Fawcett’s Favorites 4-27-20

Every week I run into a few articles that I feel are especially valuable and I would like to share some of the best with you, my readers. I hope you find them helpful.

This week’s favorites include ways landlords can reduce vacancy rates, children’s safety during COVID-19, keeping the kids engaged and active while stuck at home, should recently retired doctors go back to the workforce and help, and using the “illusion” of science in quality improvement (seen recently in the Chloroquine discussions).

Happy reading!

During the pandemic social distancing, many landlords have tenants who have lost their job and cannot pay their rent. Some might even move in with relatives. Semi-retired MD offers landlords some solutions with Five ways to reduce vacancy rates during a downturn

Many physicians are now home with their kids all day. Here is a great interview with Dr. Allan Stanford, a pediatrician, covering a few things to think about for your kid’s safety called Kid safety during COVID-19 – Expert advice from a pediatrician. This includes what to do if they get sick and need to see their pediatrician. This article was published on Safety.com

If home schooling is not your thing, you might be wondering what to do with your kids all day now that they are home. Safety.com gives us a nice set of activities in How to keep kids engaged and active while at home during the coronavirus pandemic. I always loved doing #2.

When New York City started their surge of COVID-19 patients, it made me wonder about my town’s hospital. If they get overwhelmed, should I go back to work and help? I mentally walked through the pros and cons of that decision. Then I hit a roadblock when I found out the state would not reinstate my license as I have been out of practice too long. Another retired physician, Richard Plotzker, chimed in on this topic with A retired physician wonders whether to rejoin the fray which I read on KevinMD. What about you? Did you think about returning to work to help with this pandemic?

Many changes happen in medicine without any actual science behind them. We saw that recently when the President was pushing Chloroquine as a possible benefit in treating COVID-19 before the proper testing had been done to verify that it was a valid option. A recent article in the Annals of Surgery shows us the perils of jumping the gun. In this case, the example is The Bouffant Hat Debate and the Illusion of Quality Improvement. Be careful when decisions are made that will alter your life without first finding out if the alteration is an improvement. 

I hope you enjoy these articles as much as I did. I look forward to updating you again next week with a few more articles I find especially interesting. If you read an especially good article, send me the link so I can share it with others.

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