Debunking Trump’s Lies: Doctor’s Forced to be Political

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Guardian: In my home state of Michigan, our governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has been working hard to combat the impact of this deadly virus.

When Trump criticizes her and threatens to withhold aid from our state, it forces many doctors who usually eschew politics in the workplace to speak out. Why? As first-person witnesses to the tragedy of this pandemic, we know our colleagues, friends and neighbors could pay with their lives.

I work the overnight shift in the emergency department of my rural Michigan hospital. Patients are coming into our small emergency department with symptoms consistent with Covid-19. But based on an inadequate response by our federal government, we have a shortage of tests for the virus.

The result: we only test patients we deem critical enough to admit to the hospital, frontline healthcare workers and public safety officials, and people with weakened immune systems. Others are sent home without testing. We assume they have Covid-19. All we can do is tell them to isolate themselves for the appropriate amount of time, and we move to the next room or the next patient in the tent.

 

If we remain silent about this problem, we are shirking our duty. The result is we’ve had to become public advocates. We have no choice.

At the end of my shift, I place my N95 mask in a paper bag. For the next five shifts, unless it’s torn or soiled, that blue mask is all that stands between me and one of the most contagious, deadliest viruses we’ve seen in generations.  read it all, no paywall:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/22/doctors-coronavirus-political-activists

 

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  1. I notice that the front line workers in many countries do NOT have total cover, PPE, even just a mask and a shield leaving their rear head exposed. in China the virtually have a complete hasmat suit on nothing uncovered and that is also to transfer all patients to hospital. Mandatory of mask wearing.

  2. “But based on an inadequate response by our federal government, we have a shortage of tests for the virus. The result: we only test patients we deem critical enough to admit to the hospital, frontline healthcare workers and public safety officials, and people with weakened immune systems. Others are sent home without testing. We assume they have Covid-19. All we can do is tell them to isolate themselves for the appropriate amount of time, and we move to the next room or the next patient in the tent.
    I do not understand the preoccupation with testing, other than trying to determine if you’re in an exponential or linear phase of infection rate. If someone presents with flu-like symptoms what difference does it make? Assume it’s COVID-19, whether it’s Avian Flu or CV-19, Either way, with mild symptoms, prescribing at-home self isolation is the correct solution. If symptoms are severe, how would the course of treatment be any different. If it is CV-19, what ever the outcome, because of its high transmissibility, at that point the greatest risk is to the health care provider.

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