Can You Be Reinfected From COVID-19 After You’ve Recovered? A Look at What the Science Tells Us So Far

  In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many people take comfort in the assumption that, should they become infected, they’ll at least enjoy immunity upon recovering. Unfortunately, the latest research paints a less optimistic picture. Already, several patients who initially appeared to have recovered have demonstrated signs of reinfection. Why Are Former COVID-19 Patients Testing Positive? The earliest indicators of reinfection trouble appeared in South Korea. Until recently, the nation’s impressive response to the pandemic generated considerable hope for both physical and economic recovery. All that changed when the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 163…

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COVID-19: Impacts on Driving Behavior and Lessons

  The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our lives in countless ways. It has also changed our behaviors.  The following are some observations and suggestions. Less Vehicles on the Road There are far fewer automobiles on the road, but accidents still occur. In keeping with social-distancing regulations, police officers in some areas of the country will not respond to the scene of a crash unless there is an emergency. Without a police response, a police report will not be generated. What to do if in a crash: Take photographs of the property damage to your vehicle and all other involved automobiles;…

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What Is the Actual Case Fatality Rate (CFR) for Covid-19?

The disease Covid-19—caused by the novel coronavirus—clearly can be deadly, especially for seniors and those who are immune-compromised or metabolically unwell. But how dangerous is it, precisely? Epidemiologists measure something called a Case Fatality Rate (CFR), which tracks the number of deaths caused by a disease per the number of “cases” of that disease. It seems like it should be straightforward to calculate this number, but many things prevent clarity. For instance: What exactly constitutes a “case”? Do we only count those who test positive according to an official Covid-19 test? Do we also count people who show symptoms but…

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