Sept. 17, 2020 | Vol. XI | Issue 38
Caring for other physicians as patients
Dr. John McGeehan writes in a KevinMD post:
My favorite patients were the older physicians who came to me as patients. I was humbled, grateful, and awed by each of them. For some reason, I had quite a few physicians as patients, and caring for this group is interesting. It was not until I got old enough and had issues needing a doctor for myself that I learned how hard it is to walk both sides of that fence.

Dr. T. was in his early seventies when I first met him as my patient. I knew of him, and the word on the street was that he was good, kind, and respected. He was one of the old-school in that he had his office at his home, wore a three-piece suit, never cared what time it was, and treated most ailments with words rather than medications. Patients loved him. His family revered him...
Hurricane Sally makes landfall on Alabama's Gulf Coast - Reuters 
Hurricane Sally makes landfall on Alabama's Gulf Coast  
The slow-moving storm brought winds of up to 105 miles per hour and threatened devastating rainfall. 
USF Wearable Devices Study Aims to Predict When COVID-19 Symptoms Will Worsen
Researchers in several University of South Florida departments - including medicine, nursing and business - are recruiting volunteers from Tampa General Hospital's COVID-19 clinic for a new wearable devices study to predict when symptoms will worsen.

Health News Florida's Daylina Miller spoke with the principal investigator, Matthew Mullarkey, about the study, which is working to determine why some people get so sick from COVID-19 while others don't.

How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic
Thomas J. Hrach 
With COVID-19, a news story that may be 100% accurate can still unintentionally mislead readers about the greatest threats of the pandemic. The unintended outcome results from a lesson taught to every journalism student: Use "real people" to "humanize" the news.

The "real person" in COVID-19 stories may be a mom concerned about her child getting sick in the classroom, used as an example in an article about schools reopening. It may be the family member of a person who died from COVID-19, who gives a moving account for a story about the virus's effects on young adults.

News is about people, so it makes sense to highlight real-life stories. Viewers and readers relate more to personal tales than they do to dry statistics.

But one person's experience is, well, one person's experience. Media studies research suggests readers should not be unduly swayed by one person's tale of woe - or joy - because examples don't necessarily represent the whole.

COVID-19 and Antibody Plasma Treatments
Aaron Carroll, MD, MS 
The FDA recently issued emergency use authorization for utilizing convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19. The idea is that using plasma from a donor who has recovered from Covid-19 has antibodies that can help treat patients who are sick now. Does this work? Are there any downsides to this emergency approval? Let's find out.

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