QUICK READ: An accelerated timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine is unrealistic as wide-scale testing needs to be implemented in order to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective.
QUICK READ: It’s going to be interesting to see how working at home changes the culture of back-to-back meetings. Will people learn that they can actually get things done without having to through a bureaucracy of approvals?
QUICK READ: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed from its website guidelines for doctors on how to prescribe two antimalarial drugs that President Donald Trump has touted as potential treatments for the novel coronavirus. The CDC and FDA are gambling with our lives and it has to stop.
QUICK READ: Hydroxychloroquine does NOT prevent the Coronavirus and could be fatal to people who take it. There currently exists no definitive proof that the drug, often prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, will aid patients fighting COVID-19. Many public health experts have been baffled by Trump’s stumping for hydroxychloroquine but baffled isn’t enough they need to call out his towering ignorance.
QUICK READ: Scientists need to understand the common denominator that makes some people gravely ill versus some who just get mild symptoms when it comes to the Coronavirus.
QUICK READ: Because of the pandemic people are putting off annual physicals and going to see their doctor for health problems that could become worse. Sure telehealth can be of some help but technology can’t replace a person-to-person conversation with an HCP.
QUICK READ: The FDA and some drug companies are moving quickly to get approvals for the treatment of the Coronavirus. However, they could be moving too quickly. Science requires data and getting good data takes time. There are no quick miracles here and politics should not be part of the equation.
- Even though 80% of Coronavirus cases are mild an environment of fear is being spread through media headlines and social media.
- “It’s a new, unknown illness, we don’t know how severe it’s going to be, and we don’t know how concerned to be,” said Lynn Bufka, associate executive director for research and policy at the American Psychological Association and an expert on anxiety, stress,
- Part of what drives feelings of anxiety is a lack of information. and misinformation spread through social media.
- The void of effective leadership is adding fuel to the crisis of fear