Here we go into phase two of the coronavirus pandemic and the government from hell that finally declared a state of national emergency Friday. While Donald Trump peacocks and does sound bites about how there is nothing more important than protecting Americans, the fact is that doctors have been complaining for some time now about the lack of testing kits and the fact that they can’t get tested themselves. And who will provide care for the afflicted if the doctors can’t? Daily Beast:
One doctor based in Oklahoma City, who asked to remain anonymous because she was not cleared to speak to the press and did not want to draw undue attention to her local clinic, told The Daily Beast on Friday that she had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and had not been tested, despite the fact that she treats high-risk patients.
“I have a minimal cough, some body aches, some fatigue and chills—but no fever, no runny nose, and I can suppress my cough,” said the doctor. “If I don’t take care of my patients, it creates a huge problem, but if this is COVID-19, I could easily kill them, no matter how well I wash my hands.”
“I am a physician whose patients are mostly very elderly with lots of complicated medical problems,” continued the doctor. “They are all at high risk of dying. I am not a high priority person to test, by most standards, but I desperately want to be tested, for the sake of my patients.”
Right now the criteria for CDC testing is to have traveled from a foreign locale, been exposed to someone who is a confirmed case, or if one is seriously ill and other respiratory infections have been ruled out. Anybody else, doctors included, cannot get the test. This is a major problem in testing and doctors have gone on record saying they feel they’re “working in the dark.”
An internal medicine doctor and hospitalist in Ohio who asked to remain anonymous over fear of retaliation from her employer told The Daily Beast on Friday that she was personally treating a case of the virus at her facility—and feeling her own anxiety.
“Fear is certainly the best word to describe the mood in my hospital right now,” she said. “Confusion would be another good word.”
“So far the only information we’ve gotten from administration has been in the form of emails,” continued the Ohio-based doctor. “There have been no formal staff meetings or forums where we’ve gotten any solid information about how to handle this crisis.”
This is where the rubber meets the road and where the sheer idiocy and ineptitude of the current administration is laid bare. This is the juncture where people are going to start dying. It’s good that Donald Trump decided to throw some cash at the problem today. Now people with actual expertise in infectious disease and pandemics need to get out there in the world and coordinate.