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Please read this link to learn about the author and background to these posts. It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months. Assuming we have just crested in deaths at 70k, it is possible that we lose another 70,000 people over the next 6 weeks as we come off that peak. That's what's going to happen with a lockdown. As states reopen, and we give the virus more fuel, all bets are off. There are very few states that have demonstrated a sustained decline in numbers of new infections. (as of May 3rd) So throughout most of the country we are going to add fuel to the viral fire by reopening. Where are people getting sick? We know most people get infected in their own home. Sobering right? Erin S.

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Dubai schools can deliver textbooks now - KHDA The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai’s education regulator, has confirmed that schools across the emirate can either deliver textbooks to its students or have parents collect them from the school’s premises. It also added that schools are in full knowledge of this directive. “Schools may choose to deliver books or ask parents to pick them up. In both situations, strict health and safety guidelines must be followed. Schools are adhering to these guidelines when packaging and delivering books. Evidence based suggestions for the return to elective orthopaedic surgery following the COVID-19 pandemic By Sarkhell Radhaa,b and Irrum AfzalbaCroydon University Hospital London, UKbSouth West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, UK Published 01 May 2020 Editor’s note: They say that nature abhors a vacuum so as participants in the natural world we are as guilty as others in wanting to fill one. There is a void of guidance waiting to be filled. We know that for some things we are better given a free hand to act locally but that for others we need to work as a pack, as this provides consistency, resilience, safety, reproducibility and all the other products of unified standardised working which we have been advocating as a profession.

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