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For the Record: My Unpublished, Solicited Chicago Tribune Op-Ed
The following is an op-ed that I wrote at the invitation of the Chicago Tribune in August 2020 that was never published. Long story short: They wanted me to introduce myself, “dumb it down,” and make it more “relatable.” I appreciated the feedback, but didn’t want to turn what I’d written into a personal essay—or compromise the content…
2 years ago · 42 likes · Jessica Hockett
Questioning the "First Known Person-to-Person Transmission of SARS-CoV-2"
Remember the *first* covid case in Illinois? It was a nurse who had returned from Wuhan, China, on January 13, 2020. During her trip, she’d visited a hospitalized relative, as well as family members who had undiagnosed respiratory illness. The nurse developed covid symptoms after her return, was hospitalized a…
a year ago · 32 likes · 5 comments · Jessica Hockett
Chicago Emergency Rooms Still Not at Pre-Pandemic Levels
Incredibly, daily visits to Chicago hospital emergency departments still haven’t recovered to pre-lockdown levels. The association between ER visits and increases/decreases in the number of weekly Cook County resident deaths occurring at home is hard to miss…
a year ago · 21 likes · 11 comments · Jessica Hockett
Did the Cook County Medical Examiner Cure Covid Deaths?
Has the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office cured covid-related deaths? I ask because the number of deaths related the virus has plummeted since the CCME stopped taking jurisdiction over all hospital, nursing home, and hospice facility covid-19 deaths on April 1, 2022…
a year ago · 27 likes · 9 comments · Jessica Hockett
Chicago EMS Calls Went Down, Not Up, During Lockdown
Unlike New York City, Chicago did not experience a sudden spike in calls to emergency medical services in spring 2020. The number of daily calls declined slightly with *Stay-Home* orders, and rose to normal levels at the end of May before sinking again in September…
a year ago · 18 likes · 5 comments · Jessica Hockett