Friday, 10 Apr 2020

COVID 19 Updates from RheumNow

Urgent or Not

Our practice standards have been flipped. The physician’s best clinical tool has become the webcam or telephone. The nagging question is: “who needs to be seen in clinic or in the hospital with a F2F evaluation?” It basically boils down to urgency.

TNR - Grand Rounds: Safety of Biologics & New Agents

On Tuesday, April 7th, RheumNow hosted its first Tuesday Nite Rheumatology webinar - kicking off a two-month series of Rheumatology Grand Rounds lectures.  The first session featured Jack Cush, MD (UT Southwestern) who lectured on "The Safety of Biologics and Newer Agents".

Incubation Period for COVID-19

The incubation period for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has important implications for surveillance and control activities. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports a pooled analysis of confirmed COVID-19 cases January 4, 2020 and February 24, 2020. The analyzed confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection outside Hubei province, China.

COVID-19 Susceptibility: Why Do Some Become So Ill?

The differential susceptibility to COVID-19 infection is attributable to socioeconomic factors and genetic differences, that together with environmental factors, human-virus interactions, gender, perhaps blood type, and age-related senescence determine the immune response and the likelihood of developing disease.

NICE Guidelines on Managing Rheumatologic Conditions During COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 3rd, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, published a rapid guideline for managing children and adults with rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection.

COVID Town Hall Meeting for Rheumatology

On Thursday, April 2nd, RheumNow hosted its' first Town Hall Meeting for Rheumatologist, with this 90 minute discussion devoted to the COVID-19 crisis as it affects Rheumatologists. 

The panel of six reknowned experts in rheumatology, practice, science, trials, telemedicine and infectious diseases included:

RheumNow Podcast – Pandemic Numbers (4.3.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news on COVID-19 and FDA actions this past week. Be sure to check out:

Universal Masking for COVID?

In early March 2020, there were widespread recommendations that wearing routine "surgical masks" by the public sector was not likely to be helpful or advisable. Now we are hearing of a 180 degree shift in thinking with the CDC, leading health officials and the current NEJM Perspective pointing to more widespread use of masks by healthcare workers and even by individuals in the public sector.

Some Good Things, During the Time of COVID-19

It is not hyperbole to acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, inflicting pain and suffering to many, and inconvenience to all. As everyone struggles to make it through these difficult times, it might be worth pointing out some small silver linings that have emerged despite this pernicious dark cloud.

CDC: Impact of Underlying Health Conditions Among COVID-19 Patients

The March 31 release of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reviews the impact of several key comorbidities, most commonly diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, and cardiovascular disease, as cofactors leading to worse outcomes with COVID-19 infections.  Below are experts from that report.

Telemedicine Bloopers and Successes

At my COVID home command center, I feel pretty prepared for everything.

TeleRheumatology - a TED Talk by Alvin Wells, MD

RheumNow Live 2020 featured a series of shorter STEP (TED-like) talks. This one features Dr. Alvin Wells discussing the opportunities and new paradigms encumbent with telemedicine in rheumatology.


RheumNow Podcast – Pandemic Numbers (4....

03 Apr 2020

COVID Town Hall Meeting for Rheumatology

02 Apr 2020

Q & A with ID: Dr. Jade Le

02 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance...

31 Mar 2020

TeleRheumatology - a TED Talk by Alvin...

30 Mar 2020

Telemedicine in Academia and Private...

30 Mar 2020

RheumNow PSA 5 - Dealing with STRESS

30 Mar 2020

RheumNow Podcast – New World Order (3....

27 Mar 2020

Dr. Alvin Wells: Remote Care -...

27 Mar 2020

RheumNow PSA 4 -- COVID Myths

27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Update from ACR President Dr....

26 Mar 2020

COVID Infection Run Down with Dr. Kevin...

26 Mar 2020

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