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Public Health, The Media, and The Performance of Deborah Birx.

Mike Magee Imagine there was a time in our living memory when a Washington Post reporter and a woman public health official shared a mutual passion – the health and welfare of Americans.  Imagine this woman was steely in her determination, but shy and refused the spotlight. And imagine that those lined up against her […]

Earth Day 2020 – 25 Important Facts About Water

Mike Magee World Water Day, April 22, 2020, celebrated at the United Nations, drew a wide range of interested and engaged professionals. But surprisingly, the health care professionals remain under-represented.  How much do doctors, nurses and other health professionals know about water? Here are “25 Facts Every Health Professional Should Know About Water”: 1. Water […]

Could Covid-19 Be Leveraged As A Change Agent?

Mike Magee As the weeks and months of the Covid-19 pandemic pass by, it is increasingly obvious that it is both an economic and a public health crisis. These two major forces appear on the surface to be opposing each other. But the reality is that solutions for both could be harmonized by movement toward […]

Covid-19: A Wake-Up Call For Those Not Yet Woke.

Mike Magee Exactly one year ago, I penned a piece for Matthew Holt’s The Health Care Blog titled, “All For One, One For All.” In laying out our vulnerability, I wrote: “The U.S. has no  government-directed, national health planning apparatus. Service levels and reimbursement vary widely across an endless array of private and public offerings […]

Who Is The Real Batwoman, and Can She Defeat The Forces of Evil?

Mike Magee According to experienced phraseologists, “bats in the belfry” should resonate on multiple levels with Americans currently confronting covid-19. They say: “Bats are, of course, the erratically flying mammals and ‘belfries’ are bell towers, sometimes found at the top of churches. ‘Bats in the belfry’ refers to someone who acts as though he has […]

Passover, Easter, and the Pandemic – Common Themes?

Mike Magee Two years ago, Rabbi Daniel F. Polish wrote an article in the Jesuit magazine America titled, “Easter and Passover have more in common than you think.” In the final summary paragraph, he writes: “Pesach (or Passover) and Pascha (or Easter), beneath their manifest historical and theological content, can be seen as the human […]

The Truth Shall Set You Free – Who’s Doing Serologic Testing?

Mike Magee Three weeks ago, with the active support of Gov. Gavin Newsome, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti shut down Los Angeles in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. And while their early actions are paying rewards (200 deaths in Los Angeles compared to over  6300  in New York City), they recognize that only the truth […]

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