THI Responds to COVID-19 Threat
As part of THI’s work to provide you with accurate information around health issues, THI president David L. Katz, MD, MPH, and our Council members with expertise in this area, are providing links to trusted articles and resources on COVID-19. THI is working tirelessly to bring truth about the Coronavirus to the media, our partners, and the public realm. Please consider making a donation to support our work so we can continue to strategize, mobilize, and analyze information to optimize both public and personal health.
Global Association of Obesity and COVID-19 Death Rates
Objective: To examine the possible impact of obesity on COVID-19 death rates.
Importance: COVID-19 was responsible for an enormous global death toll with large variation among countries.
Design: Measure associations between obesity rates in 2016 and COVID-19 deaths/million
population through 2/25/2021, across countries.
Coronavirus Pandemic Risk Models for Total Harm Minimization
#TotalHarmMinimization Policy Suggestions in a Return to Work Context
THI Official Resources
The recent FDA action, and diverse reactions, regarding aducanumab, or Aduhelm, have likely come to your attention. In brief, despite very questionable evidence and the opposition of its own advisory group, the FDA approved the use of Aduhelm as treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s dementia. Since that controversial first step, the FDA has restricted the intended recipients, and some noteworthy bastions of medical propriety such as the Cleveland Clinic have denounced the action entirely, and declared their opposition to use of the drug.
My positions related to the pandemic are a matter of public record in word and video, from perches humble and rarefied. I respected, from the start, the dangers of the virus, and also the dangers of indiscriminate lockdowns. I favored, and still do, a strategy of total harm minimization- because there always was more than one way for this pandemic to hurt us. I favored, and still do, risk-stratified policies, because rarely in public health does one size fit all. Our “protections” were too severe in some cases, doing more harm than good, and not nearly enough in others.
Interviews / Videos / Podcasts
Dr. Katz explains why there is a 10-fold increase in Covid cases in the US than we had documented before, on Main Street Vegan Podcast with Victoria Moran. Interview begins 28:00 minutes into the podcast, 7/22/20
Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman of At a Distance podcast interview Dr. Katz on Understanding Covid-19 in a Big-Picture Context, 5/21/20. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher
The Choreography of Contagion Interdiction, Rich Roll Podcast, 5/07/20
Roundtable – COVID-19: How New Information Should Drive Policy. U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 5/05/20
Illinois coronavirus: Possible permanent changes to work, school and travel after the COVID-19 lockdown, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, 5/4/20
Guidance from THI Partners & Council Members
Portal for Innovation
CALL TO ACTION
Do you have an idea for a new ventilator? A pattern for a cloth mask? A research paper on clinical results for treating COVID patients in your hospital? Visit these sites to read more and submit your own innovations and ideas:
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COVID-19 Medical Supplies
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