Memorial Day honors those who died in active military service for our country. The weekend leading up to it also marks the unofficial start of summer for many Americans. To say that Memorial Day weekend 2020 will go down in history as a remembrance like no other hardly covers it.
Traditional commemorations were replaced by virtual ones. Around ...Read more
Last week, I joined with others in concern regarding just how this intervening time of isolation has changed us and how those changes will reshape the world that awaits us post-quarantine. A primary area that should be alarming to us all has to be the state of our hospitals and medical centers. They are not only essential in protecting our ...Read more
After months of the pandemic lockdown, we have arrived at a decisive time. Communities around the country and around the globe are starting to take dramatic next steps as they try to move toward economic and social recovery. You cannot help but wonder how this time of isolation has changed us and how those changes will reshape the world that ...Read more
In 2018, lawmakers passed legislation calling for regulators to set more constricting rules regarding minimum leg room requirements and the width and length of commercial airline seats, as well as reducing the minimum recline pitch of seats. If you have flown coach in the past, I am guessing you may have noticed, especially on newer planes and ...Read more
As cited last week, a recent study published online in the Chinese Medical Journal found that, of 78 patients with COVID-19, those with a history of smoking were 14 times as likely to develop pneumonia. Many public health experts go even further and say that smokers face a much higher risk than nonsmokers of developing severe complications and ...Read more
As suggested last week, adopting a healthy lifestyle can stave off chronic disease and boost a strong immune system -- one that can fight off bacteria and viruses. As a recent example, a study by Harvard University published in January of people who were free of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease at age 50 showed that they did not smoke...Read more
Whatever recovery looks like once the novel coronavirus pandemic eases and we begin to establish a new normal, we should all agree that things will be different. Our behaviors and rituals will have changed. Priorities will change as a nation, as they have in the aftermath of other major catastrophic events in our history. A new norm for public ...Read more
As reports continue to come in of medical professionals thrust into the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, communities around the country have stepped up the efforts to publicly recognize these individuals for their sacrifice and courage.
In Greensboro, North Carolina, the local Fox TV station has begun a series honoring...Read more
Last week, I shared an opinion piece written by Gregory Jasani, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In it, he issued a stern warning to all who disregard social distancing mandates. "Every time we interact with an infected patient, our own risk of contracting the virus increases," he wrote. "Even if we ...Read more
Attention all knuckleheads. I'm talking about those cyclists and runners who have been crowding New York's parks, hanging out at California beaches or frolicking in Florida during spring break. It includes those hiking in large groups through trails and parks and those who had to be cleared out from New Orleans' Bourbon Street -- even after ...Read more
From the outset, there was consistent assurance from public health experts that stocking up on surgical masks will not reduce your chance of catching a common cold, the flu or the novel coronavirus. It was widely reported. As Dr. Pauline Jose, clinical instructor at UCLA and family medicine specialist explains to Livestrong: "There is no ...Read more
The idea of commercial airlines being vessels for the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 reminds me that in today's world of air travel, we have, for years, taken certain risks when we fly without much thought. For example, unforeseen circumstances can cause flights to be grounded anywhere and at any time without warning, stranding us. The...Read more
Something appears to be outpacing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus: the fear of contracting it, whether well-founded or not. It seems to be spreading faster than the disease itself and is now an additional plague -- one that isn't getting nearly the attention it deserves. Within this fear can be ...Read more