I would invite you to reread the article I posted yesterday.
I have not changed my mind. I believe that we have to test people and let the healthy return to the workplace. Self-isolation alone will not keep us safe. Not if we can no longer work and earn a living. There is no overnight miracle, but testing may allow the economy to recover more quickly.
Testing is much easier than discovering a vaccine. As I mentioned yesterday, there is an American group who is working with doctors and scientists and would send the healthy back to a safe workplace. Testing would be needed.
A vaccine will be produced, but it may not be produced in the foreseeable future, luck being a factor. Who will come up with the brilliant idea that will allow a cure and also allow the world to be as it should be. We can now see the magnificent Himalayan range of mountains.
Leaders, doctors and scientists must work together, but expertise must inform decisions made by elected officials. Mr Trump is ready to send people back to work to save the economy. But we cannot allow people who test positive to return to work. They must still self-isolate, or the pandemic will continue.
A Triage: Testing
What I am suggesting is a triage that would separate the healthy from the sick and allow those who test negative to return to work. The sick would be treated, but the healthy would keep the economy alive. We have new tools: Skype, etc. Although humanity has been scourged for millennia, it has survived.
I have a healthy nephew whose employees are healthy, but they are not allowed to work. So why do we not test them? Testing was carried out in Germany quite successfully.
We cannot close the future down. We cannot let massive unemployment follow the pandemic. That is a grim scenario. Scientists would continue to search for a vaccine, but the economy would not crumble. Testing may be difficult to organize, but it has to be organized. There is no other way.
Expertise is what world leaders need. I do not wish to trivialize world leaders, but they need guidance from doctors, scientists and economists, which is leadership in the days of the novel coronavirus.
Streets would still be disinfected as well as the workplace, but we would ensure economic stability and lift the world’s morale. Can we truly justify the self-isolation of my nephew and his healthy employees?
I am not a medical doctor, a scientist, or an economist. I am quite simply civic-minded. If we test and test, we will find those who test negative. I’m scared, because this virus may be airborne. Hence cleaning the workplace. But why isolate people who would test negative and create a new nightmare.
- Chronicling Covid-19 (6), a Plan (11 April 2020)
The Creation, Die Schöpfung, by Joseph Haydn
© Micheline Walker
12 April 2020
Micheline, I agree with you. The world cannot let its populace die of hunger while saving them from the Chinese virus.
Your comments are sound. I would add that all leaders should take relevant advice on any number of subjects.
Derrick, Leaders cannot work by themselves. Team work is the best approach to solving a problem. When I was Chair of a Department, I called a meeting knowing that the interchange of ideas was essential and that any of my colleagues could be Chair. We took turns as Chair. Decisions were made by the group. Scientists can work together to find a vaccine: email, Skype, fax… It will happen. But we must mobilize all these people. There is a lot of brain power in this world. Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked about the NHS saving him… They can do miracles. He nearly died… Love and take good care of yourselves.
Je suis d’accord avec toi Micheline mais il faudrait tester tout le monde et il n’y a pas assez de tests.
Et il n’y en aura pas assez dans un avenir prévisible.
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C’est la grande difficulté et nous avions le temps de surmonter cet obstacle. Nous avions aussi les connaissances. Nous devrons sans doute attendre quelques semaines, mais cette lacune sera comblée. C’est la plus importante. Trump veut renvoyer le docteur Fauci. Il faut tous les moyens pour fabriquer ce test. Les gens qui peuvent propager le virus ne peuvent pas retourner à leurs fonctions. Il s’en prend aussi à l’organisation mondiale pour la santé. Plusieurs vont mourir d’ici quelques semaines, mais il nous faut le test de dépistage. Nous aurons besoin d’une équipe mondiale, mais on part de ce test. C’est l’industrie du jour. Bien cordialement mon ami.
Anna M. Grant said:
“We”? We must mobilise? How exactly? We all may have thoughts, theories and ideas. Many are sound and good. But – ultimately, we are at the mercy of those that make the big decisions as to what we do next and how to proceed. And some of these people are untrustworthy. Some are idiots, and are dangerous. So, how do we mobilise other than endlessly “liking” each others’ great ideas on Facebook, or agreeing with each other in comments. Just asking….
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There are ways of getting ourselves out of this mess. For instance, hospital have boards of directors and cities have mayors. There is a chain of command. We are not involving people who are not medical professionals, and the police, such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police must watch. The biggest danger is that people will grow tired of self-isolation and will not practice self-distancing, which works. It is unfortunate we didn’t begin in January. Your are angry and I am depressed. It’s the same thing. Stay with me. Do not listen to President Trump. He would send the sick back to work and contagion would continue. We weren’t ready. Please continue to write to me as I try to organize matters in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Dr Fauci, in the United States has considered using arenas for testing. The vaccine is not ready. I really do want you to write to me. Love, Micheline
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i am glad u are safe and doing well.
Thank you for your kind note. How are you? In my province of Canada, Covid-19 is killing the elderly mosly, those who live in long-term care facilities. They could not self-isolate, which seems the only protection. So, we failed them.
I truly appreciate hearing from you. It’s a lonely world. Take good care of yourself. The novel coronavirus is highly contagious. My kindest thoughts are with you. Micheline
I really like that surgeon general
especially when he made that news conference message and said “pop-pop” (regarding family members)
because I call my Dad, “Pops”
How clever of you to have picked up the Pops. Yes your Dad is Pops. That is our story. Carry on. 🙂
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