It’s only a matter of time until all of us will be affected personally by COVID19. We want to hear from our patients and friends in the community their personal story. Not only do we want to share your concerns, we we want to make others very aware of how serious and prevalent this disease is.
A plethora of real time data regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is being amassed and disseminated over the internet. With nothing more than a click of a mouse you can assess accurately the rate of death from coronavirus around the world. Currently in the United States the mortality rates range between 0.6 to 4.6%, with the average falling somewhere around 2%. If this trend continues, that means 1 in every 50 that become infected will die.
For argument’s sake let’s assume everyone in my contact list gets infected by coronavirus. Of my 1,896 contacts approximately 1,600 are people that I personally met and inputed their information into my cell phone. So if everyone in my contact list gets coronavirus, then 32 of them will die from the disease. Those are 32 people that I know personally.
Of course, we are all working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing. This will certainly skew my calculations, but it is not unreasonable to believe that we will all be touched personally by this disease. It is only a matter of time.
We want to hear from our patients and friends in the community with their personal story. Not only do we want to share your concerns, we we want to make others very aware of how serious and prevalent this disease is. We have created a discussion board that allows those who wish to share their story to do so. It will also help remind all of us how “very real” this pandemic is. Please join our discussion board and share your experience.
I received this update THIS MORNING from a friend of mine whose son-in-law has been in the ICU in Denver for about a week. My friend is mid-40s with MS and a wife and two kids at home. The last time my friends wife saw him was when he could no longer breath and she dropped him off outside the ER to two people in haz-mat suits. She couldn’t go in.
“It has come to the time when the medical team at UCH HR cannot support [my husband]’s needs.He needs immediate emergency transport to their main hospital for ECMO surgery. His lungs have hardened, his heart is showing complications, his vitals are not stable. Please pray for a safe transport, successful surgery, and a team that can keep him alive. There was no time to discuss options this morning. They either act or he dies at UCH HR today. ?”
Whether you are healthy or not, whether you feel fine or not, these are the people we need to protect. And it’s starting to hit much closer to home.
Please shelter in place, stay there and stay healthy.