Is Our Fear-Based Approach Towards COVID-19 Naïve, Wrong, and Misplaced?

July 22, 2020

From Ahvie Herskowitz, MD

  • Waiting for a vaccine to protect the elderly and high risk persons is not a rationale strategy! If we are to open schools safely, we need a strategy that protects the high-risk population now!
  • After the early surge in NYC and the East Coast, I was hoping we would adopt the same guidelines many European countries have, with rational national guidelines for the economy and our schools, BUT
  • Our national approach has been so “consistently inconsistent” that we are CURRENTLY stuck in “NO-MAN’S LAND”!
  • The rise in COVID 19 deaths and hospitalizations are now widely known to be very serious problem in many states ( ie AZ, Florida, Alabama, GA, North Carolina, and Texas).
  • FOUR WEEK PROJECTIONS: CDC projections show higher death rates in AZ, Florida and Texas that will extend to 19 OTHER STATES AND TERRITORIES. WATCHING AND WAITING AND DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION!
  • RIGHT NOW WITHOUT UNIVERSAL MEASURES IN AFFECTED REGIONS, ROUGHLY HALF THE COUNTRY WILL BE AT RISK OF A VICIOUS CYCLE OF SCHOOL OPENINGS FOLLOWED BY RAPID SHUTDOWNS. This has been pretty obvious now for weeks now.
  • At risk adults need to be educated in reducing their risk! “Public Health” in the USA is currently limited to lockdowns, social distancing and masks. This reduces risk of exposure but does inform us how to reduce risk of serious illness.
  • To save our nation’s economy and schools, WAITING FOR A VACCINE IS NOT A STRATEGY! It’s a hopeful but high risk bet, which at minimum will take many months to evolve.
  • Let’s engage our Preventive Medicine Departments around the country and begin interviewing their leaders on CNN and Fox! There is so much useful information to share that will be empower the public to take charge of their immediate health and future.

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About Ahvie Herskowitz, MD

Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in Anatomic Pathology and Internal Medicine, and Fellowship training in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he became Associate Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Molecular Microbiology and led a research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of inflammation, autoimmunity, ischemia, heart transplantation rejection and congestive heart failure.

Dr. Herskowitz’s latest academic appointment was as Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco. To learn more about Dr. Herskowitz, you can read it bio here.

      

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