Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta


Staff Neurosurgeon, Emory Clinic; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

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@ivanoransky  says “The fact that scientists are getting work out there earlier so that other scientists can pore over it and we can maybe learn things more quickly - that's a good thing.” (11/19)

Early studies also tend to be observational - meaning they look back at data to see which groups of patients fared better or worse. But to prove a drug or vaccine is effective, we really need randomized prospective controlled trials. (14/19)

Peer-reviewed journals, which are vetted by experts in the field, continue to be the gold standard of research. While this process typically takes time, many journals are finding ways of speeding up their processes, too. (15/19)

Which isn’t to say that process is flawless. Earlier this month, we saw two major retractions in top medical journals after questions emerged about the data they used. (16/19)

The blame isn’t just on researchers. As journalists covering a lightning-fast pandemic, we're reporting on studies we normally wouldn’t highlight. (17/19)

@garyschwitzer  said journalists need to take the time to do it right. “Just reminding people to slow down. So much of what we're doing, reporting breathlessly at breakneck speed, doesn't need to be reported restlessly at breakneck speed. Words matter and the data matter.” (18/19)

So, what does this all mean for you? @ivanoransky  has some great advice: “I think that someone reading, viewing, watching, listening should never make any decisions based on a single report they read whether it's a study or a news report on a study.” (19/19)

Happy birthday, America. Enjoy the weekend! I know it’s been a tough year so far. Here’s your six month check up, and more importantly: the prescription going forward.

This is a great weekend to be outside. Some of the most common questions we get is how to do things safely. Over the last few months, we have been asking experts basic questions about how they live their lives, so we can all learn together:

Let’s all wear masks to help protect our national treasures

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April 27 was the last time there was a White House coronavirus task force briefing, leaving us with more than a month without regular updates from the group Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to lead. (1/24)

There will be too many cruel and unfair stories like this one. CoVID-19 doesn’t discriminate based on what you do or who you are… in this case… robbing the life of someone who had saved so many… my friend and fellow neurosurgeon, Dr James Goodrich. Please Rest In Peace.

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The truth is - we are still in the thick of the first wave, technically, so we cannot even begin talking about what a second wave might look like. Take a look. (14/24)

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Please don’t get complacent this weekend. I know it will be hard, as this is really starting to settle in for many. Stay home. Slow down. Tidy up. Call an old friend, as they are hopefully home as well. Please behave as if you have the virus. So, be kind.

Yes, compared to last week, 22 states are seeing a decline in daily cases, 10 are stable, but 18 states have an increase of cases. (4/24)

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Study this past week shows that around half of patients subsequently diagnosed with #coronavirus  had digestive symptoms. 1/

A recent study published in The Lancet emphasized the importance of masks - There’s a 17.4% chance of transmission if you don’t wear a mask or N95, but only a 3.1% chance if you wear a mask. (18/24)

“You will notice that starting today CNN will describe the ongoing coronavirus situation as a “pandemic.” This is by no means to panic, but to prepare. Terms matter and there are specific plans that need to be carried out now – to address a true pandemic.

We know that the basics - wearing a mask, staying at home, social distancing and washing our hands - work. But we also need testing, contact tracing and government leadership to make sure we can all beat this thing together. (24/24)

Contrary to the Vice President’s claims, the state's infection curve has been rising in recent days. The director of the Tulsa Health Department said he wished the campaign rally would be postponed. (22/24)

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