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?

using a syringe to obtain blood specimen from an individual
Photo by Pranidchakan Boonrom on Pexels.com
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

water ship sailboat stockholm
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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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2 bandaids crossed on a world globe
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Giving Thanks Always

When I started blogging I reviewed many other medical blogs since I knew next to nothing about blogging. I fell in love with a blog by a Swedish immigrant doctor who writes about his lengthy career practicing medicine in rural Maine. He calls it appropriately A Country Doctor Writes, because that’s what he is.

I guess I’m American enough, after spending ten more years here than in Sweden, to start to get a little philosophical at Thanksgiving. I spent my first Thanksgiving in this country not far from where the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, as an exchange student with a Jewish family, three houses down from an African American family in an otherwise white Anglo Saxon distant suburb of Boston.

Continue at the link to read his thoughts about this traditional holiday in his adopted country. And enjoy my photographs from visits to other parts of rural America.

Another Thanksgiving Reflection

by Hans Duvevelt, MD

photos by Dr. Aletha
The above photos were shot at
  • upper left corner- near Canon City, Colorado
  • lower left corner-Chandler, Oklahoma
  • middle right-Madrid, New Mexico
  • all others -rural northeast Georgia

sharing the HEART of thankfulness

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