Coronavirus Truths

Come up with your own list.  Here is mine.

  1. Coronavirus shows us we are not in charge of the world.  Our brains, reasoning and problem solving are not helping.  It’s making us freak out.
  2. We can slow the spread.  However, ultimately a large percentage of people will get this infection.  It’s not stoppable
  3. Some of us will die.  Even a “small” 0.5% case fatality rate is huge when you infect half the world’s population.
  4. Assisted Living and Nursing Homes are sitting in a very bad place.
  5. If a drug helps, the impact will not be dramatic.  Availability and price will limit the benefit.
  6. We don’t have enough time to make a safe and highly effective vaccine in gigantic quantities. 
  7. We can modify the impact on the health system to keep within its capacity. But, we can’t drive the cases to zero.
  8. This is decimating our economy.  Both options look frightful:  Open up and let the pandemic roar, resulting in panic, versus shutting down and smothering the economy.  
  9. Testing will improve, but will never be enough or as accurate as needed.
  10. We will make a lot of mistakes.  Be ready to reverse direction.
  11.  It’s too easy to fight among ourselves.  This is a really bad time to start a war.

Okay…. Your turn….

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Steven Mussey MD

Steven Mussey, M.D. is a physician in Internal Medicine, practicing in the Fredericksburg area for more than twenty years. He grew up in Springfield, Virginia and earned a degree in Physics from The University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at The George Washington University and was inducted into the medical honor society AOA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He served in the Air Force for four years before entering into private practice. He particularly enjoys geriatric medical care and working with complex patients. For almost a quarter century, he has been practicing with one other Internist. Both doctors enjoy practice in a small, but busy office, and plan on working into their 70s, as long as they can still find their way to the office. Dr. Mussey is also an avid cartoonist and has a weekly cartoon in the local newspaper. He also enjoys cartoon animation and has had several public service cartoons playing regularly on the television cable systems. 

  7 comments for “Coronavirus Truths

  1. arf
    May 10, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    How about Georgia? All this talk about “science” and “data” from politicians who understand neither. Which is why they went into politics instead of a real job.

    Seems the real experiment is Georgia. The shutdown was lifted two weeks ago. New cases and deaths continue to fall.

    Did anyone read the article in The Atlantic, saying Georgia was an “experiment in human sacrifice”. I wonder if the author will follow-up, or if this goes down the memory hole.

    • Russ
      May 12, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Georgia and Florida are doing well. Sun is a good thing. My doctor father always told me to go in the sun and get fresh air. Salt water was another cure all. Rubbing alcohol was vigorously applied for fevers. I don’t know how UV light and disinfectants became political.

  2. Rsw
    May 10, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    12. The administrative burden that has been dumped on physicians over the past quarter century is profoundly and totally worthless, and has weakened the medical system to the point of being almost non-functional.

    • Kurt
      May 13, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      That’s why I’m retiring July 1st. I feel sorry for the rest of you poor souls.

  3. Pat
    May 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    – Panic never makes anything better.
    – Forcing the productive out of work was never going to make retirees safer, but it was guaranteed to harm the former.
    – Putting unelected bureaucrats in charge of national policy is not better just because the bureaucrats are physicians. It may in fact make things worse, because any criticism is shouted down as “anti-science!!”
    – The de facto nationalizing of our health care has made it a vehicle for radical, forced social and economic change. This threat long-present, has now been realized. Trained for and charged with treating the individual, physicians are also being weaponized to control groups. How long can this contradiction be sustained?

    • R Stuart
      May 11, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      “Putting unelected bureaucrats in charge of national policy”

      Elected officials remain in charge of all national policy. If you don’t like the policies they choose to enact, blame them. That’s where the buck stops.

      • Pat
        May 11, 2020 at 6:20 pm

        It certainly hasn’t seemed that way lately. I just hope that camera hog Fauci decides we’ve all been good enough to deserve football this year.

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