The story we hear about the novel Coronavirus from Dr. Fauci, the CDC, government leaders and the mainstream media is that SARS-CoV-2 is so dangerous that in order to prevent millions of deaths we had to shut down the global economy and isolate almost all healthy people. This portrayal is based on models that have proven to be inaccurate.
SARS-CoV-2 is in actuality not as dangerous to our society as they say and our extreme reaction to it is unnecessary. While it is a contagious respiratory virus that is more deadly than the typical seasonal Influenza Virus, your risk of dying from it is still exceedingly low. In fact, you are statistically more likely to die from a non-COVID pneumonia every week of every year.
I do not want to minimize the pain of death and suffering from COVID. On a personal and human level, the effects are devastating for thousands of families. One of my dearest patients died and it was tragic and very sad. At the same time, we need to objectively assess our risks so we can continue to function as a healthy society.
New York City
NYC has suffered from COVID more than any city in the world, so looking at their data is very useful. At the time of this writing, 13,365 people have died from COVID which means that out of the 8.4 million people who live there, 99.998% of them have not died of it. In addition, if you are healthy and young, your risk of dying of COVID is even lower. A lot lower! According to Worldometer, as of April 14th in NYC only 4.4% of all COVID deaths (300 people) occurred among those who were under 65 and without known underlying medical conditions. In other words, 95.6% of the NYC deaths occurred in people who were over 65 and/or had underlying medical conditions. Isn’t that helpful information? Have you heard that before? Does it change your perspective?
I would support a different policy that recommends quarantining only those vulnerable people and not the general population. Common sense says you should stay home if you are sick, do not cough on people, keep your hands clean and away from your face and be very careful around the elderly and medically fragile.
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We have accepted very extreme measures because the news that we continue to hear from the government leaders and the mainstream media promotes a lot of fear. I think we should stop listening so much to them and start looking at the actual data so we can make good decisions about how to not only recover from this epidemic, but how to manage others.
We are screening all our patients carefully to ensure that you will be safe here. We are open and seeing patients in the office. For those with COVID symptoms, can easily provide consultations over the phone or by video.