8 Responses to Sierrawave Podcast #4 Dr. Stacey Brown – Covid 19 update

  1. Inyo Local March 31, 2020 at 7:33 am #

    Why aren’t any of the people in these radio interviews wearing masks or social distancing?

    • Charles James March 31, 2020 at 10:47 am #

      If you’ve ever been inside a radio station, you would realize that the actual broadcast booth is not very large. Hence the term “booth.” Another consideration is, that considering what these folks are doing, i.e., risking their lives every day they go to work, if anyone is aware of what they can or cannot do safely, it would be these people. I discussed this with Dr. Brown and found that, confirmed by Bill Snyder, he did have a mask but removed it to talk into the microphone.
      The world is far from a perfect place with only perfect people that always demonstrate only perfect behavior.
      We here at Sierra Wave appreciate their willingness to come in to share valuable information…and value their professionalism and sacrifice.

  2. Almost Native March 30, 2020 at 6:26 am #

    I just heard on the radio” percentage wise ‘that Mono county is the most infected county in the state. Is that true?

    • Charles James March 30, 2020 at 8:41 am #

      Well, yes it is true on a per capita basis (per person or in Latin, “by the head”). In statistics it tells us how a country, state, or city affects its residents, or in our case locally, as applied in a large rural area with very low population density and low population size. In this instance, the incidence of a disease — COVID-19 — is statistically significant when reported as per 100,000 people. This results in a large “per capita” number given the very small population of Mono County’s 14,000 residents, most of whom live in or around the Mammoth Lakes area.

      The article submitted to Sierra Wave by Avo Nersesian explains “why” that is, as does the comments by CSUN Geography Professor Steven Graves. Does this mean that you are “extremely vulnerable living in this area?” Not necessarily. Whether you are at risk of contracting the coronavirus depends largely on your own behavior. Are you social/physical distancing, washing your hands regularly, disinfecting surfaces that might harbor germs or in this case, viruses, and “Staying at Home”?

      Don’t let the numbers freak you out. Be calm and use common sense. This is where we live and work. We have to deal with this and keep ourselves safe, as well as those around us. Like most things, this will eventually pass. The real question is, what will we learn from it? Will we be a better person or people? Let’s hope so.

  3. M schaefer March 27, 2020 at 12:51 pm #

    Dr. Brown & Dr. Tiernan are professional treasures for the communities in the Eastern Sierra. Thank you for you, & know that you are appreciated!
    Hazel Cornell’s daughter

  4. A professional hermit, my new skill set. March 26, 2020 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks Dr B. Inyo County is fortunate to have you.

    • We can do this. Let's take care of each other. April 2, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

      4-2-20 The Covid Tracking Project states on MSNBC that up to a third of testing done in California may be false negative, partially due to inconsistencies in swabbing, multiple types of collection kits and various labs. Obviously, a test could be false negative if collected when there is too low of a viral load to test positive, as well. There are a lot of people in the area that became ill at the beginning of March, but they never reported mild symptoms, even with mild to moderate lung inflammation, so they weren’t tested at all. It seems like everyone wearing a mask when in public would help slow the spread.

      • Physical Distancing April 3, 2020 at 9:09 am #

        Staying home, washing your hands, and Physical Distancing are still the BEST methods to stop the spread and “flatten the curve.” The home-made cotton masks that are being promoted all over the internet will NOT protect 100% against the virus with what we currently know. Sure, it’s not a bad idea if one MUST go out in public to wear a mask, but please please please don’t let wearing a cotton mask made on your sewing machine lull you into a false sense of security. Stay home and isolated as much as possible.


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