COVID 19 Tests and their meanings

Ever since COVID 19 started in late 20219, scientists have kept busy with test design, modalities and their yielded results, including coming up with 2 awesome vaccines. Fast forward to 2021, there are different COVID 19 tests available and various ways to acquire a sample for COVID 19 testing. They include nasopharyngeal secretions, nasal secretions, saliva and a blood sample. Not all COVID 19 tests are created equal, they have different mechanisms of detecting the virus, d

Pandemic Fatigue

1. What is Pandemic Fatigue? According to the World Health Organization (WHO 2020): -Pandemic fatigue is a natural reaction to the prolonged nature of this crisis and the associated inconvenience and hardship. -It expressed itself as emerging demotivating to engage in protection behaviors and seek COVID-19 related information and as complacency, alienation and hopelessness. -Evolving gradually over time and affected by a number of emotion, experiences and perceptions as well

Dangers of reusing an N95

During the height of the pandemic, many of us were forced to reuse our Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) for long periods of time. Sometimes we would stretch it for more than a week. The global shortage of PPE made it difficult to provide daily PPE to every healthcare worker. It was reflected on many healthcare personnel becoming sick. Recent and alarming data published during the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in October 2020 found that N95 masks should no

 

NIKITA RABELO, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Point of Care Ultrasound

Patient empowerment: knowledgeable patients are healthier patients.

Our responsibility is not only to prevent, diagnose and treat, but to educate patients while practicing medicine. In times of so much misinformation, it's our job to step up and bring adequate medical information to digital platforms. 


Deglamorizie Medicine: this career is very sacrificed, and it entails many hardships. By sharing my story, I shed light to unspoken truths in the medical field and help pre-meds, med students and residents achieve their goals. 

Women in Medicine: taken and filling spaces that were once "not designed" for women. Sexism in Medicine is very real. Talking about it and standing up to it is a way to direct our field towards change.

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