COVID-19 Progress is one of the few graphs that show success as a downward trend. “Onwards and Downwards” is the mantra of success when it comes to viruses. “The earth’s the limit”, “Reach for the ground”, “Over the bottom”, are the cries of success these days.
The latest sign of success is that there has been great advancement in testing. Even our little part of the country with its 26 and holding cases is in the process of adding a second mobile testing station for drive-by evaluations. A clean Monday marked our fifth day of “no new cases”. Again success is a negative.
The tests, however, are looking for an upward trend, or a gain. The gain they are looking for is a gain in antibodies. Antibodies also known as an immunoglobulin is a large, Y-shapedprotien produced mainly by plasma cells that are used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus. Apparently the antibodies exist in a healthy immune system. “Onward and downwards and upwards again” is our new battle cry.
WHAT IS NORMAL ANYWAY?
The President and his Coronavirus Task Force addressed the country yesterday (April 16, 2020) unveiling their plan for the return to NORMAL. The main criteria that must be met before embarking on any of the three steps is that the area (Community, City, County or State), must have been free of new COVID-19 cases for the previous 14 days. See https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/ for complete information on the report.
Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period
Downward trajectory of covid-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period
Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period
Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests)
Treat all patients without crisis care
Robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing
After completion of each step, the above criteria must be re-met to insure no new virus infections have occurred. Some areas of the United States are ready for Phase 1 now, some areas, like New York/New Jersey, won’t be ready for phase 1 for some time to come. The very positive take-away from the President’s plan, is that “THE PLAN IS AFOOT”. Way to go America.
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