DETROIT – The lack of trust in science and the endless amount of misinformation spread through social media has led America to its current state – a nation still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, unable to vaccinate enough people to stop its spread, the doctor said. Mark Rosenthal is a physician in the emergency department at Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.
And when you work in a hospital, you get nervous when you treat patients who are seriously ill from a virus that can be stopped with a common vaccine.
“When people decide where to get reliable information, whether it’s from Facebook or other websites, it’s very difficult to fight it,” Rosenthal said, also in the Detroit Hospital’s emergency department. A national disaster medical system to help where needed in times of crisis.
Most recently, it was in central Louisiana in August – at the time of the most recent coronavirus outbreak, it was overcrowded with hospitals and not enough health workers to treat them at the Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. helped. At the beginning of the pandemic, he was sent to Wisconsin on a similar mission.
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“We went in and said,‘ What are your needs? What should we do? “And we do it to the best of our ability,” said Rosenthal, 66, who has worked at NDMS for more than two decades. The medical service, created by Congress in the 1980s, involves teams of health workers to help with medical emergencies and fill gaps in the U.S. health care system.
Sometimes it means sleeping in tents or flying to the disaster areas by helicopter, just as it was after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Sometimes this means he is being treated in intensive care. At other times, he helps organize mass vaccination sites, as he did in the spring in California.
But Rosental says his job is not to judge those who do not follow health recommendations for vaccination.
“We came to help people,” Rosenthal said. “We don’t judge whether you should have done it or not. We need medical help. The system responds and provides resources to help that community, or state, or region.”
“I think as a doctor or a doctor, we try to heal. We’re ready to help. Yes, we can feel that people make the wrong decision. If you don’t wear a seat belt, we always say. If you get out of the car, you’re safe.” your chances of staying aren’t very good. But am I treating the patient? Yes. But that may not be enough. “
The same goes for people who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“There are documented cases where people are in the hospital and in the intensive care unit, they’re dying, and they’re still refusing to believe they’re dying of COVID. Then others are saying, ‘I wish I was vaccinated,'” Rosenthal said.
As of Thursday, about 55.5 percent of Americans had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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That’s not enough to end the cycle of illness and death, Rosenthal said. He predicts that the virus will have to be re-introduced in other parts of the U.S. in the coming months as it spreads
“As we vaccinate more and more people, this should happen more often, but right now there are only estimates of how many people should be vaccinated to stop the cycle,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see other ups and downs, especially in cold weather, when we take off people’s masks, in schools, in the workplace, and so on.”
Rosenthal goes back when politics talked about vaccines, mask-wearing requirements, or arguing that people shouldn’t follow mandates because of their freedom to choose to follow health advice as Americans.
“Public health should never be political,” he said. “Public health must be based on what we do for our society, our state, our country, or the whole world.
“One in 500 Americans died of COVID,” Rosenthal said. “I try to talk to people about being patriotic. It really helps your American citizen.”
Now that means vaccination and wearing a mask, he said.
“When people say,‘ I don’t believe in science, ’they believe in science for something else,” Rosenthal said. “Everyone has their own cell phone. It’s from science. You have 60-inch or 80-inch LCD TVs. You have computers, laptops and tablets are very powerful in a very small space. It’s all from technology, it’s based on science.”
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