Friday, 03 Apr 2020

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Universal Masking for COVID?

In early March 2020, there were widespread recommendations that wearing routine "surgical masks" by the public sector was not likely to be helpful or advisable. Now we are hearing of a 180 degree shift in thinking with the CDC, leading health officials and the current NEJM Perspective pointing to more widespread use of masks by healthcare workers and even by individuals in the public sector.

CDC: Impact of Underlying Health Conditions Among COVID-19 Patients

The March 31 release of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reviews the impact of several key comorbidities, most commonly diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular disease, as cofactors leading to worse outcomes with COVID-19 infections.  Below are experts from that report.

TeleRheumatology - a TED Talk by Alvin Wells, MD

RheumNow Live 2020 featured a series of shorter STEP (TED-like) talks. This one features Dr. Alvin Wells discussing the opportunities and new paradigms encumbent with telemedicine in rheumatology.

RheumNow Podcast – New World Order (3.27.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and COVID developments from this past week.

COVID Infection Run Down with Dr. Kevin Winthrop

Dr Kevin Winthrop answers COVID questions and advocates for "hit the pause button, lay low and exercise". We discuss the utility of baricitinib, losartan, COVID testing, Next Success and who to listen to.
Dr. Jack Cush provides a series of "Patient Safety Advisories" on how patients can cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and rheumatology-related illnesses.
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It is not hyperbole to acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, inflicting pain and suffering to many, and inconvenience to all. As everyone struggles to make it through these difficult times, it might be worth pointing out some small silver linings that have emerged despite this pernicious dark cloud.

At my COVID home command center, I feel pretty prepared for everything.

Dealing with unknowns is both difficult and frustrating, as the answer is often not within our reach. The current pandemic has created a tidal wave of unknowns, scaring patients and putting physicians in a difficult spot.
Business as usual, Wednesday morning, as I quickly stop at 7-Eleven for my morning coffee and it all begins. A nice stranger holds the door open for me; I reach for a carton of milk for someone unable to; the cashier skips the 2 cents on a $2.02 bill (with a smile). What transpired in a quick five minutes was a series of random, unrelated, unprovoked acts of kindness. Blatant politeness, sincere smiles, compliments between strangers and lots of open doors. This made me think.
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COVID Town Hall Meeting for Rheumatology
COVID Q&A with the Experts: Drs. Cassie Calabrese, Jack Cush, Artie Kavanaugh, Alan Matsumoto, Alvin Wells & Kevin Winthrop
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