Quantcast

‘Stealth Transmission’ of COVID-19, Warns NY Doctor

Eldad U Einav MD – Cardiology | Ascension Medical Group, Binghamton, NY

“The epidemic is overwhelming the healthcare system, and clinicians are essential regardless of specialty.”

By Eldad Einav, MD

March 29, 2020

Medscape – Last Saturday, my local hospital reached a sad milestone: We had our first COVID-19 death.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

I am a staff cardiologist at the hospital in Binghamton, New York, and like hospitals everywhere, we have been anticipating a surge in patients.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in short supply and is being rationed. We are encouraged to reuse disposable equipment multiple times, and access to surgical masks is limited.

The epidemic is overwhelming the healthcare system, and clinicians are essential regardless of specialty.

As I considered my own high risk for exposure, I reviewed existing protective measures that could keep me from contracting the virus and further transmitting it to my coworkers, family, and especially to my elderly father who resides with me.

“STOP BUYING MASKS!”

I was concerned to see that most healthcare workers (HCWs) and patients are still roaming the hospital floors and the emergency department without wearing masks. Hospitals are citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) restricting mask use mostly to close encounters with symptomatic individuals or confirmed cases with COVID-19.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

I decided to research the evidence and justification behind official prevention guidelines. My findings were rather striking.

It is widely agreed that face masks (even surgical masks and non-fit-tested respirators) are an effective barrier against COVID-19, as its primary mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets. Contrary to common belief, however, respiratory droplets are released not only when sneezing or coughing, but also when talking.

Still, the CDC strongly discourages mask use in the community or by healthcare workers when not directly exposed to a symptomatic individual. The message from authorities is clear: Among asymptomatic individuals, masks are not effective against the spread of COVID-19. In fact, facing a nationwide shortage of masks, the surgeon general tweeted, “STOP BUYING MASKS!” Read more. 

RECENTLY: 

Should I Get COVID-19 Test?

ALSO ON HEADLINE HEALTH TODAY: Trace Adkins, Country Music Mourn “One Of The All-Time Greats” | Judge Orders Early Release For Inmates Exposed To Virus | How To Reopen A City After Coronavirus

- Advertisement -

TRENDING

Wave Of Post-Covid Heart Disease Emerges

EVENING STANDARD (UK) – Up to 300,000 people in the UK are facing heart-related illnesses due to post-pandemic stress disorder (PPSD), two London physicians...

Grand Ole Opry Legend, 89, Dies Of Dementia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country musician Stonewall Jackson, who sang on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and had No. 1...

Unvaxxed and Unfriended: Vaccine Views Ruining Relationships

Dear Prudence, My friend “Emma” is not vaccinated against COVID. While I struggle with it, I try not to let it get to me, because...

Omicron Spreads Fast, But No Deaths Reported

SLATE – Omicron continues to spread across the United States, and around the world, as scientists try to pin down how fast it spreads...

Majority of Americans Would Take COVID Pill If They Got Sick

A majority of unvaccinated Americans would decline to take an antiviral medication if they got sick with COVID-19, a new poll found.

Ambassador’s Daughter Beheaded In Islamabad

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) – Few cases of femicide make headlines in Pakistan, but the beheading of an ambassador's daughter promises to test a legal...

Omicron “Doubling Daily” In South Africa: WHO

Dec 3 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's chief scientist told the Reuters Next conference on Friday the Omicron variant could become dominant because...

Biden Mandates Going Nowhere Fast

Associated Press – Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this...

New Test Could Reveal Higher Lead Levels In Water

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For years, testing of the tap water in an upscale Detroit suburb showed the city was in the clear. Then...

Vaccinated People With COVID-19 May Be Infectious For A Shorter Period Of Time

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine may not only offer protection against severe complications from the disease. It may also decrease the odds that individuals who get the virus spread it to others — and we’re getting a better idea why.BOSTON.COM – Getting the COVID-19 vaccine may not only offer protection against severe complications from the disease. It may also decrease the odds that individuals who get the virus spread it to others.
- Advertisement -