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10.  As COVID-19 Knocks on Nursing Homes’ Doors, Full-Time Infection Preventionists Needed More Than Ever. "Despite nursing homes becoming a nidus of multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), the regulations for staffing infection preventionists (IPs) at nursing homes are far too lax. Nursing homes should have a full-time IP. Presently the regulations only specify a part-time IP without a specific required time commitment. In view of the large number of nursing home residents and the high drug-resistant carriage rate, a full time position is certainly needed." Infection Control Today. March 27, 2020. https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/covid-19/covid-19-knocks-nursing-homes-doors-full-time-infection-preventionists-needed-more-ever  
 
9.  Have you ever wondered why hypertension appears to so common in COVID-19 patients?
There is mounting consensus that ACE inhibitors may be a primary driver of the severe symptoms. The concerns were originally raised in the Lancet. ACE inhibitors up regulate (increase) the ACE2 receptor. This is the receptor the COVID-19 virus uses to attack the lungs.  Infection Control Today.  March 26, 2020.   https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/covid-19/evidence-continues-link-ace-inhibitors-severe-covid-19-symptoms  
     
8. The United States has squandered resources it needs to fight coronavirus
"The United States is on the verge of being ravaged by an invader which we have far too little resources to confront. New estimates from the United Kingdom are predicting 2.2 million deaths in the United States from an unmitigated coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. If our healthcare system is overrun, this care will not be available to all. In Italy, there are reports of those over 80 not being placed on ventilators. In addition, critical care survivors, including the young, may well develop pulmonary fibrosis, a disabling chronic lung disease."  Lexington Herald Leader.  Mar. 24, 2020 (Online). 
https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article241422756.html
        
7.  COVID-19: IPs, Other Healthcare Workers at Greater Jeopardy Than Thought
"Judging when we have won the war against the coronavirus is not simple. The good news is that we have the technology and know-how to confront and substantially mitigate these epidemics. What we have lacked is the willpower to implement this knowledge. If we are unable to rapidly transform our system and correct these flagrant deficiencies, then the worse projections from the Imperial College projections of 2.2 million United States citizen fatalities may come to pass" Infection Control Today. Mar. 20, 2020 (Online). https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/covid-19/well-know-weve-won-war-against-covid-19-when 
   
6. COVID-19: IPs, Other Healthcare Workers at Greater Jeopardy Than Thought
“Of extreme concern, of the 3711 Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers, 634 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) and of these 17.9% were asymptomatic and presumably could spread the virus." Infection Control Today. Mar. 17, 2020 (Online). https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/covid-19/covid-19-ips-other-healthcare-workers-greater-jeopardy-thought
  
5. Viewpoint: US Woefully Unprepared for COVID-19 Pandemic
"A news commentator made the alarmist statement that we may get to the point where the national guard is escorting patients to a high school gym for placement on ventilators. This is of course a ridiculously misinformed statement since we do not have enough ventilators."
Infection Control Today. Mar. 11, 2020 (Online). https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/covid-19/viewpoint-us-woefully-unprepared-covid-19-pandemic 
  
4. We’re Losing the Fight Against COVID-19 So Far
"We seem to be at risk of entering into a blame game and “politicizing” the problems. Our response to this contagion shows severe flaws in our healthcare delivery system. As one government official stated, “We have for whatever reason and there are many good ones, designed a system based on very lean staffing practices based on just-in-time supply chains and purchasing." Infection Control Today. Mar. 9, 2020 (Online). https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/covid-19/viewpoint-were-losing-fight-against-covid-19-so-far 
 
3. The Untimely Reporting of Drug-Resistant Outbreaks in the United States. Over the course of the last few decades, the United States has fallen into the dark abyss of secrecy: if truth is inconvenient, just cover it up and don't disclose it. The United States needs to implement mandatory real-time public reporting of the CDC's dangerous biological threats. The Center For Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. Mar. 3, 2020 (Online). https://cddep.org/blog/posts/the-untimely-reporting-of-drug-resistant-outbreaks/
  
2. Coronavirus is the biggest challenge our healthcare system has faced. Is Kentucky prepared? In January, I concluded an OpEd with an alarmist statement: "The epidemic of antibiotic resistant organisms may be the final solution to global warming." We are currently on the precipice of a massive pandemic from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Initial data from China has documented massive economic disruption with a 25 percent drop in carbon emissions. A sobering observation, but of even more concern when one considers the United States does not have the authoritarian structure and a culture of population control which exists in the Chinese government. According to the CDC, the unknown is when, not if, the epidemic will hit the United States and "severe disruption" of everyday life may occur. Lexington Herald Leader. Feb. 27, 2020 (Online). https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article240697331.html
 
1. Infection Preventionists, Hospital Administrators Will Be on Frontlines of Coming COVID-19 Epidemic. "Preparation for the impending epidemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus is of utmost importance and will place a tremendous strain on our healthcare system that will require coordination between the IPs, administrators and the hospital's board. This impending epidemic underscores the importance of the work that the CDC is undertaking by using surveillance and quarantine strategies to delay entry and slow the spread of this pathogen." Infection Control Today. Feb. 27, 2020. https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hai-types/infection-preventionists-hospital-administrators-will-be-frontlines-coming-covid-19-epidemic
 
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3.  Kenning C. Why the coronavirus couldn't have come at a worse time for reeling Appalachian Kentucky. Courier Journal. March 21. 2020. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2020/03/21/coronavirus-comes-terrible-time-reeling-appalachian-kentucky/2878214001/  
 
2. Terrie Morgan-Besecker. NEPA grocery store begins taking customers’ temps. The Citizens' Voice. Mar. 24, 2020. https://www.citizensvoice.com/news/nepa-grocery-store-begins-taking-customers-temps-1.2610547  
 
1.  Healy J, Richtel M, Baker M. Nursing Homes Becoming Islands of Isolation Amid 'Shocking' Mortality Rate. New York Times. March 10, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/10/us/coronavirus-nursing-homes-washington-seattle.html

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12.  COVID-19, Social Distancing, Lack of Beds and Kentucky's CON.
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA(sm) discusses the importance of social distancing and staying at home along with the lack of ventilators and the lack of beds A short discussion was also given regarding Kentucky's antiquated CON law. WVLK AM - Jack Pattie Show. March 27, 2020.  https://youtu.be/DmR8lYdH_rY  
 
11.   COVID-19 Symptoms and How to Access Healthcare and Some Precautions to Take.
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh discusses lean staffing, how to avoid social isolation, blood pressure medications, along with symptoms COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how to access medical care. Jeff Santos Show. Mar. 26, 2020.  (22:40) https://youtu.be/yVprVb_icxo
  
10.  2020, March 25 -- COVID-19 - Importance of Social Distancing and Grocery Delivery
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA(sm) discusses the importance of social distancing, staying at home, ordering groceries to be delivered, and that there is a consensus developing that the virus can live on some surfaces for up to three days. Jack Pattie Show Mar. 25, 2020. (4:04)  https://youtu.be/tGLbCKp5aNk 

9.  2020, March 23 -- Spread of Coronavirus Without Symptoms - Asymptomatic Spread
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh stresses the importance of staying at home and asymptomatic spread. Senator Rand Paul has the virus and is asymptomatic. Now we have Republican Senators missing one of the most important votes in their careers because they were exposed to asymptomatic carriers. Jack Pattie Show. (4:22)
https://youtu.be/gSxnai_kc34  
 
8.  2020, March 21 -- COVID-19 How To Get Groceries and How to Safely Use gloves: Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA discusses the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic and how to safely get groceries and use gloves. In addition the importance of greater CDC funding and engagement was discussed. Jeff Santos Show (15:30) https://youtu.be/vkPWxfq6wTI 

7. 2020, March 19. Coronavirus -- Flatten The Curve - Asymptomatic Spread, Social Distancing and Masks. Kevin Kavanagh, MD from Health Watch USA discusses asymptomatic spread, social distancing and the lack of hospital beds, masks, and test reagents. And the need for N95 masks for the public. Jack Pattie Show (20:28)https://youtu.be/li04bjncrTM 

6. Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA discusses the COVID-19 epidemic and the lack of resources, including hospital beds, along with inconsistent messaging and the importance of social distancing. Jeff Santos Show. March 16, 2020. (08:13)
https://youtu.be/cFYhub2m7FU 
 
5. 2020, March 13.  Kevin Kavanagh, MD, from Health Watch USA(sm) gives a short coronavirus (COVID-19) update on the Jack Pattie show. Social distancing is discussed along with how using only a mask may not give adequate protection. Jack Pattie Show (04:40)

4. 2020, March 12.  Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA discusses COVID-19 virus, how to prevent infections and the short comings and strengths of the United States' Response. (Edited Version containing Dr. Kavanagh's comments). Jeff Santos (12:05) https://youtu.be/xoUfs04zxdQ 
 
3. 2020, March 9. Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA(sm) gives an update on the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, number of infections and how to best avoid contracting the infection. Jack Pattie Show (05:42) 

2. 2020, Mar. 3: The Coronavirus COVIR-19 In the United States - Updates. Dr. Kevin Kavanagh from Health Watch USA discusses the coronavirus COVIR-19. Updated information on transmission, fatality rates and the utility of masks is discussed. In addition, strategies to prevent transmission to individuals are presented. Emphasis is also placed on changes which need to be made by employers and our healthcare system. Jack Pattie Show WVLK AM Download COVIR-19 Notes: YouTube Video. (23:09)  https://youtu.be/lrzNgwzl_44  

1. 2020, Feb. 4: The Coronavirus Pandemic -- Kevin Kavanagh. The Coronavirus Epidemic, what is known, best ways to prevent acquiring the virus and the current CDC Response. Jack Pattie Radio Show AM 590. YouTube Video. (32:46)   https://youtu.be/nl3ZFtK2f5w