friend posted this piece on social media. Author unknown, but it’s pretty good.
“I am seeing so much anxiety about resuming business, and so much anger about continued regulations. People are feeling the need to choose one side or the other, then fight the opposition a lot of folks have fallen into the idea that social distancing was meant to stop the viral spread. It wasn’t-it was meant to SLOW it while we put medical infrastructure in place. It has worked. We have, in most parts of the country, not been overwhelmed like we likely would have been without protective measures. In the meantime, our testing procedures have gotten better. We’ve increased our ventilator count. We’ve gotten a little better handle on PPE supply chains, and many have helped by making masks and gowns. Hospitals are adding ICU capacity and cities have field hospitals ready to go. It’s not perfect, but it’s much better than it was seven weeks ago.
A vaccine is a long way off. At some point, people have to be systematically exposed to begin the building of (hopeful) herd immunity. We will likely begin to experience an increase in cases after reopening. Ideally, that exposure is controlled and calculated, in phases, to allow our medical community to respond adequately, and reduce the number of severe or fatal cases. That’s where we are.
Whether you feel like the country is opening too soon, or not soon enough, we were never going to ‘social distance’ this thing into nonexistence. You now need to proceed as your health, wallet, and conscience allow.
If you are medically vulnerable, you do not need to be a part of what is about to happen. Stay home if you can. If you’re not, or if your financial vulnerability trumps your health concerns, you need to proceed in ways that continue to protect yourself, and the elderly and medically vulnerable around you.
Quit telling people who are financially struggling that they don’t care about human lives. Quit telling people who are truly at risk of dying from this virus that they are cowering in fear. Let the healthy who need to go back to work do so, and let the vulnerable stay home. We can make different choices, based on our own personal situation, and still be a supportive community.”
Jeanine Pirro on FOX News interviewed White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, and did an excellent job hitting her with the essential questions to be asked at this point in the process. Birx proved herself to be a master tap dancer!
PIRRO: Dr. Birx.I want to start at the beginning because.it was suggested that the mortality rate would be the 5% & the numbers were so much higher than what we have seen them to ultimately be.
DR. BIRX: I think we’re learning every day about the virus and how it interacts with us as human hosts. And that’s been very important to constantly be triangulating data.
I think we underestimated very early on the number of asymptomatic cases. And I think we’re really beginning to understand there are people that get infected that those symptoms are so low-grade that they don’t even know that they’re infected.
PIRRO: And Doctor, you know, the CDC is mandating that deaths that are affected by COVID be attributable to COVID. So if – if the cause of death, if someone is at a hospital and, say, is dying of cancer or has a heart problem.isn’t it unfair to kind of estimate or suggest that those deaths that aren’t actually caused by COVID are attributable to COVID.?
BIRX: Well, this is a very complex virus. And I want to be very clear. It’s highly transmissible, very infectious, and a lot of people have become infected. And what we’ve known now from the very beginning, if you have co-morbidities, if you have heart disease, if you have diabetes, if you have asthma, if you have cancer, if you’re immunosuppressed – all of those issues make you susceptible to a much more difficult course. And still, we’re seeing the majority of the people that we’re losing to this disease have those other diseases that you just described. And, so, I do believe that a lot of the diseases we’re seeing in the hospital right now, yes, they may have preexisting conditions. But those preexisting conditions are resulting in them having a much more serious course when they’re infected with this virus.
PIRRO: And finally, Doctor, isn’t it – wouldn’t it be a better idea to have those low-risk individuals who are now being isolated, even if they are infected, isn’t it a better idea to allow them to go out and at least start develop the herd immunity that we need because they’re only going to develop the disease in a very, very mild way. And isn’t the herd immunity essential to ultimately getting rid of this virus until at the very least we get a vaccine?
BIRX: Well, the most important way to get rid of this virus is to get a vaccine, as you described. When you – we’ve always used the term herd immunity when it comes to vaccination. No one would use that term, in general, in discussing a pandemic and letting a pandemic run out with this level of mortality that we see with co-morbidities. We have to remember that in America, we have a lot of people, even young people with diabetes and asthma and hypertension. And so protecting them really becomes very critical because they can have a very difficult course. And so if we knew everybody who would do well off – right immediately, then you could really have that discussion. But we don’t know who has preexisting conditions when we see them on the street.
Wow! That’s some impressive side-stepping!