Tag Archives: COVID-19

The Scale of Testing Compared to the Scale of the Outbreak

Fox News, Trump (and Zeldin) are blaming the current resurgence of Covid-19 cases on increased testing.  So let’s have a look at the data!  I highly recommend this website: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing. The following graphs come from this site which has data … Continue reading

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Huge Crowd in Bridgehampton: Justice for Floyd

This was easily the largest rally I have ever seen on the South Fork or in Suffolk County.  Official estimate according to the Patch.com about 1000 people.  Just imagine Main street (Rte 27) filled on both sides and on the … Continue reading

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Protest in Commack drawing criticism

Some insightful letters to Newsday: The behavior of a few unruly demonstrators at the recent Commack protest was shameful [“Trump cheers LI protesters,” News, May 17]. If these few were, say, 4% of the demonstrators, the other 96% could have … Continue reading

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Children with Coronavirus Produce the Same Amount of Virus as Adults

We all know that kids seem protected against the coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 disease.  They rarely get ill, although there are reports of serious and deadly disease.   A different issue,  is whether children can be asymptomatic carriers … Continue reading

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Rampant Asymptomatic COVID-19 in a Homeless Shelter

I have previously written about “the forgotten” and why Coronavirus infection in these populations affects us all.  I am talking about people in prisons, people in nursing homes and people in homeless shelters.  Outbreaks of COVID-19 in these populations do … Continue reading

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Is the East End ‘Open for Business’ as Usual?

Gurney’s Inn, long an iconic resort on Long Island’s eastern tip at Montauk (June 5, 2013) Credit: Doug Kuntz Some East End resorts are planning to open soon. Contrary to some assertions that misinterpret Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, resorts are … Continue reading

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Visiting New York City

I have not been in the city since late February 2020. Much has changed.  It is now a ghost town.  Nobody rides the subway and there are no cabs.  On the bright side, there are plenty of parking spaces and … Continue reading

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COVID is Much Much Worse than the Flu

I am still getting questions about whether COVID is any worse than the annual flu (even from my family).  The simple answer is YES, IT IS MUCH WORSE! There are a number of recent posts and on-line articles discussing the … Continue reading

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How We Got Here

  In the Southampton Press: How We Got Here The media has accurately reported how President Trump’s mismanagement of COVID-19 has exacerbated this global health crisis. But Trump’s damage to our public health goes back to the beginning of his … Continue reading

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Labradoodle dog breeder heads HHS response to the coronavirus

Submitted by Peggy Backman: Rebecca Ballhaus @rebeccaballhaus FDA chief Stephen Hahn asked HHS (Health and Human Services) in January if he could contact companies about possible shortages of PPE and other equipment. He was told no. Azar told associates such … Continue reading

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How Fast is the Coronavirus spreading?

Rt is a key measure of how fast the virus is spreading. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infected and infectious person. Rt = 1 means one infected person infects one other person on average. … Continue reading

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No Surprise

From Southampton Press: No Surprise For those of us inclined to pay close attention to the Trump administration, this aspect in particular stands out: the undoing of all varieties of federal regulation. Environmental, banking, consumer and health regulations have been … Continue reading

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Are we Failing our Seniors by not Providing COVID-19 Testing?

Laura Ahearn just released the following: STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATE CANDIDATE  DEMOCRAT LAURA AHEARN (SD-1) Nearly Half of Suffolk County COVID-19 Deaths Occurred at Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities  – Transparency Will Bring Needed Resources –   “On Monday April … Continue reading

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Federal Formula for Stimulus Aid to Hospitals Punishes New York State 

STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATE CANDIDATE DEMOCRAT LAURA AHEARN (SD-1) “The first 30 billion dollar distribution of federal coronavirus aid for hospitals is not being allocated based upon the incidence of COVID-19, but instead upon the number of Medicare recipients in 2019. … Continue reading

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Is the Curve Flattening in NY City?

There has been talk about the flattening of the curve of new reported COVID-19 cases indicating at the very least a slowing growth of the caseload in New York City.   I found the following data in an interesting “working paper” … Continue reading

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Cytokine storm in COVID-19 patients that do poorly?

Image of the cytokine IP-10   I have been reading some reports about cytokine storms in patients with COVID-19 that fare poorly and end up on ventilators in the ICU. Here is one such study which was submitted for publication … Continue reading

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Trump Approval and Consumer Confidence since COVID-19

Looks like all leaders are getting a significant approval boost from COVID-19 with a few exceptions: Obrador (Mexico), Bolsanoro (Brasil), Abe (Japan), see above.  Trump’s approval is up from -10 to -5. The approval ratings surged much more dramatically for … Continue reading

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How Insurers are Covering COVID-19

from Healthcare Dive. Updated April 3, 2020 • By Samantha Liss Insurers are weighing how best to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as cases swell in the U.S. Here is a tracker to follow the latest policy … Continue reading

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Warning from the Virologists

    This is a very interesting paper!  It is a detailed virological and immunological study of 9 patients with COVID-19, presenting from Jan 23 – 27, 2020, all with mild upper respiratory symptoms (not requiring ICU admission or ventilators) … Continue reading

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Advice from a New York City ICU Doc

Dr. Frugoni in California:  This is the best explanation of how to protect yourselves, family and friends by a knowledgeable and calm doctor working the frontlines in NYC. Well worth listening to the entire 56 minutes. Dr. Posnett: This is … Continue reading

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