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Intensive care doctors are our heroes — they remind us to protect yourself and others

As we gradually reopen businesses and the curfew is relaxed, it is not a time to relax our vigilance and safety measures that have allowed us to reduce the infection and death rate from Covid-19 — in Cuenca — and in those parts of the world that have taken measures to protect everyone.

Dr. Michele Parker, a physician in Massachusetts, which had seen one of the highest infection and death rates in the US, notes that the Governor’s decision to require all Massachusetts residents to wear face coverings while out in public or especially in a situation where social distancing (remaining six feet apart) is impractical, is a smart decision.

She says, “the science behind the decision is sound.”

She explains, “The highly contagious coronavirus causing the Covid-19 pandemic is spread through droplets (large particles of moisture that spew out when you cough or sneeze) as well as aerosol particles, very tiny invisible bits of mist that come out of the mouth or nose with talking, singing and breathing. The droplets quickly land on surfaces and flooring, and can be wiped off with disinfectants.

Aerosols remain hanging unseen in the air for hours. Wearing a mask blocks the droplets from spewing and a great proportion of the aerosols from leaking out.”

Dr. Michele Parker, family doctor in Gardner, MA

We have no vaccine or treatment thus far, and the virus is not gone or even weakened. It is virulent and contagious, and wearing a mask protects those around someone who may have an early infection, and masks prevent the spreading of droplets and some of the aerosol particles.

Parker says that yes, at the start of the pandemic it was thought that wearing masks was not necessary, but as the testing and science have evolved it’s been shown that the aerosol droplets are much smaller and remain active in the air much longer than originally thought.

She says, “Instead of seeing social distancing and mask-wearing as a punishment, let’s try to see it as individual heroes doing something awesome for society as a whole. Mass cooperation allows us all to get back to doing our more normal things, while protecting (ourselves) from the virus because it is still around.

The more we can work together this way, the better we will get through this, with more lives saved.” Read more from Dr. Parker here. Read more from the World Health Organization about modes of transmission of the Covid-19 virus here.

An appeal to common sense from those on the front line of caring for victims of Covid-19
The Facebook page ‘Cuenca Expat Assist‘ published this letter from doctors of the intensive care unit of the Hospital Vicente Corral Moscoso.

We want to appeal to the common sense of the people who have taken the lack of confidence as if the pandemic had ended and we had returned to normality before the beginning of this crisis.

Even after so many deaths, worldwide, many citizens do not take seriously that we have to protect ourselves and others, putting the greatest emphasis on the use of masks, gloves and safety distance.

Infection with the coronavirus is not a common cold, after a few beginnings of high fevers, sore throats and tightness in the chest as if your life is going, the worst comes, you need resuscitation.

There is talk of ventilation but many people do not know what it is really about.

It is not an oxygen mask put in your mouth while you enjoy lying down thinking about your life …

Invasive ventilation for COVID19 (intubation performed under general anesthesia) consists of remaining motionless for 2 to 3 weeks, often face down (prone) with a tube in the mouth up to the trachea and allowing it to breathe at the rate of the machine to which it is connected.

You cannot speak, eat, or do anything naturally.

The discomfort and pain you feel require the administration of sedatives and pain relievers to ensure tolerance to the tube.

For as long as the patient needs the machine to breathe he will be in an induced coma, that is, an artificial coma.

In 20 days with this treatment, a young patient has a loss of muscle mass of 40% and the subsequent re-education will be 6 to 12 months, associated with trauma to the mouth or vocal cords.

It is for this reason that elderly or already fragile people cannot endure.

If you read this message so far, we would appreciate it if you could share it so that we all take this seriously, now that they are coming out again … please follow the directions and take it more seriously.

This pandemic ends when the vaccine is found.
En Español

Queremos hacer un llamamiento al sentido comun de las personas que han tomado el desconfinamiento como si se hubiese terminado la pandemia y hubieìsemos vuelto a la normalidad anterior al comienzo de esta crisis.

Todaviìa despueìs de tantos fallecimientos, a nivel mundial, muchos ciudadanos no se toman en serio que tenemos que protegernos y proteger a los demaìs, poniendo el mayor eìnfasis en el uso de mascarillas, guantes y distancia de seguridad.

Infectarse con el coronavirus no es un resfriado comuìn, despueìs de unos comienzos de fiebres altas, dolores de garganta y opresioìn en el pecho como si se te fuera la vida, llega lo peor, necesitas reanimacioìn.

Se habla de ventilacioìn pero mucha gente no sabe de lo que en verdad se trata.

No es una maìscara de oxiìgeno puesto en la boca mientras usted disfruta acostado pensando en su vida…

La ventilacioìn invasiva para el COVID19 (intubacion que se hace bajo anestesia general) consiste en quedarse 2 a 3 semanas sin moverse, muchas veces boca abajo (decuìbito prono) con un tubo en la boca hasta la traìquea y que le permite respirar al ritmo de la maìquina a la que estaì conectado.

Usted no puede hablar, ni comer, ni hacer nada de manera natural.

La molestia y el dolor que siente necesitan de la administracioìn de sedantes y analgeìsicos para asegurar la tolerancia al tubo.

Durante el tiempo que el paciente necesite la maìquina para respirar estaraì en un coma inducido, esto es, un coma artificial.

En 20 diìas con este tratamiento, un paciente joven llega a tener una peìrdida de masa muscular de un 40% y la posterior reeducacioìn seraì de 6 a 12 meses, asociado a traumatismos de la boca o de las cuerdas vocales.

Es por esta razoìn que las personas ancianas o ya fraìgiles no aguantan.

Si llegastes a leer este mensaje hasta aquiì, te agradeceriìamos que lo compartieras para que entre todos nos tomemos en serio esto, ahora que se estaìn volviendo a salir…que sigan por favor las indicaciones y se lo tomen maìs en serio.

Esta pandemia termina cuando se encuentre la vacuna.


28 thoughts on “Intensive care doctors are our heroes — they remind us to protect yourself and others

  1. Some people will argue with a rock though! Let’s just hope they are the ones that are selected to have to cope and not those that try and practice safety.

    1. “try to”, not “try and”.

      I just wanted to give you something to whine about all day. Have at it.

      1. You are wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong in what I wrote.
        Your comment is a good example of someone trying to play the role of being intelligent but failing miserably.

        1. Sure, you can write “try and” if you want to sound illiterate, but more erudite people use “try to” as it is the correct phrase. If you want to defend your ignorance you can also do that, but if you have any integrity you will just admit you wrote a less acceptable form of the phrase and move along.

        2. Do you, him who hides behind his downvotes, sleep in the same bed as “Mr. Tryandcorrecteveryone?” Gives circle jerk a whole new meaning.

          1. “He who hides”, not “him who hides”.

            I see you are talking to yourself again.

            1. You need to go back to school. Nothing wrong with the statement. Absolutely correct.

            2. You have failed again at using proper punctuation while trying to correct a post.
              Again, Mr. Thesaurus who “thinks” but does not “know” what he is talking about. Just because you throw around a few non-typical words to try and impress people you must get your punctuation correct or the audience will know you are a blow-hard.

  2. Can everyone in the expat community volunteer to sign a waiver so they don’t put us on ventilators?

    “emphasis on the use of masks, gloves and safety distance.”

    Those doctors don’t read Jeanne,

    The COE nacional does not recommend either disinfecting tunnels or gloves for COVID-19 prevention because allergic reactions and health conditions that can result from exposure to the distinfecting chemicals

  3. This is the reason I keep about 50 Tramal on hand. That sounds worse than doing my income taxes and anything that is worse than doing my income taxes I don’t want to live through.

    1. The liquid drops for sublingual use are more convenient and are easily carried around in your pocket.

        1. Any drug store. Just ask for Tramal Gotas. The tiny 10 ml bottle will fit anywhere and in the common concentration, there is 1ml per 10 drops and each ml contains 100 mg. of tramadol. Sublingual absorption will yield faster pain relief than pill form. Of course another benefit is that tramadol doesn’t compromise renal function as does most NSAID’s.

          1. So what you are saying is you can just tip the bottle up and you are good to go. Actually I use the 50 long. I’ll have to check into that. Thanks

    2. Ed, I have thought about committing suicide but I am not sure how that will play when we are being judged. Any thoughts on the matter?

      1. I’ve got so much tipping the scale as it is I figure this would just be one more straw on the camels back.

  4. Gloves are cross contaminating everything you touch, just like your hands do. I hope everyone takes this serious, and continues the mask, hand washing, and sanitizer when you are not able to wash your hands.
    If you don’t care about yourself, care about others.

  5. I’m not afraid of dying. I’ll go home to be with The Lord. I’m more afraid of the medical profession from firsthand experience. My friend is comforting her friend now, whose father died a few days ago. He was not sick with anything, but died of a heart attack. They claim he had antibodies for this “virus.” COVID was put on the death certificate so the hospital can collect more money.

    1. “I’ll go home to be with The Lord.”

      Perhaps you are being overly optimistic about which direction you will be traveling after you die.

      Then you write this: “I’m more afraid of the medical profession from firsthand experience.”
      Firsthand experience? You go on to talk about a friend whose father has died and that doesn’t sound like first hand experience to me. It sounds like hearsay.

      Do you want us to pretend to ignore the fact that you say you’re not afraid to die but then you go on to relate something about being fearful of medical care that will result in your death? Sounds like you’re afraid of something. Can you explain the incongruity?

      1. Is it possible for you to read her comment and keep your mouth shut? She doesn’t need to be attacked and bullied by anyone, especially you, because she expressed her faith in God.

        1. It seems to me that you have conflated Ken’s comment with being a condemnation of Hosler’s faith in God. Give it some thought and you may be able to see that he didn’t chide her for her faith in God, but for her lack of logic.

          You are quickly gaining a reputation as the biggest whiner on this site and there is no dearth of whiners for you to compete against. Is this really an ignominious award you want to garner?

    2. Judy, I like your post and I wish more people would say what they feel. Don’t fear the resident attacker, he is a sissy and would never come out and let people know who he is!
      God is good. Thanks for being real!

  6. You blocked this? Is Ken the moderator today?
    You need to get a life! First, you are wrong. It is fine to use in casual writing, “colloquial speech.”
    If you want to nit pick, why don’t you use complete sentences?
    When you try and correct others it would help if you knew what you were talking about.

    1. You have written this: “Judy, I like your post and I wish more people would say what they feel.”

      I’m confused. When Ken or others say what they feel, that isn’t acceptable to you. Did you mean to say that you wish more people would post comments that you agree with? That seems a bit hypocritical to me. Wouldn’t you agree?

  7. Have you ever considered commenting about the posted article or do you enjoy being a troll, constantly attacking others because you “think” they said, misspelled, or used incorrect punctuation?
    Would you like someone to behave like you are behaving, bullying, and generally attacking you?

  8. Why would someone attack a lady on here that is trying to express her faith in God? It’s ok to go to extremes in attacking others, but this? Give me a break!

    1. “On hear”? Oh, Francis, you leave yourself open to such ridicule because you don’t proof read, and then you cry that you are being picked on because someone corrects you. Why not just diffuse the criticism for writing something like “Thank you for taking the time to correct me” and move on?

      You claim another poster doesn’t comment on the articles themselves, but I count 7 posts you have made on this particular thread and only one of them could be obliquely construed as being a comment on the article itself. Doesn’t that make you somewhat hypocritical?

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