NYC Doctor worries about re-opening: “We can’t let our guard down”

first_imgPeopleImages/iStockBY: LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER(NEW YORK) — Dr. Sujana Chandrashaker, a top ear, nose, and throat specialist in New York and northern New Jersey, started reading about COVID-19 in medical journals and began tracking the virus clinically in early March. She was shocked and scared by what she saw.Dr. Chandrashaker spoke to ABC’s Cheri Preston, the host of ABC News’ “Perspective’ Podcast, about what she’s experienced and say’s there is a fear in the city that is similar to the time after 9/11, but there is a major difference between the two. “After 9/11, we were all in it together. We were not a danger to each other, we weren’t going to bring 9/11 home to our families. With this I have to tell you, I was so anxious that today was going to be my last healthy day on Earth for the first two weeks of this,” she said. Governors across the country are beginning to re-open their states, allowing residents to go to places like restaurants, barbershops, and malls, despite warnings from health officials, who say they virus could spread further. Dr. Chandrashaker says the battle between politics and medicine is hurting our society, but she understands why there is a push to re-open.“We can’t keep our country and our world closed forever. People have to eat. People have to work. People need the mental health of getting away from their families for some amount of time during the day. Our kids need the mental health break of being with their friends of doing all the things that we used to do a month ago, she said.”She says we can’t let our guard down as we go back to more normal activities. “As we start opening our world for commerce, we need to know that we still need to physically distance ourselves. We still need to be six feet from other people, and we still need to be wearing a mask. We still need to be wearing gloves even if we go shopping and we still need to wash our hands for 20 seconds, that’s going to happen for a long time. Americans are not used to wearing masks in life and we have to get used to doing that, she said.”Eventually, offices and other workplaces will re-open as more restrictions are lifted. Dr. Chandrashaker says if workers are stressed, or have anxiety, about being close to co-workers then they shouldn’t be forced to go back in.“I think if you don’t have to go in and you’ve been working from home, why shouldn’t you continue? If you are getting all the work of your company done and you don’t have to be there, and you can be on a conference call and you can be on a Zoom call and you can be this and you can be that. I think we’re actually going to see a difference in the way a significant percentage of businesses do business, she said.”In her world changes have already started with doctors seeing patients via telemedicine and she says even more changes will come. “We are all making our waiting rooms safer, our schedules lighter, so that we can, in fact, see fewer people. You don’t have that stereotypical waiting room of a doctor’s office where everyone’s leafing through the same magazines and coughing on each other. That’s not going to happen again, she said.”Even with the new set up, having patients come into an office might be the last resort for doctors. “I can see you by telemedicine and then say, you know what, I want to do this treatment. And if you’re not feeling better when we meet again by telemedicine, I really do need you to come in and because you are elderly or have an underlying disease, you’re gonna be the 8:00 patient. So you’re going to get in, get out and leave, she said.”She already has a plan for her Wayne, New Jersey office if she needs to be in the room with a patient. “You’re gonna wait in your car and we’re gonna call you in your car and tell you when to come upstairs. You’re even just going to like race through the waiting room and get right into the exam room and then race back out and do all the paperwork. All the front desk work can be done remotely. Frankly, I think we’re going to go through a full cycle of this, which means we’re going to go through essentially a year of this, she said.”All across the country, we see people having more empathy for their fellow citizens, whether it’s wearing a mask to protect someone on the street, or reaching out to someone alone and isolated. Dr. Chandrashaker thinks this needs to continue, especially for the healthcare workers fighting the virus.“I think we have to know that there’s going to be a lot of recovery, whether it’s physical recovery. I will tell you, I mean, the clapping for the healthcare workers, it’s really wonderful. We will need help for a long time. None of us signed up for a constant flow of death and destruction. I think the fact that we are seeing such positive outpouring of affection from people is really helping the health care workers, the frontline workers, she said.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Protective of religious beards, Israel to produce fitted face masks

first_imgHealth Ministry deputy director-general Itamar Grotto said masks would be adapted accordingly.”We are creating an industrial certification for masks, which means that in a few days there will really be masks of different sizes,” he told Army Radio.”…[So] those with beards will be able to use the appropriate masks.”A spokesman for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has said it might consider issuing a ruling permitting religious Jews to shave if the ministry were to deem it necessary.Grotto said seeking a rabbinical dispensation to remove facial hair was “not on the agenda right now”. Israelis who have beards for religious reasons will get the option of custom-made face masks to protect them from the coronavirus rather than being told to shave, a government official said on Monday.As part of measures to combat the epidemic, Israeli authorities last week told people to cover their mouths and noses in public.Many of the country’s Jews and Muslims, and some Christian clergymen, wear beards as a mark of faith, and the order raised questions as to how facial hair would be accommodated. Topics :last_img read more

Former Cal State Fullerton player Chris Devenski gets the win for Astros on wild night

first_img Miller: Dodgers and Astros go back and forth to give us a series Related Articles Whicker: Astros’ late win gives this World Series some fire George Springer ends slump emphatically, as Astros’ late power leads to key victory “I had a changeup grip there,” Devenski said. “It kind of slipped on me.”Quipped Hinch: “Laz was perfectly positioned, right where we wanted him.”Devenski collected himself to get out of that inning. After the Astros regained the lead in the 11th, he got through the bottom of the inning, although he allowed a solo homer to Charlie Culberson.“It’s special,” Devenski said of the outing. “I’ll never forget it.” LOS ANGELES — Chris Devenski came to the World Series with a brief postseason history that was, by his own admission, marked by nerves that caused him to pitch poorly.Now, he says he’s not only past that, but he’s got a World Series victory to show for it.“The nerves are gone,” the Houston Astros right-hander said after finishing the Astros’ 7-6, 11-inning victory in Game 2 on Wednesday night. “I was able to overcome them.”A product of Gahr High and Cal State Fullerton, Devenski began the World Series with the added element of pitching in front of his Southern California friends and family. WATCH: Corey Seager puts Dodgers ahead with 2-run HR Astros outlast Dodgers in drama-filled Game 2 to even World Series center_img WATCH: George Springer HR leads Astros to win; Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa hit back-to-back HRs Watch Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe score the tying run in the 10th inning Adrian Gonzalez rejoins Dodgers after return from Italy Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers split, lose to Houston Astros in Game 2 of the 2017 World Series But he came in having allowed four runs in three innings so far in the postseason, enough that some may have lost faith in him.Not Manager A.J. Hinch, though.“My confidence hasn’t wavered,” Hinch said before Game 2. “I’ll put him in the game in the most important spots, because of the weapons, the demeanor he has, the confidence that our team has. It’s always nice to come off of a good outing and feel you can build some momentum off that.”Hinch was referring to the perfect inning Devenski pitched at the end of the Astros’ Game 1 loss. The next time he took the mound was in the 10th inning of Game 2, just after the Dodgers had rallied to tie the score against closer Ken Giles.Devenski nearly blew it, when his errant pickoff throw to second was headed for center field. Fortunately for him, he was saved from a potentially catastrophic error because the throw hit umpire Laz Diaz. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more