Recent conversations with our friend and beloved medical student, Tom Latosek, have been very mentally stimulating surrounding the current pandemic. While never claiming to be an "expert," Tom has a particular interest in infectious disease and I personally find his knowledge helpful when trying to wrap my head around this topic. I recorded one of these conversations and felt the topics covered were stimulating and extremely beneficial for EMS providers in these dynamic times.

In this episode Sam and I speak with Tom regarding:

1.The science behind virus particles and how they hijack specific cells to replicate.

2.How antivirals work.

3.Basic Epidemiology

4.Protective PPE Nuances.

This is a graph with indepedent and dependent variables on the Y axis and exposure risk on the X axis. Dependent variables DEPEND on good technique and strategy. The BVM is not pictured with a filter but should ALWAYS be utilzied with a filter with any suspected infectious disease.

Josh Farkas and Adam Thomas from Internet Book of Critical Care have an excellent and dynamic chapter on this as well. I highly recommend spending sometime reading through this (link is hyperlinked above).

Refrerences:

Article in NEJM discussing virus particle size

Interesting article on efficiency of various masks

Decreased pulmonary function following recovery

Excellent video on possible treatments for COVID-19

 

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