Facts From the Front Line with Dr. Kenneth Qiu MD

In addition to working on the frontline, I’ve also been consuming large amounts of physician posted social media via private Facebook groups and med twitter. Here is the current terrible state of things happening around the country now. More commonly in New York where the situation is the worst 

Fact: COV2 is airborne, lasting 3 hours in the air. Asymptomatic carriers can transmit. 
Physicians: *wear masks around the hospital to protect themselves and their patients*
Administrators: “stop doing that, you are causing a panic”

Physicians: *try to get COVID19 testing so they can appropriately self-quarantine and not spread to other patients/ healthcare workers*
Government: “stop, you don’t need it”
Administrators: “just stay home for like a day and sleep it off, then come back as soon as possible or lose all your PTO”
Meanwhile: Famous asymptomatic celebrity gets tested for peace of mind 

CDC: please wear disposable one-time use gowns, eye protection, and disposable one time use N95 masks
Administrators: please reuse those things
CDC: we’re running out of PPE, surgical masks are ok
Administrators: Also reuse those. You get one for the foreseeable future
CDC: you know what, this is basically the Wild West, bandannas are fine

Fact: shortage of PPE 
Governments: let’s release soon to graduate Med students early, lift supervision restrictions on nurses and physician assistants, and remove residency work limits so we have a meat shield for when our policies ultimately kill off our doctors

You can see more Dr. Qiu’s stuff here:

@drqiu

FB: Kenneth 邱功开 Q

Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we won’t spam you

  3 comments for “Facts From the Front Line with Dr. Kenneth Qiu MD

  1. Mamadoc
    March 25, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I think the only ones it’s causing fear in is the administrators (fear of a smaller bonus). If I were (God forbid) it would scare me if a doctor came into my room without a mask. Just sayin’

  2. Celia B Entwistle MD
    March 25, 2020 at 11:33 am

    We are the expendables

  3. Rusty Shackleford
    March 25, 2020 at 10:42 am

    In the same health system that requires you to wear a mask at all times if you didn’t get a flu shot, you are now absolutely forbidden to wear a mask unless you are in a patient room providing “direct patient care” (even if you have a fever and provide your own) because “it is causing fear” for visitors (unless you didn’t get a flu shot, then you’re still required to wear one at all times or be terminated even if completely healthy and asymptomatic).

    Someone try and figure that out.

Comments are closed.