Until you have lost someone close to you, you can doubt the medical experts advising POTUS. In a short period of time, I have lost a cousin, a friend and a medical colleague to CV19, with two former classmates fighting for their lives even as we speak. Every time I go make my hospital rounds, I tremble at the horrible thoughts clouding my mind.
My friend was about in his early 60s and practiced complementary/alternative medicine and was exposed unknowingly to a patient having difficulty breathing. My medical colleague was 63 yo and saw one too many psychiatric patients in his public rounds. Both my friends (husband and wife) are in their mid 60’s and he was a technician assigned to the cardiology dept.
Not much is known about this novel virus. It is believed that the virus attaches to the ACE receptors in the lungs where it multiplies. Thus the relationship to hypertension esp those taking ACE inhibitors. It is also believed that a super active immune response, referred to as “cytosine storm” is what causes the pneumonia that kills. It has been likened to using an AR-15 to kill a cockroach. Pity our public leaders because they are expected to know everything that which no one knows about.
I am so sorry to hear about your losses, Elmer. I join you in praying for your former classmates and for your safety as you make your rounds in the hospital.
My husband reports that non-medical hospice personnel are now being allowed back into long-term care facilities because Covid is “everywhere–on every floor.” No need to try to keep it out, now that it’s so thoroughly inside.
the issue now, though, is whether LTC facilities are really equipped to deal with what’s happening…i’m hearing on the news that not many people in these LTC facilities know how to administer the test kits that are being sent them…because these facilities are being run for profit, qualified medical staff are relatively scarce…
It seems like to me that the Conference should use this time as an opportunity for re-opening churches through safe practices. Such as allowing limited number to enter on the hour throughout Sabbath hours. Providing masks, alcohol sprays and distance between all presence. This would provide time to share and pray together. Friendships are healing.
In keeping churches closed, longer then their communities recommend, the Conference gives the impression that they are really non-essential. Church pastors and elders should be encouraged to provide a safe zones for their membership. It can be done, even if you meet under the shade of a large tree.
It is so heart warming to see Elder William L. Winston, president of the South Atlantic Conference take a principled and informed stand. As a church we have the resources to know what needs to be done and can do what makes sense. So many people dying needlesly. There is no reason for us to add to the carnage.
So sorry Elmer. It’s a tragedy.
And you still have to listen to those idiotic comments and recommendations that Trump is making? Too much…
Isn’t it a felony when someone practices medicine w/o a license?
Ah, certainly not in D.C…