Months ago, there was at least a faint hope — albeit, grounded more in our shared contempt for COVID-19 than in any scientific data — that life amid a pandemic might fade as 2020 blended into a new year, a new year that could not come soon enough. That now seems magnitudes beyond naïve.
Publisher: Daily Memphian
If the coronavirus were just another cold or flu virus, herd immunity could probably be achieved at 70%. This virus is so much more contagious, Dr. Robert Redfield expects the world is looking at 85% to 90% “to shut this down.” “That’s my own personal speculation,” Redfield said in an hourlong Zoom conversation Monday, Dec.… Read More
Today, there are more than 500 people in our local hospitals ill with COVID-19. While many of them will get better, some will suffer long periods of illness and some will die. COVID-19 vaccines provide hope for a better tomorrow — hope that is proportional to the number of us willing to be vaccinated. How… Read More
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a conversation with Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Dec. 14.
By 2030, Tennessee, which has about 4,000 general practice physicians, is expected to need 1,100 more, a 25% increase, as the population both grows and ages. To help, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is adding a chance to earn a medical degree in three years instead of four — saving in-state students about… Read More
As details of the mass COVID-19 inoculation campaign are being finalized in Shelby County, one of the most vexing issues — the labor pool — appears to be falling in place. A call between Mayor Jim Strickland and Doug McGowen, the city’s chief operating officer, and the leaders of medical teaching institutions put into a… Read More
While patients are waiting days in emergency rooms across the city now, there are no immediate plans to open the alternate care center at the former Commercial Appeal building. “There are plenty of beds available. The problem is with the nursing shortage, there are hundreds of beds we can’t staff now,” said Richard Walker, the… Read More
A woman who works as a nurse at a local hospital called her minister friend the other day after another long, difficult shift.“After the usual how’s your family talk, I said, ‘How are you?’” recalled Rev. Lisa Anderson, pastor of Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church.