Op-Ed

Miami medical pros: ‘We need every last one of you to do your part’ to fight coronavirus | Opinion

Hello, people of Miami,

We are your emergency-room doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Most of you have met us, one way or another. We might have cared for you, your child, your parent or someone else you love. We are of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages and political persuasions. Some of us were born here, others have adopted Miami as our home. But we are all united in our love for this unique and beautiful city and its diverse population.

We’ve never written a letter to you before, but we’ve never experienced a crisis like the one we are currently facing. We are the people who are witnessing first-hand the impact that COVID-19 is having on people in our community and we have seen a frighteningly rapid increase in the number of people with severe and life-threatening respiratory illnesses coming into our emergency rooms. The low number of confirmed cases in published reports does not show the true number of people who have been infected by the virus in Miami, or anywhere else in the United States, for that matter. It only reflects that we are far behind where we should be in testing.

All of us expect that if, and when, COVID-19 testing reaches the appropriate levels, the number of confirmed cases will explode. What we have seen in the emergency rooms in Miami confirms what is being reported from other American cities: Young and otherwise healthy people are also becoming severely ill from COVID-19. This is not just a problem for the elderly and chronically ill. It is a dangerous threat to all of us.

One of the most insidious aspects of this epidemic is that it draws strength from people’s skepticism and feelings of invulnerability. If people need to personally experience COVID-19 by having a loved one or close friend infected in order to take this crisis seriously, then it will be too late and we will suffer the full brunt of this epidemic. The worst-case scenarios indicate that over a million Americans may eventually die of COVID-19 if we are unable to control its spread. We have had the good fortune not to be the first country to be affected, and we have seen the devastation the virus can cause in countries where it spirals out of control. We have also seen that social distancing has been very successful in reducing the spread of the virus and the death rate in many Asian countries.

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Every close interaction between people creates a risk of virus transmission by microscopic droplets that can travel up to six feet from a carrier’s nose and mouth. The virus remains alive on surfaces for up to three days. It is virtually impossible to avoid being exposed to the virus if one comes in contact with a carrier. Since many carriers have no symptoms at all, we must avoid all unnecessary contact with everyone that we are not currently living with.

As difficult as it is, we must learn to live with a minimum of in-person social interactions until the epidemic is under control. We are all going to have to sacrifice a great deal temporarily for a better future for ourselves and the most vulnerable among us. The more determinedly we practice social distancing now, the sooner we can end this epidemic and get back to our normal lives. If we choose to ignore the danger and try to live the same way as always we risk allowing this epidemic to overwhelm our healthcare system the way it has in northern Italy, with thousands of people dying in hospital hallways without even the comfort of having their families nearby.

We are a large and diverse group of medical professionals. Pretty much the only thing we all see eye to eye on is that we want our community to stay as healthy as possible, and we want to see as few people as possible needing our services. We have no other agenda, and absolutely no reason to mislead you. Understand and believe that this is the worst health crisis that we who are living now have ever faced. We need every last one of you to do your part to help us kick this virus out of Miami, out of America and off our planet forever.

Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.

Sebastian Abdelnur MD, Baptist Health

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