COVID-19

Epidemiology 101 This requires an advanced degree in common sense.. When the two urgent care physicians from Bakersfield used smoke and mirrors to egregiously massage their data and mislead the American public regarding social distancing, I knew it was important to share some basic tenets of math...

Unethical doctors promoting misinformation for financial gains, misleading claims by news organizations  and a pervasive fear in many Americans has lead to the misconception that COVID-19 is no worse than influenza. I pointed out yesterday that COVID-19 is 10 times more fatal than the flu,...

Tucker Calrson feels that “the virus just isn’t nearly as deadly as we thought.” And what did Tucker base his statement on? Well, of course, the renowned expert D.O. from Bakersfield, CA (yes, Bakersfield) Dr. Daniel Erikson. Dr. Erikson stated in his video that his...

I have received several unflattering comments from my blogs regarding the need to direct medical care based on scientific evidence, not anecdotal stories. Finally, a well done randomized retrospective study, replete with p-values and confidence intervals, is undergoing peer-review for publication. I have repeatedly called out...

  COVID-19: Daily new confirmed deaths per million, rolling 7-day average Everyone wants to go to the beach. It appears that social distancing has worked, so let's get back to life! Right?  No, wrong. Fox News touts the ingenious approach to herd immunity that Sweden is attempting, subsequently...

  Most everyone is familiar with Sweden’s liberal approach to the pandemic. The Swedes are aware of social distancing but have minimized restrictions on freedom of movement. Sweden’s chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell feels that this relaxed approach is the right way. So what are the numbers as...

Prone ventilation, or proning, has been around since the late 1990's, but has come to the forefront recently due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Historically, prone ventilation was used in only the most extreme cases. Patients who were not able to maintain proper oxygen levels on...

A recent FAA directive instructs, "Use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection is disqualifying while on the medication and for 48 hours after the last dose before reporting for flight or other safety related duties."  Apparently for the safety of pilots and passengers the...

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has mandated that workers in essential businesses wear face coverings due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also instructed businesses to refuse service to customers who aren't wearing them. So is there data to support this mandate? Actually, there is. A study...