Search and ye shall find: testing, sequencing and the search for variant coronavirus cases | Opinion – Commercial Appeal

Over two millennia ago, the great Greek tragedian Sophocles said “Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.” This holds true today. In the Memphis regional area, local laboratory directors looked. We conducted COVID-19 testing with sequencing to identify mutant strains, and we found them. Since Jan. 1, we sequenced […]

What to know about the new variant coronavirus strain | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Question: Do we have the new mutant variant strain in Memphis?Answer: Yes. Over the past months, our local laboratories have been randomly looking at the genetic code of the COVID-19 viruses, a process called sequencing. Over 450 COVID-19 viruses have been sequenced at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Laboratory under Dr. Colleen Jonsson. […]

What side effects should I expect after taking COVID-19 Vaccine? | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Vaccine side effects can be lumped into three major categories: Mild such as body ache and soreness in the arm, moderate such as headache  and severe that may cause shortness of breath. “Memphis healthcare professionals overcome difficulties during COVID-19 pandemic” Question: I am planning to get the vaccine, what side effects should I expect? Answer: Good […]

The choice is clear: get the COVID-19 vaccine or the virus | Opinion – Commercial Appeal

Though there are questions raised regarding the vaccines’ safety and efficiency, it still remains the best defenses in the fight against COVID-19. Vaccine expert anticipates vaccine distribution to improve, despite rough start. Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Paul Erwin, anticipates vaccine distribution will continue to […]

How does our immune system work to fight COVID-19? A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Our battle against the virus is both an individual and collective effort: our individual immune systems and our public health system. Question: How does our immune system work to fight COVID-19? Answer: Our immune system is our greatest and best defence against the virus. The reason COVID-19 is causing so much infection is because it is […]

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Dr. Jain answers your questions regarding the recently distributed COVID-19 vaccines. Question: Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Answer: As the vaccine becomes available to our healthcare workers and first responders—I got my shot on Friday—many in the general population are wondering if they should get the vaccine in the coming months? Each person has […]

What do I need to do if I’m COVID-19 positive? | A Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Q: What do I need to do if I am COVID-19 Positive? Answer: One in 22 Americans have become positive for COVID-19. Each day in Shelby County, about 450 people receive news that their COVID-19 test is positive. It is important to know how you can help yourself and others be safe, even when you […]

Global Crowdsourcing Can Help the U.S. Beat the Pandemic – Harvard Business Review.

To fight Covid-19, the United States must be open to ideas from everywhere, including developing countries. Sometimes less-wealthy countries can offer simple, low-tech solutions that are highly effective at containing infectious diseases. In an earlier article, I discussed how U.S. health care organizations are borrowing lessons from Asia and Africa to fight Covid-19. Looking further, […]

Success of America’s economy depends on smart, safe reopening of our schools | Opinion – Commercial Appeal.

The opening of private and county schools is essential to the opening of the workplace and our economy. Few have recognized the critical importance of opening our county and private schools in the strategy to open our workforce and the economy. With children at home, parents cannot go to work. Without parents being in essential […]

Privatized contact tracing will help America safely reopen amid coronavirus pandemic | Opinion – Tennessean.

After implementing social distancing through a lockdown, but before deploying a vaccine, the single best tool we have to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is contact tracing.  Countries that have been successful outliers in halting the virus’s spread, like South Korea, have deployed contact tracing early and extensively. If we want to wisely reopen our state (and our […]

Infectious disease specialist answers questions about coronavirus | ABC24

Dr. Manoj Jain answers questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic Infectious disease specialist Dr. Manoj Jain answers questions about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Monday, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issues a “safer at home” executive order. Here is that order: Safer at Home Executive Order: What You Need to Know To further combat the spread of COVID-19, […]

Infectious disease doctor says extreme level of social distancing is necessary to fight spread of COVID-19 | Fox13

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of Memphis’s Infectious Disease Doctor and Epidemiologist Dr. Manoj Jain said Mayor Jim Strickland’s decision to stop all non-essential business by Tuesday evening was the right call. Dr. Jain said it is what is needed right now to stop the future spread of COVID-19. He said the extreme practice of social […]

What’s the ‘new normal’ with coronavirus? – Commercial Appeal : Opinion

Wow, who could have imagined that a 120-nanometer particle would jolt financial markets by trillions of dollars, or bring a country and the world to a shutdown, or even humble the most powerful of political leaders to declare a national emergency. No longer are we in denial that our lives will go on as usual. We […]

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Here’s what would happen if COVID-19 entered a city – Daily Memphian #coronavirus

The coronavirus recently named COVID-19 has exited China and created local outbreaks in South Korea, Israel, Iran and Italy. Many experts believe that it will soon cross the ocean and establish in a city in America if it has not already done so. I agree. Manoj Jain: Epidemiologist: Why I fear the coronavirus COVID-19 What will […]

Epidemiologist: Why I fear the coronavirus COVID-19 – Daily Memphian #coronavirus

The newly named and identified coronavirus, COVID-19, worries me. If the virus enters the general population in cities across the globe as it has done in Wuhan, China, then day-to-day lives in the affected cities will be greatly disrupted. As an infectious disease doctor, I care for patients with illnesses like tuberculosis, HIV, influenza and […]

‘Do I have coronavirus or the flu?’ The answer is simple – Daily Memphian #coronavirus

You have a fever and a cough. How do you know if this is the flu or the new coronavirus that is sweeping across continents and upheaving travel and daily plans of millions if not billions of individuals? The answer is simple. If you live in the United States as of Feb. 1, 2020, there […]