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About mcclane

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  1. The 1200 bed hospital I work for now requires a surgical mask to be worn for all patient encounters. They want one mask worn for the entire shift. This both protects patients and providers from asymptomatic transmission.
  2. Testing Progress After 2 months of setbacks, COVID-19 diagnostics in the US finally got a win. A new test, just approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, can deliver COVID-19 results within minutes and can be used at the point of care in hospitals, urgent care centers, and physicians' clinics. Abbott Laboratories, which created the test, says they can begin distribution of the tests next week and plans to manufacture 50,000 of the tests per day.
  3. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/927453
  4. It will change the mind of a slice of them. How big that slice is depends on how this all shakes out in the end. The greater the severity, the more of us that lose parents and grandparents, a healthy dose of the primal fear of plague and contagion, will shock many of them to their very core beliefs.
  5. PA programs needed this kick in the ass to put lectures online. Ain't nobody got time to listen to Mr. Mumbles at 1x real life speed.
  6. I have read it is a nasopharyngeal rRT-PCR. This type of test generally suffers from moderate sensitivity with excellent specificity.
  7. This statement is incongruent with the definition of epidemiology. And the government plays a large role in public health, unless we choose to neglect that role.
  8. I don't want to get it, but at least my kids are in the 1-9 year range of extremely low mortality and my wife and I are non-HONDAs. I am curious, though, how the social landscape will be changed over the next 4 years after the great Goodnight, boomer has run its course.
  9. You're taking this too far. The proper response is correction with information, if that is the case, not interpreting this as a "jump" or "reason" for anything at all.
  10. This is already the case. Hah!
  11. Do European countries universally recognize each other's physicians? This question might need discussed with the individual nation you are considering working in. But if they don't recognize a PA anyway, seems they won't recognize any aspect of it.
  12. I think false positives with PCR are rare without a break in laboratory technique. And influenza is a negative single stranded RNA virus, so the assay would be a rtPCR. I am unsure that cross reactivity is even possible between PCR and rtPCR. I would suggest asking the lab or the pathologist or at least getting your hands on the package inserts for the tests your lab uses for review. More likely, a statistical anomaly, or you are over reading something that isn't there.
  13. Probably took one look at the user base and modding on this forum to "yeaa nope" PA's off that list.
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