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Fear and Perspective

Fear, Dissonance, Wills, And Perspective By Leonard Zwelling          We are in the middle of it right now, and despite what anyone out there says, we really don’t know when it ends or how. We don’t know what it means or what our response to it will mean for future generations. It will be one ...

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Choices

It’s Always About Choices By Leonard Zwelling          There are only choices. Those choices have type one (alpha) or type two (beta) errors. The first is an erroneous rejection of the null hypothesis—accepting significance when none exists. A type two error occurs when the null hypothesis is erroneously retained—missing a significance that is present. When ...

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Covid Politics

The Politics Of The Covid-19 Response: Trump Grows Stronger, So Does The Virus By Leonard Zwelling          For all you anti-Trumpers (like me) out there, this op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on March 26 should be sobering. It should also be a wake-up call while you shake your heads (but not hands) in amazement ...

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Research

There Will Be A Tomorrow. Research Must Be Part Of It. By Leonard Zwelling          It is my understanding that a single individual in one of the MD Anderson South Campus research buildings has tested positive for the coronavirus. Without letting the people in that building know and certainly without giving ample warning to the ...

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Crimson Contagion

“Crimson Contagion”: Contrary To What The President Has Said, This WAS Predicted By Leonard Zwelling          The front-page story in The New York Times on March 20 describes the fact that some members of the executive branch of the federal government do have imaginations. They gamed out the threat of a new virus arising in ...

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Real Data

Real Data By Leonard Zwelling          Courtesy of an avid blog reader:          The CDC has posted the following regarding the numbers surrounding influenza in the U.S. from October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020 (160 days):          36-51 million cases: Mean=about 44 million cases or about 270,000 per day          370-000-670,000 hospitalizations: Mean=about 520,000 ...

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After Corona

After The Coronavirus: Who’s Going To Get The Money? By Leonard Zwelling          This blog is in response to criticisms I have received regarding my willingness to accept the fact that the coronavirus threat is a major catastrophic pandemic. Some of my readers disagree and believe that this may be no worse than seasonal flu ...

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Trump’s Viral Conversion

The Viral Conversion Of Donald Trump: March 17-An Inflection Point? By Leonard Zwelling          Finally, on Tuesday March 17 at the now daily news briefing, the current President of the United States looked presidential. He still was breaking his arm patting himself on the back for closing down travel from China even though the novel ...

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Old Lessons

Old Lessons, New Crisis: Trump’s Coronavirus Address And News Conference By Leonard Zwelling          It was almost 25 years ago now, on a Saturday, when then MD Anderson president John Mendelsohn, his wife Ann and I were given media training. The training by professionals in crisis management and communication was a prize won by Mrs. ...

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Coronavirus Testing

Coronavirus Testing By Leonard Zwelling          As this blog has written, it is still way too early to know the full extent of the coronavirus infection of the United States’ population. Why?          First, it is not clear how infectious this agent, putatively originating in a Wuhan, China animal market, really is?          Second, we ...

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