Notes from the Doc

Percentric Brief May 29th, 2020

Coronavirus digital discussion

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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. Percentric News

It’s been a week since our last newsletter… Are you following us yet on our blog, “Notes from the Doc” or on our social media accounts? Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to see more from us on health news, mental and physical health resources, and our specialty: that place where healthcare and business meet.

2. COVID-19 Update

This week has been a mixed bag. The biggest news from the week has to be US COVID-19 deaths topping 100,000 on Wednesday. Every state is in the process of lifting restrictions, though only 3 states currently meet the requirements to do so. Some states are still seeing cases increase- including Virginia!- while others are seeing cases drop. See how your area has been doing the last 14 days with this heat map from the New York Times, with areas of decrease shown in blue and increases shown in orange and red.

3. A farmer’s market… but you won’t see the farmers?

That’s right! Hampton Roads now has it’s own all virtual farmers market where you can order fresh foods and local products.

4. Keeping you smilin’

Do you need an extra smile- or two- today? See this heartwarming story about this 7-year-old’s surprise for his beloved babysitter or this touching story about one man who is making “dad videos” to help others.

5. Ask a Percentric Doc

Today’s question: “Ok, I know you said I should wear the face mask. But I read that wearing a face mask traps all the air you’re breathing out close to your face, so if you wear it too long it causes CO2 to build up in your blood and can make you pass out and even die. What about that?”

Given the new requirement for Virginians to wear a mask while in public, I haven’t been surprised to get questions like this. This particular question came to me via a friend with a picture like this attached. First off, the short answer is no, that’s not a thing you need to be worried about. A surgical or cloth face mask- which are the only types the general public should be wearing- are both breathable enough and loose enough on your face that there is plenty of air exchange. This is a common way people mislead others on medical topics- take some true information (the real dangers of hypercapnia) and use a bunch of official medical words (like “hypercapnia” and “hypoxia”) to lend weight to their false argument. Don’t let them trick you!

Stay safe, smart, and sane.


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