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The Other Upcoming Pandemic

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser looks at mental health as an equivalent of an upcoming pandemic. The general American population (and perhaps the world in differing amounts)
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 16, 2020

Lingering COVID-19 Questions, from Reinfection to Reopening

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser looks at some lingering COVID-19 questions. Many of these have been prompted by a recent study. According to Reuters, S. Korea has reported th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 15, 2020

Specific Reasons for Overrepresentation of COVID-19 in African Americans

Introduction We’ve previously quantified the overrepresentation of COVID-19 in African Americans. This Straight, No Chaser offers a few specific reasons for those disparities
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 14, 2020

Unemployment, COVID-19 and Your Health Insurance

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser looks at the emerging relationship between COVID-19 and your health insurance. Over the last three weeks, approximately 10 million Americans h
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 13, 2020

We’re Helping Those In Need. You Can Too.

Introduction At Straight, No Chaser, we’re into helping those in need. As we’ve discussed, certain communities are especially disadvantaged when it comes to having acce
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 11, 2020

The Rationale for Not Using Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to Treat COVID-19

Introduction Before looking at the rationale against the use of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat COVID-19, think about what’s being asked here. There are two option.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 9, 2020

The Rationale for Using Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to Treat COVID-19

Introduction This is the first of a two-part Straight, No Chaser view at the rationales for and against using hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat COVID-19. Perhaps the dis
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 8, 2020

The New COVID-19 Normal – Three Steps to Safety

Introduction This Straight No Chaser offers you a “Three Steps to Safety” approach for what will become the new normal. Think about the next COVID-19 Outbreak. I’ve b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 7, 2020

African American COVID-19 Outcomes are Disproportionately Bad

Introduction Very few states have been collecting COVID-19 demographic data based on race. When you look at the data, it’s apparent why some may not wish to be confronted with th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 6, 2020

The CDC Recommends Facial Masks for the Public

Need Facial Masks? The CDC now recommends everyone wear masks. Courtesy of SI Medical Supply, you have an option to provide 3-layer facial masks for your family and loved ones. You
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 5, 2020

Wear a Mask: The New Normal

The answer really has been in front of our faces all along (no pun intended). I’ve long appreciated the wisdom of foreigners at airports walking around with their masks. It’s r
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 2, 2020

Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Risk of Acquiring COVID-19

Introduction It’s time for health self-empowerment in the fight to lower your risk of acquiring COVID-19. Here are ten specific recommendations to give you and yours the best cha
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 1, 2020

Coping with COVID-19

Introduction How are you coping with COVID-19? This disease has produced and is producing more cases in the U.S. than any other country in the world. Therefore, it’s time to appr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 30, 2020

Why Isn’t There a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Introduction Creating a coronavirus vaccine seems like such a simple thing, doesn’t it? However, creating any vaccine is among the most complicated and arduous endeavors in medic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update, Actions and Next Steps

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser addresses the latest on COVID-19 and discusses actions and next steps. Number of Cases The United States is now contracting 40% of the new cas
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 25, 2020

Actual Criteria for Coronavirus Testing

Introduction Do you have any idea about the actual criteria for coronavirus testing? Even if you don’t want to know, if you’re talking or visiting a physician, you shou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 22, 2020

The Coronavirus Good News Post

Introduction Would you believe me if told you there was Coronavirus good news? Even in the first of what is likely to be weeks of a shutdown of activity for many places across the
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 21, 2020

Coronavirus Myths, Part I

Introduction Yes, Coronavirus myths are a thing. Coronavirus is not an all-powerful entity that spells the end of mankind. We just have to be diligent in attacking this pandemic. T
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 19, 2020

Combating Coronavirus: In Support of a Mobilized National Response

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser discusses combating Coronavirus in the midst of the current pandemic. Here’s the question of the day: What’s the best public health re
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 16, 2020

Avoiding Accidents

Introduction Do you ever think about avoiding accidents? We don’t like to believe it, but so many of our ills are self-inflicted. Part of being self-empowered as relates to h
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 9, 2020
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