Pandemic Proportions

More than 200 respiratory viruses are responsible for what is colloquially called “the common cold”. All of them are seasonal to some degree. Enveloped viruses (so called because they are surrounded by an envelope of lipid) peak in winter because the cold dry air provides an optimal environment for viral transmission. Heat, humidity and possibly … More Pandemic Proportions

Flattening the Fake News

Most of us have seen this curve by now, which explains in a single diagram why it’s important to practice the public health recommendations of staying away from each other as much as possible, washing our hands frequently and practicing proper cough etiquette. This picture looks different for different populations right now.  Italy, Spain and … More Flattening the Fake News

Age of Uncertainty

A report in the New York Times yesterday suggests that there is now evidence of Covid-19 transmitting faster in cold, dry climates and slower in warm, humid climates. Warmer Weather May Slow, but Not Halt Coronavirus by Knvul Sheikh and Ernesto Londono, dated March 22, 2020, discusses a study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts Institute … More Age of Uncertainty

An Epidemic of Panic

A global epidemic is currently rocking humanity’s sanity.  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, shortened to SARS-CoV-2, is the official name for the virus that causes the disease known as Covid19.  The virus is genetically related to two previous Coronavirus outbreaks. SARS first caused global panic in 2003.  That outbreak lasted from November 2002 until July … More An Epidemic of Panic