Doctor Vaughan's COVID-19 Updates

Doctor Vaughan's COVID-19 Updates

By Mark Vaughan
Dr. Mark Vaughan reviews COVID-19 (Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2) pandemic news updates each weekday. Most of the information is gleaned from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security daily updates among other sources of health and medical news stories.

Dr. Vaughan is the Medical Director of the Auburn Medical Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Sutter Independent Physicians. Learn about the Auburn Medical Group at auburnmedicalgroup.com.

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Our Clinic Update
We are experiencing pro long turnaround times for COVID-19 testing. We are not currently able to test people who do not have symptoms.
04:26
July 13, 2020
Detroit Hydroxychloroquine Study Finds Benefit
In contrast to many prior studies, a study done with 2500 patients in the Henry Ford Hospital system found mortality benefit to early administration hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 inpatients.
05:46
July 10, 2020
Dr. Richard Bartlett’s Silver Bullet
Dr. Richard Bartlett has gone viral on YouTube with his claim of a silver bullet treatment for COVID-19 using nebulized budesonide.
07:37
July 9, 2020
5 Vaccine Candidates
There are five vaccine candidates receiving major funding from the United States government. They all use relatively new or completely novel vaccine technology.
04:59
July 8, 2020
Coronavirus Stability and Lysol Approved
A study found that the virus lasts for shorter times at colder temperatures, and the EPA approved two Lysol products for SARS-CoV-2.
03:54
July 7, 2020
Social Distancing Slows COVID-19 Spread
They study from Princeton University analyzed data supporting the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
04:08
July 6, 2020
July 4th Celebrations
The safest way to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family is to only be together outdoors, wearing masks, and maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
04:37
July 2, 2020
Adolescent Attitudes
In article published in JAMA Pediatrics reviews the effects of various influences on adolescent behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic.
04:44
July 1, 2020
Who Gets the Vaccine First?
The advisory committee on immunization practices of the CDC has already met to discuss prioritization for administration of a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.
05:34
June 30, 2020
First COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Administers in Chinese Military.
The Chinese military has received approval for administering a vaccine to members of their armed services. This vaccine was developed by the Chinese military in cooperation with CanSino Biologics.
04:11
June 29, 2020
Worse Now. What to Do.
Nationally the numbers are getting worse than they have ever been in the United States. We can do something about it. Wear face coverings when you’re with non-household members, maintain a distance of 6 feet from non-household members. Try to not be indoors with non-household members as much as possible.
04:56
June 26, 2020
Keep Wearing Masks
Face coverings are the most important thing, combined with keeping a 6 foot minimum distance from others, that you can do to help prevent sickness and death from COVID-19.
03:10
June 25, 2020
Children and COVID-19
Evidence suggests that children can be together without significant risk to them or to their families from COVID-19.
04:02
June 24, 2020
Human Challenge Trials for Coronavirus Vaccines
There was a recent opinion piece questioning the appropriateness of human challenge trials for coronavirus vaccine testing.
06:30
June 23, 2020
COVID-19 Immunity Duration
And an article published in Nature Medicine suggests that immunity declines rapidly in patients recovering from SARS-CoV-2 infections. Dr. Vaughan explains that this is not the whole story about immunity.
04:08
June 22, 2020
Mandatory Face Masks in California
The governor has announced mandatory use of facemasks in California. We go over some of the details. https://COVID-19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/
05:09
June 19, 2020
Fact or Fiction: How to Determine COVID-19 Information Reliability
An article published by Nature today gives us eight ways to determine if information is reliable.
05:13
June 18, 2020
Global Immunological Observatory
Michael Mina proposes a new way to track emerging infectious threats with a surveillance of blood samples
04:35
June 17, 2020
Dexamethasone Helps COVID-19 Patients on Respiratory Support.
The old generic drug, dexamethasone, has been found to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19 patients on ventilators or requiring supplemental oxygen.
03:35
June 16, 2020
Superspreading Events
Superspreading events occur when several individuals catch COVID-19 at the same event.
05:21
June 15, 2020
Wear Face Masks
A modeling study published by the Royal Society finds that face mask wearing with social distancing can control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
05:24
June 12, 2020
Double Lung Transplant
A woman in her 20s had a double lung transplant at Northwestern in Chicago because of the extensive damage done to her lungs by COVID-19.
03:16
June 11, 2020
County Health Officers Attacked
California has had 7 county health officers resign since the Pandemic began. Support them #coontyhealthofficials
04:50
June 10, 2020
Asymptomatic Spread
A WHO statement made on Monday was clarified today to keep from giving the impression that people without symptoms of COVID-19 are not a major source of spread Of the disease.
04:27
June 9, 2020
STOP Retesting
Evidence suggests that retesting coronavirus positive patients after symptoms resolve is not helpful. Patients should be considered to no longer be infectious if they have had at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and at least three days without symptoms.
04:42
June 8, 2020
Revisiting Hydroxychloroquine
Articles in the Lancet in the New England Journal of Medicine based on the study showing increased mortality with hydroxychloroquine have been retracted.
04:40
June 5, 2020
Are Children Spreading Coronavirus?
A Dutch study suggests children are not a significant source of COVID-19 spread. Social “bubbles” are a strategy for gradual reconnecting with others socially.
04:20
June 4, 2020
Taiwan vs. Sweden
Sweden’s mortality is the highest per capita in the world. Taiwan has still only had 443 cases of COVID-19 with only seven deaths. What did they do differently?
05:41
June 3, 2020
Distance and Protection
A review published in Lancet promotes the use of his school doesn’t seem combined with the use of facemasks and eye protection
04:39
June 2, 2020
Warp Speed
The United States effort at developing a vaccine for SARS-coV-2is being conducted at warp speed.
06:06
June 1, 2020
Coronavirus Saliva Antibodies Test
Saliva testing for Coronavirus antibodies and for RNA and South Korea re-imposing social distancing
04:49
May 29, 2020
Reducing Coronavirus Transmission
A Science Perspective reviews the latest information about SARS-CoV-2 transmission.  It emphasizes the importance of face coverings and the role of asymptomatic people in COVID-19 spread.
05:20
May 28, 2020
COVID-19 Sewer
Yale University researchers have found that SARS-CoV-2 can be found in wastewater in municipal sewage treatment facilities. Surveillance of viral concentration scan predict community COVID-19 cases by one week and hospitalizations by three days. There are a few states which are seeing a concerning increase in the number of coronavirus cases following re-opening.
04:20
May 27, 2020
COVID-19 Treatments
The latest research suggests remdesivir and convalescent serum help COVID-19 patients and hydroxychloroquine (and chloroquine) hurt patients.
04:20
May 26, 2020
Deadly Hydroxychloroquine
We go over the results of the study from the Lancet which finds patients having twice the mortality rate with chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine compared to placebo.
05:03
May 22, 2020
Tweeting Robots and Immunity Passports
Immunity Passports are considered a bad idea by the World Health Organization even as Estonia starts to roll then out, Columbia University researchers find that 45% of Coronavirus tweets are authored by robots.
04:16
May 21, 2020
Coronavirus Antibody Tests
Antibodies are immune system elements specific to a particular infecting agent. Some antibodies will confer immunity to that agent (virus). If we can accurately measure the right antibodies, we can tell who has had a particular infection and is (most likely) immune to getting it again.
07:37
May 20, 2020
President Takes Hydroxychloroquine
May 19, 2020 COVID-19 update including the Announcement by President Trump that he is currently taking hydroxychloroquine.
05:00
May 20, 2020