- The Trump administration is requiring hospitals to send all coronavirus data to the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the CDC, raising concerns about the transparency of COVID-19 data reporting, writes Sheryl Gay Stolberg ~ Trump Administration Asserts Control Over Coronavirus Data (The New York Times)
- “She didn’t want to make them worry, and she certainly didn’t want to expose the people she loved to the disease. However, as she became sicker and lonelier, she became more scared,” writes Ami L. DeWaters, MD, MSC, on the loneliness and isolation she and her COVID patients experience ~ United (Annals of Internal Medicine)
- What will it take for us to develop herd immunity to coronavirus? James Hamblin explores what herd immunity is and the road to achieving it with this novel virus ~ A New Understanding of Herd Immunity (The Atlantic)
- It’s early days still, but preliminary data from Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, and colleagues show that two shots of a new COVID vaccine in healthy adults “induced anti-SARS-CoV-2 immune responses” ~ An mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 — Preliminary Report (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Scientists have proposed developing short-term immunity shots using antibodies from COVID survivors, but drug manufacturers declined to make it, writes Emily Baumgaertner ~ A plasma shot could prevent coronavirus. But feds and makers won’t act, scientists say (Los Angeles Times)
- “Try Googling ‘record-setting lake trout New Hampshire,”https://www.medpagetoday.com/” Michael W. Kahn, MD, recalls telling a patient. Kahn, a psychiatrist, reflects on how the pandemic has changed the way he interacts with patients and his approach to alleviating their anxiety about COVID-19 ~ Pandemic and Persona (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Rhea W. Boyd and colleagues examine racism’s alarming impacts on patients’ health and how researchers and publishers can do better when examining racial health inequities ~ On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities (Health Affairs)
Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and weekly blogger for MedPage Today, follows what’s going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman’s Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.