Tag Archives: COVID19

Strong caveats are lacking as news stories trumpet preliminary COVID-19 research

For years medical researchers held off while scientists in other fields embraced online platforms for posting rough drafts of manuscripts, known as preprints. Those websites accelerate basic science by allowing researchers to disseminate findings and get feedback on their work before submitting them to a traditional journal. Some argue that such rapid data sharing is… Read More »

Wistful Thinking: The National Health Spending Forecast In a Land Without COVID-19

U.S. health care spending will grow to 20% of the national economy by 2028, forecasted in projections pre-published in the April 2020 issue of Health Affairs, National Health Expenditure (NHE) Projections. 2019-28: Expected Rebound in Prices Drives Rising Spending Growth. NHE will grow 5.4% in the decade, the model expects. But…what a difference a pandemic… Read More »

How does COVID-19 spread? This is what scientists know about it (so far)

There is not yet an ironclad scientific consensus on exactly how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading, but experts are getting a pretty good sense of it. That understanding needs to be central to our strategy of combatting the virus with minimal collateral damage. This isn’t about over-reaction or under-reaction, but mis-reaction. For example,… Read More »

FDA Warns to Watch for Fake COVID-19 Tests

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Fake in-home test kits for coronavirus are being marketed in the United States and could pose serious health risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. “We want to alert the American public that, at this time, the FDA has not authorized any… Read More »