Minorities’ historic mistrust of medicine hinders effort in virus relief

Edie Swartz

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Amid the race to find a potential vaccine to cure COVID-19, researchers are running into a troubling roadblock.

Experts said the men and women in the black community are largely hesitant to participate in clinical trials, even though the coronavirus disproportionately kills and impacts them.

“The trust issue is the biggest factor there,” said Thomas Silvera, who is a patient advocate.

Doctors say the attitude stems from a long history of mistrust for medical professionals, dating back to the trauma Black people experienced from the Tuskegee Experiment. It’s a 40-year period when doctors used Black

Read more

Eastern Medicine On The Western Frontier Of The COVID-19 Pandemic: LAist

Edie Swartz
Lianhua qingwen capsules sent by Sinong Lin’s family. (Courtesy of Sinong Lin )

Editors’ Note: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the products mentioned in this article for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. KPCC/LAist is an independent news source; this article does not provide medical recommendations or endorse products of any kind.

On April 11, as the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing, Sinong Lin received a package at her apartment in L.A.’s Chinatown. Sent by her family back in China, it contained 50 small boxes of Lianhua Qingwen capsules, a Chinese herb commonly used to relieve

Read more

Doctor who used humor, medicine to heal dies of COVID-19

Edie Swartz

“He said on multiple occasions that if he were in there for more than three weeks that he wouldn’t be coming home or that he wouldn’t want to,” Wilke said. Just after midnight on July 3, they spoke their last words before Lockwood spent weeks in a medically induced coma fighting double pneumonia, kidney failure and an antibiotic-resistant infection.

Dr. Frank Lockwood (right), pictured with husband Bernie Wilke (left), died Aug. 5 after a six-week battle with COVID-19.

Dr. Frank Lockwood (right), pictured with husband Bernie Wilke (left), died Aug. 5 after a six-week battle with COVID-19.

Credit: Contributed

Credit: Contributed

Wilke and Lockwood’s closest friends at Village Theatre, the improv theater in the Old Fourth Ward where Lockwood

Read more