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Herd immunity – what’s that, and is it real?

Herd immunity – what’s that, and is it real?

There is a strange thing called the Great Barrington Declaration floating around.  It’s sounds like a treaty of some kind but it’s actually a document signed by a group of doctors who believe in herd immunity, that is allowing the least vulnerable people to COVID-19...

Is Trump STILL infectious?

Is Trump STILL infectious?

President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2 and spent three days at the hospital before returning to the White House on October 6.  On October 13, a week after leaving the hospital, he attended a crowded re-election campaign rally in Florida,...

How long does it take to get PPE into America?

How long does it take to get PPE into America?

President Donald Trump called COVID-19 a hoax and refused to routinely wear a face mask and now he is sick. The pandemic is real and does not discriminate.  But it’s the brave and tireless frontline medical workers such as doctors and nurses who are exposed to the...

STILL short.

STILL short.

Nine months into the pandemic, slightly shorter for America at 6 months, and yet we are STILL short of PPE.  And we are talking about Food & Drug Administration or FDA-approved medical PPE such as medical-grade trifold masks, KN95 respirators (which are crucial to...

Ever wonder who was responsible for America’s PPE supply?

Ever wonder who was responsible for America’s PPE supply?

Who was responsible pre-Covid? Why aren’t they being held accountable? The shortage of PPE across the country means the days of rocking up to a local distributor or pharmacy for supplies are gone, at least for now.   With much skinnier supply chains now, you have to...

Where is your PPE made?

Where is your PPE made?

Well, not very much of it is made in the US.  In fact, a medical insider tells us that 90 per cent, yes, nearly all of our PPE are made outside the US and imported. And where are they made?  China tops the list. Chinese manufacturers make the majority of the PPE we...

How “exactly” does COVID spread in offices or homes?

How “exactly” does COVID spread in offices or homes?

The main transmitters are people, as hosts of the coronavirus. COVID spreads through water droplets that contain the virus secreted by an infected person.  Secretions include saliva and respiratory droplets released from mouths or noses of infected people when they...

Why do we put up with this “red tape”?

Why do we put up with this “red tape”?

We are facing a serious problem: a shortage of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.  And yet, we have a piece of state-based protectionist law called “certificate of need” or “CON Law” that is “artificially” suppressing the amount of medical equipment, beds and...

Not sure when to buy? Try this new “stockpile” formula

Not sure when to buy? Try this new “stockpile” formula

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rule of thumb is to have ready “6 to 8 weeks” of PPE stockpile, while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also recommends the same amount of stockpiling.  These numbers have been analysed long...

What if an employee tests positive?

What if an employee tests positive?

Do we close our office? Call the CDC? Get tested?  No one expects hospitals to be germ and infection free. Expectations are LOW given the work environment. But for private practices this may often be the worst-case scenario. Could they “blacklist” us?Patients expect...

The August PPE shortage…how bad is it?

The August PPE shortage…how bad is it?

By late spring, the American healthcare sector was so desperate for PPE that even car giant Ford and cap-maker Stormy Kromer started making masks to fill the gap.  It didn’t work…PPE inventory is dangerously low in August.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Can patients get away with “Moonshine” masks?

Can patients get away with “Moonshine” masks?

I love moonshine, but finding some that doesn’t give me a whopping hangover isn’t easy. That’s because home brews can be both amazing AND inconsistent in quality. So why would it be any different for masks? There is HUGE VARIATION in effectiveness. If patients are...