Congressman Gregory F. Murphy, MD, presented “COVID-19 Updates” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in September 2021.

How to cite: Murphy, Gregory F. “COVID-19 Updates with Congressman Greg Murphy, MD.” October 2021. Accessed Oct 2021. https://grandroundsinurology.com/covid-19-updates-with-congressman-greg-murphy-md/

COVID-19 Updates with Congressman Greg Murphy, MD

Congressman Gregory F. Murphy, MD, a practicing urologist and the Representative from North Carolina’s 3rd District, considers how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting medical institutions, particularly focusing on vaccine mandates. After an introduction from E. David Crawford, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Rounds in Urology and Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Diego, Rep. Murphy notes that COVID fatigue has now transformed into COVID exasperation. He recommends, as most physicians do, that everyone eligible gets vaccinated, observing that the vast majority of people in the ICU with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Rep. Murphy suggests that vaccine mandates are a more complicated issue, explaining that now that deadlines have passed for staff to get vaccinated at hospitals, many institutions are having to let nurses and other integral staff go due to their beliefs. He also poses the questions of whether or not vaccination will be required on an annual basis and of whether acquired immunity from having had COVID-19 could be considered equivalent to vaccination. Rep. Murphy then briefly considers possible new treatments for COVID-19, noting that although there are several pre-existing drugs on the market that have shown promise for COVID, there is not a profit incentive for these to be tested in COVID trials. The conversation concludes with a brief discussion of current government funding issues related to the debt ceiling, the infrastructure bill, and the reconciliation package.

For more on legislation affecting the medical field from GRU, check out Congressman Greg Murphy, MD, on the Urologist Shortage.