COVID-19: Profile of a killer, new IFR estimate from Germany, and Merkel accelerates reopening

Profile of a killer: the complex biology powering the coronavirus pandemic David Cyranoski, writing in Nature, offers what I think might be the single best summary of what we know about SARS CoV-2. Interestingly, Klaus Stöhr, who was head of the World Health Organization’s SARS research and epidemiology division, offers some perspective that echoes my…

COVID-19: The forgotten victims

I’ve written previously about the massive public health impact of government responses to the pandemic: The United Nations estimates that global poverty trends will be reversed for the first time since 1998, pushing “half a billion people into destitution.” The World Health Organization recently warned that lockdown-induced shortages and disruptions in vaccine distribution (reported in…

Worth reading: Suicidality is increasing in the US

More bad news. Between 2005 and 2015, the suicide fatality rate in the US increased 13% among those aged 20-64. Suicide attempts increased among all age groups. “Suicide attempts increased in females, adolescents, and older people, while suicide fatalities (mainly shootings and hangings) increased in those aged 20 to 64. The finding that both incidence…

COVID-19 is not the “great equalizer”

Maria Abi-Habib writing for NYT, “For the first time since 1998, the World Bank says, global poverty rates are forecast to rise. By the end of the year, half a billion people may be pushed into destitution, largely because of the pandemic, the United Nations estimates. … Since 2000, Bangladesh brought 33 million people —…

Sara Crager on right heart failure

Although I’ve been a religiously devoted listener of Scott Weingart’s EMCrit podcast for over five years, I haven’t previously shared an episode here on the blog. EMCrit recently featured a grand rounds lecture from Sara Crager on right heart failure that’s among the best lectures I’ve heard. Dr. Crager brilliantly distills complex physiology into a…