A Reminder to remember the old folk
From Chris, who is a doctor. He is currently a Hospitalist (a branch of internal medicine dealing with the care of acutely ill hospitalized patients) working at the VA in Palo Alto, California.
He works with Covid19-positive patients EVERY DAY and wears a full Hazmat suit, or PPE, at work.
He told me last night that we need to stay away from our parents, who are in their late 80’s. We can all reach out and talk to them, but my nephew discouraged any physical contact with them. If they need supplies, we should coordinate getting them and then delivering them via drop off where we leave them out front with a reminder to wipe everything down before bringing it inside. We should not be going into their homes, hugging them, shaking their hands, NOTHING.
He also said the mortality rate is higher than what they are telling us. I dont know about you, but as much as I want to go give my parents a big hug, I would rather have them alive for another 10 years.
Some of you will take this with a grain of salt and continue to visit your parents, but just know, every time you do, you are bringing in the germs you have accumulated throughout the day from every person you have come in contact with.
We now have conclusive evidence that this disease is being transmitted through asymptomatic carriers, or people who show no symptoms, and trying to stop that transmission is like trying to stop the wind.
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but this too shall pass.
Chris said this is going to be a crappy month or two, so buckle up.
Feel free to pass along, or not.