Specialty Focus  
        Volume IX | Issue 20    
May 19, 2020        
Practice specific news, analysis and commentary for Florida's Medical Specialists
Everything we know about hydroxychloroquine, the drug Trump says he is taking to prevent Coronavirus
Jeffrey Martin reports for Newsweek:

Donald Trump has revealed he has started taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug he has repeatedly touted as a possible Coronavirus treatment despite concerns about potentially dangerous side-effects. The U.S. president said he had been taking the drug daily in pill form for around 10 days and had discussed it with the White House doctor before doing so. Mr. Trump said many front line workers were using hydroxychloroquine to prevent getting COVID-19, citing a letter he had received from a doctor talking up the possible benefits. 
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How Pandemics End - A Brief History
Gina Kolata reports for the New York Times via MSN:

According to historians,
pandemics typically have two types of endings: the medical, which occurs when the incidence and death rates plummet, and the social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes.

"When people ask, 'When will this end?,' they are asking about the social ending," said Dr. Jeremy Greene, a historian of medicine at Johns Hopkins.

In other words, an end can occur not because a disease has been vanquished but because people grow tired of panic mode and learn to live with a disease. Allan Brandt, a Harvard historian, said something similar was happening with COVID-19: "As we have seen in the debate about opening the economy, many questions about the so-called end are determined not by medical and public health data but by sociopolitical processes."


Doctors, Divorce and COVID-19
Brian M. Karpf
Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez
Work and homelife can combine for fear and tension during these uncertain times. Such tensions can heighten marital discord (or worsen that which already existed). Unfortunately, increases in divorce seem imminent. How does one deal with the breakup of a marriage during COVID-19? Or, should you do a Prenuptial Agreement?

If children are involved, minimize the disruption to them. If you can no longer reside with your spouse, consider alternate living arrangements comfortable for both you and your kids. Consider the distance between homes. Or, consider "birdnesting," where children remain in the marital home and the parents alternate moving out (with each having their own home or sharing one since there is little to no overlap). Of course, sharing a home with your soon-to-be ex-spouse requires trust. Regardless, the benefit now is not needing such a large second residence, and not requiring a long-term commitment. However, birdnesting usually only works (if at all) in the short term. Consider the various child timesharing scenarios and how they match your work schedule.

Financial planning is also key. What obligations will exist during and after divorce? Will you be paying alimony? Speak with your financial advisor or CPA and have them run cash flow scenarios.
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