In this letter, a group of international doctors who work in different areas such as public health, internal medicine, cardiology, and radiology, across the globe, present their concerns about the presentation, interpretation and media coverage of the role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the management of asymptomatic patients recovered from COVID-19. Significant media coverage has generated substantial anxiety among the general public, causing some individuals to seek CMR testing despite the absence of symptoms. These doctors urge against this low-yield testing, requesting clear guidance from the relevant societies on this matter.
Sept 15, Kim Bellard
Twitch is an online service that facilitates live streaming, particularly of gaming—and chess tournaments are getting a lot of attention. Kim argues that health care can learn from chess. Healthcare likes its traditions – white coats, anyone? – and claims to value our privacy so much that it often makes it hard for us or our caregivers to get access to our information. “Games” or livestreaming to a participatory audience seems like the remotest thing for healthcare. But if the staid, tradition-laden game of chess can thrive in a Twitch environment, there have to be ways that healthcare can take advantage of it as well.
Sept 14, Mike Magee
If you would like to visit the meeting place of America’s two great contemporary pandemics –COVID-19 and structural racism – you need only visit America’s Nursing Homes. The fact of the matter is, Black Americans are more likely to be financially eligible and more likely to spend their final years in Nursing Homes funded by Medicaid dollars. As for Medicaid, a half-century later, we’re still fighting the same discriminatory battle. Many of the same states fighting this in 1965 are resisting Medicaid expansion today, and are last in line for COVID-19 testing, PPE, and vaccines when they arrive. We need to wake up and address structural racism through policy; hopefully, the pandemic will catalyze this change.