Jim Baker, MD Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
I was approached by friends and patients about concerns and issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. While I have expertise in vaccines, immunology, lung disease and pandemic response (you can check my LinkedIn site or my twitter site @JRB_UMFA for the specifics), I was reluctant to respond publicly. In addition, I have been impressed by quality of the information from colleagues like Drs. Tony Fauci and Deb Birx. However, they are limited by what they can say due to their overwhelming roles in the government response. Also, I have been increasingly concerned about the presentations and advice given on the television “news” channels, that often have been overly complex, panicked or just wrong.
Therefore, I think having a simple blog that comments on the day’s events and answers questions would be very helpful. It will be only a few, hopefully well-chosen paragraphs that highlight the most important daily developments. It also will answer questions you leave at the site. I will not, however, offer personal medical advice (unless you are my patient at the University of Michigan!).
I won’t continue it once the disease has run its course or when people tell me it is no longer of value. I only paid for the website for a year, so I guess that already makes me an optimist!