What doctor bloggers are writing about COVID-19

In these times, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the negative things happening around us. But it is crucial to take time to recognize the other side: positive stories of healing and connection, acts of kindness, and, most importantly, reminders of our resilience.

I’ve been reading what some other physician bloggers are writing about the COVID-19 pandemic. Here I share some of them with you. While I believe they are all reliable and honest sources of information, my sharing does not imply endorsement,complete agreement, or advice. This is a topic in which information changes daily if not more often, so all information is subject to change. Always consult the CDC and your state and local health departments for the most recent information that pertains to you.

How to test for COVID-19

Pediatrician Dr Jaime Friedman explains how the different tests for coronavirus-2 infection work.

Anyone who receives an antibody test would need to review the results with their doctor. People with positive results or someone who had symptoms but has a negative antibody test may still need a PCR test to confirm infection. Only time will tell if a positive antibody test infers long lasting immunity.

Testing for COVID-19:What does it mean?

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Understanding Sweden

A Country Doctor, Dr. Hans Duvefelt, grew up in Sweden but has practiced primary care in the United States for 40 years. He shared this and other quotes about Sweden’s response to the pandemic.

Swedish authorities believe that it is enough to make recommendations such as staying inside if you feel ill and avoid large crowds. “Use your brains”…. Classic Swedish freedom and responsibility in other words. May also be called common knowledge, common sense or sense of duty.

A Country Doctor Reads: Why Sweden isn’t Restricting Personal Freedom During the Covid-19 Pandemic – Svenska Dagbladet

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Cultivating resilience

I’m seeing the word “resilience” used often since the pandemic started. Psychiatrist Dr. Melissa Welby offers practical suggestions to avoid anxiety and feeling overwhelmed by cultivating resilience.

In these times, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the negative things happening around us. But it is crucial to take time to recognize the other side: positive stories of healing and connection, acts of kindness, and, most importantly, reminders of our resilience.

Resilience During COVID 19: Managing the Stress of Coronavirus and Finding Inspiration in a Time of Crises

MANAGE ANXIETY-DON'T BE AFRAID-BE SMART

If you are depressed and thinking about or planning suicide, please stop and call this number now-1-800-273-8255

exploring the HEART of health in a pandemic

I’ll share some more COVID-19 blogs in another post soon. I hope you check out other posts from these physician bloggers.

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From Practice to Politics-Doctors who ran for President-the Senator

Dr. Rand Paul was a candidate for the Republican party nomination for President in 2016. He suspended his campaign before the party convention. He continues to serve as Senator from Kentucky.


In 2016 I wrote about the 3 physicians who ran for President of the United States that year. None of them won but one of them, Dr. Rand Paul, has tested positive for the coronavirus now spreading through the United States.

Here is the post I wrote about Dr. Paul that year. He vied for the Republican nomination.

Randall “Rand” Paul, M.D., opthalmologist

Dr. Rand Paul was a candidate for the Republican party nomination for President in 2016. He suspended his campaign before the party convention. He continues to serve as Senator from Kentucky.

About Dr. Paul

  1. Dr. Paul graduated from Duke University Medical School.
  2. He was elected Senator from Kentucky in 2010.
  3. He is married, has 3 children, and coached his children in Little League baseball, soccer and basketball.
  4. His father Dr. Ron Paul is an obstetrician/gynecologist, has served in the House of Representatives, and also ran for President.
  5. He has served as President of the Lions Club International .
  6. He provides eye surgery free of charge to people unable to pay in his home state of Kentucky.
  7. He has traveled around the world as a volunteer eye surgeon, providing care to people unable to pay; a recent trip was to Guatemala. He has received awards for his humanitarian work.
  8. Dr. Paul has written books, including Our Presidents & Their Prayers: Proclamations of Faith by America’s Leaders 

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According to his Facebook page, Dr. Paul is


a proud Senator of Kentucky. I fight for

the Constitution, individual liberty, and the freedoms that make this country great.

In the U.S. Senate, Dr. Paul currently serves on

  • the Committee on Foreign Relations,
  • the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and
  • the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that has jurisdiction over health care-related issues.

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