I’ve spent most of my life learning about what kills people. Hey, it’s a job and I love it.
The numbers in Oklahoma are blessedly small. Too small for statistical significance but there are some interesting aspects to these numbers. The 2 out of state positives are professional basketball players. We shouldn’t expect a huge increase from out of state since Oklahoma is not exactly a vacation tourist type destination and no one is traveling much nowadays. The first positives were in Tulsa county. That number hasn’t really moved much but Oklahoma county numbers have, a clear indicator of community spread.
The most disturbing numbers are the positives ages 18-64. This is not Wuhan. This is not Italy. This is not Iran. This is not Spain. This is Oklahoma.
Stay safe and act accordingly to your specific locale.
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|County||COVID-19 Cases by County*|
|Age Group, Years||COVID-19 Cases*|
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|COVID-19 Cases by Gender|
Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-03-18 at 07:00 AM.
Last month the skeptical cardiologist asked Nicola Triglione, a native of Southern Italy who completed his cardiology fellowship in Milan to give us his perspective on the US and Italian health care systems. Since Italy is now at the European epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic and second only to China in number of cases and deaths,…
What were the demographics of the forty-one admitted 2019-nCoV patients included in this study?
Most were men (30/41 patients; 73%)
Median age = 49 years
13/41 patients (32%) had underlying disease (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, COPD, cancer)
What kind of symptoms did the forty-one admitted 2019-nCoV patients included in this study have?
Fever (40/41 patients; 98%)
Cough (31/41 patients; 76%)
Myalgia or Fatigue (18/41 patients; 44%)
These three symptoms were the major ones. There were patients who had sputum production, headache, hemoptysis, and diarrhea; however, these symptoms were less common.
Dyspnea occurred in 55% later in the course, with mean time to onset of dyspnea at 8 days.
Here’s a nice short summary of a recent study published in Lancet. The balance of the source article can be found at emDOCs.net
And if you want to maintain your sanity regarding this emerging infectious disease threat avoid social media.
Social media, for all its many ills and its few redeeming qualities, identifies idiots.
Can we turn serious for a minute? Are you on social media, talking to people that you don’t know about things that you know nothing about? If so, what are you doing? There’s a great big wonderful wide world out there. Why not trying exploring it? Talk to people. See things. Read stuff that is longer than 14 words.
Unlike the currently used molecular test that uses oral swab samples, the antibody test developed by Duke-NUS Medical School has several advantages — it can detect past infection in people who have now recovered, it relies on blood samples, and can identify asymptomatic cases. Using an antibody test developed by the Duke-NUS Medical School that […]
On February 20, China once again changed the case definition in Hubei province. All clinically confirmed cases will now be classified under suspected cases. Only molecular test positives will be labelled as confirmed. On February 12, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported from mainland China witnessed the biggest increase for a given day when […]
Of more than 245 million injuries reported in the study period, 130,797 involved powered-scooter accidents, accounting for 5.3 per 10,000 U.S. emergency department injuries. There were 3,075 e-bike injuries, or 0.13 per 10,000. In addition, about 9.4 million pedal bicycle injuries accounted for 385.4 per 10,000 of all emergency department injuries.
I live a short distance from one of the three major universities in Oklahoma. I’ve learned to drive defensively especially when classes are over and the streets are teeming with students. The other day in a residential 25 MPH area adjacent to campus the car in front of me suddenly hit her brakes.
Student on an e-bike ran a stop sign. She was not wearing a helmet nor did she look in either direction prior to placing herself directly in the path of a moving car.