This week IAQradio+ looked to the left coast for a conservative’s perspective on the COVID19 pandemic and interviewed Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD, a California physician who also holds a law degree. Dr. Singleton opined on the intersection of public health, medicine, law, and public policy. Nuggets mined from today’s episode:Is the general population over fearful about the health risks of COVID19? COVID19 is real, it’s a nasty, nasty virus. A positive COVID test and a case, defined by epidemiologists as having symptoms, are two very different things. It’s sad that certain networks and news stations dramatize the numbers of COVID cases and COVID fatalities. 40% of people who test positive for COVID are asymptomatic. The statistics shown by the media do not show the recoveries. 99.997% of people recover.
Are flu deaths counted the same as COVID19 deaths? Flu deaths are not counted the same as COVID 19. Influenza-Like Illness (ILI)* diagnosis is clinical. For example, someone in end-stage heart failure with only one month of life remaining may be tipped over by flu and succumb in 2 weeks instead of one month. The 4 most vulnerable groups to COVID: 1. AGE, 2. OBESITY, 3. HYPERTENSION & 4. DIABETES. Like the occasional death of an athlete from an unusual cause, occasionally someone young and in good health will succumb to COVID. The first teen death in the US attributed to COVID could have been a drug overdose.