The beach crowds at Spring Break (whose partiers brought back Covid - 19 to their colleges)
The crowds on Bourbon Street during the St. Patrick's Day block long alcohol-hazed night.
The oblivious crowds at D.C.'s Cherry Blossom Festival ...
American young people seem blissfully ambling into the arms of our most recent plague.
Last check before my weekend hospital gauntlet,
Louisiana was reporting 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the highest numbers in the country.
Ten people had died.
The majority of cases are in New Orleans, which now has one confirmed case for every 1,000 residents.
New Orleans had held Mardi Gras celebrations just two weeks before its first patient, with more than a million revelers on its streets.
A respiratory therapist there told a shuddering story to a reporter.
Many of his patients are relatively young, in their 40s and 50s,
and have minimal, if any, preexisting conditions in their charts.
He is overwhelmed, stunned by the manifestation of the infection, both its speed and intensity.
" This is knocking out what should be perfectly fit, healthy people.
Patients will be on minimal support, on a little bit of oxygen, and then all of a sudden,
they go into complete respiratory arrest, shut down and can’t breathe at all.”
“It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad.
I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is not the flu.’
Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube and out of his mouth.
"The coronavirus patients have been having a lot of secretions that are actually pink
because they’re filled with blood cells that are leaking into their airways.
They are essentially drowning in their own blood and fluids because their lungs are so full.
So we’re constantly having to suction out the secretions every time we go into their rooms.”
“Before this, we were all joking. It was grim hospital humor.
If you are exposed to the virus and test positive and go on quarantine, you get paid.
We were all joking: I want to get the coronavirus because then I get a paid vacation from work.
But once I saw these patients with it, I was like,
‘Holy shit, I do not want to catch this and I don’t want anyone I know to catch this.’
New CDC data reveals that 40% of those hospitalized with the coronavirus
were from age 2o to 54.
This is a novel (brand new) virus ...
There is NO TEXTBOOK for it.
Researchers and physicians are learning as they go,
while the virus seems to be changing the rules as it mutates.
Do what you can to stay well. Be vigilant, be prudent, be safe.
NO ONE IS IMMUNE