Letters to the Editor

Letter: Looking for COVID-19 answers

To the Editor:

Day after day, I see and hear on television news, and read in newspapers, including the Northwest Herald, a lot of statistics on the populations of various units of government, cities, counties and states, and the number of cases, deaths, and people tested.

All of that information is useless to me, unless I know what each of those statistics must be in order to completely reopen our cities, counties, and states. How long must the curve be flattened?

Have these benchmark been set, or are they continuing to evolve a the whim of chosen medical advisors, including epidemiologist, and government officials? The governor of Chicago (Illinois) and the mayor of Chicago always say the same thing in public statements. The governor of Chicago (Illinois), message never varies from the mayor's, even though he represents a state 390 miles long by 210 miles wide.

If there are set benchmarks for Chicago, has the governor of Chicago (Illinois), set benchmarks for the one hundred plus other counties in Illinois? Does the governor of Chicago (Illinois) consult with the elected leaders and medical leaders of the other 101 counties as he does those of Cook County (Chicago) For instance, what are the benchmarks for those counties with 0 or less than 10 deaths? Must more die to meet the benchmark?

In a related matter, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Memorial, have decided that the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin treatment will only be given on an inpatient basis as part of a clinical trial or as an emergency or “compassionate care” use.

That is, other than for a clinical trial, it is only given as a last resort. Since NW Medicine is the primary medical care giver in McHenry County, the treatment would not be available to me on an outpatient basis, if I tested positive for the virus.

What MD or hospital could I go to get the treatment on an out-patient basis if I tested positive for the virus and was directed to be confined to my home?

Jon Gealow

McHenry

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