Italy appears to be an anomoly. Most of the information I'm seeing, however, is showing that that vast majority of deaths and severe cases are, as expected, in people 80 years of age and older, with co-morbidities. Apparently, Italy has the oldest population in all of Europe. A lot of smokers. Not fantastic healthcare in some areas, etc., etc. I'm not at all concerned that the US will be anomolous in that way, and I'm sure we'll find out the unique explanation for what's going on there in time. jmo
I will be shocked if that is true and would love to see a link. Because if that’s the case we shouldn’t have all those presumptive cases we’ve seen today.
I’m so excited to see that Dr Tony Fauci has joined us on the thread and is sharing his 40+ years of experience with epidemics with us and making predictions about fatalities! Not. Even he is not making predictions written in stone, but he is sounding a warning that we need to be ready for whatever happens. If he isn’t minimizing this, I don’t understand why any of us would have the hubris to do so.
No one "needs" to be tested except for statistical purposes. There's no vaccine and the treatment is exactly the same as for any other viral upper respiratory infection.
Perhaps you haven’t read the articles about people who have needed to be tested and weren’t. Washington State is a prime example as is NYC. No one is suggesting testing every Tom, Dick and Harry. But no one in a position to know is saying that the U.S. has enough tests. This link is a pretty comprehensive overview, including your concern about testing asymptomatic people. Isolating (social distancing) is definitely an important tool.
Confusion and chaos surround coronavirus testing in the US | Live Science
Yeah that'd be why those silly doctors and nurses wear HAZMAT suits while they're treating these patients...cuz hey, its just another upper respiratory thing....um paging Dr Li Wenliang, may he rest in peace (and all of the other healthcare workers who didnt have the proper PPE to protect themselves from this mere upper respiratory infection
I made a note to get the transcript when it is online.
Ita and if a patient does present to the hospital with mild symptoms often they are sent home. They can monitor their temp or home health can check on them. If their condition worsens they get the test. Unless a patient needs a ventilator there is no medical intervention, is there? Otc pain relievers, rest, fluids......It seems that the test is negative if it is used too early in the incubation period. It takes 2-5, sometimes as long as 14, days for symptoms to appear. During that time, some people are contagious. If the test is used too early in the viral incubation, a person tests negative. After the person recovers from the illness, one test is insufficient to draw conclusions. Two consecutive negative tests are required before someone is deemed non-contagious.
Could the tests be improved? Probably. Would it help in finding a vaccine? Probably.
How can we even guess at the mortality rate when we are clueless about the denominator in the equation? Educated guesses at best, but we know it isn't accurate.
Joined us on this thread in what way?
With mild symptoms you are correct, there is no need for medical intervention. However, knowing WHO has the virus helps in tracking. The health department can notify people who may have come into contact with this person and instruct them to self quarantine. It stops the spread of the virus by removing the contacts from circulating in public and spreading it further. Testing is critical in stopping the spread of this virus.Ita and if a patient does present to the hospital with mild symptoms often they are sent home. They can monitor their temp or home health can check on them. If their condition worsens they get the test. Unless a patient needs a ventilator there is no medical intervention, is there? Otc pain relievers, rest, fluids......
We have a couple positive cases that remain in their home under quarantine. Fortunately they didn’t get to the point of pneumonia & needing a vent’.
The vast majority of medical professionals seeing corona virus patients aren't wearing hazmat suits. In fact, they don't even know whether they're treating corona virus patients, becuase the patients haven't been tested. So.