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Dr. IlliBuckeye


Knoxville, Tennessee (via Cincinnati, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   July 27, 2011

BS, The Ohio State University Class of 2010.
PhD, University of Illinois Class of 2016.

Ohio to West Virginia to Ohio to Illinois to Washington to Tennessee

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: In Person:
    2006: #1Ohio State vs. #2Michigan in the 'Shoe! I have never seen a better game in person.

    Close 2nd = 2010 Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon, 35 hour drive straight through was well worth it.

    Close 3rd = 2011 Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas, yelling F*%K you to Mark May made my life

    4th: 2014 - Seeing CARDALE JONES and the rest of the Buckeyes destroy Wisconsin 59-0 in the B1G Championship Game.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Troy Smith, Beanie Wells, Chris Spielman, James Laurinaitis, Orlando Pace, Nick Mangold, EzE
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Aaron Craft, Jon 3Bler, David Lighty, Mike Conley Jr., Mark Titus
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Spurs
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: 'Merica

Recent Activity

Comment 08 Apr 2020

Testing Testing Testing.

When stay at home measures can be relaxed depends very strongly on an increase in testing, contact tracing, and improved treatments. Testing for the virus is very important so that we can then contact trace. If you test positive for the virus, we can then ideally isolate you and people you have come in contact with (particularly for extended periods of time). At the same time, testing for antibodies (assume that those who already have it can't get it again, at least for a while) can allow those who have had it get back to normal. Many people will never know they ever had it, and so testing as many people as possible for antibodies is important. With the widespread increase of these two tests, can begin to have more normalcy. Large crowd events will still be unlikely for many months.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/simple-blood-test-covid-19-antibodies-reopen-economy/story?id=70024837

Comment 30 Mar 2020

Last week, USA Today projected merely granting seniors another year of eligibility would cost Power Five public institutions between $500,000 and $900,000.

Perhaps some head football/ basketball coaches (often the top paid public employees in each state) could give a little back. They certainly would get a huge positive publicity bump if they did this. 

Comment 14 Mar 2020

Testing, testing, testing; the virus likely spread undetected before anyone knew about it. They also do have an older population. 

South Korea has turned things around because they have been testing and tracking interactions like gangbusters. 

I'm not a medical doctor (PhD not MD), but I know data is highly important to solve any problem. You can't find a solution to a problem if you don't first understand the problem. Without testing, you are "flying blind". And that is what scares me so much here in the US. We are so far behind on testing that we don't have any idea how widespread this is. Based on community spread already, I would think that Ohio's health director isn't too far off with her estimate of 100,000 cases just in Ohio.

The cancellation of events and activities will likely help dramatically curb this (though it may have been unnecessary if we increased testing and isolation/quarantining much earlier). Unfortunately, I fear in the future, people may not learn this lesson. They may see that it had fewer deaths than SARS, H1N1, etc. and think doing these actions was unnecessary; even though these actions (like China quarantining all of Wuhan) may have "flattened the curve" enough to limit the deaths.

Comment 14 Mar 2020

That 0.8% fatality rate you cite is still really high, and in a country that has taken it very seriously from the get go. Also, with the lack of testing, we can't know our fatality rate as some deaths for example could be erroneously attributed to the flu (since they have overlapping respiratory-related symptoms). 

Comment 12 Mar 2020

(Not a medical doctor)

We won't be stopping transmission. The key is to slow it down so as not to put a huge burden on the healthcare system. You slow it down by having fewer large gatherings. You slow it down by reducing non-essential travel (my work will not pay for travel for the foreseeable future). There will likely be thousands to millions of people in the US that get the virus. If all those people get the virus tomorrow, that is horrible (see Italy). If the same number of people get it over the course of a year, it is bad but doable. Slow the spread. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. Limit non-essential travel.

Comment 30 Dec 2019

Especially as a running back, where the "tread on the tires" will only last so long, this makes perfect sense for him. He is a top 6 Buckeye running back of all time, a list that includes four Heisman trophy winners (Janowicz, Cassady, Griffin, George, and then also Elliott). #RBU