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 …

The CDC and the 6% “solution”- is it time to start celebrating?

I have repeatedly said that to understand the numbers in discussing the Wuhan virus, you have to understand the context. What this means is that just giving out total numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and even deaths must be clearly understood in their proper context to be meaningful. I have long felt that that the numbers …

A Thought Experiment- musing on the November elections

Daniel Mintz, Chair of the Department of Information Technology at the University of Maryland Global Campus posted on Facebook a very interesting thought experiment. Mintz openly acknowledged that he suffers from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). He describes the lead up to a Trump victory in November based on his speculation that Trump decides to control …

Schools should reopen this fall

In the ongoing, seemingly never-ending crisis due to the Wuhan virus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the illness Covid-19, the new battleground has become the issue of opening up the schools in the fall. Social media is rife with heated arguments for and against returning children to school, from elementary to college. In the elementary area, this …

Why nurse practitioners and physicians assitants aren’t the same as medical doctors.

Medical practice is not simply caring for simple, common problems. There has been a strong and largely successful push by advanced practice nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians assistant (PAs) to practice autonomously as primary care providers. The Florida legislature recently granted advance practice nurse practitioners license to practice independently https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2020-03-11/florida-oks-independent-practice-for-nurse-practitioners. That term, “provider”, has replaced …

Musings on the Wuhan virus

“Absent an effective treatment or vaccine, and knowing that we cannot stay locked down indefinitely, our only hope for dealing with this virus is to turn to the most effective anti-virus agent known to man: a healthy immune system.” I have no illusions about the Wuhan Virus, aka SARS-CoV-2. It is a dangerous beast to …

The unreported heartbreak of the Wuhan virus*

A transplant patient enters the hospital for a problem unrelated to the Wuhan virus. While there, he develops a complication and is wisked to the transplant unit. Because of Covid-19, his wife and family are not permitted to visit him even though none of them is ill. All encounters are electronic. They never see, touch, …