CV🦠News, Week of November 23, 2020




Happy and Grateful Thanksgiving, TVD friends,

Selected thoughts, and wishes. for a healthy and happy day of thanks.

  • “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — GK Chesterton
  • “‘Enough’ is a feast.” — Buddhist Proverb
  • “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
  • “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
  • “Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” — Jefferson Bethke
  • “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” — AA Milne

Eric Weiss, MD, Nov 25, 2020

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kids covid 19

**San Mateo County Testing / Curative – PCR saliva test for kids and families. Same-day, drive-through test readily available Monday to Friday from 1pm-8pm at the San Mateo County Event Center location.

How: Schedule online through the Curative website where appointment slots are easy to see before any screening is required. See FAQs for testing procedure.

Where: At the San Mateo County Event Center and several other San Mateo County locations.

Who: All San Mateo County residents with children aged 5 and older are eligible for no-cost testing. Asymptomatic or symptomatic.

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Sky Pittson, MD, November 25, 2020


results of Covid-19

**If you are getting tested before travel, please make sure that the test you choose is accepted by your planned airline or travel destination**

Outside of the hospitals and emergency rooms, it remains fairly difficult to get a rapid COVID-19 test at any local site. While you may have seen that some CVS and Walgreens Pharmacies are now offering rapid tests,  there are unfortunately no locations in the San Francisco Bay area offering this yet… Read more

Jackie Phillips, MD, November 24, 2020


Pregnancy Covid-19

The answer seems to be ‘yes,’ but with the important caveat that while the risk of severe COVID-19 in pregnant women is relatively higher than the risk of severe COVID-19 in non-pregnant reproductive-age women, the absolute risk of severe disease in either group is still quite low.  For example, a CDC report on over 23,000 pregnant women found the ICU admission rate to be 0.15% (or 1.5 in 1,000).  

As of November 13, 2020, the CDC states, “Based on what is known at this time, pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant women. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 might have an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth.”  

Reviewing two large datasets on the clinical course of COVID-19 in pregnancy, a team of Obstetrics and Gynecology experts on COVID-19 during pregnancy state, Pregnancy and childbirth generally do not increase the risk for acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection, but appear to worsen the clinical course of COVID-19 compared with nonpregnant individuals of the same sex and age; however, most (>90 percent) infected persons recover without undergoing delivery.”… Read more

Jennifer Abrams, MD, November 24, 2020



If you have made it this far, time for a reward, something to lighten your day, and acknowledge the human spirit. Find some escape, or perhaps even inspiration, in this ever-growing collection of works and perspectives gathered from around the world. Please contact me directly if you have come across something that has lifted your heart today.  Dr. Eric Weiss



Sing Sing Thanksgiving

This clip is a portion of David Hoffman’s documentary, Sing Sing Thanksgiving (1973), showcasing the live performance by BB King at a prison outside New York City.

Click here to watch!

Zoom Together


Hooray – Unlimited Zoom Time for Thanksgiving Day

There is no doubt that for a lot of families across the US, Thanksgiving Day is going to look a little different then usual.

Zoom has announced that they will be lifting their 40-minute time limit on free meetings as a thank you to its customers.

From midnight ET on November 26 through to 6 am ET on November 27, families can enjoy unlimited virtual gatherings.

What a lovely gesture – #zoomtogether.

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In Good Time

An uplifting poem to instill hope and faith

Life can seem an endless maze,

The twists and turns, lulls and delays,

But things always fall into place…

In good time.

Friends will sometimes go away.

Some may disappoint or others betray,

But new ones will come to stay…

In good time.

The hurt of getting something wrong,

And the lesson it often brings along

Are there, you see, to make you strong…

In good time.

Kindness is freely given away,

Unnoticed now, will somehow find its way

Back to you and come to stay…

In good time.

Efforts seem not to pay to plan?

Forge on friend, doing the best you can.

Fortune will find the deserving man…

In good time.

Life can be tough, there’s no doubt,

But hope is the thing we can’t do without.

Right things with joy will come about…

In good time.

Abimbola T. Alabi 

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Yours, in health and resilience,

Eric and the TVD MD team…