17 March 2020
If implemented early, Social Distancing can potentially significantly lower the fatality rate off patients and medical staff during a pandemic.
13th March 2020 - Coronavirus fears prompt health officials to ask Australia's leaders to ban events with more than 500 people.
A senior West Australian doctor has called for all schools to be closed soon and for there to be no crowds allowed at events as the coronavirus spreads, declaring he wants his colleagues to stay alive. Coronavirus claims Coast event as others hang in balance
WA Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Andrew Miller posted on social media: "You want to go to the footy? I want my colleagues to stay alive."
Why, in this article, are these doctors saying they want their colleagues to stay alive?
This is why.
Look to Italy as an example. They have one of the best hospitals systems in the world. Their hospitals are well equipped, and they were prepared. The Italian public were also told everything was fine. They had two cases a month and a half ago.
- On the 30th January 2020, had two Chinese tourists who test positive for COVID-19.
- By 24th February 2020, Italy had 229 confirmed cases and 6 fatalities.
- On the 8th March 2020, Italy locked down a region with a population of 16 million people. By this time the number of confirmed cases had risen to 6,387 and deaths had risen to 366.
- By 9th March 2020, Italy went into whole country lock down.
- On 10th March 2020, there were 10,149 confirmed cases and 631 deaths.
Their hospitals systems are now completely overloaded because the virus infection rate is exponential. Their staff are exhausted. They can't treat all the patients. In situations like this, medical staff contract the virus. If you look around the Internet, top Italian medical doctors are telling everyone please don't make the same mistakes we made.
If you don't implement social distancing early in an outbreak, a country's hospital systems can become totally overwhelmed very quickly. This means the fatality rate will increase by a factor of five to ten times or more.
If you implement social distancing in the very early stages of the outbreak, the hospital system has a chance. It spreads the load of infected patients over a longer period of time. This means that the hospitals and staff have a better chance to treat everyone effectively.
Social distancing means a lot more people and medical staff end up surviving the contagion, because many more people were able to get good medical care.
During a pandemic you don't need to wait for a government directive to implement proper social distancing, start implementing it immediately. The sooner social distancing is implemented, the more lives will be saved. Watch this 6.29 minute video. This is what we all need to do. Our personal actions can potentially save a lot of lives.
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