Tag: public health

America, A Mask Is One Thing To Keep You Safe…

America, A Mask Is One Thing To Keep You Safe…

Yes, it’s a Sunday evening post, because I started writing this three days ago and the data is all time-sensitive and I already had to update all the graphs several times so darnit this post is going up tonight! No matter what data source you […]

Coronavirus: Getting Back to Normal Means Living a New Normal

Coronavirus: Getting Back to Normal Means Living a New Normal

Here in Massachusetts, the numbers are sloooowly improving. Per the MA Department of Public Health COVID-19 dashboard, here is where we are as of Sunday May 17: Here at my hospital, our COVID-19 admissions have come down to a reasonable simmer, with 246 inpatients, 75 […]

Coronavirus: Waiting for the Wave

Coronavirus: Waiting for the Wave

In the space of just a few weeks, multiple private COVID-19 subgroups have formed on Facebook, including a massive healthcare worker group with 250,000 members, a doctor-mom-only group with 30,000 members, a physician group of 20,000 members, and more. Colleagues from all over the world […]

Coronavirus: Can homemade face masks prevent spread?

Coronavirus: Can homemade face masks prevent spread?

Hospitals are running low on personal protective equipment (PPE). Several have asked the public for donations, and even called for skilled individuals to sew handmade face masks. Some hospitals are specifying that these handmade masks are for patients, so they can save “official” PPE for […]

Coronavirus: Where do we go from here?

Coronavirus: Where do we go from here?

Today in my work email there was a priority message from the Massachusetts Department of Health: “As of March 13, Massachusetts has begun to see some initial evidence of community spread of COVID-19 and the Department of Public Health (DPH) has made recommendations consistent with […]

Don’t you want a doctor who cares about all of you?

Don’t you want a doctor who cares about all of you?

A rather backwards and whiny WSJ OpEd titled “Take Two Aspirin and Call Me By My Pronouns” has sparked an explosive backlash from the larger medical community, and with good reason. Physician Stanley Goldfarb, retired dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, laments […]

We interrupt this summer recipe post for news about yet another mass shooting…

We interrupt this summer recipe post for news about yet another mass shooting…

Guys, I just want to write about diet and lifestyle stuff. I am so goddamned tired of critically important medically relevant events that keep hijacking the news cycle. I can’t post a recipe when everyone’s talking about a deadly attack. So let’s cut it out […]

Standing Strong for Science

Standing Strong for Science

Over the past few months, I’ve become a major immunization advocate. But it was almost by accident. Yes, we are in the midst of a measles outbreak. Measles, a potentially debilitating or even deadly virus, was declared eradicated in 2000, can be easily prevented with […]

Doctors Are Being Cyberbullied: Why That’s Bad, and How We’re Fighting Back

Doctors Are Being Cyberbullied: Why That’s Bad, and How We’re Fighting Back

I’m being cyberbullied. On August 8th, a colleague had posted a video on Instagram for National Immunization Month, and was bombarded with nasty comments and negative fake reviews from anti-vaccine activists. She reached out to our physician group on Facebook for backup. Many of us rushed to support her […]

Let Us Arm Ourselves…

Let Us Arm Ourselves…

It makes me sick. Sick that it’s happened again, that it happens every day, and that there are any questions at all about what’s going on. Though research on this particular public health problem has been (and continues to be) suppressed, investigators have persisted. There […]