So far so good

I don’t know what to tell you. As Trump works daily to save his presidency, we sit here and watch the drama unfold.

I’m in my house for the most part. I’m a trauma surgeon. I’m still in the hospital – some. I’m still taking trauma call. But with people mostly staying at home, trauma volumes are down. We aren’t seeing the number of motor vehicle crashes and motorcycle crashes that we normally do. We are seeing tons of ATV crashes. We are taking care of more stabbings and gunshot wounds.

I’m following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) just like everyone else. I’m reading. There are tons of stories but not a lot of data. I’m posting West Virginia Covid-19 maps on my other blog.

Finally, we need to be thoughtful about opening up the state or the country. It seems to me that we a comprehensive testing program. I really don’t want to sit on a crowded airplane with a guy sitting next to me, coughing up coronavirus. I don’t want to sit in a movie theater and hear the dude behind me cough. Sure, we have had coughing in public before but that we a cold. That was something that I have antibodies against. That’s something that my body knows how to fight off, at least at some level. My body knows nothing about Covid-19. Nothing. We need tons more testing. The testing needs to fast, easy and free!! We need quick turn around times on these tests. If I get tested in the morning, I need results that afternoon. That’s how we can safely open up the country. We also need public health officials to be able to track down those who are positive. If you test and test positive, you have to stay home until you are no longer infectious.

Be well. Be safe. WE can get thru this together.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.

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A Letter to America

The Thirteeneth Juror

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