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Dr. Fernando: Risking Life on the Front Line of Covid19


“It is 3:45 am in a New York based hospital and I’m doing my rounds on the COVID19 unit. I had entered the room to see an elderly patient with a nurse and when she was about to administer medications, he looked up at me and said, ‘Wasn’t I supposed to die yesterday?’ Such is the pandemic taking a severe toll on elderly patients, with mortality rates in excess of 20%. Unfortunately, this is a common presentation that I see every day being in the front lines.”  –-Dr. Fernando

Dr. Rajeev Fernando is a world-renown infectious disease specialist, formerly touring the world while serving as a member of Doctors Without Borders in Sudan. A lead physician in one of New York’s top hospitals, he is also employed by and writes protocol for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in New York.

As a filmmaker and humanitarian, Dr. Rajeev leads numerous non-profit charities, and serves as producer and host on as series of critically acclaimed documentary films that have brought him around the world to educate the public on global health and safety, with his primary focus concerning infectious diseases, and human trafficking.

The following is an interview with Dr. Fernando, exclusively for The Hollywood Sentinel: 

Hollywood Sentinel: We have heard about media stating that this virus could infect half or more of all Americans, be with us for years, and leave million’s dead. Is this true or not?

Dr. Fernando: These numbers of millions are not factoring in all the shutdowns that are happening right now. I think it’s important not to project these sorts of numbers at a time like this. We’re still on the upswing. We are going to see a lot more cases. We haven’t reached our peak yet. To come out and say there are going to be these many million cases out of a population of around 350 million, I think is a bit far-reached right now.

Hollywood Sentinel: China’s cases are reportedly declining. If that is true, and the fact that they essentially instituted marshal law and forced people in their homes which theoretically contributed to that, and given that this quarantining cannot happen here in the U.S. with more freedom in a democracy, is that data even correlative to us?

Dr. Fernando: As much as a human rights violation that that probably was, it did probably contribute to slowing the spread. But let’s be clear here—China got off to a very bad start. They were essentially falsifying information. And when I went there, they were covering up information, and not really allowing the world to see what was going on.

Hollywood Sentinel: Will this disease eventually just run its course and die off or not?

Dr. Fernando: As more people get infected, they become immune to it. And let’s say a community with 10 people, 6 or 7 people have gotten infected, the community develops something called herd immunity. And with 7 out of 10 people infected, they provide herd immunity, thereby rendering the virus less active. And another thing, we assume that a vaccine will be around in about a year. That would be my hope for this type of virus. This virus is what we call endemic. It will be around. But with these two factors, the number of cases will significantly go down.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s good to hear. Now what’s the potential of re-infection; of a person getting the virus, and having little or no infection or being relatively OK, and then getting it again?

Dr. Fernando: So, we have a strain that’s going on right now, and the longer the strain is able to circulate in society, it’s going into what is called a mutation. And a mutation—even a tiny can alter a virus’s pathogenicity*. And certain viruses—if you get it once, you recover. But the family of coronaviruses, if you get it once, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t get infected again. And that’s a little to early to say where it’s going at this point. The United States is going through its first round of infections at this point. (*The process of causing disease).

Hollywood Sentinel: Right now, the media is talking about two weeks for the shutdowns of businesses that we have all experienced. What is it that you are hearing on that?

Dr. Fernando: Oh, this is definitely going well into April. We won’t have reached our peak in 2 weeks. The cases are going to keep going up. So, it’s going to be hard to pull the plug on this. It really depends on how strict and compliant we are with social distancing.

Hollywood Sentinel: How is the peak even able to be determined with social distancing, with society barely even able to be functioning?

Dr. Fernando: That’s a good question, so with 85% of the cases, most of those people will just have a little to no systems, and a little cough, or a little sniffle, and most of those people will get better on their own. But what this really does, is it prevents people infecting others. We may have thousands of sub-clinical* infections. (*not severe enough symptoms to produce discernable data)

Hollywood Sentinel: So how can the peak be determined if we are flattening the curve now? It seems we won’t know until people are allowed to get out and have normal function.

Dr. Fernando: Flattening the curve will underwhelm the medical system. I will tell you right now, there is a shortage of supplies. There is a shortage of respirators and ventilators. We should have been better prepared. There is no point in criticism right now, we have to move on. That is the most important thing is to help the health care workers. Because once they are lost, it’s going to be a big, big problem. We need you the public to follow the social distancing guidelines and wash your hands regularly and do what your health and public officials are telling you to do. We will get through this.



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Finding Love During Covid19

Elite Connections President Sherri Murphy  and Tammi Pickle (Vice President) Photo Credit: Phillip Mathias

With the recent global business shut downs as a result of the Covid19 pandemic, most people have to temporarily stay inside their homes except for imperative trips outside including to get food, fuel, hardware store, dentist, etc. While gyms are closed, parks and streets are open to walk and get fresh air and sunshine. In the midst of global panic and fear, people now–more than ever–need love.  Studies even show that a happy love life increases all areas of success.  Elite Connections, America’s premiere matchmaking agency, is here today stronger than ever, to help Americans find just that.

Elite Connections’ CEO and founder Sherri Murphy today states,       “During this time of uncertainty, our priority has been maintaining the health and safety of our clients and matchmakers as guided by the CDC and other pertinent government agencies. We would like to reassure you that people still have finding love at the top of their priorities. We are more committed than ever to making safe and vetted matches.” 

Tammi Pickle; Elite Connections Vice President and LA Matchmaker. Photo credit: Ike Solamon, 2020.

Sherri continues, “During the interim of the shutdown’s, we are still making matches!  Clients are choosing to meet virtually via Zoom or Facetime, and for those who choose to meet in person, we recommend a picnic at a lake or the beach, or talking a walk or hike in nature. Now more than ever the world needs love and connectedness! We hope everyone remains healthy and safe!” 

As seen on Dr. Phil, Google News, Yahoo, ABC News, NBC News, and more, and with branch offices throughout numerous countries, and across the United States; Elite Connections is one of the leading matchmaker agencies in the world. From their Annual Party with a Purpose fundraiser; helping homeless youth in Los Angeles, to bringing lasting love to clients around the world, Elite Connections serves their community with gratitude, help, and love.

Since Elite Connections International matchmaking team meets beautiful, accomplished, single women who desire the luxury of meeting men that share their interests, without having to navigate awkward blind dates or friend set-ups, they also find a rare trust and friendship in their Elite Connections matchmaker. Such discerning women who refuse to rely on unfiltered online sites or apps to find their match, say they are either too high-profile, or just too tired of dealing with men that lie about who they are. Many discovered that working with a professional matchmaker is the ideal way to go, and with Elite Connections, their dream-date happens.

Also specializing in recruiting some of the prettiest single women in the world, Elite Connections forges meaningful relationships that are founded in their expert understanding of compatibility and love. “We are dedicated to seeking matches that make sense with insightful guidance and personal coaching every step of the way,” Sherri Murphy states.

Tammi, Sherri’s daughter, also works one-on-one with all her VIP members. With a degree in Psychology from CSUCI, she enjoys working with her mother as a professional matchmaker. With her education, Elite’s clients know Tammi is their go-to resource for expert relationship advice.

Tammi’s dedication to her clients make her a highly sought-after matchmaker; having been featured as the go-to relationship expert as seen on OWN, TLC, Bravo, and Fox, as well as in numerous magazines and on radio. Sherri Murphy states, “Elite Connections makes dating safer, and easy, proving to be the better alternative than blind-date websites that may not screen their users.” She adds, “Our team of matchmakers screen and interview in a way that authenticates prospects, where online agencies and apps clearly cannot.”

Elite Connections believe there is someone for everyone, and admit they take pride in their ability to match attractive, intelligent single women with eligible high-caliber men. Whether a person is looking for dates, a long-term partner or wife, or just someone special to enjoy quality time with, Elite Connections says they enjoy enriching the lives of their clients with matchmaking services like no other can.

An excellent service and every single woman I’ve met has been of high quality and certainly not a waste of time. Veronica has been my matchmaker for the last 8 months and she’s done a fabulous job.”— Benjamin–Elite Connections Client

As seen on Dr. Phil, Fox News, ABC News Google News, Yahoo, and more, the mother and daughter matchmaking team of Elite Connections regularly speak in the news about how to find love, and about the mistakes that many singles often make.

History of Elite Connections 

CEO Sherri Murphy founded Elite Connections International over twenty-five years ago, creating one of the world’s premiere matchmaking agencies. With an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, she shares a myriad of testimonials of happy couples and even successful marriages that she and her team have helped create.

Sherri founded Elite Connections in Los Angeles in 1994 after she met her husband through a matchmaker, seeing a need for a safe, effective way for successful and commitment-minded singles to meet each-other.

Named two of the “Most Dynamic Women in LA 2020,” and at the top of her field year after year, some would slow down. Not Elite Connections CEO Sherri Murphy. “Sherri works even when she is on vacation,” a friend confesses. “She loves her work and is obsessed with helping her clients find their significant other and making people happy. And that’s exactly why she is the best out there at what she does.”

Contact Elite Connections for a consultation about your dating needs at: 

Telephone: 310-295-9584

This textual content is  ©2020, Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved. Photos, used with kind courtesy provided by Elite Connections.

LA Art Show 2020

From February 5-9, the LA Art Show hit its 25th Anniversary in the downtown LA Convention Center, representing 120 galleries from 18 different countries. As always, there was a strong showing of Chinese and Latin American artists, including Los Angeles based Latinos (or, Latinx, if you prefer).

Opening night was fun.  A performance artist named Miss Art World, presented by the nonprofit cooperative 825 Gallery, was one of the more colorful personalities, with a big blue bouffant, a dress like the topping of a cake, and her signature beauty queen sash that says, “Miss Art World,” of course.

Cirque du Soleil performers looking like indigenous-inspired Super Mario brothers characters walked around on stilts, in weird color block mohawks.

Everyone wanted to take selfies or pictures of actress-model type women, and the ALPHACUBE by Lorenzo Marini (presented by Bruce Lurie Gallery) was busy all night with people taking advantage of the sculpture’s colorful interior, which made for a great wall-to-wall backdrop of blocks of letters. Give Los Angelenos a place to pose and they’ll love you forever. Or at least, they’ll post your work on social media that night.

Browsing through one of the Chinese galleries on opening night, I was offered some strawberry hard candies, which I enjoyed. “They’re popular for Chinese New Year,” the gallerist explained. We started talking about Year of the Rat, whether it was good for Year of the Rabbit people or not, and she mentioned that it was a very unlucky year for many Chinese. Only later did I wonder if perhaps she was thinking about the coronavirus.

Art brings people together from all over the world.  As one newbie wrote on Instagram, “Can I get season tickets?” There is so much to see, you literally can’t do it all.

I returned to the Show on Saturday and enjoyed meeting the proprietor of the Wyoming Working Group. They have quite a story! The group owns more than 50 canvasses attributed to Jackson Pollack. Attributed to means that, they think they were made by Jackson Pollack but can’t prove it. Their struggle to establish provenance has raged on for decades. The work has many Pollack-like qualities, but it also feels different. The patterns are similar, but the work has a different palette and much lighter touch. My first gut reaction—from a distance—was that they were fake (“Oh weird,” I thought, “there’s a booth called Pollack’s Paradigm. Looks like someone is trying to recreate the Pollack style.” I thought it was like one of those workshops museums do for kids.)

The explanation given for the work being hidden is that Pollack was going to have a major retrospective and had stashed away his “best stuff” in preparation for the show. Also, he was going through a divorce, and wanted to hide the work from his soon to be ex-wife and the dealers he no longer trusted. His untimely demise in an auto accident prevented the work from being released by the artist, the story goes. The work was allegedly gifted to an unknown girlfriend, one of several, allegedly, who sold the work cheaply. But there’s no proof a girlfriend other than Ruth Kligman existed. The work is interesting for the issues it raises about how an artist’s work is authenticated, and who gets to decide what is real and what isn’t. It’s a whole area of the art world that most artists don’t even think about when they’re alive. The Working Group has spent large amounts of money with scientific research to try to prove that the paintings are authentic. And whether they are or not, it’s a fascinating story and one they certainly seem to believe in.

But is it true? If it is, science will tell us, eventually. The Working Group claims fractal analysis backs them up; a quick Google search turns up articles both condemning fractal analysis as unreliable indicator of what is and isn’t a Pollack, and suggesting that new software is better—up to 93% accurate. The Group also claims to have one work with a fingerprint. A fingerprint, a hair, other DNA analysis would be tough to argue with. But the details of the fingerprint on the Group’s website are thin. And Pollack is the most forged post-war artist on earth. Even former members of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation’s authentication board have had public disagreements about other instances of post-humous attributions. To see the work in this collection and judge for yourself, click here:
New discoveries, and sometimes new friendships, is what the LA Art Show is all about. At the KR Martindale Gallery, I had the fun experience of meeting an exhibiting artist, Guillermo Bert, whose work deals with complex social issues stemming from immigration, acculturation, and the Latinx community. He works with indigenous communities in Latin America as well as in Los Angeles, to create works that evoke lived experience through a mix of traditional symbols and contemporary technology (such as woven textile pieces where you can scan a QR code and hear first person narratives, or the videotaped stories of undocumented migrants projected in an installation of live tumbleweed). Most of Bert’s work is curated and displayed through museums rather than galleries; at the LA Art Show he brought smaller, collectable works like “Red States, Blue States, and White Lies,” a seemingly minimalist triptych of “laser, barcodes, and candy colors on Plexi” whose title betrays a conceptual punch.

One of my favorite sections this year was INK. With mostly Chinese and Japanese artists from foreign and domestic galleries, the section explores calligraphy rooted in both traditional and experimental forms. The important, avant-garde calligraphy artist Yuichi Inoue was presented by Japanese gallery Zeal House. Shoen Tominaga, another important avant-garde calligrapher, whose work inhabits the spaces of painting and writing, was presented by S.E.A. (Los Angeles and Tokyo).

I particularly enjoyed seeing work by Yang Xiaojian presented by the Shanghai based COSPACE Gallery. These works synthesize an Eastern, calligraphic-based sensibility with the Western painterly tradition; Chinese characters are imbued with weight and and a cartoonish heft like the objects in a later Philip Guston painting. This work, by itself, was worth the trip.

–Moira Cue

Moira Cue is an award winning artist, singer, and actress whose works are in collections worldwide.

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