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Dr. Edsel Salvana
Infectious Diseases Physician, Molecular Biologist, Manila Bulletin Columnist, , and activist. No online consults, just useful info.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 21
Replying to @EdselSalvana
Cherry-picking data subverts science. If scientists think the data they want isn't captured properly, they do the study & have it peer-reviewed. If they think its futile, they stop. If you want to refute high level evidence, the best way to do that is to show better evidence. 2/2
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 21
is messy, and is about appreciating the totality of the evidence. You can't cite non-RCTs supporting a drug & ignore the RCTs that show it doesn't work. You can't cherry pick journal articles to support what you believe & ignore the evidence that supports mask use.1/2
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Paul Sax Sep 17
People who volunteer for ethically done, scientifically sound clinical research studies are some of our society's unsung heroes. Well done, . 👏👏👏 I Am the Joan of Arc of Coronavirus Vaccine Trials
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 14
Latest column is out. Before we even debate whether we are "flattening the curve," let's agree on which curve we are talking about. Once we agree, let's understand what it means, and what it doesn't mean. Stay safe!
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 9
I don't do memes, but this one practically wrote itself when I walked into the kitchen and saw this stray cat on the window sill. I feel you, cat. I really do.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 8
Replying to @PaulSaxMD @JimGaffigan
Can we "cure" low sensitivity with a second Ag test after 3 to 5 days? Gives time for the virus levels to go up in case its in the "window period" of the 1st 3 days of incubation where even PCR can be negative. It might help with opening tourist bubbles further.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 8
This week's "Clinical Matters" column is out. I go over the different tests and their proper use. Tests are limited in what they can do, and we should understand what those limits are. Talk to your doctor for proper guidance. Stay safe.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Sep 1
Replying to @KellyCawcuttMD
My 12-year old stole my IPad Pro (needed it for school or roblox - was what he mumbled, not sure but he ran away really fast) so he solved that problem for me 😅. Good luck!
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 31
Replying to @PaulSaxMD
Have a patient, tested false positive ct value 38, symptomatic but then 2 pcrs 2 days later were negative. Igm and IgG negative. 2 months later underwent procedure, post op developed symptoms, swab positive Ct value 12. Got remdesivir both times. Doing ok, but not a reinfection.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 30
My latest column for "Clinical Matters" in the Manila Bulletin is out! Here I talk about how viral genomics can help us sort out reinfection, relapse, false positives and figure out timelines of transmission. Thanks for reading!
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Dr. Melvin Sanicas 🩺🔬 Aug 28
effect, in , is a in , where a person - who knows very little about a subject - is unaware of how badly he /she grasps a subject & is unable to recognize his / her own . Simply put- "clueless of being ignorant"
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 26
Replying to @EdselSalvana
A public spat between these cornerstones of our infectious disease response when distrust in science is at an all time high will be devastating to our efforts to combat COVID19. I remain steadfast in my faith in both organizations and I hope this can be quickly sorted out. 3/3
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 26
Replying to @EdselSalvana
But because any kind of perceived decrease in testing has been linked to politics, even if this was a good faith attempt to rationalize testing - asymptomatics do test false negative a lot if tested too early - goes out the window. I hope IDSA and CDC can work this out. 2/3
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 26
How sad that has had to push back against the latest guidelines on testing close . The danger is that it will discourage testing of asymptomatic contacts - a valid concern. What is actually written is that healthcare providers & officials have discretion. 1/3
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 26
We need more genomic sequencing for SARS-CoV-2. We can speculate all we want about how the could have spread or caused possible reinfection, but the only way to prove it is with objective data - viral RNA sequences don't lie.
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Dr. Melvin Sanicas 🩺🔬 Aug 26
Today is Albert Sabin's birthday. His was used worldwide & was instrumental in the efforts to eliminate . In addition to enhanced immunity, oral polio vaccine was less expensive & easier to administer.
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Faheem Younus, MD Aug 26
Which COVID test do I need? Have symptoms? Get the PCR test (nasopharyngeal swab) Have no symptoms? But recently exposed, want to check? Get PCR or antigen test (saliva or nose swab) No symptoms, checking for old infection? Get antibody test (blood) Recovered? No test!
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 24
This came out online 8/19/20 & today in print. Color me old-fashioned, but there's nothing like the thrill of getting your own column in a physical newspaper you can touch and hold. Unreal. Never in my wildest dreams. Thank you so much !
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 24
As we say in journal club, you need to read the full paper. Intriguing announcement from Hong Kong on reinfection. I look forward to reading the entire paper to better understand how it happened.
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Dr. Edsel Salvana Aug 23
I would imagine its a gray area. Maybe some of the legal med people can give guidance.
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