CAMUS; the Plague Part VI

Reader discretion advised: 13% of us will have a stress-related psychotic break during the pandemic. If you feel responsible for giving the virus to others and you feel guilty for causing their death, you have a psychosis. Medication and cognitive…

You've Got A Plastic Spoon...Part V

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. ...AND THE ICE CREAM IS FROZEN... PART V The quarantine opposition is ready for a confrontation. Hoping to further obfuscate and downplay the initial failures of the viral immunization trials reported on Friday…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part IV

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. "Caught in the Devil’s Bargain" Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock”` PART IV A million virus particles on the head of a pin. Got it? It’s not a hundred pins in your lungs; now it’s a thousand... It’s the…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part III: The Virus

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. On the head of a pin sit either a million angels or a million particles of corona virus 19. The outbreak in China is well publicized but not well understood because of the obfuscation. Had American and other international…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part II: The Residents

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Louise and Thelma each lived about 90 years before they met as roommates at Bellamy Fields. Among my theories about…

ANATOMY OF AN OUTBREAK - Part I: The Staff

By JOHN HOPKINS, DR.P.H. (All rights reserved. Names and identifying information have been changed for privacy’s sake) Bob’s Facebook page shows him and his family in Florida in mid March 2020. Older parents, his wife and college age…

"NON-ESSENTIAL" PERSONNEL

This was always a loaded HR category for me and it usually applied to sending people home early in anticipation of big snowstorms. Now it has new meaning as health care facilities and all industries and services redefine work roles. Because…

VIRUSES WE HAVE KNOWN AND LOATHED

As a chronic student I took every epidemiology course I could find between 1978 and 1984 at U. Pittsburgh. The Public Health School and the Medical School exchanged students and teachers freely and students jumped schools like viruses jump species. In…

SCRUB-A-DUB

In Flu Season we probably double the housekeeping efforts and nursing wipes the table tops with high strength cleaners all day long. The residents’ coughs and sneezes expose us all to numerous viruses, not just the media-popular seasonal flu. The…

Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot...

Well, should it? Old and new acquaintances are important for how they are alike and how they are different. I don’t remember if I wrote this column last year but luckily WORD will remember… No sign of it; another false memory. Christmas…