It’s Not Over

I just listened to a radio show (it was conservative) where the host was trying to say that since the death rate of CV19 is 112,000 whereas the flu in 2018 was 60,000 that this thing is similar. Dude, the 112,000 was with a lockdown of an entire country. That was unprecedented.

This just came in from a friend who is an ICU doc in Houston:

This is, by far, the worst week since the pandemic started. The number of cases has spiked and the severity of illness is beyond belief! I am working non-stop with critically ill COVID patients and realizing that this is not getting better. I truly do not care what anyone says about how things are “better”, as what I am seeing in the hospital is worse! Mass gatherings really did a number on the number of cases we are seeing and I expect this “wave” to really jeopardize the health of many. 

So, why am I posting this? Maybe because I think that some of you with common sense will listen to my words and stay away from large crowds and keep your basic social distancing and masks. Otherwise, I will not have enough ICU beds for all of you!

I am quite tired, as after 83 days of continuous work (20 hours/day) I do not see a light at the end of the tunnel, because many of you elect not to follow basic common-sense steps to stop this pandemic once for all.

Please listen to him.

I know that not even all of us at Authentic Medicine agree on this topic. We can disagree without being disagreeable.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  13 comments for “It’s Not Over

  1. Robert Riley
    June 17, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    The individual at The WHO who made the statement that asymptomatic spread is rare recanted. It is a mystery to me that she made such a potentially destructive comment, given that presymptomatic spread apparently quite common. The lack of coherent communication regarding this devastating event is bewildering, and it has been devastating, no matter the bias one brings to the discussion.

  2. David Fitzpatrick MD FAWM FAAFP
    June 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I’m going to push one step farther (and still be polite).
    King Farrago, Ladies and gentlemen of the royal court, it has come to your attention that an ICU doc in Houston has worked 20 hours a day for 12 weeks. You are aware of a dreadful breach of ethics. Houston boasts one of the largest collections of docs in the country. There is no excuse for working that many hours.
    No one can practice good medicine at that pace. If you, dear readers, do nothing about it, you are complicit.

    …or he is not telling the truth.
    If he is not telling the truth, we should ask “Why are you not telling the truth?”. And we should ask what else he is not telling the truth about when no other hospital in Houston has high census ICUs.
    What is the motivation to misrepresent the truth in this case?

    • Douglas Farrago MD
      June 13, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Yes, there may be some hyperbole there. I do know the guy. Met him for a few hours. I guess my point is…..I don’t think this is over. And I think the numbers will prove him and me right soon

  3. Steve O'
    June 12, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Poor old Uncle, poor Uncle Sam. From the outside-in, the rest of the world sees us living in a madhouse, with treatments of Republican-Drugs (Plaquenil) and Democrat drugs (remdesivir) which are blessed or scorned by the loony in the White Hospital, or other loonies without a damn clue as to which medicine cult they wish to believe in. Poor Uncle.
    The goal of Corporate Pharma was to own the distribution of drug-to-consumer by shackling the middlemen (or women, if you please.) Medical research has been rapidly becoming biased; now it is not even invoked in any sane way.
    Remdesivir has a clear THEORETICAL mechanism of action; Plaquenil does not. Other than that, it is unknown vs. unknown. But that doesn’t stop the talking heads from telling you that one is Majick and one is Quackery.
    And the rest of the world sees a mammoth North Korea x 100, run not by one chief lunatic, but a whole parade of lunatics, Big Endians Vs. Little Endians, who are arguing not only about a RNA virus, but about the legitimacy of the November 2020 election…which hasn’t happened yet. There are no innocent adults in these games. Everyone wants majick, and by God, they will get it.

    • Steve O'
      June 12, 2020 at 8:59 am

      I say we take all non-DEA-restricted drugs off of label, and let the loonies take them as they see fit. I’ll take 500 mg. of Zamboni and 200 mg of Enditall every day! Good on ya, mate.

  4. David Fitzpatrick MD FAWM FAAFP
    June 12, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I’m just gonna submit a sniff test here. I also have friends in Houston. I am told that the hospitals are empty.
    I then have to ask why is anyone working 20 hour days -not one, not a few per week, but 83 in a row? Is Houston too small to have enough docs to staff their ICUs?
    Something fishy here…

    And then I ask a few questions; When is it my responsibility to decide what risks I take? Are the “at risk” taking these risks? Given that we are told that the asymptomatic only rarely spread the disease, do these restrictions make sense?

  5. Diana Blum
    June 12, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Not when people’s choices cause others harm. Wearing masks means you are a responsible human being who cares about others and is willing to be inconvenienced to help save a life. This virus is asking us to think like “WE” not “ME”. I know it may not feel like it right now, but let’s try to be the United States of America and do the right thing for each other! ❤️🙏

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  6. Jesse Belville,PA-C
    June 11, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    People make choices. People are free to make choices. They are free to suffer the consequences of their choicrs.
    Per University of Virginia in Norfolk, no symptoms,Vit D 1000 to 4000IU a day, 50 to 100mg zinc, Vit C, 1000 to 2000mg a day.Some take 5000 to 10,000mg a day.
    Get symptoms see your Doctor. If your doctor does not give hydroxychloroquin 600mg or 800 day one ,plus zinc 220,plus zithromax,see another MD OR DO.. Severe symptoms, all the above plus an antiviral or Ivermectin.. Ad per local protocol. See paper,University of Virgina,Norfolk..

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    • Diana Blum
      June 12, 2020 at 12:05 am

      Not when people’s choices cause others harm. Wearing masks means you are a responsible human being who cares about others and is willing to be inconvenienced to help save a life. This virus is asking us to think like “WE” not “ME”. I know it may not feel like it right now, but let’s try to be the United States of America and do the right thing for each other! ❤️🙏

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      • Pat
        June 12, 2020 at 7:56 am

        No one has minimized the seriousness of the virus, but the response was a grotesque overreaction. The proper response was for the at-risk to self-quarantine, sensible travel precautions, and let the healthy and productive make their own choices, knowing some would get very sick, and some would die.

        We are supposed to make hard choices, so let’s also ask: How many “saved” are worth crashing the economy? How many “saved” are worth suspending civil liberties? I’m not smart enough to be able to determine the answers to those very real questions. I wasn’t able to get patients in to see cardiologists or surgeons for over two months for serious, but non-emergent conditions. We have had patients with clearly life-threatening conditions leave the ED because they had been scared witless over the virus, and could not be dissuaded.

        Doug’s point is a serious one, but neither is it a door-slammer. Respectfully, I can only meet your ideological tone with my own: if the supreme principle is “saving lives” through collective force, then let’s not pretend we have any others.

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    • stuart
      June 12, 2020 at 8:20 am

      There is no University of Virginia in Norfolk.

    • stuart
      June 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Marik at East Virginia has dropped his hydroxychloroquine recommendation.

      All the patients who left their doctors on your advice can go back to them now.

  7. Steven Mussey
    June 11, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Crap! I’ve been saying this was going to happen, while at the same time hoping I was really wrong. Your point about the number of deaths being in a lockdown is something I’ve not seen written elsewhere.

    Dang!

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