How to Interpret Confusing Pandemic Advice

One doctor’s advice

The mixed messages of the Covid-19 pandemic are frustrating for doctors, too. Bo Stapler, MD, explains how to interpret confusing advice. Here’s an excerpt:

Last week, I was on rounds in the hospital examining a patient. I listened to her heart, lungs, and bowel sounds with my stethoscope. I palpated her abdomen to check for pain or masses. I pressed on her lower legs to check for swelling. After reviewing her plan of care and fielding questions, I started to exit. As we were saying goodbye she…