My Take on the Covid Vaccines

“With Covid-19, we have thrown caution to the winds.” I am no virologist, infectious disease specialist, or even a family physician, just a lowly plastic surgeon. Even so, friends, family, and even my own staff turn to me and ask what they should do about the Covid vaccine. Should they get it? Am I going …

Covid’s Four Horsemen

If you are like me, you are probably exhausted from all the discussion regarding the virus, SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19, the illness it causes. A lot of discussion had understandably focused on the rate of serious illness and death from Covid. The rates of both have been frightening (although the true rates are not really known …

The Moral Bankruptcy of the Democratic Party

“If hypocrisy were currency, Democrats would be billionaires.” Recent events have uncovered the unquestioned moral bankruptcy of the leadership of the Democratic Party, from the new administration on down. Dating this is not unlike trying to date some other antiquity; the origin tends to be lost in the mists of time. I first took note …

Gamestop and the r/wallstreetbets end game

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” Harlan Ellision This is going to be a long one. I am stepping way out of my comfort zone on this one, but I consider it a good object lesson on being careful about …

New Years- a time for resolutions

“A resolution is a promise to yourself that you haven’t broken….yet“ Now that the New Year has been rung in, leaving behind a year like no other, what next? If you are like me and most other people, you have probably made some resolutions for the New Year. The beginning of a new year is …

When is a Covid death not a Covid death?

“And if everything we do saves even a single life, I’ll be happy.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Let me preface this post by saying that the pandemic is real and serious. All deaths due to the virus, directly or indirectly, are tragic and cause for making our best effort to mitigate the effect of the …

Sanity enters the Covid discussion

I could hardly believe my eyes and ears. After months of shaking my head and saying to myself (and others) “this doesn’t make sense. It makes no sense,” others are beginning to do the same and openly declaring some scientific truth in the discussion of Covid-19 and our unprecedented response to it. It strikes me …

Social Media: the elephant in the room.

“Social media has such an outsize presence and influence in our daily lives that it has become the proverbial elephant in the room.” Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Everyone knows what this means. In discarding something bad or undesirable, take care that you do not throw out aspects that are good …

Speculation: the one thing we can all agree on regarding the Wuhan virus

It is hard to argue with the fact that speculation has been one of the most, if not the most, significant factors in the Wuhan virus pandemic. There has been speculation as to the origins of the virus. Was it man made? Did it originate in a Wuhan lab or did it arise de novo …