12 May 2020 Blog Post: Santa Monica Primary Care Experience amidst COVID-19

It has been some time since I have updated our own clinic’s experience with COVID-19. Nationally, the United States now has 1,381,665 cases with 81,552 deaths (5.9% mortality rate). The Atlantic’s COVID-19 Tracking Project (link: https://covidtracking.com/data) reports a 14.2% positive testing rate for the US as a whole. In California, this prevalence rate is 6.8%.

At Santa Monica Primary Care, we are currently tracking slightly higher than the state average at 7.8%. However, this is significantly lower than our peak of 15.3% on 3/25/2020 (Figure below).

We have also begun antibody testing in greater capacity. While we have too few numbers to report as yet, we will update these moving forward. Of interest, MLB completed testing of their players and employees showing only a 0.7% positive testing rate. (Link: https://www.theguardian.com/…/mlb-baseball-covid-19…)

I will finish today’s post with a passage from Robert Pirsig’s classic “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. How I started reading this is a discussion for another day but its insight rings hauntingly true as our country lurches forward misstep after misstep:

“The real purpose of scientific method is to make sure Nature hasn’t mislead you into thinking you know something you don’t actually know. There’s not a mechanic or scientist or technician alive who hasn’t suffered from one so much that he’s not instinctively on guard. That’s the main reason why so much scientific and mechanical information sounds so dull and so cautious. If you get careless or go romanticizing scientific information, giving it a flourish here and there, Nature will soon make a complete fool out of you. It does it often enough even when you don’t give it opportunities.”

𝗦𝗢𝗴𝗻 𝗨𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 π—’π˜‚π—Ώ π—‘π—²π˜„π˜€π—Ήπ—²π˜π˜π—²π—Ώ

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