Notes from the Doc

Percentric Brief April 17th, 2020

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Good morning,

I’m Bryan Fine, MD, MPH, CEO & Founder of Percentric. This e-newsletter – always evolving – focuses on keeping you well by addressing both non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 health concerns. We work hard to keep it real, and real-time.

1. COVID-19 updates

Big news yesterday as the President announced a 3 phase plan to guide governors as they decide when and how to start rolling back social distancing precautions in their individual states. See where your states stands on reopening here.

2. Local Hampton Roads News

Check out this really cool, larger-than-life mural honoring the essential workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic, created by Sam Welty, a local Hampton Roads artist.

3. The phases of social distancing

Now that I know that we are in the hair dying stage of the social distancing, this article seems especially relevant.

4. Are you bored yet?

Are you stuck- I mean, safe- at home right now? Check out this list of ideas for things to do when you are getting a little stir crazy.

5. Ask a Percentric Doc

Today’s question: “When I go out, I see people with so many different types of masks on, or no masks at all. I can’t find any regular masks to buy. Is it worth it to try to make one? Do homemade masks even work?”

Great question. To answer it, we have to make sure we know WHY the CDC recommends them in the first place. Homemade masks don’t protect you from catching COVID-19. What they DO work for, though, is preventing people who already have the virus from spreading it by blocking their respiratory droplets from getting on everything.  Now you might be saying that you don’t have the virus, so you don’t need a mask. But we know that up to 25% of people who have the virus have few or even no symptoms, which means anyone- even you- could have it and not even know. If you do decide to wear a mask in public, make sure to check out this short video on the proper way to do it.

Stay safe, smart, and sane.


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