Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
DH has a bad sinus infection and went to the doctor this afternoon. Dr. is a friend of ours. He asked her if they'd tested anyone for COVID-19 and she laughed and said the protocol from the CDC was such a mess, it was going to get bad, and soon. In our area, at least, they aren't allowed to test even those with symptoms without CDC approval. So, if you call or report to a clinic or hospital with a cough and fever, they are supposed to have you leave, untreated, and then call the CDC from your home. The CDC will then decide if you are to remain quarantined at home, or are to be tested, or are supposed to self-report to the nearest containment unit with a bed. And you have to go on your own, as our area ambulance crews are all volunteer, and they are being told not to respond to any emergency call for fever/cough/respiratory distress, and instead to have those callers contact the CDC for instructions. And since there are TWO beds in the containment unit for everyone in a 100-mile radius, if they're full when you call, you don't get help, regardless of how sick you might be. The doctor has a daughter with a lung condition. She pulled her from school two weeks ago and sent her to stay with an aunt who lives on a ranch in western Nebraska for the forseeable future-- nobody goes in, and nobody out. She says it's only a matter of time-- a week, a month, who knows, before it explodes in the US because they are being told only the sickest people can be tested even though there are plenty of tests available, so there are likely thousands or tens of thousands of people nationwide who are walking around infecting others who will then infect still more. The whole thing is being swept under the rug by our esteemed government leaders in the hopes that 'warm weather will make it die down.' Which it likely will not do. Singapore and many areas where this is spreading rapidly are warm climates, and it seems to be making no difference in the spread. In rural areas, there just aren't enough containment units and/or ventilator capabilities in the medical facilities available, and people will be dying after being turned away from care.
This is worrisome. She's not usually an alarmist in the slightest, but she says this is extremely concerning, the government response has been appalling, ill people are going untested and allowed to continue infecting others, all in the name of 'preventing alarmism.' She said stock up on a few weeks' worth of essential supplies, don't go anywhere you don't absolutely have to, stay at least six feet from anyone, wash hands/sanitize obsessively, and hope for the best.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 03-10-2020 at 09:38 PM.