Harm Reduction

Early on in the pandemic, the call was to flatten the curve, to mitigate (reduce) the number of cases and not overwhelm our healthcare systems. Over time, that has morphed, in the view of some, to an attempt to eliminate or suppress the viral spread. A new study looks at the tradeoff.
Thirty-seven years ago, at the end of September, in the time before COVID, the world faced another global crisis. Just three weeks earlier, Korean Air Lines Flight 007, inadvertently entering prohibited Soviet airspace, was shot down by a Soviet air-to-air missile, killing all 269 passengers and crew of a Boeing 747. ...
Perhaps it is my longstanding interest in my professional failures (or how understanding failure makes my work better and my actions more resilient) but I was drawn, much like a moth to the flame, to the recent full Congressional report on the model that Boeing badly bungled. In a week of important news, it was mentioned and then overlooked. That was a mistake. Let's take another look.
The West Coast is aflame; thousands are being evacuated. Before we jump to a conclusion of why, can research inform our thinking? Yes, especially for, "Communities that meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland vegetation, creating zones known as the wildland-urban interface…."
“The extent to which SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, will circulate during the 2020–21 influenza season is unknown. However, it is anticipated that SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses will both be active in the United States during the upcoming 2020–21 influenza season.” - CDC 2021 Guidelines
For everything, there is a time and place. Emergency Use Authorizations by the FDA were necessary for COVID-19's recent past; they are not necessary and will be harmful when applied to a COVID-19 vaccine.
Health literacy, or understanding the medical narrative, is a problem for a majority of Americans. When compounded with numeric literacy, understanding numbers, ratios and rates -- the daily litany that has accompanied COVID-19 news conferences -- it's estimated that 8 out of 10 Americans just don’t get it. 
Let’s assume that an effective vaccine for COVID-19 -- one with a level of efficacy you'll find comforting --becomes available over the next few months. Under all circumstances, demand will outstrip supply. So as we form the line, who is in the front?
Instapot braises, steams, fries, makes yougurt, and despite no special spot on the dial, can now safely sterilize your precious N-95 masks.
Social distancing reduces the possibility of becoming infected with COVID-19. A new study suggests that social distancing also applies to facilities -- in this case -- nursing homes. But how can these particular facilities do that? Read on.
Cardiovascular disease, or CVD, remains one of our biggest killers. And elevated cholesterol is one of CVD’s most influential biomarkers. Twenty-five percent of Americans over 40 take one of these medications, costing $20 billion annually. Are we getting any worthwhile bang for the buck?
Thinking Aloud is an irregularly-scheduled column that considers how we think about a particular issue. First up: Given all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, how do you decide how you should behave?