COVID-19: An Update on Where We Are

Every week provides twists and turns to the pandemic.

Some of the "twists" are self-imposed, for instance when the use of patient plasma was highlighted by the president in a news conference. That then motivates people who are ill to want the use of plasma if they are sick with the coronavirus, which then eliminates the possibility of having a blind test to see if using plasma really works. That was one twist.

Then there is the identification of one patient who was documented as having been infected with the virus, recovered and then became reinfected with the virus -- not a good sign, but not totally clear what that means -- given that it is one (1) patient.

And, what about the flu and COVID-19 hitting simultaneously? Well, maybe the lack of international travel will cause the flu season to be a non-event, but still -- GET YOUR FLU SHOT!

All of the above and more is covered in this NY Times podcast, Where We Stand on the Pandemic. It is an excellent update. 

 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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