Despite all of the best medical advice about the dangers of the coronavirus, President Trump suggested yesterday that some people with the virus can go to work. He is an idiot.
Here's what he told Fox News' Sean Hannity on national TV:
"A lot of people will have this and it’s very mild. They’ll get better very rapidly. They don’t even see a doctor. They don’t even call a doctor. You never hear about those people. So you can’t put them down in the category of the overall population in terms of this corona flu and/or virus. So you just can’t do that. So, if you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work. Some of them go to work, but they get better."
So just sit around and you'll get better. Did he really say that? And go to work where you can infect others, who will infect others, who will infect others, l who will infect others.....?
Of course, Trump is worried about the stock market, which continues to tank because of the spreading virus. Ironically, one of the few up-days was yesterday after Joe Biden's huge win on Super Tuesday. But then it was back in the toilet for the market today.
Despite Trump's effort to minimize the dangers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says people with the virus should "not go to work, school or public areas" and "avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis."
Trump's own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a statement saying that Medicare Part B covers a test to see if you have coronavirus and offered this advice to prevent the spread of the illness or other illnesses, including the flu:
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Stay home when you're sick, and
See your doctor if you think you're ill.
And, while it included a link to the CDC's website for more info on the conronavirus, it seemed like a minimal effort, rather than providing direct, easy to understand detailed guidance for Medicare recipients, who by definition, are elderly and most vulnerable and may not have a computer or smartphone to visit the CDC's website.
From the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System offered this additional advice, saying the steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 are generally the same as those for the flu:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19.
Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of these diseases to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
While the occurrence of COVID-19 is still rare, taking precautions will help keep it contained, Mount Sinai's guidance says. However, if you develop life-threatening conditions like severe shortness of breath, changes in mental status, severe dehydrations, or other complications, call 911.
Above all, don't listen to Trump and just sit around and wait for symptoms to go away -- and do not go to work!
For people with heart conditions, there are special concerns, according to the American College of Cardiology (ACC), which issued a bulletin to warn patients with heart conditions about the potential increased risk from the virus and to encourage "additional, reasonable precautions."
According to ACC, 40 percent of hospitalized patients with coronavirus have had cardiovascular disease or cerebrovascular disease (which refers to blood flow in the brain, such as stroke).
Medical Conference Canceled
Meanwhile, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced today it was canceling its annual health information and technology conference because of the coronavirus outbreak.
HIMSS' decision was informed by a medical advisory panel, which felt that emerging information about the possible reach of the virus made it "impossible to accurately assess risk."
HIMSS20 is one of the largest gatherings of health IT professionals in the nation, typically drawing more than 40,000 attendees.
Clearly, these medical technology experts are NOT listening to the idiot in the White House.
And neither should we.