26. “Assessing the Second Wave of COVID-19,” Dr. Raymond Zakhari- 11.12.2020

As cases are rising around the country, and specifically in NJ, what are we to make of the so-called “second wave” of COVID-19? What do infection rates mean to the average person? What mitigation strategies are effective and sustainable? Pastor Bob speaks with Dr. Raymond Zakhari, a nurse practitioner based in Manhattan about these important questions.

Dr. Raymond Zakhari is a triple board certified nurse practitioner (Adult Adolescent Health, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Mental Health), trained in Sex Therapy and has a diverse clinical background ranging from critical care to mental health. Over the years has worked at the bedside with patients infected with MERS, SARS, H1N1). This season he has swabbed over 500 patients and counting for Covid-19. In 2009 he founded Metro Medical Direct, a concierge web enhanced medical and psychiatric house calls private practice in Manhattan. He was a former Air Force officer and deployed to Iraq in 2006 in the role of an emergency room nurse. He has published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and regional conferences on a range of topics from critical care care to mental health. This year he published The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Manual.


www.MetroMedicalDirect.com (Dr. Zakhari’s private practice website)

Overview of public health: https://www.cdc.gov/csels/dsepd/ss1978/index.html

Data on COVID-19 mortality risk: https://ourworldindata.org/mortality-risk-covid?fbclid=IwAR1UMlcHP-8ZoQ–sfrFvYLPmILXjkZVf84lY3zYFPtdACoJQOYQqvHCG5w


During the H1N1 (Swine Flu) epidemic, the country experienced 100k deaths and 300k hospitalizations. It was incorrectly spoken as the other way around during the recording.