We all want this crisis to be over as fast as humanly possible. We all want to get back to our jobs, lives and friends. Heck we just want to give each other a collective hug but, you know, “social distancing.”
Right now a lot of people are looking for guidance. None of us has ever been in this situation (at least not those of us who have lived in the United States our entire lives). So it is completely natural for us to be searching for some form of guidance and stability.
Most of us are likely wondering: when will this all be over? What do we really have to do to make it out safely to the other side? What should I be doing to protect myself and my family?
While I cannot answer all of these questions definitively, I can give some guidance about the things that we need to do as a whole to solve this pandemic
There are really only four things that we should be focusing on right now to get this problem solved:
1. Quarantine sick and their contacts. This is an ancient practice which simply means strict isolation. Literally it comes from the word “quaranta” which is Italian for “40.” Think 40 days. It worked during the bubonic plague, and it will work in this situation. The countries such as China and South Korea used this tactic aggressively and it worked.
2. Testing, testing and more testing. It’s hard to emphasize this enough. Our country has been behind the curve with regard to testing. Now we are trying to scramble to get tests to the right locations. There are enormous bottlenecks in various locales and the pandemic continues to spread. Often the tests are rationed (unless you are an NBA basketball player). In reality if we could test the entire population and figure out who is a carrier who is not we would be able to develop much more specific and productive social isolation strategies. We will talk in other posts about some testing strategies that some in our group have helped develop to more rapidly test large numbers of individuals. As it stands currently these tactics need to be much more widespread in order to get a handle on this pandemic. It has been a major failure of the early efforts to clear Corona virus.
3. Wear more PPE gear. If every citizen had their own PAPR suit/ stock pile of PPE this pandemic would not be anywhere near as impactful as it has already been. There are vast shortages of PPE currently and supply chains are paralyzed. Jaffer is currently working to change this situation, however this takes time. In the future we are going to need to plan for this much better. Vastly more PPE would protect everyone and slow this spread to a halt.
4. Treatment. I applaud all doctors who are rapidly developing new treatment protocols and experimenting with medications such as Plaquenil/ chloroquine. We are going to learn a lot about various treatments in this epidemic and hopefully this will help get people better, faster.
By: Matthew DiPaola