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Dan Barouch named in Bloomberg 50: The People who Changed Global Business in 2020.

The Scientists Leading the Coronavirus Vaccine Race

Marsha Maurer, DPN, RN (CNO, BIDMC) discussed steps BIDMC is taking to keep staff safe during the pandemic.

As the pandemic intensifies and fatigue grows, officials are enforcing new protocols for staff.

This week, the Department of Public Health released their weekly dashboard which classified 97 Massachusetts towns and cities as “red zones.” That number is about eight times higher compared to just one month ago. Michael Gibson, MD (Interventional Cardiology, BIDMC) explained, “when one person gets it, they give it to two, then they give it to four, we are seeing the exponential growth when people run into each other, some of whom are a symptomatic carriers.” Gibson also notes that social economics is a factor in the rise of COVID-19 cases.

Why, week after week, do certain communities remain at high-risk for COVID-19?

Using a massive database of genetic information, researchers at BIDMC identified a genetic variant that the scientists think influences how the immune system responds to COVID-19. To do this research, Robert E. Gerszten, MD (Cardiovascular Medicine, BIDMC), and his coauthors relied on research from earlier in the year that identified a specific genetic variation in the area of the genome that codes for blood type.

We’re just beginning to understand how our genes and COVID-19 mix

Kevin Tabb, MD (CEO, BILH) discusses the COVID-19 vaccine, and notes that the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines will likely arrive in Massachusetts in the next ten days. Editor’s note: Interview begins around 1:15.

'Bloomberg Surveillance' Full Show (12/2/2020)

When asked if there can be more than one COVID-19 vaccine, Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) says we need multiple vaccines to be successful.

So When Exactly Will a COVID Vaccine Be Ready?

The battle against caregiver fatigue and burnout has become harder than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH (CEO, BIDMC) said despite the scope of the problem, there is plenty organizations can do to help healthcare workers and shared a number of strategies her team is taking to ease physician stress during the pandemic.

Uber Eats and Peloton subscriptions? Some creative ways Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians fights burnout

Health Leaders urge patients not to defer critical screenings and appointments as they did during and in the weeks after the spring surge of the virus. Richard Nesto, MD (CMO, BILH) says a hospital environment is, in many ways, safer than walking around town or going to a store. BILH’s special hours to reduce exposure in common areas are highlighted as some of the measures local health systems have taken.

Doctors have message for patients: Don’t skip non-urgent appointments