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Coronavirus Update: Nine Key Points

Coronavirus Update: Nine Key Points to Know and Share We’re entering phase 2 of reopening and we’re all overloaded with info on coronavirus, so here are my 9 keys points to know and share: 1. Nomenclature:  the term “coronavirus” refers to a family of viruses that includes the current virus that we are dealing with. “Coronavirus” can be used to indicate the family or this specific species.  “SARS-CoV-2” is the official name for the current virus; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus number 2.  COVID-19 is the name of the disease; COronaVIrus Disease 2019 2. SARS-CoV-2 spreads the same way as familiar cold viruses: airborne transmission from [...]

2020-05-25T14:32:52-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Dr. O’Connell Discusses Antibody Testing on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio

Dr. O'Connell Explains Antibody Testing on the radio show Faith Works Catholic 540 AM Radio In this interview that aired April 17, 2020, Ellen speaks with Dr. O’Connell about antibody testing that is starting to become available and how this antibody testing can be used in the response to coronavirus. He also discusses asymptomatic infection and talks briefly about the unintended harms that come from fear and the societal response to coronavirus. Ellen’s intro to the show: “Faith Works highlights individuals that put their faith in to action every day. Amazing people who have an interesting and sometimes [...]

Dr. O’Connell Explains Covid-19 and Answers Listener Questions on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio

Dr. O'Connell Explains Covid-19 and Answers Listener Questions on Faith Works on Catholic 540 AM Radio Ellen’s intro to the show: “Faith Works highlights individuals that put their faith in to action every day. Amazing people who have an interesting and sometimes overlooked impact on our Catholic faith. We share their stories” Catholic 540 AM - https://catholic540am.org Divine Mercy Radio - station covers over 90% of the parishes in central and eastern NC. In this interview, Ellen speaks with Dr. O’Connell about the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19. She asks him to explain how the virus is transmitted, [...]

2020-05-24T14:25:29-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Radio Interviews|Tags: |

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients Here are the steps we are taking during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. O'Connell in his protective mask and goggles. When you call to make an appointment or if you have a previously scheduled appointment, we will ask you: What symptoms are you experiencing Have you taken your temperature and what is it Have you been exposed to COVID-19 Based on your responses, we will determine next steps. If we ask you to come to the office to get tested for COVID-19, the following system is in place. Please call us [...]

2020-05-24T14:40:24-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

How to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

Flattening the Curve: Trying to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus North Carolina's schools are closed; the stock market is a roller coaster; NC's governor has banned gatherings over 50. Society seems upside down, and it has an unnerving feel, so the question is: how does this make sense? How does all this Herculean effort help? Separate from debates over how intensive the isolation efforts should be, the rationale for these efforts turns out to be pretty interesting and straightforward. Read more below. The way the Herculean effort helps is to slow the rate of people coming down with life-threatening [...]

Coronavirus COVID-19 Questions & Answers

Coronavirus COVID-19 Takeover It feels like coronavirus is taking over every aspect of our lives-- travel disruption, the stock market roller coaster, now even the ACC basketball tournament has been canceled! Amidst the upheaval, information can be useful and reassuring, so let me update my practical points from my email last week. 1. What to do if you get sick with a bad “cold”? Two weeks ago the question would have been flu or a cold, but now the question is flu or a cold or coronavirus. As of right now (I’m sure my approach will change as the [...]

2020-05-24T14:30:21-04:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Novel Coronavirus – First Thoughts

Novel Coronavirus - First Thoughts I have to admit to enjoying sci-fi pandemic movies like 12 Monkeys or the 1971 movie Andromeda Strain.  I’m not a fan when it’s real life however. I was talking to a friend last weekend who expressed concern over the possible societal impact of the novel coronavirus--a form we have not seen before--and I thought, “Eh, what's the worry?” Then I saw the news headlines on Monday. And on Tuesday. And on Wednesday. But what are we all supposed to do? It’s not like I can invent a cure or prevent international spread. Instead [...]

2020-05-24T14:29:02-04:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|