More Progress! Also something about Kids, QBs, and the Cost of Care
Measurable Progress Continues
19% of Oregon is fully vaccinated, and more than 31% have had at least one dose. I’m predicting that about 60% of Oregonians will want to get vaccinated, so we’re well on our way to getting doses to many of the people who want them.
Looking back to COVID Convos #35, I predicted that the pandemic would be over by Memorial Day. I stand by that prediction but want to clarify that the pandemic will be over for those who choose to be vaccinated.
COVID Convos #37
I was given the Pfizer vaccine, and I really didn’t feel sick at all. Around the same time, my wife got dosed with Moderna and she also felt pretty decent. Why didn’t we feel ill? I wondered if we had missed out, or maybe something was wrong: did our immune systems not work? Were they bad batches of vaccine? Maybe I’m just really tough and don’t feel pain?…unlikely! Perhaps the fatigue, headaches, and muscle pain that we already have from being parents masked the vaccine side effects? …
Journal Club is to doctors what Book Club is to you normal people who lead interesting non-medical lives. Sure, journal club usually involves food and drink but instead of reading interesting fiction, we doctors “read” boring research papers. I put “read” in quotes because just like your book club, not everyone bothers to read the material but all attendees enjoy the food, drink, and camaraderie.
I don’t expect you to really read any of these research papers or news stories I’ve selected. But perhaps you’ll grab some cheese and crackers — or a refreshing beverage — and peruse my summaries…
But first: freedom of speech.
My Neighbor is Wrong
Everyone has the right to free speech, but I believe that rule should only apply to speech that is factually correct.
While my neighbor does have the right to share their opinions, their purported facts are wrong. The correct statement is that masks are required outdoors when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. Here’s the Oregon FAQ with the rule. Oregon’s mask mandate applies to all public indoor spaces, but only congested outdoor public places.
If you know this homeowner, please invite them to join COVID Convos? I’m worried about…
What a topsy-turvy-churny world we live in these days! Spring is coming, but we still have a pandemic. It’s been a sunny and warm week, but vaccines are hard to find. It’s disorienting to consider where we’ve been, and confusing to imagine where we are going. But don’t worry, COVID Convos is coming to sort it all out!
Spring is Here
So first off, happy Meteorological Spring! While Astronomical Spring isn’t until March 20th, the dedicated weather nerds count March 1st as the beginning of spring, and the recent week full of sunshine and chirping birds support that. I have…
Air Travel, Vaccines, Antibodies, and the End of Quarantine
Disclaimer: the tone of these updates is candid and sometimes irreverent. COVID is a sensitive subject, so opt-in or out at your own discretion. This update does not constitute medical advice.
COVID Convos, where as usual, I tell it to you straight. No sugar coating, no BS, and sometimes no tact.
When will it be safe to indulge in air travel again?
This is a great question that a number of people have asked, so I decided to investigate. Being a good reporter I booked a flight to learn firsthand, and…
Note from Andrew: I’m experimenting with publishing content from smart people I trust who don’t have another outlet for their intelligent writing. This is one of those essays, written by a wiser man than I.
Bad statistics bother me everywhere I see them, but it makes me near homicidal when bad statistics are used in ways that will kill people. I’m not faulting people who are statistically illiterate. I know plenty of people who are math and engineering literate who are STILL statistics illiterate. Statistics is hard and not just for math reasons. It requires bending your mind around things…
A Guest Essay From My Wife on Maintaining Sanity
I’ve been avoiding Facebook these days.
As an ER doctor with dwindling PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), my sanity depends on having some respite from anxiety, and Facebook seems to be the epicenter of anxiety lately. (Admittedly I am still on Instagram; somehow that’s a little easier.)
When I’m not at work I’m a wife and also a mother of 2 fabulous kids. Between the two extremes of working ER shifts in the COVID line of fire and being locked down at home with cabin fever, stress and anxiety and frustration are…
As an MD I get a lot of questions about 2019-nCoV, so here the 5 most common questions with answers.
No, you shouldn’t freak out, and yet we don’t really know so far.
Last week, some experts were predicting the peak of Corona cases to occur this week….but more and more cases are occurring. This is not a great sign, but currently, there really are very few cases outside of China so the threat is small. (See #2)
Hopefully not, and it hasn’t yet. China is badly hit but outside of that, the virus is well contained. This is an…
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