Flattening The Curve of Coronavirus Infections

From Healthcare Triage. Our message on coronavirus so far has been, "don’t panic." For the vast majority of individuals, coronavirus is not an existential threat. However, the rapid rate of the virus’s spread has the potential to overwhelm our health system and cause a LOT of problems. Sources: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/10/simple-math-alarming-answers-covid-19/ https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/investigating-outbreaks/epi-curves.html https://www.vox.com/2020/3/10/21171217/coronavirus-covid-19-italy-hospitals https://data.oecd.org/healtheqt/hospital-beds.htm http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/resources/COVID-19/200214-VentilatorAvailability-factsheet.pdf http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/php/185/185_factsheet_social_distancing.pdf Related…

Coronavirus Update – March 7, 2020

From Healthcare Triage. The spread of the new Coronavirus has continued, with a number of cases showing up in countries like Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Coronavirus information is changing by the minute, so we’re back with another update. Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html http://weekly.chinacdc.cn/en/article/id/e53946e2-c6c4-41e9-9a9b-fea8db1a8f51 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/health/coronavirus-n95-face-masks.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/health/coronavirus-surgical-masks.html https://www.ready.gov/pandemic https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-directive-requiring-new-york-insurers-waive-cost-sharing https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/3/3/21162099/coronavirus-stockpiling-prepare Related HCT episodes: 1. The Benefits of Paid…

Your Questions Answered!

From Healthcare Triage. Aaron Carroll and Tiffany Doherty address viewer questions about tobacco research, vitamin D, Coronavirus, breast milk production, and whether sports drinks help with a fever! Related HCT episodes: Your 2015 Questions Answered: https://youtu.be/yk4uy8rVzGQ Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on Patreon: http://vid.io/xqXr…

Later School Day Starts Make Economic Sense

From Healthcare Triage. Last week, we talked about why it’s good for students’ health to push school start times back to later in the morning. There’s also an economic argument for it. Today, Aaron talks about how starting school later benefits the economy in the long run. Related HCT episodes: Why We Should Start School…

How’s This Coronavirus Gonna Play Out?

From Healthcare Triage. We’re still firmly on the "Don’t Panic" message with the Coronavirus outbreak. This week we’re going to look at a couple of scenarios for how this thing could play out. Related HCT episodes: Another Year, Another Flu Shot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoMEkuEqmZI Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1.…

Health News Round Up – February 2020

From Healthcare Triage. We’ve seen so many interesting stories and important data coming out that we couldn’t cover just one thing this week! Related HCT episodes: 1. U.S. Maternal Mortality is Much Higher for African-Americans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYc-Eq-vDuA Be sure to check out our podcast! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gInFaYyYhKLBp2u7h5IojTw4 Other Healthcare Triage Links: 1. Support the channel on Patreon: http://vid.io/xqXr…

When Drug Costs Are High, Patients Skip Doses

From Healthcare Triage. The idea behind cost-sharing in healthcare costs goes something like this: If the patient is responsible for some part of the cost of their care, they’ll be more judicious in their choices of treatment, and healthcare spending will decline. While this does work in some ways, it can have unintended consequences. When…