Tag Archives: COVID-19

Understanding and Identifying Vaccine Hesitancy

As we continue to focus on optimally providing COVID vaccinations for as many people as possible, there has been a digression into labeling those that are not yet immunized, as being “hesitant.” This labeling oversimplifies the situation and is frankly, incorrect in many cases. Simplifying such language is detrimental to our vaccine success. Similarly, when we identify people… Read More »

Understanding Why Public Health and Precision Medicine Are Critical for a Healthy Community

There is an ongoing debate surrounding the value of public health in this country. We have seen this play out during the COVID pandemic. During this time, a great deal of focus has concentrated on the science and the speed to which new therapies evolved and the rapid development of a new vaccine, honestly nothing short of miraculous.… Read More »

Understanding and Instilling Trust in Our Patients

Periodically, there are discussions regarding the critical component of trust in healthcare. Currently, the present pandemic is a prime example of the issue. Some, we observe, inherently trust science; others prefer the approach, I need to distrust you until you prove to me you are trustworthy. A third category proclaims I trust you; however, I must verify the… Read More »

Considering the Rights of the Individual and Society, in the Time of COVID-19

Our society continually grapples with the concept of individualism and its impact; COVID-19 brings this conversation to the forefront. Furthermore, numerous people equate the discussions concerning masking and stay-at-home orders to politics; however, at the core of the conversation are the ideas of risk, probability, social justice, and individuality. At the individual level, several people are risk-averse, while… Read More »

Understanding the Role of Healthcare Professionals During a Pandemic

With the explosion of COVID-19, those in healthcare are at the forefront. Therefore, it behooves us to step back, clarify and re-identify our roles as healthcare professionals. Undoubtedly, delivering care is first and foremost; however, there remains an obligation to lead the way in relaying helpful and accurate public information especially as we witness it firsthand. Every day,… Read More »