Protect Our Healthcare Workers By Staying Away From Others

Saturday, April 4, 2020

I am a retired anesthesiologist and I would like to appeal to each of you to practice social isolation.  Anesthesia workers have the highest rate of contracting the coronavirus of any health care providers.  The group that I retired from has two confirmed cases and others being tested.  This is while we are at the very beginning of the surge in cases. 

There is inadequate testing for the virus, not enough protective equipment for my friends, and limitations in ventilators.The best tool we have to prevent new cases is staying away from other people.

The more infected people, the more we lose our health care providers.  When you become very ill you expect emergency treatment. 

This virus frequently presents as respiratory failure or cardiac arrest.  These both require a breathing tube to be placed by us or other trained physicians.  This is one of the largest factors in our acquisition of the virus. 

Without these physicians or without enough ventilators, the results are obvious.  A death by respiratory failure is truly awful.

Protect these heroes, the heroic medical personnel who want to help you and your family.  You must do your part and maintain separation from others.  Thank you.

Gary Smith MD


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Opinion

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Breaking News

Tennessee Aquarium Announces Phased Reopening Plans

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Employees at the Hamilton County Courthouse on Monday shut down at mid-day ahead of another wave of expected protestors. Trustee Bill Hullander said the action was taken after there was word that a protest would be held at 1:30 p.m. on the Courthouse grounds. He said, "We did not want to take a chance on something happening to one of our employees as they left to go home." ... (click for more)

Sports

CFC Hopes Turmoil Will Lead To Positive Change

The Chattanooga Football Club released a statement regarding the protests occurring within the city. It reads: “Chattanooga FC is, and always will be, a community club. From the beginning, our sole focus was to bring Chattanooga together, all of Chattanooga, from all races, creeds, and classes. It pains us that throughout our nation many fear for those lives ... (click for more)

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