Is it true that everyone has had COVID-19?

For some time, we have been hearing many in the U.S. say that everyone has been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and already had COVID-19. I am guessing that those folks fall into one of three camps: First, a high-level review of antibodies. There are 5 major categories of antibodies (we abbreviate them with the prefix “Ig”Continue reading “Is it true that everyone has had COVID-19?”

What Do We Think We Know about Long COVID at this Point

You may think that the title is a bit weird, but it is intentional. I am going to give a brief overview of the current understanding of Long COVID. However, I have practiced medicine long enough to understand that our knowledge about who gets certain diseases, why those individuals get the disease, what mechanisms areContinue reading “What Do We Think We Know about Long COVID at this Point”

Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak

A Guide to Planning from the Schoolhouse to the White House This day has been a long time coming. Our book is officially released today! You can access our book from local bookstores, Walmart (beginning 4/24) and many other distributors, including: In print, Kindle version or audiobook. How did this book come to be? InContinue reading “Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak”

My 2 cents on ending mask requirements in hospitals

People who follow my blog or follow me on Twitter will not be surprised that I disagree with the decisions made by some hospitals to end mask requirements in healthcare facilities. In fact, I previously wrote a blog piece as to why. However, I also realize that health care leaders are dealing with very challengingContinue reading “My 2 cents on ending mask requirements in hospitals”

How are non-scientists to understand the COVID origins debate?

Let’s first clear up a technicality: it is not actually the origins of COVID-19 that is at the center of the debate. We know that COVID-19 is a disease that is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 (an acronym for severe acute respiratory syndrome – coronavirus followed by the number 2 because the first severeContinue reading “How are non-scientists to understand the COVID origins debate?”

What are the implications of ending the federal public health emergency declaration?

With the 1/30/23 announcement that the Biden administration plans to end the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration in May, what does this mean for the public, for state governments and health care providers? Answer: Much more than you probably realize. Background The Trump administration issued the COVID-19 national emergency and the public health emergency (PHE)Continue reading “What are the implications of ending the federal public health emergency declaration?”