That means that if we can “treat them in our office” they are the ones we send home to self quarantine and unless they are in the group who develop increased respiratory problems, the disease make make them miserable for a few days, we don’t give Hydroxychloroquine/Azithromycin.
Therefore, she may do so, but I need to know what Keikla and her colleagues are doing with the patients whose disease progression has become life threatening. What she and her colleagues have learned and shared is invaluable. (We have discussed her experiences and recommendations at our strategic planning sessions). It is consistent with what we are told by our Infectious Disease specialists and what is being reported throughout the medical world. Anecdotal stories from social media videos is not what will drive the strategy to combat this virus. The anecdotal experiences that medical providers are reporting to the CDC, State Health Departments, respected medical journals, respected medical associations and societies are where the compilation and reviews are taking place daily. We must remain flexible, vigilant and open minded.
In my opinion that is why it is so difficult for our decision makers on both sides of the political spectrum to know what is best. What was thought to be best 2 months ago or 2 weeks ago changes. That is also why most of us in the medical profession want to avoid the political blather that ruins a reasonable discussion.
We also need to understand the impact this crisis is having outside of the clinics and hospitals. There isn’t an easy answer. Just as important as paying attention to Keikla and learning from her experiences dealing first hand with life and death, while putting herself in harms way, and risking her life for the sake of other human beings, we need to listen to those who are losing their livelihoods, businesses, jobs etc.
I read a pretty good post yesterday. The author stated “we are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm”.
As we navigate our way as a nation let’s remember those whose boats in this storm are sinking or leaking or have sunk. Those who have lost family or loved ones or suffered this illness are going to have an opinion that may be different than those who get no stimulus check or unemployment It may be different than those whose hours have been cut back and aren’t sure if their old job will be there when this is over it may be different than those who invested everything they have in a business venture and have either lost everything or are in danger of losing everything
I certainly don’t have all of the answers. My recommendation is for anyone who doesn’t feel perfectly healthy (or normal for you), stay home and isolate until you are absolutely sure you aren’t ill. Call your doctor or provider if you aren’t improving or don’t know what to do. Wear a mask when you are around other people. Don’t worry that it might not help much cuz it might and it shouldn’t hurt. If you re-open your business’s follow CDC and health department guidelines. As we re-open businesses etc. we will face the risk of this disease for some time yet. Let’s remain vigilant.