A Review of the Science When I first heard about hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a treatment for COVID-19, I was excited. Wouldn’t it be great if we have a robust treatment for this disease? Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out. Hydroxychloroquine has been tested more than any other potential COVID-19 drug but has fallen short of expectations. HCQ can neither prevent nor
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Messenger RNA (mRNA) Vaccinations for COVID-19 – History in the Making Amazing Science Gives a Ray of Hope
A COVID-19 vaccine is on the imminent horizon. It is considered the key to lifting social-distancing measures, reopening schools, markets, and events around the globe. Vaccination is key to preventing disease and has been a major advance in public health to eradicate epidemics like smallpox or polio. Vaccines work by mimicking an infectious agent, and by doing so, train our
It’s the middle of the summer, and the coronavirus has not gone away. When the pandemic first began, we hoped that there’d be a lull during the summer, with the heat knocking it out, but this hasn’t happened. Arguments have also become part of the daily discourse, with people debating over case counts and death tolls, how the trends should
We’re all familiar with ‘flattening the curve,’ the idea that shutting down large aspects of society and creating social distancing will slow the spread of the disease – the net effect is to not overwhelm the medical system. We saw what happened in Italy – their healthcare system overwhelmed, ventilator shortages, and people dying while awaiting care. In the US,
As states relax their restrictions in the coming weeks and months, non-essential businesses may be permitted to reopen conditionally. Concerns about the transmission of COVID-19 remain amongst the workforce. Undoubtedly once shelter-in-place orders have been lifted and employers are permitted to reopen their workspaces, they will need to do so with caution. Protective measures have been published by the CDC,
Introduction Urgent care centers are increasingly becoming Americans’ go-to option for certain health problems according to a study in JAMA Intern Med. 2018. Visits to urgent care clinics increased by 119% among commercially insured Americans between 2008 and 2015. During the same time period, emergency room visits for low-severity conditions — like those treated at urgent care centers — decreased by 36%.