ON PREVENTION: I'm probably not the best example of maintaining health through Covid because it's pulled me in many different directions that personal health is not a premium. I've been just working, I'm working on fighting and writing and getting involved with trying to help folks treat this disease. I mean, exercise has been definitely on the back burner, but certainly now that things have calmed down a little bit, certainly exercise is a premium for me.
The real factors that would lead to airborne transmission is for me is generally occurring indoors- from what I call THE FOUR D's, which is the DURATION that you'll spend in that room, the DIMENSIONS of the room- this reflects on less ambient air flow in a smaller space where there's more of a likelihood that the exhaled virus can build up to a sufficient concentration for you to inhale it. Next is the DENSITY or the crowd size that raises your probability. And then there's the presence of a DRAB. There's a number of experiments and publications have shown just having an open window in a room appears to be very protective because it dilutes the concentration of the exhale virus. And so it makes it much less likely you're going to get infected. You have to inhale a significant concentration of a virus- what's called INOCULUM. If you're in someplace with ambient air for short term or a very large room, it's very unlikely that you're going to get infected. And so it's really about small confined, poorly ventilated spaces with a lot of people like ours- and places like bars where everyone's on top of each other or the crowded areas where you might have a high density of people.
Meanwhile, an N95 respirator is an "efficient filter and a respiratory protective device designed to PROTECT YOU from airborne particles". Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s because it is actually rated by NIOSH to keep out or resist an estimated 95% of the harmful particulates in the air. 
Getting the vaccine is a key way that we can protect ourselves, our families, our community and our colleagues. The vaccine is safe and effective. Although its development happened quickly, it went through all the same kinds of testing and rigorous approval that any vaccine does. I posted my selfie on LinkedIn "getting the shot" because there's so much apprehension out there... especially in our minority communities. As a Cuban American I know there’s a lot of the mistrust and fear is based on rumors that run rampant through our communities, not the science. I strongly believe we can lead through example, and a picture is worth a thousand words! My goal is to be a small drop that creates a lot of ripples that ultimately instills more confidence. We need to empower each other to pass that message along, and dispel the rumors in whatever way possible.
On Dec 8, 2020, committee chairman Republican Sen. Ron Johnson called ICU Pulmonary specialist Dr. Pierre Kory of the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center (WI) and president of the FLCCC to the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The hearing was called “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II.” Dr. Kory gave his testimony on behalf of frontline physicians about the current state of care in the Covid pandemic and what his group specifies as the logic-based treatment with scientifically proven data that he pleads the NIH to review. (See complete video and Transcript of Dr. Kory's Testimony)
COVID-19 was rapidly understood as a disease caused by severe and widespread inflammation and “hypercoagulability” (a tendency to spontaneously form clots in the blood vessels. Autopsies have revealed extensive small vessel strokes, with such strokes often occurring despite aggressive blood thinner treatment and regardless of the timing of the disease course, suggesting that it plays a role very early in the disease process. In one autopsy series, there was a widespread presence of small clots with acute stroke observed in over 25%. In a recent review of the incidence of stroke in COVID-19, almost 2% of all hospital patients suffered a stroke, which is 8x higher than in patients with influenza. More worrisome is that this is almost definitely a gross underestimate given the many likely missed strokes in patients who died on ventilators who were too ill to obtain imaging, the general restrictions on and lack of autopsies, and the well-recognized decrease in the number of patients with acute stroke symptoms seeking medical attention in the COVID-19 era. (go to complete article)
According to a report from the NIH, "the cost of cancer care is the most rapidly increasing component of U.S. health care spending and will increase from $125 billion in 2010 to an estimated $158 billion in 2020, a 27% increase. Most experts agree that the current escalation of costs is unsustainable and, if left unchecked, will have a devastating effect on the quality of health care and an increasing negative financial impact on individuals, businesses, and government." A coalition of patient advocates kickstared by 2x cancer victim Kirby Lewis enacted an initiative to speaks for the countless cancer patients in this country that are drowning from the high cost of cancer meds. "Insurance never covers everything- especially when it comes to drastic cases like cancer. If you're lucky, most insurance covers 50% - or even at the very best, 90% - and a vial of chemo that might be $20,000 you still have to pay a balance or a copay that can easily wipe your family out!" (see complete article)