Healthcare

Millennials, healthcare, and the COVID-19 pandemic

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This HND piece puts the spotlight on our biggest demographic: Millennials. This is also the cohort with the most clichés and stereotypes. We look at two surveys run by Harmony Healthcare IT on how millennials feel about various healthcare issues—one done in 2019, and one just completed in February. Of course, the results were affected by the pandemic.

Among other things, 25% said that they would not get the COVID vax. And many appear to trust Dr. Google more than their own doctors.

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Taking a shot...or not

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This HND piece examines the rather large resistance to taking the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to the universal acceptance of the polio vaccine program of the 1950s and early 1960s. It might be hard for people to understand today that even a horrific incident in which tainted polio vaccine CAUSED thousands of cases of polio barely slowed the momentum.

But, remember that back then, people were far less skeptical of the government, even if there were ample reasons to be skeptical. Watergate and the tragedy of Vietnam were still years away. And, the public was still basking in the promise of Science.

We include some very revealing survey data. Spoiler: 47% of those surveyed will probably not get the vaccine.

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Infection control in the age of COVID-19

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This HND piece examines specific infection control procedures that are used in areas exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While the term "infection control" is most often applied to healthcare facilities, any time we don a mask or maintain social distancing, every one of us is practicing infection control.

The CDC has established detailed procedures for cleaning up COVID-19 affected areas, and most facilities outside of the healthcare industry would be well served to use professional services. We do mention a respected clean-up outfit, based in Seattle.

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California COVID dreamin’ and more

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This HND piece examines the paradox whereby California has the most COVID-19 cases, along with the tightest lockdown rules. Moreover, on a per capita basis, California's active cases are about 30 percent higher than that of Florida, which has virtually no restrictions.

About the only places where lockdowns seem to work are under extremely draconian circumstances, and then in island nations. Still, one wonders how New Zealand can claim that they have no new cases, unless they are testing every citizen every day. Since a "case" seems to be defined as testing "positive," and this is a virus that is asymptomatic in up to 80% of cases, how can such a "finding" be proclaimed?

We then segue into the work of Donald Henderson, a giant in disease control and mitigation. Would it surprise you that his recommendations for how to handle pandemic flu are mostly being ignored or contradicted by our current policy?

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A look at Howard Bauchner's wish list for 2021

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This HND piece examines the wish list put forth by Bauchner, the editor in chief of JAMA. We try to be kind, but the virtue signaling and platitudes are too much to ignore. He does come up with one good idea, but offers no specifics on how he would accomplish it. We offer a rather obvious suggestion.

Unfortunately, Bauchner's point of view reflects the sorry state of academic medicine, and serves to illustrate just how far removed the AMA is from the needs of most practicing physicians.

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COVID-19 mass hysteria and questions

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This HND piece takes a look as to how science does not matter in the least to many of our dictatorial leaders, in the wake of COVID-19. New York State's own contact tracing data names restaurants as a location with a very low rate of infections. Yet, they are closed in NYC and possibly other cities. Likewise, the governor of Michigan continues on with her crusade to destroy the state's economy.

And, wait to you hear what self-anointed genius Melinda Gates has to say about lockdowns. As the cliché goes, you can't make this stuff up.

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Slowing down the transmission of COVID-19

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This HND piece takes a look at the rising number of cases, and recaps how we think that the virus is spread. thus, the old controversy of airborne versus droplets is reopened. Regarding masks, the consensus is that they help to some extent, but it is troubling that the widely used paper masks are never discussed in most references.

As to the upcoming vaccine, we're now told that even those vaccinated will still have to don masks...for a while. We also introduce an interesting product to protect you from dirty grocery carts—supposedly these harbor more than pathogens than public restrooms.

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There’s more than COVID-19 in play here

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This HND piece critiques the notion that COVID-19, all by itself, is causing private medical practices to close. Anyone who has studied healthcare since the advent of Medicare, knows quite well that factors have been in play for more than 50 years that have worked to undermine the private practice of medicine.

We trace that history, and describe how practices that are currently successful are bucking the trend. In most cases, they have created a niche, and also use medical scribes. Still, the majority of practices these days large, or are affiliated with hospitals.

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Holiday travel 2020

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This HND piece examines the upcoming post-Thanksgiving holiday travel outlook. As you might expect, air travel is down by quite a bit, but people seem to be doing plenty of car trips. Still, the overall amount of travel is down by at least ten percent (based on figures from Thanksgiving). Airlines continue to tout studies showing that the aircraft environment is quite safe. Meanwhile, overreaching governments are urging folks to stay home.

A portion of the public is getting tired of the restrictions, and the nearly daily episodes of hypocrisy by our so-called "leaders," who are caught violating their own policies. Elite scientists such as Dr. Mike Yeadon are joining the skeptics. We also highlight a company that offers a convenient travel safety kit, for those who choose to continue with their travel plans.

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More on lockdowns and masks

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This week's HND piece features some new information on everyone's least favorite subject: COVID-19. We touch on how more aggressive measures, including curfews are being proposed, and the purposeful conflation of positive tests with "cases" of the actual acute disease. Of course, that loaded term "essential worker" has been raised again, and we destroy it—once more.

Also included is a big study crushing the notion of lockdowns, along with an American company that produces masks—at competitive prices.

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COVID-19 quick takes--part one

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This HND piece presents several new findings on COVID-19, including the retraction of a big mask study; the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine; the Vitamin D connection; and melatonin as a possible therapy. While the authorities seem to be trying to scare us about the pandemic again, they are doubling down on lockdowns and masks.

But, here's the thing: For the most part, people have been compliant with these policies, yet infection rates continue to rise. Maybe, though, there's something wrong with the testing. Both Elon Musk and Erykah Badu have recently announced laughably inconsistent results for their COVID testing.

Under normal circumstances, we should be patient, and only post links to perfect studies, but the sad fact is, that there is almost no actual science being done these days. As such, we can only evaluate items of interest, and make them available to you.

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