Comment Of The Day: “Afternoon Ethics Warm-Up, 3/23/2020: Examining The—OH NO! I TOUCHED MY FACE!!”!
Great post Steve in NJ
This doctor seems to think antibiotics are effective against viruses. Ten to one this was written by a first year nursing student who has watched one too any episodes of ER.
You could be right about a doctor not writing this, Chris. It’s someone with more of a political than a medical point to make. However, the cases he’s talking about (intubating, using respirators/ventilators, etc.) points up the reason seniors are the most at risk when attacked by Covid-19 because of the strong likelihood that it will lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia occurs when an infection — of any sort, not just this new virus — inflames the lungs’ sacs. In severe cases the lungs fill up so oxygen can’t get through.
The older we are, the less reserve capacity our lungs have, so even with an otherwise sturdy immune system, the worse the damage can be. Impaired lungs and reduced capacity will result swiftly (within 24 hours in some cases) in severe pneumonia, with either or even both a viral pneumonia and a secondary bacterial infection at the same time. The results can be shock, the blood can begin clotting abnormally and other organ damage ensues, especially in people with heart disease both from the lack of oxygen and the inflammation. Regardless of age, people with chronic health problems, such as lung or heart problems, liver disease or diabetes can move quickly to severe pneumonia. The treatment medications – whether anti-viral (that’s not anti-virus but anti-viral pneumonia) or antibiotic – are both required in quantity.
As of now there is nothing yet to stop the virus from gaining hold in the first place. Our own immune system, perhaps with some emphasis on the status of lungs and heart, is the best protection.
Yes, a great comment Steve-O, and also Glenn.
I particularly love the line, from the subject post: “I want billion-dollar companies like 3M halting all production of any product that isn’t PPE to focus on PPE manufacturing.”
Clearly you need to stick to doctoring (??), because you have no idea how production lines work! Quite apart from not having a clue at the scale and diversity of ‘billion-dollar companies like 3M’.
He also is a snob. A hand-sewn mask filled with Kleenex is roughly as effective as an N95 mask. It is a fun trivia fact that Kleenex was invented as a gas-mask filter.
How many of these doctors go out of their way to buy ‘Made in America’ products? Did they complain when all the medical mask manufacturing went to China (it did) and we sent vital pharmaceutical manufacturing there as well to save a few bucks? Did they mock Trump when he stated that China was a threat to this country? Now, when the Chinese stop sending us masks, when they threaten to cut off shipments of medicine, they want American industry to rush to their rescue as they drive to work in German cars. I wouldn’t be surprised if these same people are prescribing hydroxycloroquine to all their friends and family ‘just in case’.
There have been a lot of people warning for decades that shipping vital manufacturing to hostile nations is stupid and dangerous. Most of those people have been mocked by the elites who are making a lot of money off Chinese slave labor. Now these same people are indignant that American manufacturing isn’t doing enough. These people are complaining that we don’t have 350 million test kits for a disease that we didn’t even know about 4 months ago (the test had to be developed, tested, and mass produced in months). Sorry, I don’t want to hear a peep out of such people.
My sister-in-law is a nurse. She spends her days among sick people and other stressed-out nurses; she spends her evenings sewing masks. My brother is taking care of the kids, cooking all the meals and trying to figure out how to e-teach his classroom of kids learning from home.
I’ve not heard a complaint out of them. My sister-in-law says this is why she went into nursing and, echoing the book of Esther, that perhaps she was made for this particular time.
Americans are stepping up. On Facebook, homeschooling parents are reaching out to offer advice, support, and links to online resources and lesson plans to parents who have no idea how to teach their kids. Folks are also sharing face mask patterns online and are picking up free cotton fabric at craft stores to sew masks that can be dropped off at hospitals. Restaurants are providing meals to grocery store workers. A few days ago, a fire station with no toilet paper had to send someone to the store who was then advised of a limit on the number of packages. Customers began purchasing the packages for him and donating them to the station.
There is good out there.
It’s a near-certainty that there are no hoarders with garages or warehouses full of masks they’re just sitting on. People don’t realize how little slack there is in a modern supply chain. Companies have to pay taxes on inventory, on top of paying for the physical space and the personnel to maintain it, so in modern Lean Manufacturing terms it’s viewed as a form of waste. Building spare manufacturing capacity that you don’t put to productive use is likewise a form of waste. The end result is that anything beyond a mild increase in demand will lead to shortages in the short term. It’s true of everything from toilet paper to Tickle-Me Elmo.
And of course, nowadays these things are all manufactured in China. How do you think they’ll prioritize production in case of a shortage? They’ll see to their own, of course. After that, if they’re behaving ethically, they’ll prioritize the worst outbreaks, like Italy and Spain.
But what if they don’t act ethically? The Chinese Communist Party is desperate to shift the focus (and blame) for the pandemic from themselves to the West, and they’re ruthless about saving face. Maybe they’d prefer the virus spread out of control in the US. Maybe they’ll wait for an opportune time to swoop in to “rescue” America with PPE they had secretly withheld. This is what comes of making ourselves dependent on a despotic regime for critical infrastructure.
I would love to see the United States invest in Central and South America rather than continue to deal with governments like the PRC.
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