Notes from the Doc

Percentric Brief April 23rd, 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

New modeling released yesterday predicts when states will likely be able to lift social distancing regulations and “reopen.” See where your state is here.

2. A Percentric Note

Our little e-newsletter has grown quite a bit in subscriptions since we got started last month. Welcome to all our new subscribers! Feel free to forward this e-newsletter to your friends and family and use our Ask a Percentric Doc link for any questions you might have.

3. How much time do you spend homeschooling?

Because some experts are saying it’s probably more than you actually need to. Know that it’s ok to put your mental health and your kids’ mental health first if this home school thing has been stressful for your family.

4. Still having trouble getting groceries?

See this article for insight into why so many stores are having trouble staying stocked, plus has a handy list of even more local restaurants that have developed their own markets where you can get some grocery basics with your take out.

5. Ask a Percentric Doc

Today’s question: “I’ve seen lots of news articles talk about high blood pressure and diabetes increasing people’s risk of dying from coronavirus, but I haven’t seen much about asthma. I’ve tried to be careful because I figured my asthma made it so I was more likely to get really sick if I get exposed. Do you think I need to be worried?”

Great question. First, let me just say that our understanding of this virus has changed rapidly and is always evolving. Having said that, asthma is surprisingly not looking like a big risk factor for being more susceptible to catching the virus or for having worse outcomes for people who do catch it. If you want a little more detail, see this article. Continue to be cautious and follow the guidelines to social distance and wash your hands, but it doesn’t look like you need to be “extra worried” because of your asthma.

Stay safe, smart, and sane.


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