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Spreading COVID-19 in Social Gatherings

by Michael J. Ainscough, MD, MPH As the case numbers of coronavirus are now peaking in many large cities, nearly all states have started to relax restrictions and reopen sectors of the economy and society. Some localities are easing restrictions without meeting federal or state criteria. Reopening carries a risk, but the impact won’t be…

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Reopening Businesses In An Epidemic

by Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH By the end of this week, 44 states will have initiated some degree of reopening for business.  Gov. Pritzker has signaled that he is considering a regional approach to reopening Illinois.  People want to go back to work… safely.  We don’t have widespread testing to tell who is infected or…

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It Happened Here – May 6, 2020

Eighty-Five Years Ago (1935) Separate fires destroyed the house on a farm occupied by Paul Schmidt north of Nashville; a barn at the Elliot Evilsizer home in Nashville; and burned a hole in the roof of the Washington County jail. Rev. C.H. Kluge, a pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Church, was elected president of the…

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Will Easing Of Restrictions Allow A Resurgence Of Coronavirus?

By Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH The federal government has released guidelines for governors to take a three-phased approach to reopening economies and communities in their individual states. The governors of Illinois and Missouri have taken different courses of action. Gov. Parson has delegated that authority to Missouri cities and counties. Gov. Pritzker has retained a…

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Prevention of Coronavirus at Grocery Stores and Long Term Care Facilities

by Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH In other articles, I’ve addressed what we can do to protect ourselves and our immediate families.  This article brings attention to a couple issues that affect the larger community. The United States is experiencing the worst pandemic in 100 years. COVID-19 is the most contagious and deadly virus we have…

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Coronavirus: When Will This End?

by Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH The best short answer is “When we get a vaccine.”  Avoiding the virus in Washington County got a bit more difficult this week.  It is not known how two of the cases last week came in contact with the virus, so they were reported as community acquired.  Although the cases…

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Coronavirus: Lessons From The 1918 Epidemic

By Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH Businesses and schools shuttered. Uncertainty unleashed and panic palpable. Social distancing rules doled out differently depending on the local government. Have you read these headlines recently? America has been here before.  It was 1918.     History repeats itself.  It has been said “Those who cannot learn from history are…

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Community Spread of COVID-19

by Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH We’ve done well.  We’ve been lucky.  Sometimes to win a tough contest, you need to be both good and lucky.  The contest is not yet over.  New York may be peaking, but more important for us are the numbers of COVID-19 cases in St. Louis and our neighboring counties which…

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Health Department Seeks Public Cooperation During Coronavirus Crisis

Experts Urge Those Who Have Traveled, Been Exposed To COVID-19 Areas To Watch Symptoms By Elizabeth Lehde Administrator WCHD Cases of COVID-19 are increasing exponentially nationwide and within our state. Following the “shelter-in-place” order is critical for controlling the spread of this virus and flattening the curve. By sheltering at home, people can reduce their…

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It Happened Here – March 25, 2020

Eighty-Five Years Ago (1935) An old man, almost blind, wearing ragged clothes, was arrested for bagrancy in Irvington. When authorities investigated, they found him to be John LeLeur, a native of Marshall County in Illinois. His assets were believed to be worth $40,000 to $50,000. That amount would have been about a million dollars today.…

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