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Estimated deaths if Covid control is based on herd immunity

Rachael Maddow suggested on her 9/16/20 show that reliance on herd immunity (naturally acquired immunity) to control the continued spread of COVID-19 could result in the death of 2 to 6 million ...
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COVID19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

I am interested in learning about the details of the Phase 3 clinical trial designs for the Moderna, Pfizer/Biotech, and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines. I expect that the trial designs would be published ...
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What is the principal goal in pooled COVID-19 testing?

Pooled testing for COVID-19 is being considered as a method to ramp up testing Stat News. Apparently this is being considered by the White House coronavirus team. It's not clear to me what the goal of ...
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How to access your doctor or surgeon's medical “track record” before a surgery or procedure

United States here, and New York state specifically (if it matters). Our five year old son needs to have an endoscopy performed with a local GI specialist. I understand its a simple procedure, but ...
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What is the expected false positives/negatives for COVID-19 tests?

As of March 13, 45/301 people have tested positive/negative for COVID-19 in Florida. What is the expected false positives/negatives here? UPDATE (March 14): 71/478 from what I consider the best ...
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In Washington state must a doctor report situations that happened in the past? [closed]

Are Washington state's mandated reporting requirements triggered if a doctor discovers that their adult patient had been abused in the past? What if there are no longer any 'protected populations' at ...
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What would it be like to participate in a (coronavirus) challenge trial, in the US?

I am strongly considering volunteering for any COVID human challenge trial that becomes available near me (midwestern United States). I am willing to undergo long-term isolation. However, I am not ...
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Is there a graph over time of Covid-19 test positivity rate in the US?

Back in mid-April some commentary/news was that the US was not doing enough testing as evidenced by the test positivity rate: America’s 20 percent positivity rate is disquieting. The U.S. did almost ...
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Accuracy of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing, particularly false-negatives [closed]

I was surprised to hear Sanjay Gupta (CNN) say this morning (4/28/20) that there is significant disparity in the accuracy of the COVID-19 Diagnostic testing. He specifically mentioned that the ...
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Research paper published SARS-CoV-2 persistence and durability

I know that there have been other papers published, but I was specifically looking for the one referenced by Bill Bryan, an undersecretary at the Homeland Security Department, in the press briefing ...
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COVID-19 Contact tracing- Is there any clarity on the duration of “contact”

I was somewhat surprised to hear that contract tracers are instructed to disregard contacts between an known infected person (positive tested) person and their contacts if the duration of a contact is ...
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What is the delay in ILINet case reporting?

In the "Opening Up America Again" White House presentation they showed this graph How up-to-date is that precipitous drop though we can see there? I found the relevant CDC page (there's a similar ...
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Why does the CDC say there are an order of magnitude more COVID-19 deaths than COVID-19+Pneumonia?

The CDC has a webpage that lists "Table 1. Deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pneumonia reported to NCHS by week ending date, United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 4/4/2020.*" ...
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Sensitivity and Specificity evaluations and cost of the Abbott ID Now SARS-COV-2 test platform

Seeking information about the ABBOTT ID NOW test platform used to diagnose COVID-19. Apparently Abbott purchased the analyzer business from Alere Inc, in 2018 that had developed the analyzer to ...
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Can a medical doctor write a prescription which has not gone through a formal diagnosis to identify as needed?

This question largely arises from a scene in the TV Show Frasier, but it got me wondering, can a Doctor write a prescription for an individual that he knows they need, but has not gone through the ...
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Is it safe to eat raw flour in Europe?

A few years back the FDA said that you shouldn't eat raw flour (for example in color dough). Is that also true in the EU which has (AFAIK) better food standards?
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Can a medical student get an expedited certification as a paramedic?

Medical students, as future doctors, are in a rather unique position to support themselves in a part-time job in the medical field that provides a decent amount of on-call study time while also ...
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What abbreviations for pill types are there, and what do they mean?

Looking through my prescription history, the first time I was prescribed a particular drug the label said "20 Mg Tab Auro". The second and third times it said "20 Mg Tab Nort". What's the difference? ...
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Has the calorie content of soda (in US) increased over the years?

I recall reading, perhaps 25 years ago, one of those counter-intuitive factoids noting that milk had more calories than soda, ounce for ounce (but of course that this was offset by nutritional ...
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Why did the FDA approve Biafine only in 2006?

Biafine is a topical non-steroidal medication, which has been used use in France for over 25 years. Why did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve Biafine for prescription only in 2006?
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Why has the number of medication errors increased by 463% between 2010 and 2016 in the US?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/10/skin-melts-off-medication-error/315930001/ (mirror) says: According to the Food and Drug Administration, medication errors jumped from 16,...