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May 19, 2020

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May
2020

Getting the COVID-19 Numbers Wrong

When I was in college, everyone wanted to major in psychology. I signed up, but switched out after only a few weeks. Why? Well, the more I read, the less I seemed to know. Psychology, after all, is an inexact science. I sought refuge in the exact worlds of computer science and mathematics. Those courses led me to build a...
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19
May
2020

COVID Doctors Navigate Tension Between Individual Autonomy and Systematized Care

I was recently speaking with a friend of mine, a pulmonologist at a large academic medical center in the Midwest, about his COVID-19 experience. I was especially interested, in the context of iterative experimentation, to learn how his hospital was working on improving the care of COVID-19 patients, especially those in the ICU, which he oversees.  It’s real problem, he...
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19
May
2020

Stepping Up One’s Game, Pandemic Style

Luke Timmerman calls me his humor columnist. That’s become a laugh line of its own in our house. My adult daughter, staying with us during the pandemic, said this to me just last week: “If you’re going to need frequent comedic validation, you’re going to have to step up your game.”  Giggles have been hard to come by these past...
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