Why early contact tracing is key to stopping next coronavirus wave | Opinion – Commercial Appeal

If we are to get ahead of the virus, we need to respond rapidly for testing and tracing. Hundreds of COVID-19 infections per day are a public health emergency. While we may want to think that the pandemic is behind us, our recent experience tells us that this is not the case. Michigan, Brazil and […]

How testing and contact tracing protected University of Memphis students from COVID-19 mutant strains | Opinion – Commercial Appeal

One case found at the university led to 29 mutant strains cases. On Feb. 20 we saw our last case of the mutant UK strain on campus. In the following weeks over a thousand tests have been negative. We are entering a new phase of our war against the COVID-19 virus in Shelby County. With […]

How many patients will die in Shelby County from COVID-19? | A Q&A with Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

These high numbers of cases are translating to an increasing number of deaths. I along with Dr. Fridtj of Thomas did a rough calculation of the projected deaths in Shelby County for the next two months. As of Dec. 18 over 800 people in Shelby County have died of COVID-19. This number may more than […]

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 […]

How many people can catch COVID-19 from one infected person? | Q&A with Dr. Manoj Jain – Commercial Appeal

Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease physician in Memphis, is also a member of the City of Memphis-Shelby County Joint COVID Task Force.