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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
Dr. Chris Centeno's research on Coronavirus (AKA COVID-19) is impressive. He provides frequent updates on the virus as
new information becomes available and deciphers what is media hype and what is actual emerging science.
Here's his introduction to a series of blogs about Coronavirus:
"Coronavirus: To quickly review, the Coronavirus disease is much like the flu. Its scientific name is COVID-19. ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. The “-19” indicates that it was first detected in 2019. The common name often used for this disease, called “Coronavirus” is really medical slang as that’s just a common virus type. The virus that causes the disease has been named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2). Now let’s dig into why is everyone so freaked out."
Below is the link to Dr. Centeno's blog:
Here's a list of some of the topics he covers:
Coronavirus Episode 10: How Long
Will the Shutdown Last? (Mar. 21, 2020)
Coronavirus Episode 11: Should You Be Taking Your Vitamin D? (Mar. 22, 2020)
Coronavirus Episode 12: Does a Microwave Kill Coronavirus? (Mar. 23, 2020)
Coronavirus Episode 14: Is Chloroquine a Cure? (Mar. 24, 2020)
Coronavirus Episode 15: What’s Really Going On in Italy? (Mar. 25, 2020)
If you don't have time to read all Dr. Centeno's blogs, then I recommend the three below:
I believe his article entitled; "Coronavirus Episode 5: We NEED to BEND the CURVE NOW" (March 14th) is important to read.
His more recent piece entitled; "Coronavirus Episode 8: Good News/Bad News" (March 19th) gives some positive news as well as more current statistics.
Another interesting read is "Coronavirus Episode 10: How Long Will the Shutdown Last?" (March 21st).
note: "US cases continue to grow and we all need to
expect that as testing comes online and we begin to
ID more people in the community, that number will
appear to explode." So, don't panic when you see
the number of infected people rise rapidly in the
next few days. Before, few people were being
Although, Dr. Centeno has provided more recent information, which is more downbeat, I wish to pass along his analysis of what happened on the Diamond Princess Cruise. Below is an excerpt from an earlier article of his:
"The Diamond Princess Cruise by The Numbers:
First, what happened on this ship and is happening worldwide is a tragedy. So let’s keep that in perspective as we look at the Diamond Princess Cruise pandemic math:
- There were 4,061 individuals tested who were exposed
- 705 tested positive
- 7 patients died:
- 3 Japanese citizens in their 80’s
- “An elderly Japanese man”-age unknown
- British national in his 70’s
- A 78 year old Australian national
- Hong-Kong national-age unknown
- The infection rate of those exposed is 17%
- The fatality rate (exposed versus deaths) was 1.0%
What does all of that mean? The fact that only 17%
contracted COVID-19 on a cruise ship that was out
there for a month before being quarantined is NOT
impressive. In fact, epidemiologists usually see
20-40% of individuals in a population test
positive for the influenza virus during a bad flu
Also, pay attention to the 1% fatality rate impacting mostly the elderly. That number had previously been reported as 0.85%. There was a new death recorded so that number has gone up. However, please note that the average age of cruise ship passengers is older by about a decade than the average age of the United States population." ...
"Dr. Centeno's recommendations:
- Stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days if you’re ill. You likely don’t have COVID-19. However, you can’t risk spreading it.
- Avoid spending face to face time with the elderly. They are the most at risk of serious consequences from COVID-19. Call them or facetime them so they don’t get socially isolated. Help out your elderly neighbors by grocery shopping for them.
- Only shop at the grocery store and do the rest of your non-grocery shopping online.
- Avoid any public events with 10 or more people.
- Keep three feet back from everybody.
- Wash your hands 10-20 times a day with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Wear a mask while around others if you have a cough. Surgical masks are not helpful if you don’t have this disease. Healthcare workers working around COVID-19 patients have better N-95 masks."
Wishing you the best of health!