United States, Covid Nineteen, Dr Bailey It discussed on NBC Meet the Press
The Sunday. Sit Down podcast. I get together with legendary actor Samuel. L. Jackson to talk about his prolific career in Hollywood and bringing shaft back to theaters. You can get it now for free wherever you download your podcasts. Welcome back the CDC in the White House. Corona virus taskforce aren't talking about it much, but the United States is in the midst of another surge of Kobe, nineteen cases twenty-five states in Puerto Rico. Have seen spikes of more than ten percent over the last two weeks. Overall, we have seen more than two million confirmed cases in the United States and one hundred sixteen thousand people have died since February. What does this all mean for the hopes of getting back to something approaching normal in the near future joining me now our Var allergist, Joseph Air, who recently recovered from Covid Nineteen, an infectious disease physician. Dr He'd. Of Boston. University welcome back to meet the press to both of you Dr. let me start with you. Because I would like you to share a little bit about your recovery from cove nineteen. What should Americans take away from your experience? Well first of all you know I could not have any underlying conditions and you know I'm not like a triathlete or anything like that, but I was generally very healthy could run exercise probably four or five times a week that being said I did not expect if I got covid nineteen that I would get ill because I don't have any of those underlying conditions. I'm forty two years old, so you wouldn't think clinically that I would. Would be one of those people that would get so very ill. I can say that that seven to eight days prior to me hospitalizing myself when I was doing this seventh, the self treatment that was the worst I've ever felt. They probably spent twenty three out of twenty four in bed, and obviously I developed the secondary pneumonia at the end, and so the struggle in reading and everything also I was shocked at how severe my illness! Illness got you know without having those underlying conditions that we've discussed so many times, and so what I would take that is you know everyone that younger everyone that is going out without mask now I'm being very cavalier with that and ignoring this kind of ungoing pandemic, and we use the analogy and the band played on with HIV into response early days. That's really the analogy. We should be using with corona virus right now to a much. Much greater extent, and so those people that are young and think they're invincible or people that just don't think it's going to affect them that greatly, even if they do get it I can say that my own experience was the complete opposite to that it. Really you know I can't say that I had a brush with death, but it was enough to put me in the ICU for four days in the hospital for six is. For. Both of You Dr Patel I to you. We're seeing spikes. In states across the country. We've broken it up by region here and you can clearly see the northeast and the Midwest those are going down, but when you break it up in the south, and the West, both of those curves are going up. What does this tell you Dr? Daily about what we're going? What the rest of the summer is GonNa look like. Check some of the benefits that the states in the south in the West hat is that when the coastal states had their peaks. We all lockdown for some states, we walked down around the same time, and so the lack of movement protected them from that influx and new cases coming in, and now we've all opened up the evidence to me in the south in the West, some of the other places is that we open to early in those states that we didn't have the ability to basically trace down the chain of transmission and stop them once people started mingling again. The most worrisome thing for me is the fact that hospitalizations are going up, you know. Know, we've talked about Arizona. They're about eighty four percent in inpatient bed us. In, in North Carolina, they're they're inching it eighty percents or seventy nine percent, and so it's not just the cases the fact that at this point hospitals are at risk of getting overwhelmed, and that is basically signaling to me that this dates are already behind in these should consider potentially whether they should be rolling back at least not progressing with further reopeing. Should they be rolling back reopening or considering lockdowns in certain counties with a lot of disease activity? You Dr Fair. There's obviously been quarantined fatigue, and you have a whole bunch of local officials and state officials who politically don't want to have to pull back or are tired of doing this. Had we at the beginning had a better more aggressive testing and contact tracing. Could we have been? been able to sort of have regional shutdowns at the beginning of this so that we would then there'd be more comfort today for instance for Texas shut down because they didn't shut down before. Is this back to our initial blindness to where this virus was three months ago? I absolutely and you know I can say you know one of the things that we you and I spoke about very early on was the need for a nationwide shutdown and I explained at the time that unless all do it. It's really moved to do it in one place, and not another, with the United States in our porous borders between the states, and so i. think that you know having not done that early on, we missed a huge opportunity to contained and even potentially radical this virus. We can't truly. Truly eradicate it because we're always going to have travel in and out of the United States and vice versa, but that being said we could have truly mitigated affects, and we missed that opportunity so now we have so many cases that as I said earlier this week that we risk the virus becoming endemic to the United States and that's going to have a lot of derivative effects to it. Such countries banning the United States ended citizens from travelling to it. You know because we're the covid one thousand nine hotspot. So, I was just GonNa. Say Use this word endemic with me the other day. Dr Fair I W- meaning. We're not gonNA. have waves I mean I heard one of the trouble or not at a second wave. No, we're not going to be one long continuous. Until we get the deal with this vaccine at this point. Is that your assessment? You know I just think that we at this point in time we have so many people that have this virus we are not on. We're not not only not putting down. Stricter measures where loosening the measures we had in place. So those cases are going to continue to rise, and once you get past a certain number with a virus like this which can be either see no, we don't see that yet with it. Being seized all, but once it gets so ingrained in the population would. There's there's not a point where we can come back from that other than getting a vaccine in place, and you know they're just means that we're going to have it in the country until the vaccine is here. Dr Bailey It's clear that. We're going to see political rallies and indoor facilities whether public health officials think.