"As a relatively inexperienced physician, the bulk of medicine I have practiced has been focused more on the known than the unknown. As a psychiatry resident, I have become somewhat more accustomed to diagnostic uncertainty and clinically guided trial and error. Yet as my Covid-19 symptoms dragged on, my physician identity began blending into my patient identity. As I repeatedly encountered the term supportive care, I realized that this wait-and-see approach hardly seemed like care at all.
Doubt started creeping in. Mild and moderate cases resolve within two weeks, I kept telling myself over and over, while my body was telling me a different story. Soon, though, articles about the potential for prolonged symptoms trickled in, easing the isolation I felt from being an outlier and giving me some hope. At the same time, the guilt of being unable to assist my colleagues in a time of crisis lurked in the background.
My search for answers eventually led me to an online support group that included people like me with prolonged Covid-19 symptoms. In addition to validating my experience, I felt a strong sense of belonging to a larger community as I read through reports of others going through the same thing I was, sometimes even with the same emotional response.
Some in the group had prolonged low-grade fevers that didn’t respond to standard fever-reducing medications. Some experienced terrifying neurological manifestations such as memory loss and changes in their ability to recall words in a primary or secondary language. Others were battling exercise-induced fatigue, with attempts at walking around the block sparking a relapse of symptoms. I’ve seen people citing symptoms in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, cardiovascular system, and more." statnews
I have had some of these symptoms for months, but they have not been severe enough to force me into a hospital. IMO, for an old man to let the medicos decide to intubate and hook him up to a ventilator is suicidal.
I saw my family physician two weeks ago for a routine visit and we discussed this. He did not seem overly concerned about the old man. Perhaps he is tired of me.
The media continue to rant and rave against re-opening the economy, opening the schools, etc. This is pathetically, obviously, part of a "throw it all at the barn door and see what sticks" effort to raise the public's discomfort reaction to such a level that enough of them will give the marxists and the machine Democrats the perhaps irreversible power they lust for. Judge Emmet Sullivan is just another such operative in this game. So far, their Goebbelsian campaign is working.
I did the arithmetic today on Florida's casualties to date. Florida has around 20 million inhabitants and just over 4000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. This yields a product number of .03 % death in the overall population. The same arithmetic against deaths among those said to be infected (254,000) yields 1.6 %.
This is the Black Death? I think not. pl