It is probably a very good friend right now. COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway in an unprecedented fashion.  But lately, questions about the integrity of Operation Warp Speed have started to linger.  A vaccine availability deadline prior to phase 3 data has not helped, and many think that immunity, while feasible, is still distant. While awaiting proof of vaccine reliance, 
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Imagine a future where you wake up, go to the bathroom, pick up a small strip of paper, and put it in a tube with your saliva and saline.  By the time you are done with part of your morning routine, within 15 minutes or so, the paper will tell you if that morning, you are positive for the novel coronavirus or not. And you can do that randomly on any occasion.  ...

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Concern There is no debate on the insurmountable value of kids needing to be in schools.  CDC data shows that children account for 6% of COVID-19 cases and 0.2% of all deaths.  Yet, the system can miserably fail if bullied into opening.  Children could turn into potential super-spreaders or develop multi-system inflammation, Kawasaki, or toxic-shock syndrome.  And once that domino falls, we ...

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In polarizing politics, it seems that somehow the greater good often misses the very grain that comes together and makes it great — the people. After we blindfolded ourselves to a warning from China and then Italy, New York witnessed the grinding impact of COVID-19.  Merely two months later, many other states are showing unprecedented growth in cases.  Surpassing 2.5 million cases, we have officially unflattened the curve.  Our failed ...

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As the reopening was being evaluated, I found myself contemplating the routine use of a mask in public. I was already wearing it 12 hours a day in the hospital. On one of the clinic days, after constantly conversing while wearing the mask, I also found out the hard way that I don't have the taste buds for non-woven sub-micron thin polypropylene spaghetti. The prospect of wearing one while going ...

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