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Emergency Medical Minute


Mar 31, 2020

In the past two weeks, warnings, questions, and misinformation concerning COVID-19 and NSAID use have been pun intended..virally. The pace of this evolving pandemic and the equally quick pace of the news and social media news cycle have meant that information and misinformation travel equally fast. Today we bring to you the story of how a letter in The Lancet led to a world of confusion.

Host: Elizabeth Esty, MD

Research By: Elizabeth Esty & Nathan Novotny

Sound Editing By: Stephen Bahmani

Time Stamps:

0:00 - COVID-19 Statistics

2:55 - The Lancet Letter: What Started the Rumor

4:10 - ACE Inhibitors & ARB's

5:00 - What The Lancet Letter Got Wrong

6:25 - Treatment of HTN and DM in China vs. the U.S.

9:13 - Do ACE Inhibitors Actually Increase ACE-2 Expression?

11:00 - The French Ministry of Health and Their Warning About NSAIDs

14:09 - Misinformation in the Age of COVID-19

15:09 - Potential Harms of Tylenol Use

16:11 - The Need for High-Quality Science to Overcome COVID-19


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