We are all aware we are going through unprecedented challenges, that said, I do hope this finds you safe and well with your families.Like many of you, my week has been filled with Zoom meetings. That technology is just awesome.Many of those calls were learning from others (China/NY/etc.) who’ve been taking care of COVID-19 patients. While this is not the forum for spreading anecdotal data on what’s working and not working, there is a lot of hope. There are many ways of treating these patients that are evolving almost hourly that are improving outcomes dramatically.Most importantly, THANK YOU FOR STAYING HOME and…AND outside walking where you are following the guidelines of your town/city.As you are well aware these physical distancing measures are literally saving hundreds of thousands to millions of lives in the U.S. alone.You should be very proud of keeping your physical distance.It is totally working.
I cannot refrain from sending a massive hometown THANK YOU to Ohio’s Dr. Amy Acton and Governor Mike DeWine – who held to their convictions and in doing so saved the lives of 10’s of thousands of Ohioans. They, and their team, are defining exemplary leadership and it is beautiful to watch.
PSA. This is a generalization, but you likely have heard, outside of COVID suspects, patients are not going to hospitals near as much as normal. On our cardiology calls, we’re talking about a massive drop in hospital visits for heart attacks. This is also true for just about every other condition.
Our hospitals are doing a fantastic job of keeping everyone safe, but I absolutely understand the fear of going to the hospital right now. There is an intermediate step. If you are dealing with anything that concerns you, PLEASE call your health care team and share your symptoms. Please. That’s why we are on call.
Thank you to ALL our health care heroes. You are giving me goosebumps with your passion for others.
Finally, our virtual WWAD was a huge hit last week with well over a thousand attendees. Thank you Dr. Carnsew. This week is another great one, thank you Dr. Huff (see below). She tackles a very important subject, mindfulness.