What progressives are ignoring about COVID-19’s impact on ethnic minority groups

The progressive movement is so hyper-focused on framing every crisis with a Green New Deal lens that they are ignoring genuine medical concerns that people of color should be paying attention to during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Poverty and pollution are not the only reasons why the SARS-CoV-2 virus is having such a devastating impact on our black and brown communities. The Coronavirus is, indeed, discriminating against people who carry the sickle cell trait (SCT).

The Sickle Cell Disease Association sent out a provider alert on April 10th with recommended precautions and treatment protocols for SCD patients who test positive for COVID-19. Download: SCDAA Advisory

People with ancestry from Africa, Asia, India, Indigenous America, Latin America, Mediterranean, and Middle East regions are all potential carriers of sickle cell trait. Source: Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Under most circumstances, people with SCT do not develop sickle cell anemia, have enough normal hemoglobin to prevent the cells from becoming sickle-shaped. Without the sickling, red blood cells behave as they should, transporting oxygen-rich blood to the tissues and organs in the body.” Source: Healthline.

The sickling of erythrocytes (red blood cells) in SCT carriers only happens in unusual circumstances. Source: National Institute of Health.

Unusual circumstances that can trigger RBC sickling include extreme conditions such as high altitude, severe dehydration, or very high intensity physical activity. Source: American Society of Hematology.

SCT athletes are at high risk to RBC sickling due the added strain on their bodies. Source: NCAA Sport Science Institute.

The rapid decrease of oxygenated hemoglobin at high altitudes can be especially devastating to SCT carriers. Source: National Institute of Health.

COVID-19 patients are experiencing decreases in 02 saturation similar to that of patients suffering from high altitude sickness. Source: WebMD.

Hematologists are warning that more sickle cell related research needs to be done in the battle against the Coronavirus, widespread treatment protocols need to be established for COVID-19 positive SCD patients, and we to need ramp up blood drives. Source: Boston Medical Center.

UN Report on NW Syria School and Hospital Bombings

The United Nations recently completed their investigation of what had been reported in the press as the “wholesale slaughter of innocents” in northwest Syria. Of the seven incidents, the UN Board determined that only one had actually resulted in civilian deaths, and the evidence suggested that either opposition rebels or al-Qaeda affiliates were to blame.

Martyr Akram Ali Ibrahim Al-Ahmad Secondary School in Madiq Castle, Governorate of Hama, on 28 April 2019.

No deaths.

Rakaya Primary Health Care Centre in Rakaya Sijneh, Governorate of Idlib, on 3 May 2019.

No deaths.

Kafr Nabutha Primary Health Care Centre and Surgical Unit in Kafr Nabutha, Governorate of Hama, on 7 May 2019.

No deaths.

Deaths and injuries occurring at, Nayrab Palestine Refugee Camp in Aleppo, Governorate of Aleppo, on 14 May 2019.

11 persons were killed, and several people were injured. “The Board found that it was probable that the strike was carried out either by armed opposition groups or by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, noting that the vast majority of the evidence provided to it was to that effect.”

As-Suqylabiyah National Hospital in As-Suqylabiyah, Governorate of Hama, on 26 May 2019.

No deaths.

Kafr Nobol Surgical Hospital in Kafr Nobol, Governorate of Idlib, on 4 July 2019.

No deaths.

Ariha Protection Centre in Ariha, Governorate of Idlib, on 28 July 2019.

No deaths.

Source: ReliefWeb.

No more DOA’s

It is untrue that first responders have been told to stop doing CPR on heart attack victims.

In her latest attempt to influence the public against a concerted effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Kim Iversen has distorted truth to convince people that public health efforts to limit exposure would supposedly end up killing more people.

According to Kim, EMT’s are being told to stop providing CPR services to heart attack victims. The way she words the narrative leads one to believe that EMT’s are turning their backs on adult heart attack victims and leaving them to die, because they are afraid to be contaminated.

Fact: EMT’s already use special equipment and practice CPR precautions to protect themselves from HIV and airborne pathogens. Contamination would not be a concern.

Fact: EMT’s are not being told to deny CPR. Under normal circumstances, heart attack victims are immediately transported to hospitals, CPR is accomplished enroute, and continued by ER staff upon arrival. For hospitals now over encumbered by COVID-19, EMT’s are now being told to instead complete CPR on site, and to not bring DOA’s back to the hospital. Trauma victims are still being given CPR enroute, since they would require more services that should not be delayed.