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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Trained at Harvard Medical School and a long-time faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital, he practiced Pediatric Otolaryngology for 40 years in Boston, Southern California, and in central Connecticut.  He is now based in New York City.

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Oct 28, 2020




Adding a Face shield can reduce your risk of a CoVid infection up to 88%.  This the conclusion of a 500 bed Texas hospital that studied its own staff and CoVid patients.


They surveyed the incidence of CoVid infections among their 6500+ clinical employees before and after the addition of face shields to their other PPE including N95 face masks, goggles, and gowns.  The infection rate decreased from 22.9% to 2.7% for the clinicians after they donned the shields.  For patients, the infection rate fell from 8.4 to 1.7 per 1000 days, an 80% drop. 


WithCoVid rates rising, consider adding a face shield.  You may even be able to eat under it.


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