We must protect our healthcare workers; now!

We can’t allow our health care and public health workers to remain in short supply of personally protective equipment (PPE). It’s not enough for the administration and state governments to say that “plans to increase global manufacturing are underway,” as the CDC states in its recent guidance on the matter.

If our Emergency Department, hospital, clinic, home care, public health, and other front-line workers are not fully protected, we risk having our hospitals and health providers overwhelmed, our work force becoming patients with some dying, and leaving even fewer qualified professionals to care for our COVID-19 and regular care needs.

This is not only possible, it’s happening today in Balsamo, Italy. In a community where a 1,000-bed hospital has been completely overwhelmed, and where doctors are now treating other doctors and peers for COVID-19 because of the sheer volume of daily cases and the limited supply of personally protective equipment. They are in sheer crisis mode with virtually every citizen caught in the cross-hair of this situation; with no immediate end in sight. The same is happening at a 400-bed in Milan, and in many other places as well.

Finger-pointing and blame for inadequate testing capabilities must give way to action to take care of our healthcare workers. This is an avoidable scenario that need not happen. We’ve seen the outcome of inaction. The administration and state leaders will be to blame and should be voted out of office this fall if we don’t do whatever it takes to increase production and get PPE in the hands of our front-line healthcare workers.


8 Takeaways from Wuhan, China – Coronavirus

Thank you to Bill Frist, MD for sharing highlights of his conversation with three top Chinese physicians leading the Coronavirus response in China.

I’ll summarize here. However, consider watching the video shared by Dr. Frist on LinkedIn.

Lessons learned;

1. Early control of local transmission depends on rapid diagnosis and hospitalization of those with the disease. Failure to do this results in a spike in local cases.

2. Disciplined social distancing allowed for a peaking of cases in Wuhan within 10 days after first being reported. The number of new cases remained elevated for 6 days, followed by a rapid fall in reported new cases.

3. The most common feature of serious infection appeared to be fever, which was present in 98.6% of pneumonia cases reported in Wuhan. Other common symptoms included fatigue, dry cough, and muscle soreness.

4. Viral load, the measure of the virus present in the blood stream, had a direct impact on the severity of the disease.

5. COVID-19 was confirmed with two positive PCR performed one after the other.

6. Chest x-rays and CT scans were not precise in identifying COVID-19.

7. The main incubation periods, the average time from initial infection to onset of infection, in China was about 6 1/2 days.

8. No anti-viral drug has been proven effective against COVID-19. That said, trials are underway on Lopinavir, Retonavir, Remdisivir.

I encourage you to listen to the entire video on LinkedIn.

Trustworthy Sources of Federal/State/Local Information


Caronavirus – COVID-19

Last update: 3/13/2020

It’s natural for everyone to want information about COVID-19 in the U.S.

If you want information, there’s a curated list of trustworthy phone numbers and websites below specifically for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and help.

All the phone numbers and website links below are specific to COVID-19 (Cornoavirus). They are from curated and trustworthy federal, state, and local governments and agencies, and educational institutions. The list will be updated regularly as new, credible information becomes available.

Please do not to click on unsolicited emails offering information about COVID-19, treatments, cures, or anything else. No matter how legitimate the email looks.

There is far too much misleading and incorrect information being put out to the public on the Internet and via the media Scammers are already using the CDC and state health department logos to place malicious software on computers as soon as emails are opened.

Every person should take personal responsibility to assess the accuracy of the  information you are consuming.

Phone Numbers


1-888-463-6332: Food & Drug Administration Information Line
1-800-232-4636: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


617-534-5050: Boston Public Health Commission
760-837-8988: California., Eisenhower Health
866-779-6121: Florida Department of Health
513-529-9000: Miami University, OH
855-600-3452: New Mexico Department of Health
410-455-1000: University of Maryland
304-598-6000: West Virginia University
801-584-2575: Veterans Administration Rocky Mountain Network
877-741-3400: Veterans Administration Tampa, FL




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Medicare: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus
EPA’s List of Disinfectants for COVID-19: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2


State Health Department Websites: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html
California, Los Angeles: https://www.lacity.org/highlights/los-angeles-emergency-management-departments-response-covid-19
California, Oakland: https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2020/new-coronavirus-covid-19-update
California, Santa Clara: https://www.santaclaraca.gov/i-want-to/stay-informed/current-topics/coronavirus-updates
Florida: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/
Florida, Tampa: https://www.tampagov.net/emergency-management/covid-19
Georgia: https://dph.georgia.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-outbreak
Hawaii, Maui County: https://www.mauicounty.gov/2370/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information
Illinois, Kane County: https://kanecountyconnects.com/2020/03/covid-19-daily-update-president-bans-travel-from-europe-hindale-schools-close-6-new-coronavirus-cases-statewide-who-declares-global-pandemic/
Louisiana: http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
Maryland: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
Massachusetts https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Montana: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt
New Mexico: https://www.governor.state.nm.us/2020/03/11/updated-governor-department-of-health-announce-first-positive-covid-19-cases-in-new-mexico/
New York: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
New York, Rochester: https://www.rochesterregional.org/coronavirus-covid19
New York, Rockland County: http://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/
North Carolina: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina
Pennsylvania, Alleheny County: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/COVID-19/COVID-19.aspx
Rhode Island: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/
Texas: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/
Texas, Dallas: https://dallascityhall.com/Pages/Corona-Virus.aspx
Utah: https://dps.utah.edu/coronavirus/
Washington (state): https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus
Washington, Island County: https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
Washington, Maple Valley: https://www.maplevalleywa.gov/departments-services/covid-19
Washington, Seattle & King Counties: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/news/2020/March/10-covid-case-updates.aspx

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