Thursday, October 21, 2021 Now again, with a flurry of recent news about vaccination options, I present answers to questions I’m frequently asked, or wish I was. Public health officials are talking about “boosters” and “third doses” as if they’re different things. Are they? Those are two bits of jargon that are worth explaining. Then you too can talk like the cool kids at the Department of Health. Additional doses (or third doses in...More
Sunday, August 1, 2021 A couple of months ago I was desperately hoping that my next post about COVID-19 would be a retrospective, summarizing what we had learned and looking forward to a post-pandemic world. I am extremely ready to be done with this microscopic monster, but it is clearly not done with us. In More
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It's been a long dark night And I've been a waitin' for the morning It's been a long hard fight But I see a brand new day a dawning
-- Dolly Parton, Light of a Clear Blue MorningIn medicine, the light at the end of the tunnel is usually the colonoscope, but this time, of course, I’m speaking metaphorically. After a year of death, sickness, loss of work, overflowing hospitals and a complete di...
or This Pandemic Will End in TiersSunday, January 17, 2021 The Short Version for Readers Who Want Clear Instructions and Little Else [This section was updated on Friday, January 22, and will be updated periodically.]
- Keep an eye on the LA County Dept of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine D...
How’s it going in Los Angeles with the pandemic? The numbers in LA are absolutely dreadful. Daily new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are at all-time highs. The current case numbers make the mountain of cases this summer look like a molehill. In July I worried that a COVID death rate in the 40s per day would make COVID a contender for the leading killer in LA...More
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 After staying quite low through much of September and October, COVID-19 case numbers are rising again in LA County, as are hospitalizations for COVID. The LA County Department of Public Health warned last weekend that “transmission of COVID-19 is widespread and increasing in L.A County”. And if you think that’s bad, what...More
What’s happening now? In LA County, COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have been steadily declining for the last two months. Hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in LA are at lows not seen since the early months of the pandemic. This contrasts with a recent increase in cases nationally, including in cities like New York. Whether this new...More
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 With fall almost upon us, patients are abuzz with questions about this season’s flu shot. Below I try to answer the questions they should be asking. I hear the flu shot is especially important this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s not a question. I thought I was going to be answering questions. Is this a rambling stream of consciousness post, or a question and answer post? Wow. You really need more coffee. OK. Ho...More