Doctors [500+] Sign Letter to President Trump
5-25-20, WesternJournal * -- With unemployment caused by the government's dictate to shutdown businesses and force the workforce to stay home over the Covid virus scare; it's estimated that there's 20 percent death of despair creeping higher everyday. Five hundred plus medical physicians have written a letter to President Trump calling the shutdown what it is: “a mass casualty incident.”
The letter was written by Dr. Simone Gold, an emergency medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA:
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“During a mass casualty incident, victims are immediately triaged to black, red, yellow or green. The first group, triage level black, includes those who require too many resources to save during a mass crisis. The red group has severe injuries that are survivable with treatment, the yellow group has serious injuries that are not immediately life threatening and the green group has minor injuries. The red group is the one that gets the most attention. Do you think the coronavirus lockdowns will end up costing more lives than they save? Millions of Americans are already at triage level red - these include:
“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error. It is impossible to overstate the short, medium and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown.
“Losing a job is one of life’s most stressful events and the effect on a person’s health is not lessened because it also has happened to 30 million other people. Keeping schools and universities closed is incalculably detrimental for children, teenagers, and young adults for decades to come. The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty and abuse.
"Yes, the number of people who have died of the coronavirus is massive. However, the number of those who will end up dying from a complete shutdown is, as of yet, unknown — and it could end up being just as problematic.
"When stroke evaluations drop 40 percent during the COVID-19 epidemic, there’s a real problem. It’s not that we were suffering from too many stroke evaluations before the virus struck. Instead, it’s caused people to put off necessary medical care, either because of fears of the disease or because that care simply isn’t available.
"Make no mistake: This is a crisis. It’s already too late to stop the deaths of despair and neglect of health that this will cause. The question now is how deep it goes."
Contact information for Dr Gold here
*Excerpted and adapted full original report here
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