Notes from the Doc

Percentric Brief April 22nd, 2020

Coronavirus digital discussion

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

Blood antibody tests are shaping up to be an important part of getting back to work for many, but so far, many of them are not delivering on the promises their manufacturers have made.

2. My video debut…

Try doing a video, they said. It will be fun, they said… I wasn’t so sure, but then I realized I did have something important that I wanted to say. I think it turned out ‘all right’.

3. The Girl Scouts have too many cookies

A few weeks ago, I shared that you can order Girl Scout cookies online. Now the Girl Scouts have announced they have way too many cookies because of the effects of Covid-19 on their season. You can even order cookies to be donated to first responders and medical providers.

4. It’s Earth Day

Today marks the 50th celebration of Earth Day, and it’s one for the books. So get outside, take a walk, or plant that garden you’ve been procrastinating on.

5. Ask a Percentric Doc

Today’s question: It really seems like we have overreacted with the coronavirus response. The death toll is way lower than they originally predicted already.  Do you think all this social distancing is over the top?

Let’s be honest, all of us, myself included, have wondered this, especially as the stay at home orders and social distancing has dragged on. But what helps me when I’m getting frustrated by these restrictions is remembering that with public health threats, you have to be willing to look like you overreacted. In fact, if you do your job right, it will almost certainly look like you overreacted. We are cozying up to that blue area in the picture below right now.

Stay safe, smart, and sane.


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