CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 12/28/2020

12/28/2020

The computers have taken a bit of a holiday and there are currently no new numbers. 

MESSAGE FROM A EXPERIENCED INTERNIST IN THE HOUSTON AREA: 

“My comments refer to 100% of people that meet criteria to be hospitalized–down here:  the “mildest” are at real risk of death or disability and all have in their body a sick pathophysiology. One of my patients went to a good ER with his O2 sat at 92%, bilateral pneumonia, and he felt terrible. They were not wrong, but they had to send this 63-year-old, otherwise healthy man, home because he was not yet ripe enough to admit.

Then, a couple of days later, his Oxygen level had fallen to 89%, and he met the stringent admission criteria and was admitted. They are ALL damnably sick when they meet admission criteria.”

…J. Harris: 

 This type of selective hospital admission criteria is currently necessary in Texas and in most of the US because of the epidemic number of sick folks. In addition, people still get sick with “normal” diseases that require hospitalization. Unless you own a hospital and have a chopper, don’t expect automatically to receive in-patient care in area hospitals. To be sure, sometimes, emergency room care can diagnose and start treatment if you get Covid. Unfortunately, there is still no “silver bullet” medicine that will cure every case of Covid that rolls in. (Most of these patients are too sick to walk in.) In addition, when Covid patients have received hospital treatment and various series of medications, they are discharged right away because the ER’s are full of new, very acutely ill Covid patients who need the beds. 

We will never be adequately able to thank our heroic health care workers for their months and months of services. The best thing we still fortunate citizens can do at this point is to STAY HEALTHY. We can help prevent a preventable disease. Stay home when you can and mask, distance, and wash when you can’t. Covid is now a personal disease. Ultimately, you alone can prevent yourself from becoming ill, 

Now, Monday, 28 December, we all know several people who have or have had Covid— or who have died of Covid. I must say that most of the more recent cases of which I have personal knowledge, probably came home with asymptomatic school-aged children.  Until this current peak runs its course, I would not let my children go back to school. The White House proved that frequent testing won’t prevent spread in institutions. Through no fault of their own, schools cannot protect teachers and students and adult employees from disease. 

J. Harris

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