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Earlier today I was looking through a patient’s chart and found a note from this time last year. I had done a telemedicine visit with her and had directed her to a curbside covid evaluation site at Beaumont. Testing wasn’t widely available, and far too many of…

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After waking up, showering, and not shaving this morning (because, mask), I gently awakened my teenager for school. After heating up a bagel and starting my tea, I climbed the stairs again to wake up my teenager. Downstairs I watched the sky start to lighten, slowly enjoying…

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Many of us have been horrified by the actions of Governors like Ron Desantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas as they continue to flout common-sense, science-based covid prevention efforts. Our own Governor Whitmer last week asked us if we would “pretty please” refrain from dining…

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I don’t know how to put this anymore plainly: we are in big trouble. I don’t know how to reach people who aren’t already on board. It’s easy to scream in an echo chamber, hearing all the voices returning to find no one has really heard. I…

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Michigan is in the middle of what will probably turn out to be the biggest surge in cases since the pandemic started. …

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I’ve been writing updates on the pandemic for over a year now. Since I started posting them on medium.com a few months back I can track how many people read them. Interest seems to wax and wane with the numbers which makes sense.

But pandemic fatigue seems…

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We are now at our highest infection rate since last October. At the peak of that surge, about 100–200 Michiganders died of covid every day. This time though we have a new weapon: vaccination. But the rollout is slow, and we aren’t yet immunizing the biggest group…

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Covid cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Michigan. School outbreaks are increasing dramatically, and kids are bringing it home and making their parents sick.

This shouldn’t be surprising. When cases are up in the community, they go up in schools as well, and then the loop…

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As most districts prepare to return to school full time, I am pleading with everyone to step up their prevention efforts. Our numbers in Oakland County are back in the “orange” zone, with 7.6% of tests coming back positive and 21 new cases per 100,000. These are…

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We are getting very close. Vaccines are getting to more people every day. But cases and hospitalizations are still rising in Michigan.

During previous surges, I’d get a lot of calls from people who felt sick or were exposed. As the surge would wane, so would the…

PalMD

Internist and sometimes-writer.

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