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The COVID Wars: The Lobster Tanks… Inside Looking Out

Editor’s Note: It was that kind of day, here on the other side of the Savannah river.  When I came down here to assist at the first apex of the COVID-19 crisis, everything was shut down, and fear was palpable in the air.  More ubiquitous than the virus itself, was an apprehension of the organism’s…

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The COVID Wars: Fighting An Apex Predator…

Editor’s Note:   I thought I would highlight the last week we have experienced here down South of the Mason-Dixon Line- in pictures with annotations that are just a brief glimpse of the furious pace that we are engaged in, in terms of trying to circumvent a culling of our species, by an opportunistic Apex…

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The COVID Wars: We Have Become Ostriches…

Editor’s Note: The only thing that Perfusion and Politics have in common is the letter “P”.  Nothing else and nothing more. I respect medicine, have given my life to it, and never thought I would see the day when the clarity of clinical reasoning would become muddled and muddied into an opaque morass of ambiguous…

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The COVID Wars: Frontline Perfusion

Editor’s Note: I guess the question becomes- It was named COVID 19 for the year it emerged.  As it mutates to 2021- will that strain mitigate all of our current and previous efforts to defeat it? There is no real answer to that question, but as frontline responders, Perfusionists are taking more than their share…

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The COVID Wars: A Novel Concept- MMR Vaccine May Mitigate Inflammatory Process?

Editor’s Note: Two cases canceled today because our ICU’s are filled to capacity and overflowing.  Last night another VV Covid ECMO– so patients are now being paired up in rooms in order to reduce the possibility of cross contamination from patient to staff to other staff to other patients to visitors and so on and…