Droplets, Fomites, and COVID-19

Droplets, Fomites, and COVID-19

The disease COVID-19 is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. This is a member of the coronavirus family. These are viruses that can infect humans, other mammals, and birds. Most coronaviruses are rather benign respiratory viruses that account for about 5-10% of annual colds and flu-like illnesses. But occasionally, a coronavirus will successfully jump from one […]

Re-Using N-95 Masks In The Time Of COVID-19

Re-Using N-95 Masks In The Time Of COVID-19

The geniuses at Battelle have done it again. This time, they have invented a process for sterilizing and re-using N-95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide. Battelle Memorial Institute is a non-profit scientific research and development institute here in Columbus, Ohio that is located about 3 blocks from the OSU hospital. Researchers at Battelle were the […]

Setting Up A COVID-19 Testing Station

Setting Up A COVID-19 Testing Station

In the era of COVID-19, there is a surge in demand for outpatient testing for the virus. When doing tests for regular influenza, patients generally come into their physicians offices and get a nasopharyngeal swab for a flu test in the physician’s office. But with COVID, it is necessary to reduce contact of suspected patients […]

Why Hospital Door Handles Should Be Made Of Copper

Why Hospital Door Handles Should Be Made Of Copper

This morning, when walking in from my car to my office in the hospital, I had to open 6 doors and press 2 elevator buttons. With each door handle and elevator button, I was having contact with someone else’s fomites. Fomites are the small droplets that are formed when a person coughs or sneezes and […]

The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

In December 2019, an outbreak of a new coronavirus began in Wuhan City,¬†China. Within weeks, it had spread throughout China and to a number of other countries. This post will outline the history of the outbreak, what we have learned from other, previous coronavirus outbreaks, and what physicians and hospitals need to know about managing […]

Predicting The Next Influenza Season

Predicting The Next Influenza Season

Last month, in August 2019, we have our first influenza case in our hospital. The patient recently returned from an international gathering so it is likely that he acquired the flu from a Southern Hemisphere resident attending the same gathering. The Southern Hemisphere has its influenza season at the opposite time of year as the […]