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Briefly looking at excess mortality from COVID-19 and implications for personal behavior

July 10, 2020

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How many more people are dying than usual? –Excess Deaths From COVID-19 and Other Causes, March-April 2020 “Between March 1, 2020, and April 25, 2020, a total of 505 059 deaths were reported in the US; 87 001 were excess deaths, of which 56 246 (65%) were attributed to COVID-19.” I wrote about this idea in March: “it’s […]

Help learning anatomy? Try less flashcards

July 8, 2020

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One of the most common remarks I’ve gotten is something related to difficulty learning and understanding anatomy. Learning is obviously quite individual. So, this post is clearly biased from my experience, but maybe it’ll still be helpful. – Flash cards might help, but that’s an arduous, incomplete, approach Based on what I’ve witnessed college classmates […]

Can your wearable device be a COVID tracker?

July 6, 2020

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This is rather clever: –Germany’s heart rate and step count data aggregator to track COVID-19 The idea is millions of people have a smart watch or Fitbit on them, which tracks their heart rate and step count. Symptoms of having the virus, or something flu like, are an increased heart rate and decreased step count […]

A reality check for the young and “healthy”- what obese actually means with COVID-19

June 29, 2020

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Younger people are increasingly ending up in the hospital from coronavirus: –As young patients fill new virus wards, Houston Methodist is calling nurses to work extra shifts and ramping up its testing efforts I’ve had to have seen like ten of these kinds of articles by now. Where it’s about young people getting seriously sick […]

A formula for whether you should go back into a gym (or anywhere else)?

June 1, 2020

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This is the most helpful thought process I’ve come across for looking at what environments you should expose yourself to in 2020, and it’s rather simple: “If a person’s occupational risk of becoming infected and risk of death from infection each approaches 10%, their occupational mortality risk becomes 1 in 100 — 10 times the […]

Is exercising around so much disinfectant ok? (Being transparent about gym reopenings)

May 26, 2020

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For my clients asking me about going back into a gym, this is the kind of stuff I’m bringing up to them. For gym owners / trainers re-opening, these are some things I would be very, very careful about. – As I first said back in March, I’m not going to tell anybody they should […]

Smoking helps COVID? Or is it the lack of obesity?

May 4, 2020

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There are many different theories in many different buckets going around with this virus. I’m certainly not going to, nor in a position, to address them all. One which I do want to very briefly address is the smoking one. Long story short, there is now debate going on about whether smoking can HELP. As […]

Is COVID-19 an assault on the out of shape American?

April 27, 2020

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There are countless studies coming out right now. Here’s one which caught my eye (primarily due to such a big sample size): –Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes Among 5700 Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 in the New York City Area A lot of people are trying to tease out everything they can from this virus. I’ll […]