-10-days-from-the-hospitals-gett/

Part 13.. March 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “If I’m buying real estate in New York, I’ll listen to the President….If I’m asking about infectious diseases, I’m going to listen to Tony Fauci,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-13-coronavirus-march-14-2020-if-im-buying-real-estate-in-new-york-ill-listen-to-the-president-if-im-asking-about-infectious-diseases-im-going-to-listen-to-tony-fauci

PART 14. March 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “ “Most physicians have never seen this level of angst and anxiety in their careers”…. One said “I am sort of a pariah in my family.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-14-coronavirus-march-17-2020-most-physicians-have-never-seen-this-level-of-angst-and-anxiety-in-their-careers-one-said-i-am-sort-of-a-pariah-in/

PART 15. March 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Crimson Contagion” and imagining an influenza pandemic, was simulated by the Trump administration….in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-15-coronavirus-march-22-2020-crimson-contagion-and-imagining-an-influenza-pandemic-was-simulated-by-the-trump-administration-in-a-series-of-exercises-that-2/

PART 16. March 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. I am not a clinician or a medical ethicist but articles on Coronavirus patient triage started me Googling………to learn about FUTILE TREATMENT

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/03/part-16-march-27-2020-coronavirus-i-am-not-a-clinician-or-a-medical-ethicist-but-articles-on-coronavirus-patient-triage-started-me-googlingto-learn-about-futile-treatme/

PART 17. April 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Florida allows churches to continue holding services. Gun stores deemed “essential.”  “New York’s private and public hospitals unite to manage patient load and share resources.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-17-april-2-2020-coronavirus-florida-allows-churches-to-continue-holding-services-gun-stores-deemed-essential-new-yorks-private-and-public-hospitals-unite-to-ma/

PART 18. April 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The federal government’s emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) is depleted, and states will not be receiving any more shipments, administration staff told a House panel.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-18-april-9-2020-coronavirus-the-federal-governments-emergency-stockpile-of-personal-protective-equipment-ppe-is-depleted-and-states-will-not-be-receiving-any-more-shipments/

PART 19. April 13, 2020 CORONOAVIRUS. “…overlooked in the United States’ halting mobilization against the novel coronavirus: the personal aides, hospice attendants, nurses and occupational or physical therapists who deliver medical or support services to patients in their homes.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-19-april-14-2020-coronoavirus-overlooked-in-the-mobilization-against-coronavirus-the-personal-aides-hospice-attendants-nurses-and-occupational-or-physical-therapists-wh/

PART 20. April 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…nothing is mentioned in the “Opening Up America Again” plan about how states should handle a resurgence.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-20-april-20-2020-coronavirus-nothing-is-mentioned-in-the-opening-up-america-again-plan-about-how-states-should-handle-a-resurgence-2/

PART 21. April 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “We need to ask, are we using ventilators in a way that makes sense for other diseases but not this one?”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/part-21-april-23-2020-coronavirus-we-need-to-ask-are-we-using-ventilators-in-a-way-that-makes-sense-for-other-diseases-but-not-for-this-one-2/

POST 22. April 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ..the “ACS released a list of 10 issues that should be addressed before a healthcare organization resumes elective surgeries[JM1] ….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/04/post-22-april-29-2020-coronavirus-the-acs-released-a-list-of-10-issues-that-should-be-addressed-before-a-healthcare-organization-resumes-elective-surgeries/

POST 23. May 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. … what Dr. Fauci really wants,…”is just to go to a baseball game. That will have to wait. The level of testing for the virus is not adequate enough to allow for such mass gatherings.’ (K)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-23-may-3-2020-coronavirus-what-dr-fauci-really-wantsis-just-to-go-to-a-baseball-game-that-will-have-to-wait-the-level-of-testing-for-the-virus-is-not-adequate/

POST 24. May 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie said: “there are going to be deaths no matter what”… but that people needed to get back to work.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-24-may-7-2020-coronavirus-former-new-jersey-governor-chris-christie-said-there-are-going-to-be-deaths-no-matter-what-but-that-people-needed-to-get-back-to-work/

POST 25. May 10, 2020, CORONAVIRUS. “It is scary to go to work,” said Kevin Hassett, a top economic adviser to the president. “I think that I’d be a lot safer if I was sitting at home than I would be going to the West Wing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-25-may-10-2020-coronavirus-it-is-scary-to-go-to-work-said-kevin-hassett-a-top-economic-adviser-to-the-president-i-think-that-id-be-a-lot-safer-if-i-was/

POST 26. May 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS, “Deep cleaning is not a scientific concept”….”there is no universal protocol for a “deep clean” to eradicate the coronavirus”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-26-may-14-2020-coronavirus-deep-cleaning-is-not-a-scientific-concept-there-is-no-universal-protocol-for-a-deep-clean-to-eradicate-the-cor-2/

POST 27. May 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Hospital…executives…are taking pay cuts…to help offset the financial fallout from COVID-19.” As “front line” layoffs and furloughs accelerate…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-27-may-19-2020-coronavirus-hospitalexecutivesare-taking-pay-cutsto-help-offset-the-financial-fallout-from-covid-19-as-front-line/

POST 28. May 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ““You’ve got to be kidding me,”..”How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.” CDC conflates viral and antibody tests numbers.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/post-28-may-23-2020-coronavirus-youve-got-to-be-kidding-me-how-could-the-cdc-make-that-mistake-this-is-a-mess-cdc-conflates-viral-and-anti/

PART 29. May 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The economy did not close down. It closed down for people who, frankly, had the luxury of staying home,” (Governor Cuomo). But not so for frontline workers!

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/05/part-29-may-22-2020-coronavirus-the-economy-did-not-close-down-it-closed-down-for-people-who-frankly-had-the-luxury-of-staying-home-but-not-so-for-frontline-workers/

POST 30. June 3,202. CORONAVIRUS. “The wave of mass protests across the United States will almost certainly set off new chains of infection for the novel coronavirus, experts say….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-30-june-3202-coronavirus-the-wave-of-mass-protests-across-the-united-states-will-almost-certainly-set-off-new-chains-of-infection-for-the-novel-coronavirus-experts-say/

POST 31. June 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “I think we had an unintended consequence: I think we made people afraid to come back to the hospital,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-31-june-9-2020-coronavirus-i-think-we-had-an-unintended-consequence-i-think-we-made-people-afraid-to-come-back-to-the-hospital/

Post 32. June 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Could the Trump administration be pursuing herd immunity by “inaction”?  “ If Fauci didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-32-june-16-2020-coronavirus-could-the-trump-administration-be-pursuing-herd-immunity-by-inaction-if-fauci-didnt-exist-wed-have-to-invent-him/

POST 33. June 21, 2002. CORONAVIRUS….. Smashing (lowering the daily number of cases) v. flattening the curve (maintaining a plateau)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-33-june-23-2002-coronavirus-smashing-lowering-the-daily-number-of-cases-v-flattening-the-curve-maintaining-a-plateau/

POST 34. June 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Director Redfield… “the number of coronavirus infections…could be 10 times higher than the confirmed case count — a total of more than 20 million.” As Florida, Texas and Arizona become eipicenters!

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-34-june-26-2020-coronavirus-cdc-director-redfield-the-number-of-coronavirus-infectionscould-be-10-times-higher-than-the-confirmed-case-count-a-total-of-mo/

POST 35. June 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pence: “We slowed the spread. We flattened the curve. We saved lives..”  While Dr. Fauci “warned that outbreaks in the South and West could engulf the country…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/06/post-35-june-29-2020-coronavirus-pence-we-slowed-the-spread-we-flattened-the-curve-we-saved-lives-while-dr-fauci-warned-that-outbreaks-in-the-south-and-west-could-engulf-the-co/

POST 36. July 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “There’s just a handful of interventions proven to curb the spread of the coronavirus. One of them is contact tracing, and “it’s not going well,” (Dr. Anthony Fauci)..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-36-july-2-2020-coronavirus-theres-just-a-handful-of-interventions-proven-to-curb-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus-one-of-them-is-contact-tracing-and-its-not/

POST 37. June 8, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. When “crews arrive at a hospital with a patient suspected of having COVID-19, the hospital may have a physical bed open for them, but not enough nurses or doctors to staff it.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-37-june-8-2020-coronavirus-when-crews-arrive-at-a-hospital-with-a-patient-suspected-of-having-covid-19-the-hospital-may-have-a-physical-bed-open-for-them-but-not-enough-nurses-or-d/

POST 38. July 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Some Lessons Learned, or not. AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw: I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Disney as a healthcare CEO — based on the fact that they’re working extremely hard to keep people safe,” (M)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-38-july-15-2020-coronavirus-some-lessons-learned-or-not-adventhealth-ceo-terry-shaw-i-wouldnt-hesitate-to-go-to-disney-as-a-healthcare-ceo-based-on-the-fact-that-theyre-worki/

POST 39. July, 23,2020. CORONAVIRUS. A Tale of Two Cities. Seattle becomes New York (rolls back reopening) while New York becomes Seattle (moves to partial phase 4 reopening)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-39-july-232020-coronavirus-a-tale-of-two-cities-seattle-becomes-new-york-rolls-back-reopening-while-new-york-becomes-seattle-moves-to-partial-phase-4-reopening/

POST 40. July 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.” One canon of medical practice is that you order a test only if you can act on the result. And with a turnaround time of a week or two, you cannot. What we have now is often not testing — it’s testing theater.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/07/post-40-july-27-2020-coronavirus-one-canon-of-medical-practice-is-that-you-order-a-test-only-if-you-can-act-on-the-result-and-with-a-turnaround-time-of-a-week-or-two-you-cannot-what-we/

POST 41. August 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Whenever a vaccine for the coronavirus becomes available, one thing is virtually certain: There won’t be enough to go around. That means there will be rationing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-41-august-2-2020-coronavirus-whenever-a-vaccine-for-the-coronavirus-becomes-available-one-thing-is-virtually-certain-there-wont-be-enough-to-go-around-that-means-there-wi-2/

POST 42. August 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “I think that if future historians look back on this period, what they will see is a tragedy of denial….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-42-coronavirus-august-11-2020-i-think-that-if-future-historians-look-back-on-this-period-what-they-will-see-is-a-tragedy-of-denial/

POST 43. August 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.”  “we’ve achieved something great as a nation. We’ve created an unyielding market for FAUCI BOBBLEHEADS”!! (W)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-43-august-22-2020-coronavirus-weve-achieved-something-great-as-a-nation-weve-created-an-unyielding-market-for-fauci-bobbleheads-w/

POST 44.  September 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The CDC…modified its coronavirus testing guidelines…to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19.” (While Dr. Fauci was undergoing surgery.) A White House official said: “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/08/post-44-september-1-2020-coronavirus-the-cdcmodified-its-coronavirus-testing-guidelinesto-exclude-people-who-do-not-have-symptoms-of-covid-19-while-dr-fauci-2/

POST 45. September 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  Trump on Fauci. ‘You inherit a lot of people, and you have some you love, some you don’t. I like him. I don’t agree with him that often but I like him.’

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-45-september-9-2020-coronavirus-trump-on-fauci-you-inherit-a-lot-of-people-and-you-have-some-you-love-some-you-dont-i-like-him-i-dont-agree-with-him-that-often-but-i-like-him-2/

POST 46.  September 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Bill Gates used to think of the US Food and Drug Administration as the world’s premier public-health authority. Not anymore. And he doesn’t trust the Centers for Disease Control and Protection either….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-46-september-17-2020-coronavirus-bill-gates-used-to-think-of-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-as-the-worlds-premier-public-health-authority-not-anymore-and-he-doesn-2/

POST 47. September 24, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers University…called New York City’s 35 percent rate for eliciting contacts “very bad.” “For each person, you should be in touch with 75 percent of their contacts within a day,” he said”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-47-september-24-2020-coronavirus-perry-n-halkitis-dean-of-the-school-of-public-health-at-rutgers-universitycalled-new-york-citys-35-percent-rate-for-eliciting-con/

POST 48. October 1, 2020.   “…you can actually control the outbreak if you do the nonpharmaceutical interventions (social distancing and masks). In the United States we haven’t done them. We haven’t adhered to them; we’ve played with them.” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/09/post-48-october-1-2020-you-can-actually-control-the-outbreak-if-you-do-the-nonpharmaceutical-interventions-social-distancing-and-masks-in-the-united-states-we-havent-done-t-2/

POST 49. October 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. RAPID RESPONSE. “The possibility that the president and his White House entourage were traveling superspreaders is a nightmare scenario for officials in Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-49-october-4-2020-coronavirus-rapid-response-the-possibility-that-the-president-and-his-white-house-entourage-were-traveling-superspreaders-is-a-nightmare-scenario-for-officials-in/

POST 50. October 6, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Monday October 5th will go down as one of the most fraught chapters in the history of American public Health (and national security).

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-50-october-6-2020-coronavirus-monday-october-5th-will-go-down-as-one-of-the-most-fraught-chapters-in-the-history-of-american-public-health-and-national-security/

POST 51. October 12, 2020. Rather than a hodge-podge of Emergency Use Authorizations, off-label “experimentation”, right-to-try arguments, and “politicized” compassionate use approvals maybe we need to designate REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS (REVRCs).

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-51-october-14-2020-rather-than-a-hodge-podge-of-emergency-use-authorizations-off-label-experimentation-right-to-try-arguments-and-politicized-compassiona/

POST 52. October 18, 2020.  ZIKA/ EBOLA/ CANDIDA AURIS/ SEVERE FLU/ Tracking. “… if there was a severe flu pandemic, more than 33 million people could be killed across the world in 250 days… Boy, do we not have our act together.” —”- Bill Gates. July 1, 2018

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-52-october-18-2020-zika-ebola-candida-auris-severe-flu-tracking-if-there-was-a-severe-flu-pandemic-more-than-33-million-people-could-be-killed-across-the-world-in-250/

POST 53. October 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “a…“herd-immunity strategy” is a contradiction in terms, in that herd immunity is the absence of a strategy.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-53-october-20-2020-coronavirus-aherd-immunity-strategy-is-a-contradiction-in-terms-in-that-herd-immunity-is-the-absence-of-a-strategy/

POST 54. October 22, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. POST 54A. New Jersey’s Coronavirus response, led by Governor Murphy and Commissioner of Health Persichilli started with accelerated A+ traditional, evidence-based Public Health practices, developed over years of experience with seasonal flu, swine flu, Zika, and Ebola.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-54a-october-23-2020-coronavirus-new-jerseys-coronavirus-response-led-by-governor-murphy-and-commissioner-of-health-persichilli-started-with-accelerated-a-traditional-evidence-base/

POST 55. October 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. The Testing Conundrum: “ It’s thus very possible to be antigen negative but P.C.R. positive, while still harboring the virus in the body..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-55-october-26-2020-coronavirus-the-testing-conundrum-its-thus-very-possible-to-be-antigen-negative-but-p-c-r-positive-while-still-harboring-the-virus-in-the-body/

Post 56. October 30, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/10/post-56-october-30-2020-coronavirus-trumps-now-back-in-charge-its-not-the-doctors/

POST 57. November 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Deborah Birx: the US is entering its “most deadly phase” yet, one that requires “much more aggressive action,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-57-november-3-2020-coronavirus-dr-deborah-birx-the-us-is-entering-its-most-deadly-phase-yet-one-that-requires-much-more-aggressive-action/

POST 58. November 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…the president has largely shuttered the White House Coronavirus Task Force and doubled down on anti-science language…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-58-november-4-2020-coronavirus-the-president-has-largely-shuttered-the-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-and-doubled-down-on-anti-science-language/

POST 59. November 5, 2020. Coronavirus. “The United States on Wednesday recorded over 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-59-november-5-2020-coronavirus-the-united-states-on-wednesday-recorded-over-100000-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-single-day-for-the-first-time-since-the-pandemic-began/

POST 60. November 7, 2020. “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus….” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-60-november-7-2020-white-house-chief-of-staff-mark-meadows-has-tested-positive-for-the-coronavirus-a/

POST 61. November 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Joe Biden’s top priority entering the White House is fighting both the immediate coronavirus crisis and its complex long-term aftermath…” “Here are the key ways he plans to get US coronavirus cases under control.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-61-november-7-2020-coronavirus-joe-bidens-top-priority-entering-the-white-house-is-fighting-both-the-immediate-coronavirus-crisis-and-its-complex-long-term-aftermath/

POST 62. November 8, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States reported its 10 millionth coronavirus case on Sunday, with the latest million added in just 10 days,…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-62-november-8-2020-coronavirus-the-united-states-reported-its-10-millionth-coronavirus-case-on-sunday-with-the-latest-million-added-in-just-10-days/

POST 63. November 9, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has opened a center to help patients recovering from COVID-19 and to study the long-term impact of the disease….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-63-november-9-2020-coronavirus-new-york-city-based-mount-sinai-health-system-has-opened-a-center-to-help-patients-recovering-from-covid-19-and-to-study-the-long-term-impact-of-the-di/

POST 64. November 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “It works! Scientists have greeted with cautious optimism a press release declaring positive interim results from a coronavirus vaccine phase III trial — the first to report on the final round of human testing.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-64-november-10-2020-coronavirus-it-works-scientists-have-greeted-with-cautious-optimism-a-press-release-declaring-positive-interim-results-from-a-coronavirus-vaccine-phase-iii-trial/

POST 65. November 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a stronger stance in favor of masks on Tuesday, emphasizing that they protect the people wearing them, rather than just those around them…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-65-november-11-2020-coronavirus-the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-took-a-stronger-stance-in-favor-of-masks-on-tuesday-emphasizing-that-they-protect-the-people-wearing-t/

POST 66. November.12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.”… as the country enters what may be the most intense stage of the pandemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely disengaged.”… “President-elect Biden has formed a special transition team dedicated to coordinating the coronavirus response across the government…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-66-novembetr12-2020-coronavirus-as-the-country-enters-what-may-be-the-most-intense-stage-of-the-pandemic-yet-the-trump-administration-remains-largely-disengaged/

POST 67. November 13, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “When all other options are exhausted, the CDC website says, workers who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 (and “who are well enough to work”) can care for patients who are not severely immunocompromised — first for those who are also confirmed to have COVID-19, then those with suspected cases.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-67-november-13-2020-coronavirus-when-all-other-options-are-exhausted-the-cdc-website-says-workers-who-are-suspected-or-confirmed-to-have-covid-19-and-who-are-well-enough/

POST 68. November 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. The CDC “now is hewing more closely to scientific evidence, often contradicting the positions of the Trump administration.”..” “A passenger aboard the first cruise ship to set sail in the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic has tested positive for coronavirus..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-68-november-14-2020-coronavirus-the-cdc-now-is-hewing-more-closely-to-scientific-evidence-often-contradicting-the-positions-of-the-trump-administration/

POST 69. November 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will issue a new executive order outlining steps hospitals will need to take to ready themselves for a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and directing the hospitals to finalize plans for converting beds into ICU beds, adding staffing and scaling back on or eliminating elective procedures….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-69-november-15-2020-coronavirus-colorado-gov-jared-polis-will-issue-a-new-executive-order-outlining-steps-hospitals-will-need-to-take-to-ready-themselves-for-a-surge-in-covid-19-hos/

POST 70. November 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Atlas criticized Michigan’s new Covid-19 restrictions..urging people to “rise up” against the new public health measures.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-70-november-16-2020-coronavirus-white-house-coronavirus-task-force-member-dr-atlas-criticized-michigans-new-covid-19-restrictions-urging-people-to-rise-up-against-the-new-pub/

POST 71. November 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. ”Hospitals overrun as U.S. reports 1 million new coronavirus cases in a week.” “But in Florida, where the number of coronavirus infections remains the third-highest in the nation, bars and schools remain open and restaurants continue to operate at full capacity.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-71-november-17-2020-coronavirus-hospitals-overrun-as-u-s-reports-1-million-new-coronavirus-cases-in-a-week-but-in-florida-where-the-number-of-coronavirus-infecti/

POST 72. November 18, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The Health and Human Services Department will not work with President-elect Joe Biden’s (PANDEMIC) team until the General Services Administration makes a determination that he won the election,….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-72-november-18-2020-coronavirus-the-health-and-human-services-department-will-not-work-with-president-elect-joe-bidens-pandemic-team-until-the-general-services-administration-mak/

POST 73. November 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…officials at the CDC…urged Americans to avoid travel for Thanksgiving and to celebrate only with members of their immediate households…” When will I trust a vaccine? to the last question I always answer: When I see Tony Fauci take one….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-73-november-19-2020-coronavirus-officials-at-the-cdcurged-americans-to-avoid-travel-for-thanksgiving-and-to-celebrate-only-with-members-of-their-immediate-household-2/

POST 74. November 20, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pfizer…submitted to the FDA for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine candidate. —FDA issued an EUA for the drug baricitinib, in combination with remdesivir, as WHO says remdesivir doesn’t do much of anything.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-74-november-20-2020-coronavirus-pfizersubmitted-to-the-fda-for-emergency-use-authorization-for-their-coronavirus-vaccine-candidate-fda-issued-an-eua-for-the-drug-baricitinib-in/

POST 75. November 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest non-profit health systems says he won’t be wearing a mask at work because he’s recovered from COVID-19, and doing so would only be a “symbolic gesture” because he considers himself immune from the virus….

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-75-november-21-2020-coronavirus-the-president-and-ceo-of-one-of-the-nations-largest-non-profit-health-systems-says-he-wont-be-wearing-a-mask-at-work-because-hes-recovered-from-2/

POST 76. November 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” Ventilators..”just keep people alive while the people caring for them can figure out what’s wrong and fix the problem. And at the moment, we just don’t have enough of those people.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-76-november-23-2020-coronavirus-no-battle-plan-survives-contact-with-the-enemy-ventilators-just-keep-people-alive-while-the-people-caring-for-them-can-figure-out/

POST 77. November 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Pope Francis: “When I got really sick at the age of 21, I had my first experience of limit, of pain and loneliness.”.. “….Aug. 13, 1957. I got taken to a hospital…”….” I remember especially two nurses from this time.”…” They fought for me to the end, until my eventual recovery.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-77-november-26-2020-coronavirus-pope-francis-when-i-got-really-sick-at-the-age-of-21-i-had-my-first-experience-of-limit-of-pain-and-loneliness-aug/

POST 78. November 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Kelby Krabbenhoft is no longer president and CEO of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health.” “…for not wearing a face covering… “ because “He considered himself immune from the virus.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-78-november-27-2020-coronavirus-kelby-krabbenhoft-is-no-longer-president-and-ceo-of-sioux-falls-s-d-based-sanford-health-for-not-wearing-a-face-covering/

POST 79. November 28, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Mayo Clinic. “”Our surge plan expands into the garage…”..””Not where I’d want to put my grandfather or my grandmother,” … though it “may have to happen.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-79-november-28-2020-coronavirus-mayo-clinic-our-surge-plan-expands-into-the-garage-not-where-id-want-to-put-my-grandfather-or-my-grandmother/

POST 80. November 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Op-Ed in the Jersey Journal. Do you know which hospital is right for you if you have coronavirus? | Opinion

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/11/post-80-november-29-2020-coronavirus-oped-in-the-jersey-journal-do-you-know-which-hospital-is-right-for-you-if-you-have-coronavirus-opinion/

POST 81. December 1, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Atlas, … who espoused controversial theories and rankled government scientists while advising President Trump on the coronavirus pandemic, resigned…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-81-december-1-2020-coronavirus-dr-atllas-who-espoused-controversial-theories-and-rankled-government-scientists-while-advising-president-trump-on-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

POST 82. December 3, 2020. CORONAVIRIUS. The NBA jumped to the front of the line for Coronavirus testing….while front line nurses often are still waiting. Who will similarly “hijack” the vaccine?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-82-december-3-2020-coronavirius-the-nba-jumped-to-the-front-of-the-line-for-coronavirus-testing-while-front-line-nurses-often-are-still-waiting-who-will-similarly-hijack-2/

POST 83. December 4, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will impose a new, regional stay-at-home order for areas where capacity at intensive care units falls below 15%.”… East Tennessee –“This is the first time the health care capability benchmark has been in the red..”

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POST 84. December 6, 2020. CPRONAVIRUS. “ More than 100,000 Americans are in the hospital with COVID-19…” “We’re seeing C.D.C. …awaken from (its) politics-induced coma…”…Dr. Fauci “to be a chief medical adviser in Biden’s incoming administration..”.. “Trump administration leaves states to grapple with how to distribute scarce vaccines..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-84-december-6-2020-cpronavirus-more-than-100000-americans-are-in-the-hospital-with-covid-19-were-seeing-c-d-c-awaken-from-its-politi/

POST 85. December 7, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Florida, Gov. DeSantis’ administration engaged in a pattern of spin and concealment that misled the public on the gravest health threat the state has ever faced..”.. “NY Gov. Cuomo said…the state will implement a barrage of new emergency actions..”… Rhode Island and Massachusetts open field hospitals… “Biden Names Health Team to Fight Pandemic”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-85-december-7-2020-coronavirus-florida-gov-desantis-administration-engaged-in-a-pattern-of-spin-and-concealment-that-misled-the-public-on-the-gravest-health-threat-the-s/

POST 86. December 9, 2020. If this analysis seems a bit incomprehensible it is because “free Coronavirus test” is often an oxymoron! with charges ranging from as little as $23 to as much as $2,315… Laws (like for free Coronavirus tests) are Like Sausages. Better Not to See Them Being Made. (Please allow about 20 seconds for the text to download. Thanx!)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-86-december-9-2020-if-this-analysis-seems-a-bit-incomprehensible-it-is-because-free-coronavirus-test-is-often-an-oxymoron-with-charges-ranging-from-as-little-as-23-to-as-mu/

POST 87. December 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…Rudolph W. Giuliani, the latest member of President Trump’s inner circle to contract Covid-19, has acknowledged that he received at least two of the same drugs the president received. He even conceded that his “celebrity” status had given him access to care that others did not have.”

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POST 88. December 11, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “As COVID-19 cases surge, the federal government is releasing data about hospital capacity at facilities around the country….”The new data paints the picture of how a specific hospital is experiencing the pandemic,”…

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PART 89. December 12, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. THE VACCINE!!! “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/part-89-december-12-2020-coronavirus-the-vaccine-now-this-is-not-the-end-it-is-not-even-the-beginning-of-the-end-but-it-is-perhaps-the-end-of-the-beginning-winston-church/

POST 90. December 14, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “…the first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine have been given to the American public..”…” Each person who receives a vaccine needs two doses, and it’s up to states to allocate their share of vaccines.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-90-december-14-2020-coronavirus-the-first-doses-of-a-covid-19-vaccine-have-been-given-to-the-american-public-each-person-who-receives-a-vaccine/

POST 91. December 15, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “UPMC will first give (vaccination) priority to those in critical jobs. That includes a range of people working in critical units, from workers cleaning the emergency room and registering patients to doctors and nurses.. “Finally, if needed, UPMC will use a lottery to select who will be scheduled first.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-91-december-15-2020-coronavirus-upmc-will-first-give-vaccination-priority-to-those-in-critical-jobs-that-includes-a-range-of-people-working-in-critical-units-from-workers-cleanin/

POST 92. December 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “..each state — and each hospital system — has come up with its own (vaccination) plan and priorities. The result has been a sometimes confusing constellation of rules and groupings that has left health care workers wondering where they stand.” (Trump appointee July 4th email “…we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,”)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-92-december-17-2020-coronavirus-each-state-and-each-hospital-system-has-come-up-with-its-own-vaccination-plan-and-priorities-the-result-has-been-a-sometimes/

POST 93. December 19, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  On NPR Congresswoman Shalala (D-Florida) said she wouldn’t jump the vaccination line in Miami; then added she would get vaccinated in Washington this week. This, even though Congress has failed to pass “essential” Coronavirus legislation. So who are our “essential” workers?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-93-december-19-2020-coronavirus-on-npr-congresswoman-shalala-d-florida-said-she-wouldnt-jump-the-vaccination-line-in-miami-then-added-she-would-get-vaccinated-in-washington-this/

POST 94. December 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “A doctor at an L.A. County public hospital said the number of COVID-19 patients is “increasing exponentially, without an end in sight.”.. “I haven’t done ICU medicine since I was a resident — you don’t want me adjusting your ventilator,” he said. “That’s the challenge, actually — it isn’t so much space, it’s staff…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-94-december-21-2020-coronavirus-a-doctor-at-an-l-a-county-public-hospital-said-the-number-of-covid-19-patients-is-increasing-exponentially-without-an-end-in-sight/

POST 95. December 23, 2020. “The Murphy administration may step in to force (New Jersey) hospitals to report COVID-19 outbreaks among staff.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-95-december-23-2020-the-murphy-administration-may-step-in-to-force-new-jersey-hospitals-to-report-covid-19-outbreaks-among-staff/

POST 96. December 26, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Achieving herd immunity against the coronavirus could require as much as 90 percent of the population to be vaccinated, Anthony Fauci…”…”..he hesitated to state a number as high as 90% weeks ago because many Americans still seemed skeptical about vaccine….”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-96-december-26-2020-coronavirus-achieving-herd-immunity-against-the-coronavirus-could-require-as-much-as-90-percent-of-the-population-to-be-vaccinated-anthony-fauci/

POST 97. December 27, 2020. “A new variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading through the UK and other countries has not yet been detected in the United States..”.. . But if new-wave medicines like antivirals and antibody therapy contributed to the development of viral variants, it will be “a reminder for all the medical community that we need to use these treatment options carefully.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-97-december-27-2020-a-new-variant-of-the-coronavirus-that-has-been-spreading-through-the-uk-and-other-countries-has-not-yet-been-detected-in-the-united-states-but-if-ne/

POST 98. December 28, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new penalties in order to rein in possible vaccination fraud…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-98-december-28-2020-coronavirus-governor-andrew-cuomo-announced-new-penalties-in-order-to-rein-in-possible-vaccination-fraud/

POST 99. December 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “ICUs are being overwhelmed across many parts of California. Statewide aggregate ICU availability has been at 0% since Christmas Eve…. a surge on top of a surge on top of a surge.”… “hospitals are getting close to the point where they would begin putting COVID-positive patients under the care of COVID-positive staff who are asymptomatic.”

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POST 100. December 29, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. Front line hospital workers – in the ER, ICUs, EMS, acute medical care, behavioral health – are amongst the most courageous, heroic and dedicated colleagues you will ever meet.

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POST 101. December 30, 2020.CORONAVIRUS. Is there a point where the increasing Coronavirus trajectory so far exceeds the slow growth of the vaccination rate that reaching herd immunity through vaccinations becomes less likely?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2020/12/post-101-december-30-2020-coronavirus-is-there-a-point-where-the-increasing-coronavirus-trajectory-so-far-exceeds-the-slow-growth-of-the-vaccination-rate-that-reaching-herd-immunity-through-vaccin/

POST 102. January 2, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “We’ve taken the people with the least amount of resources and capacity and asked them to do the hardest part of the vaccination — which is actually getting the vaccines administered into people’s arms,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health. “Ultimately, the buck seems to stop with no one,”…

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POST 103. January 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Fauci said “that the United States would not follow Britain’s lead in front-loading first vaccine injections, potentially delaying the administration of second doses…Dr. Moore – ”British officials “seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just trying to guess their way out of a mess.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-103-january-4-2021-coronavirus-dr-fauci-said-that-the-united-states-would-not-follow-britains-lead-in-front-loading-first-vaccine-injections-potentially-delaying-the-admin/

POST 104. January 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Paramedics in Southern California are being told to conserve oxygen and not to bring patients to the hospital who have little chance of survival…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-104-january-6-2021-coronavirus-paramedics-in-southern-california-are-being-told-to-conserve-oxygen-and-not-to-bring-patients-to-the-hospital-who-have-little-chance-of-survival/

POST 105. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. POST 105. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Facing a shortage of vaccinators, the Association of Immunization Managers… recommends relaxing regulation or adjusting licensing requirements. At least two states, Massachusetts and New York, have changed their laws in recent weeks to expand those who are eligible to give shots.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-105-january-8-2021-coronavirus-being-able-to-staff-vaccination-clinics-with-volunteers-from-our-reserve-workforce-means-that-staff-at-the-vaccination-sites-can-continue-to-perform-th/

POST 106. January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The riots at the Capitol could have been a superspreader event. “From what I saw… you had a large congregation of individuals who were in close contact for an extended period of time and almost universally unmasked…. many coming and going on buses as well, also unmasked, and hanging out in hotel lobbies.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-106-january-9-2021-coronavirus-the-riots-at-the-capitol-could-have-been-a-superspreader-event-from-what-i-saw-you-had-a-large-congregation-of-individuals-who-were-in-close/

POST 107. January 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Our job is to make sure the vaccine isn’t politicized the way masks were politicized,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said after getting her vaccine.   South Carolina Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, a Republican, wrote that “Congress shouldn’t be putting themselves first in line for the COVID-19 vaccination when the average American can’t get it.”

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POST 108. January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. (vaccination)”Line-cutters will be named and shamed. It’s inevitable, as will be the congressional hearings and front-page investigative stories ferreting out who saved their own skin at the expense of others.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-108-january-9-2021-coronavirus-vaccinationline-cutters-will-be-named-and-shamed-its-inevitable-as-will-be-the-congressional-hearings-and-front-page-investigative-stories/

POST 109.January 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “President-elect Joe Biden will aim to release nearly every available dose of the coronavirus vaccine when he takes office, a break with the Trump administration’s strategy of holding back half of US vaccine production to ensure second doses are available.

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POST 110. January 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The (federal) government is changing the way it allocates Covid vaccine doses, now basing it on how quickly states can administer shots and the size of their elderly population.”… “New York State sent a letter to hospitals saying if they don’t use their vaccine allocations by the end of this week, they won’t receive any further allocations.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-110-january-13-2021-coronavirus-the-federal-government-is-changing-the-way-it-allocates-covid-vaccine-doses-now-basing-it-on-how-quickly-states-can-administer-shots-and-t/

POST 111. January 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Visitors from Toronto to New York to Buenos Aires have long flocked to Florida for sun, surf and shopping. Now they are coming for the Covid-19 vaccine….

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POST 112. January 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CHINA – “Eleven million people are under lockdown in Hebei province after a new cluster of coronavirus infections.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-112-january-14-2021-coronavirus-china-eleven-million-people-are-under-lockdown-in-hebei-province-after-a-new-cluster-of-coronavirus-infections/

PART 113. January 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The Next President Actually Has a Covid Plan… New York City and other places in the state expect to exhaust their supply of doses as early as next week… Charles Barkley said during the “NBA on TNT” broadcast that pro athletes should get the first round of the vaccine…..

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/part-113-january-17-2021-coronavirus-the-next-president-actually-has-a-covid-plan-new-york-city-and-other-places-in-the-state-expect-to-exhaust-their-supply-of-doses-as-early-as-next-week/

POST 114. January 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “When government programs that have been unattended, underfunded and bogged down by red tape suddenly have to meet a huge demand in a crisis, they can’t cope and people suffer….”

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POST 115. January 21, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. A year ago today an unnumbered POST was headlined “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first U.S. case of a deadly new coronavirus that has killed six people in China.” The CORONAVIRUS CONTENT TRACKING PROJECT started with HISTORIOGRAPHY and over time moved to LESSONS LEARNED, RAPID RESPONSE, and THE VACCINATION PROGRAM. Now 115 POSTS later – the BIDEN CORONAVIRUS PLAN.

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POST 116. January 22, 2021. President Biden – “We’re entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus. We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation.”

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POST 117. January 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. 1.Dr. Fauci:“The idea that you can get up here….”and.. let the science speak”… “It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.” 2.updated CDC guidance:”.. providers could give the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose..” 3.Dr. Fauci: people would be “taking a chance” if they follow the CDC’s updated guidance.

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POST 118. January 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Unfortunately, we’ve let this virus spread extensively and are launching the vaccination campaign at the height of the threat,” Dr. Meyers said. “The more the virus spreads before the vaccine reaches people, the fewer deaths we can prevent with the vaccine.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/01/post-118-january-24-2021-coronavirus-unfortunately-weve-let-this-virus-spread-extensively-and-are-launching-the-vaccination-campaign-at-the-height-of-the-threat-dr-meyers-sa/

POST 119. January 27, 2010. CORONAVIRUS. Amazon is offering its help to President Joe Biden with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, included the help of companies like Starbucks, Costco and Microsoft in a plan to vaccinate 45,000 residents a day.

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POST 120. January 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The fact that four vaccines backed by the federal government seem to be less effective against the (South African) B.1.351 variant has unsettled federal officials and vaccine experts alike. Facing this uncertainty, many researchers said it was imperative to get as many people vaccinated as possible — quickly. Lowering the rate of infection could thwart the contagious variants while they are still rare, and prevent other viruses from gaining new mutations that could cause more trouble.”

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POST 121. January 30, 2021. CORONVIRUS. Will our communities become stratified by which vaccine is distributed? 95%ters v. 72%ters? Will the easier distribution of the J&J vaccine drive its inequitable distribution to” hard-hit, marginalized, and medically underserved communities.” (thanx! to XJ/LA)

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POST 122. February 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr.Fauci endorses double-masking. Dr.Osterholm disagrees!

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POST 123. February 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Nursing homes across the country are facing the same struggle, as workers have been more reluctant than residents to be vaccinated…

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POST 124. February 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Osterholm ” …it may be time to..go with a ‘first-dose only’ approach, so more people over the age of 65 can have at least some protection right away. He said that would require delaying second doses until this summer.” Dr.Fauci “warned against this practice, and cautioned people about “the danger” that could come with focusing only on the first dose.”

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POST 125. June 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “States are rolling back Covid-19 restrictions as new cases trend down from record highs across the country. But experts warn it might be too much too soon as variants pose an increased risk and the pandemic… is far from over.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/02/post-125-june-9-2021-coronavirus-states-are-rolling-back-covid-19-restrictions-as-new-cases-trend-down-from-record-highs-across-the-country-but-experts-warn-it-might-be-too-much-too-soon/

POST 126. February 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “There will be more coronavirus outbreaks in the future. Bats and other mammals are rife with strains and species of this abundant family of viruses. Some of these pathogens will inevitably spill over the species barrier and cause new pandemics. It’s only a matter of time.” (A)

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POST 127. February 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “… Trump only agreed to be hospitalized when aides told him that he could walk to Marine One or he could wait until his case progressed and he would be carried out.”

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POST 128. February 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks…

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POST 129. February 15, 2021, CORONAVIRUS. “ “The CDC released its much-anticipated, updated guidance to help school leaders decide how to safely bring students back into classrooms, or keep them there.”…” For politicians, parents and school leaders looking for a clear green light to reopen schools, this is not it.”

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POST 130. February 16, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “A second person who had contracted the Ebola virus died this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking another outbreak just three months after the nation outlasted the virus’s second-worst outbreak in history…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/02/post-130-february-16-2021-coronavirus-a-second-person-who-had-contracted-the-ebola-virus-died-this-week-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo-marking-another-outbreak-just-three-months-aft/

POST 131. February 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “It really is right now – a race between how quickly new variants, particularly the U.K. variant, can spread in the United States and how quickly we can get people vaccinated”

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POST 132. February 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In Texas, where over 2.5 million people are still without power, the state health department said this week’s vaccine shipments wouldn’t arrive until Wednesday at the earliest.”

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POST 133. February 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Going off your meds is a surefire way to aggravate your doctor. What if a whole country did it?” The United Kingdom has veered into uncharted territory by changing tack and introducing a revised COVID-19 vaccination protocol, one that involves distributing the second dose at 12 weeks, rather than the prescribed 21 days.”

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POST 134. February 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The first tranche of the J&J (single dose) vaccine must go to K-12 teachers, so schools can open safely in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. The federal government…”can set up its own vaccination centers in regions with eligible populations it’s trying to target.” We owe our front-line teachers nothing less!

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POST 135. February 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “As Chief Executive Officers of New York’s major health care systems, we would like to provide facts to clear up confusion in the public and the media regarding decisions to discharge patients to nursing homes during New York’s spring coronavirus surge.”

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POST 136. March 2, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The governors of Texas and Mississippi both announced on Tuesday they would be lifting their states’ mask mandates and rolling back many of their Covid-19 health mandates..”…while “The US could experience a “fourth surge” of coronavirus before the majority of the country is vaccinated.”

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POST 137. March 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The clamor for hard-to-get Covid-19 vaccines has created armies of anxious Americans who have resorted to hunting for leftovers on the fringes of the country’s patchwork vaccination system. They haunt pharmacies at the end of the day in search of an extra, expiring dose. They drive from clinic to clinic hoping that someone was a no-show to their appointment. They cold-call pharmacies like eager telemarketers: Any extras today? Maybe tomorrow? Some pharmacists have even given them a nickname: vaccine lurkers.” (H)

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POST 138. March 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “New cases are decreasing in the third wave because we are past the holidays, not because of vaccinations. It is a common misconception that the decrease we are seeing in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. is due to vaccinations. The two aren’t related; at least yet.”

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POST 139. March 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Issues First Set of Guidelines on How Fully Vaccinated People Can Visit Safely with Others…” In practice, that means fully vaccinated grandparents may visit unvaccinated healthy adult children and healthy grandchildren of the same household without masks or physical distancing.” (C)

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POST 140. March 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In West Virginia, they are bracing for the second wave….. Not coronavirus but opioid overdoses, with one scourge driving a resurgence of the other.

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POST 141. March 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Today is the first anniversary of the WHO declaration that the novel coronavirus was a Public Health Emergency of International Concern… “To truly prepare itself against the next pandemic, the U.S. has to reimagine what preparedness looks like.”

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POST 142. March 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Candida auris is a superbug, a pathogen that can evade drugs made to kill it—and early signs suggest the COVID-19 pandemic may be propelling infections of the highly dangerous yeast. That’s because C. auris is particularly prominent in hospital settings, which have been flooded with people this year due to the coronavirus.”

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POST 143. March 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Trump administration sought to suppress Covid-19 testing in the United States last year by softening guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on who needed to be tested, a House panel said Monday.”

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POST 144. March 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ““The vaccine hesitancy we are seeing isn’t just about Covid vaccines,”… “It is a general reflection of Americans’ lack of trust in science, the pharmaceutical industry, and large health care institutions. We need a full court press on science and vaccine education right now to prevent more aggressive Covid-19 variants from developing and taking hold.”

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POST 145. March 25, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Efforts to disseminate Covid-19 vaccines as widely as possible are hitting an unexpected obstacle: health-care workers who decline the shots.

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POST 146. March 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Osterholm told Becker’s: “This is the perfect storm,”…”Here is Europe locking down and having problems containing B.1.1.7, even with vaccinations and previous infection histories. Here we are opening up as wide as we can. We are literally just walking into the mouth of the virus saying, ‘Don’t worry.’” (M)

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POST 147. April 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The pandemic helped cement the shift to “a philosophy of really focusing on the role of the physician in reasoning through ambiguous and unknown problems as the focus of education, rather than teaching students that the role of physician was to memorize a body of knowledge that was already in existence and good enough for what usually happens.”

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POST 148. April 7, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. While the Biden administration accelerates vaccinations to ward off numerous variants and as more young people are being hospitalized, states, even with increasing case rates are on paths to fully reopen. Politics v. public health!

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POST 149. April 10, 2021. CORONAVIRIUS. “From Michigan to Massachusetts, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again. Deaths will soon follow. “ ”.. the Biden administration is facing renewed calls to delay second vaccine doses and blanket more of the U.S. population with an initial shot.”

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POST 150. April 10, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” is quickly becoming a divisive issue across the US – with several states, including New York, embracing the idea, while others have already moved to ban them.”

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POST 151. April 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.   the J&J vaccination pause. “ Federal officials are concerned that doctors may not be trained to spot or treat the rare disorder if recipients of the vaccine develop symptoms of it…”  “…a standard treatment for blood clots — use of an anticoagulant drug — could be dangerous or even fatal in such cases…”

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POST 152. April 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s director said Saturday authorities are considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines because the country’s domestically made doses “don’t have very high protection rates,”

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POST 153. April 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “At least 35 hospitals across Michigan were listed Thursday as nearing capacity and three were at full capacity for COVID-19 patients..”.. We can manufacture beds. We can open up beds. We can create entire wings of the hospital if we have to, but if we don’t have staff for those beds, we’ve got nothing.”..

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POST 154. April 19, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Breakthrough infections, which occur when fully vaccinated people are infected by the pathogen that their shots were designed to protect against, are an entirely expected part of any vaccination process.”   “Pfizer’s chief executive said that a third dose of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine was “likely” to be needed within a year of the initial two-dose inoculation — followed by annual vaccinations.”

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POST 155. April 24, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. As the J&J vaccine pause is ended Senator Johnson said “The science tells us that vaccines are 95% effective. So if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not? I mean, what is it to you?”

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POST 156. April 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. As CDC revises guidance on outdoor masking, Texas Governor Abbott says “the state is “very close” to herd immunity… despite acknowledging that he does not know what the herd immunity threshold is for the virus, an uncertainty echoed by the public health community.”

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POST 157. April 25, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Ohio hospitals; “We agreed in multiple conversations, there’s nothing in fighting a pandemic that creates a competitive advantage.”…

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POST 158. May 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. . As populations get closer to herd immunity “ it may be helpful to introduce some nuance to what we mean by the term. Nationwide herd immunity. Regional herd immunity. Temporary herd immunity. Endemicity.”

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POST 159. May 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Without deeper sharing of expertise in how to make vaccines…waiving patent obligations is unlikely to be a game-changer… Having access to the “recipe” certainly helps, but understanding how to put it together and produce it at scale is something else.”

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POST 160. May 13, 2021.CORONAVIRUS. “The CDC acknowledged Friday that airborne spread of COVID-19 among people more than 6 feet apart “has been repeatedly documented.”” Meanwhile states relax or eliminate indoor dining restrictions. HUH?

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POST 161. May 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Even if the spread of Covid-19 decreases enough to allow a return of most activities, there are some aspects of pandemic life that epidemiologists say will persist much longer. In particular, they say that masks are a norm that should continue, even if that view puts them at odds with the new C.D.C. guidance. More than 80 percent of them say people should continue to wear masks when indoors with strangers for at least another year, and outdoors in crowds.” 

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POST 162. May 21, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is refusing to lift his indoor mask mandate for vaccinated residents…” “…fully vaccinated residents in New York and Connecticut are no longer required to wear masks..”..” “California says it isn’t ready to follow the federal lead and unmask, at least for another month..”.. “..Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting state governmental entities such as counties, public school districts, public health authorities and government officials from requiring mask wearing.”

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POST 163. May 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey announced a mandate…saying supervisors and those of higher rank must get the vaccine by June 30. They will eventually require the system’s 35,000 employees to do the same.

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POST 164. May 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. On Wednesday, health minister Norihisa Tamura warned Olympic organizers they would have to “secure their own” hospital beds for anyone falling ill at the Games, explaining the government would not release beds set aside for Japanese covid-19 patients.”

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POST 165. May 31,2001. CORONAVIRUS. “Like all pandemics, this one will end either with millions — maybe billions — being infected or being vaccinated. This time, world leaders have a choice, but little time to make that choice before it is made for them.”

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POST 166. June 3, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “President Biden said Wednesday that he has asked intelligence agencies to double down on their efforts to investigate whether the coronavirus originated from human contact with an animal or in an laboratory in China, saying there is not “sufficient information” to assess whether one is more likely than the other.” 

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POST 167. June 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Hospitals prevaricate on mandatory staff vaccinations.  Florida’s Governor forbids cruise ship vaccine mandates. Pfizer and Moderna apply for FDA full approval.

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POST 168. June 10, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Our species has a tendency to get distracted. We have a very strong appetite for distraction, and when something is not in the spotlight, when it’s not a crisis anymore, we tend to forget and move on to something else. So the biggest challenge is going to be maintaining focus on this next step of developing vaccines that anticipate pandemics.”

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POST 169. June 14, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Hospitals in Washington, D.C…announced a consensus agreement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 30,000 workers, 70% of which are already vaccinated. Each of 14 hospitals will set their own deadline…” 

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POST 170. June 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Ashish Jha…is worried about the potential impact  the delta variant could have in the United States… “I’m concerned about the Delta variant,”… “Why? Most contagious variant yet. Wreaked havoc in India. Spiking cases in UK. Growing rapidly in the US.”

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POST 171. June 19, 2021. “A 34-year-old man (a Covid-19 survivor) has been diagnosed with India’s first known case of “green fungus” infection.”… “Green fungus is the new infection to join the earlier known cases of black, white and yellow fungus.”…”green fungus was earlier seen only as a “junior partner” in other infections… In the current patient, this fungus is acting as the aggressor.”

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POST 172. June 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman said: “If you can go into a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office.”…”remote work can “dramatically undermine” the character and culture a company is attempting to build; and “virtually eliminates spontaneous learning and creativity.”

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POST 173. June 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The daily toll of COVID-19, as measured by new cases and the growing number of deaths, overlooks a shadowy set of casualties: the rising risk of mental health problems among health care professionals working on the frontlines of the pandemic.”

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POST 174. July 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “..while the WHO is encouraging people to keep wearing masks even if they’re vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci says it doesn’t look like the CDC currently plans to change its guidelines.” … health officials in Los Angeles recommended that “everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as a precautionary measure.”..”

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POST 175. July 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Can a health care worker who is not against vaccines in general still harbor sincere concerns that scientists don’t yet know about all the side effects of these vaccines? Yes, says Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD — but those people should not work in health care.”

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POST 176. July 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Mercy Springfield ( Missouri) hospital…” ran out of ventilators for its patients over the Fourth of July weekend…”…“Mercy will require all current and future employees to be fully vaccinated.”…“The US government is deploying a Covid-19 surge team to provide public health support in southwest Missouri

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POST 177. July 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. the Delta variant is “the 2020 version of Covid-19 on steroids,”… “It is the most hypertransmissible, contagious version of the virus we’ve seen to date…it’s a superspreader strain if there ever was one .” but… now, there’s a Delta Plus variant…

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POST 178. July 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Tennessee’s top vaccine official says she has been fired as punishment for doing her job in the face of political pushback.”..” More than 180 state and local public health leaders…have resigned, retired or been fired since April 1…”“Former President Trump and his GOP allies have stepped up attacks on Anthony Fauci…”

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POST 179. July 16, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “It, therefore, follows that the “harm principle” (“first, do no harm.”) can be used to justify compulsory vaccination programs in specific instances where the community interests or benefits are deemed to be significant.”

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POST 180, July 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Most people will either get vaccinated, or have been previously infected, or they will get this Delta variant,”.. “And for most people who get this Delta variant, it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital,”

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POST 181. July 22, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Health experts fear the Tokyo Olympics could become a COVID-19 superspreader event.” “Whatever happens in Japan isn’t likely going to stay in Japan since all of the athletes and accompanying coaches and staff will be returning to their home countries.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/07/post-181-july-22-2021-coronavirus-health-experts-fear-the-tokyo-olympics-could-become-a-covid-19-superspreader-event-whatever-happens-in-japan-isnt-likely-goin/

POST 182. July 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R): “Folks supposed to have common sense.”…“But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” ““Beginning in mid-September, New York City will require all of its 340,000 municipal workers, including police, firefighters and teachers, to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly.”

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POST 183. July 29, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. When I was appointed President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center in1989 in the peak of the HIV/ AIDS crisis, we had a dedicated, and always full, dedicated 60 bed AIDS unit, staffed by one full time nurse and numerous part-time and per diem nurses. Today, right now, hospitals caught in the Covid-19 surge, are forced to redeploy nursing staff, respiratory therapists and other clinicians, most without prior infectious diseases experience. Why are we tolerating the unvaccinated putting our hospital staffs at risk?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/07/post-183-july-29-2021-coronavirus-when-i-was-appointed-president-and-ceo-of-jersey-city-medical-center-in1989-in-the-peak-of-the-hiv-aids-crisis-we-had-a-dedicated-and-always-full-dedicated-60/

POST 184. August 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The coronavirus could be “just a few mutations potentially away” from evolving into a variant that can evade existing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said..” (A) “The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox..” (I)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-184-august-1-2021-coronavirus-the-coronavirus-could-be-just-a-few-mutations-potentially-away-from-evolving-into-a-variant-that-can-evade-existing-covid-19-vaccines-cdc-director/

POST 185. August 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. ‘If you aren’t going to help, please get out of the way’: Biden turns up the pressure on GOP governors as Delta spreads”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-185-august-6-2021-coronavirus-if-you-arent-going-to-help-please-get-out-of-the-way-biden-turns-up-the-pressure-on-gop-governors-as-delta-spreads/

POST 186. August 8, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,” she added, referring to patients who have to be put on a ventilator.” (A) “There is no one definition of what the end of a pandemic means.”.. “The question of when the crisis will be over is a layered one — with different answers from local, national and global perspectives.”

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POST 187. August 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the state of Florida requested 300 ventilators from the federal government.”… “An 11-month-old girl with Covid-19 is stable and no longer intubated one day after she was airlifted to a Texas hospital 150 miles away because of a shortage of pediatric beds in the Houston area.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-187-august-11-2021-coronavirus-as-a-result-of-the-increase-in-covid-19-cases-and-hospitalizations-the-state-of-florida-requested-300-ventilators-from-the-federal-government/

POST 188. August 15, 20201. CORONAVIRUS. “According to an internal CDC briefing….an estimated 1.1 million people have already gotten unauthorized booster shots…”….”If it is left up to the honor system, I think many Americans will suddenly wake up and find themselves immunocompromised enough to get a 3rd dose,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-188-august-15-20201-coronavirus-according-to-an-internal-cdc-briefing-an-estimated-1-1-million-people-have-already-gotten-unauthorized-booster-shots/

POST 189. August 19,2021. CORONAVIRUS. “There wasn’t a single I.C.U. bed available in Alabama on Wednesday…”…”A triage plan on the Alabama health department’s website suggests that “persons with severe mental retardation” are among those who “may be poor candidates for ventilator support.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-189-august-192021-coronavirus-there-wasnt-a-single-i-c-u-bed-available-in-alabama-on-wednesdaya-triage-plan-on-the-alabama-health-depart/

POST 190, August 21, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “We’re looking, in essence, at running two systems — a COVID system and a non-COVID system of care,”..“Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and certified paramedics can now care for patients in Mississippi hospitals and emergency rooms under a new health office order issued by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Wednesday.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-190-august-21-2021-coronavirus-were-looking-in-essence-at-running-two-systems-a-covid-system-and-a-non-covid-system-of-care-emergency-medical/

POST 191. August 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical advisor to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained that late September gives the United States time to set up the logistics.” This is not medical science, but perhaps Political Science?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/08/post-191-august-27-2021-coronavirus-anthony-fauci-md-chief-medical-advisor-to-the-president-and-director-of-the-national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases-explained-that-lat/

POST 192. August 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Hurricane Ida – “I hate to say it this way, but we have a lot of people on ventilators today and they don’t work without electricity,” he said.”

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POST 193. September 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Nurses are leaving their hospitals and becoming travel nurses at hospitals across town “because they can make $4,000, $5,000, $6,000, $7,000 a week while not having to relocate anywhere..”

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POST 194. August 2, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Recently-released data is painting a grim picture of the opioid epidemic that has gripped the United States — as the country is still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than half a million Americans. Some people are calling them twin pandemics that have collided”…“Faced with a novel health crisis, researchers are collecting data on the long-term impact of using opioids to treat COVID-19 pain…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-194-august-2-2021-coronavirus-recently-released-data-is-painting-a-grim-picture-of-the-opioid-epidemic-that-has-gripped-the-united-states-as-the-country-is-still-grappling/

POST 195. September 6, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “…there are “zero ICU beds left for children in Dallas County, Texas,”.,..”That means if your child’s in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an ICU bed, or more likely if they have Covid and need an ICU bed, we don’t have one. Your child will wait for another child to die… (county judge Clay Jenkins)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-195-september-6-2021-coronavirus-there-are-zero-icu-beds-left-for-children-in-dallas-county-texas-that-means-if-your-childs-in-a-car-wreck-if-your-child/

POST 196. SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. PART 1. Military helicopters and jets were overhead, as President Bush was getting ready to leave NYC. PART 2. LESSONS LEARNED memorandum by hospital CEO Jonathan Metsch goes “viral”…

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POST 197. September 12, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Idaho officials have instituted “crisis standards of care” to help 10 hospitals and health care systems decide how to allocate personnel and resources to deal with a crush of COVID-19 patients.”… “The Washington Medical Coordination Center oversees facilitating transfers in the state, and it’s warning we could be nearing the point of “Crisis Standards of Care,” just like Idaho.” .. “These crisis models don’t actually save more lives, they just save different lives..”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-197-september-12-2021-coronavirus-idaho-officials-have-instituted-crisis-standards-of-care-to-help-10-hospitals-and-health-care-systems-decide-how-to-allocate-personnel-and/

POST 198. September 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. A pundit said “The most elegant policy riposte to the anti-vaxxers… is to refuse to allow Medicare or Medicaid to pay their medical bills in the event they become seriously ill. Private health insurers might also follow suit.” (but is making our hospitals become the bill collectors right?)

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POST 199. September 19, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Crisis Standards of Care. “… to his knowledge, no patient in Idaho has been taken off life-support therapy in order to provide that therapy to another patient who has a better prognosis.” “While that has yet to occur, if we continue on this path, it will,”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-199-september-19-2021-coronavirus-crisis-standards-of-care-to-his-knowledge-no-patient-in-idaho-has-been-taken-off-life-support-therapy-in-order-to-provide-that-therapy-t/

POST 200. September 23, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. CDC Director overrides a recommendation of its scientific advisors saying “that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.”…“In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”

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POST 201. September 27, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “A multibillion-dollar institution in the Seattle area is sitting on nearly $12 billion in cash… received at least $509 million in government funds (from) a federal program that is supposed to prevent health care providers from capsizing during the coronavirus pandemic.”

“Based on our estimates…we find preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations cost $5.7 billion from June to August in 2021.”…

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-201-september-27-2021-coronavirus-a-multibillion-dollar-institution-in-the-seattle-area-is-sitting-on-nearly-12-billion-in-cash-received-at-least-509-million-in-government/

POST 202. September 30, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “..NY Governor Hochul signed an executive order expanding healthcare worker eligibility requirements…to head off potential staffing shortages fueled by the state’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirements.” “The.. order allows out-of-state/ out-of-country healthcare workers to practice in New York…”..”It allows EMTs graduates to temporarily pitch in at additional healthcare settings; allows various types of healthcare workers to more easily administer and order COVID-19 vaccinations; enables telemedicine physician visits in nursing homes; permits facilities to more quickly discharge, transfer or receive patients…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/09/post-202-september-30-2021-coronavirus-ny-governor-hochul-signed-an-executive-order-expanding-healthcare-worker-eligibility-requirementsto-head-off-potential-staffing-shortages/

POST 203. October 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “.. more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths”…The risk is not just to the mother. Covid-19 in pregnancy can cause preterm birth or babies born so sick they have to go straight to the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.” 

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-203-october-3-2021-coronavirus-more-than-125000-laboratory-confirmed-covid-19-cases-have-been-reported-in-pregnant-people-including-more-than-22000-hospitalized-cases-and-161-deaths/

POST 204. October 5, 2021.CORONAVIRUS. “News that an experimental antiviral drug from Merck appears to halve the risk of hospitalization or death from Covid-19 has bolstered hopes of finding a simple at-home treatment for the virus.”..” A more blunt assessment came from vaccine scientist Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine. “It’s not a miracle cure but a companion tool, So get vaccinated.””

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-204-october-5-2021-coronavirus-news-that-an-experimental-antiviral-drug-from-merck-appears-to-halve-the-risk-of-hospitalization-or-death-from-covid-19-has-bolstered-hopes-of-finding-a/

POST 205. October 11, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. The AAP reported nearly 226,000 new child cases over the past week ending. “Hospital care for children does not occur in isolation from that of adults. Many of the resources we use are the same—a twenty-pound baby and a two-hundred-pound man might use the same kind of ventilator, for example. Dialysis machines, which could cleanse a seven-year-old’s blood as easily as his grandfather’s, are in high demand. Pediatric resident physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists get cross-deployed to care for adults during the surges.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-205-october-11-2021-coronavirus-the-aap-reported-nearly-226000-new-child-cases-over-the-past-week-ending-hospital-care-for-children-does-not-occur-in-isolation-from-that-of-adults/

POST 206. October 15, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. to borrow from Winston Churchill about where we are with the pandemic –  “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-206-october-15-2021-coronavirus-to-borrow-from-winston-churchill-about-where-we-are-with-the-pandemic-now-this-is-not-the-end-it-is-not-even-the-beginning-of-the-end-but-it-is/

POST 207. October 17, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “…if you choose your own unauthorized booster shot, what happens if later research proves a different combination is better? That’s why experts say it’s a bad idea to become your own vaccine advisory committee and get a shot out of turn.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-207-october-17-2021-coronavirus-if-you-choose-your-own-unauthorized-booster-shot-what-happens-if-later-research-proves-a-different-combination-is-better-thats-why/

POST 208. October 22, 2021, CORONAVIRUS. “What is the “delta plus” variant?” Scientists are monitoring the delta-related variant — known as AY.4.2. — to see if it might spread more easily or be more deadly than previous versions of the coronavirus.

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-208-october-22-2021-coronavirus-what-is-the-delta-plus-variant-scientists-are-monitoring-the-delta-related-variant-known-as-ay-4-2-to/

POST 209. October 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “The quest at Mount Sinai began with a mystery.”…”America was not simply struggling to contain a once-in-a-century pandemic, caused by a virus far more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Many patients were, for unknown reasons, not recovering.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-209-october-28-2021-coronavirus-the-quest-at-mount-sinai-began-with-a-mystery-america-was-not-simply-struggling-to-contain-a-once-in-a-century-pandemic-ca/

POST 210. October 31, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Some people want the FDA to speed up. Others want it to be more cautious…There’s a fundamental tension between the right to get access to a drug people are desperate for and the right to protection from dangerous failures of quality. The first demands speed; the second requires time…”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/10/post-210-october-31-2021-coronavirus-some-people-want-the-fda-to-speed-up-others-want-it-to-be-more-cautioustheres-a-fundamental-tension-between-the-right-to-get-access/

POST 211. November 4, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Colorado – “…there are patients who really ought to be in an intensive care unit but instead they’re in an emergency room. Or they ought to be in a step-down unit but instead they’re on the floor. Or they ought to be getting one-to-one nursing, and instead they’re getting two-to-one, or three-to-one nursing….”

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POST 212. November 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “They went into hospitals with heart attacks, kidney failure or in a psychiatric crisis. They left with covid-19…” “A new report shows the coronavirus pandemic had a direct increase on the number of healthcare-acquired infections in hospitals nationwide.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/11/post-212-november-9-2021-coronavirus-they-went-into-hospitals-with-heart-attacks-kidney-failure-or-in-a-psychiatric-crisis-they-left-with-covid-19-a-new-repor/

POST 213. November 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Since the earliest days of the pandemic, there has been one collective goal for bringing it to an end: achieving herd immunity…Now the herd is restless. And experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have set aside herd immunity as a national goal.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/11/post-213-november-13-2021-coronavirus-since-the-earliest-days-of-the-pandemic-there-has-been-one-collective-goal-for-bringing-it-to-an-end-achieving-herd-immunity-now-the-herd-is-rest/

POST 214. November 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “This virus is doing what this virus does,” said Michael Osterholm… “We don’t understand why surges start, we don’t understand why they end.” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/11/post-214-november-20-2021-coronavirus-this-virus-is-doing-what-this-virus-does-said-michael-osterholm-we-dont-understand-why-surges-start-we-dont-understand-why-they-en/

POST 215. November 26, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Fauci on the new South African variant: “It’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/11/post-215-november-26-2021-coronavirus-dr-fauci-on-the-new-south-african-variant-its-not-going-to-be-possible-to-keep-this-infection-out-of-the-country-the-question-is-can-you/

POST 216. December 1, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Covid cacophony: as states struggle to address health care staffing shortages, a federal court puts Biden administration health care worker vaccination mandate on hold. 

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-216-december-1-2021-coronavirus-covid-cacophony-as-states-struggle-to-address-health-care-staffing-shortages-a-federal-court-puts-biden-administration-health-care-worker-vaccination-mandate/

POST 217. December 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-⁠19 this Winter

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-217-december-3-2021-coronavirus-president-biden-announces-new-actions-to-protect-americans-against-the-delta-and-omicron-variants-as-we-battle-covid-%e2%81%a019-this-winter/

POST 218. December 5, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “In some ways, Delta is the ideal variant: It’s transmissible enough to dominate more dangerous variants, and its virulence can be controlled through vaccination. In the next few weeks, we’ll find out whether Omicron will have its own silver lining—or whether it’ll be catastrophically worse.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-218-december-5-2021-coronavirus-in-some-ways-delta-is-the-ideal-variant-its-transmissible-enough-to-dominate-more-dangerous-variants-and-its-virulence-can-be-controlled-t/

POST 219. December 9, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Entering uncharted territory, the U.S. counts 500,000 Covid-related deaths.”… “So yes, I am furious at the unvaccinated, and I am not ashamed of disclosing that. I am no longer trying to understand them or educate them.”

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POST 220 December 13, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.  Dr. Osterholm. “You cannot outrun the game clock with this pandemic. This virus will find you… We’ve seen health care systems virtually broken by this pandemic. They just couldn’t provide critical care to non-Covid patients.” (A)

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-220-december-13-2021-coronavirus-dr-osterholm-you-cannot-outrun-the-game-clock-with-this-pandemic-this-virus-will-find-you-weve-seen-health-care-systems-virtually/

POST 221. December 18, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine was going to be a shot for the world. Now, under the weight of a mountain of bad PR, one wonders if the world will want it.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-221-december-18-2021-coronavirus-johnson-johnsons-covid-vaccine-was-going-to-be-a-shot-for-the-world-now-under-the-weight-of-a-mountain-of-bad-pr-one-wonders-if-the-wor-2/

POST 222. December 20, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. So why my “inside baseball” focus on COVID-19 from the perspective of a retired hospital CEO?

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-222-december-20-2021-coronavirus-so-why-my-inside-baseball-focus-on-covid-19-from-the-perspective-of-a-retired-hospital-ceo/

POST 223. December 28, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. Links for a case study of Crisis Standards of Care.

POST 224. December 29, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “crisis standards of care protocols in Maryland – “It also allows us to slim down documentation,… allows unconventional staffing models such as using nurses that have not been bedside. It also sets the expectations for the community that it’s not business as usual.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2021/12/post-224-december-29-2021-coronavirus-crisis-standards-of-care-protocols-in-maryland-it-also-allows-us-to-slim-down-documentation-allows-unconventional-staffing-models-such/

POST 225. January 3, 2021. CORONAVIRUS. “Be first, be right, be credible,” are among the most important principles for health authorities to follow in a crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared in a pamphlet on crisis communication in 2018….”

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Post 226. January 5, 2022. CORONAVIRUS.  New York City – “The city’s ambulance corps are so understaffed because of the COVID-19 surge, they’re now under new orders to try to convince stable patients with flu-like symptoms not to go to the hospital.”

http://doctordidyouwashyourhands.com/2022/01/post-226-january-5-2022-coronavirus-new-york-city-the-citys-ambulance-corps-are-so-understaffed-because-of-the-covid-19-surge-theyre-now-under-new-orders-to-try-to-c/

POST 227. January 10, 2020. CORONAVIRUS.  “Stay indoors. But also return in person. Wear a mask. Not that one. The expensive one, that you can’t find. Take rapid tests. Which you also can’t find. But if you find them, don’t buy them. Rapid tests don’t work. You need PCR. There are zero appointments in your area.” (F)

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POST 228. January 13, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “State officials are attempting to address California’s staffing shortage through a sweeping policy change that allows asymptomatic healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to return to work immediately.” “Asymptomatic health professionals who had tested positive for COVID-19 should “preferably be assigned to work with COVID positive patients.”

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POST 229. January 16, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “It is now highly unlikely that the U.S. will hit the ~85-90% of Americans vaccinated to get to the other side of the pandemic…”

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POST 230. January 20, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Dr. Fauci also said that the world is still in the first of what he considered to be the five phases of the pandemic. The first is the “truly pandemic” phase, “where the whole world is really very negatively impacted,” followed by deceleration, control, elimination and eradication.”…to paraphrase Churchill – “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”..

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POST 231. January 24, 202. CORONAVIRUS. “Florida’s top public health official in Orlando has been placed on administrative leave after sending an email to his employees noting their lackluster coronavirus vaccination rates and urging them to get the shots.”

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POST 232. January 28, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “A Boston hospital’s denial of a heart transplant to a man who is unvaccinated for Covid-19 has generated national attention, but experts say mandating vaccines is in keeping with other long-standing requirements that patients have to meet to receive an organ — including getting other shots…”

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POST 233. February 2, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The same virus can cause endemic, epidemic or pandemic infections: it depends on the interplay of a population’s behaviour, demographic structure, susceptibility and immunity, plus whether viral variants emerge.”

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POST 234. February 2, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell demanded an end to the COVID-19 state of emergency on Wednesday , saying it was time for Americans to get on with their lives after two years on a ‘hellish highway.’”

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POST 235. February 17, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Over time, the U.S. health care sector has implemented various pieces of the  (pandemic) safety-assessment-and-improvement puzzle, but it has not instituted a thorough system of safety that reaches from the boardroom to the front lines and that can be maintained during times of crisis.”

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POST 236. February 22, 2021. CORONAVIRUS.  MOUNT SINAI AT HOME – “We began thinking about how we could use hospital-at-home to meet the needs of our hospital system in our community, in terms of responding to the crisis of COVID-19…” 

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POST 237. February 27, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “Decision-makers are increasingly embracing the reality that we will have to “learn to live with” the coronavirus. But how will they know when to impose or lift restrictions?”  “Now, the CDC’s “Covid-19 community level” metrics are based on three pieces of data in a community: new Covid-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity and new Covid-19 cases.”

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POST 238. March 5, 2022, CORONAVIRUS. “Two different scientists can look at the same set of data and come up with different conclusions. That’s not to say that one person is being unscientific or ignoring the scientific process,” said Leana Wen, an emergency physician and a professor at George Washington University. “Public health policy is also a measure of values.””

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POST 239. March 9, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “War is an infectious disease’s best friend,” says Michael Osterholm, “It challenges every public health program you can possibly have. It limits the medical care available for those who might be seriously ill, and often fosters transmission when so many people are crowded into bomb shelter locations and on trains. This is going to be the perfect storm of one serious challenge after another.” (E)

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POST 240. March 15, 2022. ““China is modifying its Covid-19 playbook amid a surge in cases as it seeks to avoid strains on its healthcare system.”

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POST 241. March 20, 2022, CORONAVIRUS. Dr. Ashish Jha will serve as the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator.” He is not, for the record, a virologist, immunologist, or vaccinologist…But he is a public health expert and a practicing internist, which means he has years of experience explaining complicated and often incomplete information to people who neither know nor care about the correct pronunciation of “adenovirus.” That’s who he imagines on the other end of his webcam.”

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POST 242. March 24, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “How worried should people be about the BA.2 variant? Will vaccines protect against it? What if someone contracted a previous variant — could they become reinfected? Is BA.2 milder than previous versions, and if so, should people try to get it? Could BA.2 cause another surge in the US, and is it time for restrictions to be put back into place?”

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POST 243. March 28, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “…the US Food and Drug Administration is planning authorize a fourth dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines for adults over age 50 next week.”…”The decision to make fourth doses available now will bypass independent groups of scientific advisers for both the FDA and CDC, which would normally meet and publicly review the available science and then make recommendations to the agencies.”

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POST 244. April 4, 2022.CORONAVIRUS. “Here’s a scary thought: America’s ability to face the pandemic’s next phase may depend on a handful of senators.”…. “When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures.”
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POST 245. April 10, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. We can’t react to a wave we don’t see coming. “I keep thinking back to this idea of If we don’t measure it, it won’t happen,”…(As President Donald Trump once put it, “If we stop testing, we’d have fewer cases.”) In reality, “it’s very well happening, and we just don’t see it yet.”

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POST 246. April 15, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “State authorities and health care organizations could pay a high price for reinstating SCOPE OF PRACTICE (SOP) restrictions when the pandemic ends.” (e.g. NPs, PAs, Pharmacists +++)

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POST 247. April 23, 2020. CORONAVIRUS. “The DOJ lawyers tasked with defending the CDC’s mask mandate authority have warned Biden administration officials that continuing to push the legal fight over the mask mandate could backfire, if the conservative-leaning appeals court upholds the order.”….”A Supreme Court ruling upholding the decision to strike down the mask mandate would make the Florida judge’s conclusions about CDC authority binding nationwide.”

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POST 248. April 27, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “For at-risk Americans without access to a “test-to-treat” drugstore that has a qualifying provider available, this means some will have to make multiple trips to get the pills. You have to develop COVID symptoms, you have to subsequently get a test for COVID-19, get the result of that test, find and go to see a provider, get a prescription, and then fill that prescription. That’s six steps in five days,”…

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POST 249. May 6, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States is “certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase..” (Dr. Anthony Fauci). “The US should prepare for a possible summer surge of Covid-19 cases across Southern states..” (Dr. Deborah Birx)

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POST 250. May 11, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. Herd Immunity Deja vu. “Not so long ago, the world was clinging to the hope of herd immunity—to the notion that the population would eventually reach some communal level of protection sufficient to quash the outbreak for good. Maybe, experts posited many months back, once 60 to 90 percent of people had been infected or vaccinated or both, the virus would run out of viable hosts, and simply fizzle out. Now it’s clear that “that’s too simplistic…”

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POST 249. May 6, 2022. CORONAVIRUS. “The United States is “certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase..” (Dr. Anthony Fauci). “The US should prepare for a possible summer surge of Covid-19 cases across Southern states..” (Dr. Deborah Birx)

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“The United States is “certainly, right now, in this country, out of the pandemic phase,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on PBS’s “NewsHour” on Tuesday.

“Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now. So if you’re saying, are we out of the pandemic phase in this country? We are,” he said.

On Wednesday, Fauci told CNN that his comments had been mischaracterized by some to mean that the pandemic is over, “which is not what I said.”

“We’re not over the pandemic. Don’t let anybody get the misinterpretation that the pandemic is over, but what we are in is a different phase of the pandemic,” he said. “A phase that’s a transition phase, hopefully headed toward more of a control where you can actually get back to some form of normality without total disruption of society, economically, socially, school-wise, etc.”

Fauci noted that, in fact, Covid-19 cases are trending up again, though it’s not anywhere near the rise we saw over the winter with the Omicron wave.

“So what we need to do is continue to be vigilant, to follow the CDC guidelines, to do the kinds of things that protect you: Get vaccinated, if you’re not vaccinated; get boosted if you’re eligible for a boost. If you do get infected, be aware that there is availability of antivirals.”

Fauci’s comments on PBS drew attention on the same day the Biden administration announced that he would not be attending the annual White House Correspondents Dinner after considering his individual risk.” (A)

“Though it would be next to impossible to eradicate SARS-CoV-2, it is fully feasible to control it, said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), during a virtual event held Friday morning by the National Press Club.

A variety of factors make COVID-19 different from polio and measles, viruses that were previously eliminated in the U.S., including the number of genotypically and phenotypically diverse variants of SARS-CoV-2, and that SARS-CoV-2 has animal reservoirs for the virus, Fauci noted.

There has also been a lack of widespread acceptance when it comes to COVID vaccines, and immunity through vaccination or infection wanes over several months.

“We’re hoping for control,” Fauci said, which would involve a combination of common-sense hygiene and mitigation measures, intermittent vaccination, and treatment with effective antivirals and monoclonal antibodies.

As for the next generation of COVID shots, and how regularly they would be needed, Fauci was both optimistic and realistic.

“I would hope that we get to the point where immunity lasts long enough where we only intermittently need to be boosted,” he said, adding that he doesn’t think a schedule of receiving shots as often as once every 4 months is feasible.

However, waning immunity is not surprising, he noted.

“The protection that follows infection is not particularly durable, and you would expect, that being the case, that the protection following [vaccination is] not going to be durable,” Fauci said. “We are trying very hard to develop vaccines that give a greater degree of durability of immunity.”..

Fauci stressed that it will be essential to continue to monitor for variants. There are currently subvariants of Omicron that are 25% to 30% more transmissible, though they are not necessarily more severe…

Ultimately, to attain control, case counts need to be low enough that they are not disrupting society, overwhelming hospitals, or creating fear, Fauci said, putting SARS-CoV-2 in a similar place as other respiratory viruses like RSV and influenza.” (B)

“They were the words everyone has been waiting to hear—that the COVID-19 pandemic is dialing down from the five-alarm fire that flared up in 2020 to a somewhat lesser conflagration. On April 27, the U.S.’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, described the country as in a “transitional phase, from a deceleration of the numbers into hopefully a more controlled phase and endemicity” in an interview with the Washington Post…

Although we may be out of the urgent pandemic phase, we’re not quite ready to call COVID-19 endemic, which would mean the virus is still among us but relatively under control, similar to influenza.

And it’s not clear when that will happen. Even if it does, health experts may not all agree about the transition. There are no hard and fast definitions for “pandemic” and “endemic,” and no thresholds for case numbers or deaths that mark a shift from one to the other. The World Health Organization considers a pandemic to be an “epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people.” Experts have noted that these parameters say nothing about how quickly the outbreak is spreading, how much disease it’s causing, or what role immunity in the population plays.

But those are the factors that are critical for public health experts and political leaders as they manage a pandemic. There are no metrics for determining when to dial down an initial urgent response, or to pull back on drastic measures such as lockdowns and mask mandates.

That’s what the world is grappling with now—figuring out whether the risk of SARS-CoV-2 is now at a point where we can treat it more like influenza, by protecting ourselves as much as we can with immunization and basic hygiene such as washing our hands and covering our coughs, or whether we still need to manage SARS-CoV-2 as a serious enough threat for most people that we should maintain public health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing…

Those trends suggest that it may be too early to relax our vigilance over COVID-19, which remains a potent threat for a number of reasons. First, no vaccine is 100% effective in protecting against infection or disease, and the COVID-19 shots are no exception. While highly effective in warding off the worst COVID-19 symptoms from the original virus strain emerging from China, the shots are less effective in protecting against newer variants of SARS-CoV-2. And the virus continues to mutate, with each version appearing to improve on the last strain’s ability to infect quickly and efficiently. Fortunately these changes haven’t led to a more virulent strain so far, but they could veer in that direction, and cause more serious disease on top of being more transmissible. If that happens, the vaccines and drug treatments currently available might provide little, if any, protection at all.

That leads to the second reason that COVID-19 isn’t fading into the background any time soon. Despite the effectiveness of the vaccines, scientists still don’t know exactly what it takes to fully protect someone from COVID-19. That question actually breaks down into two related queries: What does it take to prevent infection in the first place, and what level of immunity is needed to protect against serious illness? Even into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists still don’t have solid answers for either.” (C)

“The US should prepare for a possible summer surge of Covid-19 cases across Southern states, former White House Coronavirus Response Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told CBS on Sunday morning.

It’s now predictable that the South will see surges in the summer and Northern states will see surges in the winter — especially around the holidays, Birx said.

Birx said she closely follows data out of South Africa, which has recently seen a rise in new Covid-19 cases.

“Each of these surges are about four to six months apart. That tells me that natural immunity wanes enough in the general population after four to six months — that a significant surge is going to occur again,” Birx told “Face the Nation.”

“This is what we have to be prepared for in this country. We should be preparing right now for a potential surge in the summer across the Southern United States because we saw it in 2020 and we saw it in 2021.”..

Birx’s warning comes as US cases are again rising with the spread of another Omicron strain, the BA.2 subvariant. The seven-day average of US cases was almost 54,000 Saturday, up from about 49,000 a week earlier and almost 31,000 a month ago.

Nearly 60% of adults and 75% of children have antibodies indicating that they’ve been infected with Covid-19, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is unclear what that means for protection against future infections, health experts say, and for that reason, the CDC says it is still important to stay up to date on Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters.”  (D)

“After more than two years of Covid-19, plenty of people are lowering their guards. But the pandemic isn’t over yet — and, Bill Gates warns, the worst might still be ahead.

“We’re still at risk of this pandemic generating a variant that would be even more transmissive and even more fatal,” the billionaire Microsoft co-founder and public health advocate told the Financial Times on Sunday. “It’s not likely, I don’t want to be a voice of doom and gloom, but it’s way above a 5% risk that this pandemic, we haven’t even seen the worst of it.”

New Covid cases, powered by the BA.2 subvariant of Covid’s omicron strain, are currently growing across the U.S.: The country’s seven-day average of daily new U.S. cases is up to 54,429 as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That’s a 9% increase over the week prior, with cases growing in 39 states over that time frame.

But Covid-related deaths are declining, leading White House Covid czar Dr. Ashish Jha to say last month that he’s “not overly concerned right now” about BA.2. Rather, its spread is more a reminder that Covid is still lurking — and as Gates notes, the virus could potentially mutate again, resulting in a strain of greater concern.

For Gates, one lesson from the Covid pandemic so far is that preemptive planning and protective measures could help the world better manage future pandemics. It’s the core concept of his upcoming book, “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic,” set to publish later this year.

One proposal, he says, is for the World Health Organization to launch a global surveillance team, consisting of experts who can quickly spot new health threats around the world and rapidly coordinate with global governments to prevent future illnesses from growing into pandemics.

Gates, who has labeled his proposed task force the “Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization” (GERM) initiative, told the Financial Times that the idea would require significant financial investment from WHO and its member countries in order to create a global team of experts, including epidemiologists and virologists, and give them the tools they need to proactively identify and contain future outbreaks…

And, while he cautions against becoming complacent against Covid’s ongoing risks, the billionaire has also expressed optimism that the coronavirus will be more manageable by this summer — saying in January that, ideally, most Americans will eventually be able to treat Covid like the “seasonal flu.”” (E)

“Countries are beginning to offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to vulnerable groups, but medical professionals are undecided on whether it would benefit the wider population.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has so far authorized a fourth shot only for those aged 50 and above, as well as those who are immunocompromised. And the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was skeptical of the need for a fourth dose for healthy adults in the absence of a clearer public health strategy.

Those decisions came as a study from Israel found that although a fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against serious illness for at least six weeks after the shot, it provides only short-lived protection against infection, which wanes after just four weeks.

The medical consensus so far is that there hasn’t been enough research on how much protection a fourth dose can offer.

The World Health Organization hasn’t given an official recommendation on a fourth dose, and “there isn’t any good evidence at this point of time” that it will be beneficial, said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan.

“What we know from immunology is that if you give another booster, you will see a temporary increase in the neutralizing antibodies. But what we’ve also seen is that these neutralizing antibodies will wane quite rapidly,” Swaminathan told CNBC in an interview.

A fourth dose doesn’t really do much of anything … I’m not sure we need to get out and just jump up and down screaming that everybody needs to get aboard.

“This happened after the third dose. And it’s happened again after the fourth dose,” she added.

Paul Goepfert, professor of medicine at the University of Alabama, shared that view, saying that “a fourth dose doesn’t really do much of anything … I’m not sure we need to get out and just jump up and down screaming that everybody needs to get aboard.”

Since the study from Israel shows the fourth dose can provide protection against serious disease, countries such as Israel, Denmark and Singapore have made a second booster shot available to high-risk groups.

“Rather than saying that the protection wanes, I would say that this boost effect is strongest shortly after the vaccine was administered, but that it remains protective overall,” said Ashley St. John, an associate professor at Duke-NUS Medical School.

“Importantly there was no waning of protection against severe disease, which is the most key effect of vaccination we aim to achieve,” she added.” (F)

“Reports of new coronavirus cases have doubled in the past month as Omicron subvariants have spread across the country.

Cases are increasing in all but four states and territories, and in more than a dozen, the daily case average is twice as high today as it was two weeks ago. Despite this rapid growth, the virus’s true spread is believed to be even greater, since many infections go uncounted in official case reports.

Hospitalizations have also risen in recent weeks, though more modestly than cases. Just over 17,000 people are in American hospitals with the coronavirus each day, an increase of 16 percent since mid-April.

Still, the surge so far appears milder than the waves that preceded it. Cases remain well below the levels seen during the Delta and Omicron surges late last year, and fewer coronavirus patients are in intensive care today than at any point since the pandemic’s earliest days.

Coronavirus deaths in the United States are expected to reach 1 million in the coming weeks, but for now, daily death reports continue to decline. Fewer than 350 deaths are currently being announced each day, a decrease of more than 20 percent in the past two weeks.” (G)

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