Tagged COVID-19

Politicization and Polarization of COVID-19

“You stay completely apolitical and non-ideological. I’m a scientist and I’m a physician. And that’s it.”  Anthony Fauci, the scientist-turned-public health activist who has run the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past 36 years, shared his wisdom on how to function in a highly politicized and polarized nation. Fauci has worked…

Breathing Through a Pandemic

As most people have probably experienced by now, testing for COVID-19 can be uncomfortable, expensive, time-consuming or a combination of all three. The current standard for testing involves a nasal swab to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, which is then analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by a reverse transcriptase polymerase…

The Pandemic in Uniform

On March 29, 2020, Capt. Brett Crozier sent an email to three admirals with authority over him and copied it to a handful of Navy captains. Crozier was the skipper commanding the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, deployed in the West Pacific at the time as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. The email detailed the…

Designing Spaces Around Diseases

At a TED talk in 2016, Michael Murphy, founding principal and executive director of MASS design group, described a hospital in Tugela Ferry, South Africa in which a person could walk-in with a broken leg and leave with a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis [3]. This hospital became the center of a tuberculosis outbreak. Why? Unventilated…

Time to Vaccinate

The United States leads the world in medical research and healthcare spending. In 2005, President George W. Bush announced a detailed and comprehensive plan written by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent and respond to infectious diseases at the state and federal levels….

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