Category Archives: COVID-19

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.

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.

Of course there may be retaliation…

Asian News International just Tweeted a comment from President Trump that has a lot of people mistakenly believing that he just threatened India with retaliations if they don’t send us hydroxychloroquine.

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The comment was taken out of context. He was answering a reporter’s question about retaliations against America, in response to our own ban of exports.

Reporter:

“Are you worried about retaliation to your decision to ban export of medical goods, like India’s Prime Minister Modi’s decision to not export hydroxychloroquine to the United States and other countries?”

Trump:

“I don’t like that decision, if that’s… I don’t… I didn’t hear that that was his decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday. We had a very good talk, and we’ll see whether or not that’s his… I would be surprised if he would because, you know, India does very well with the United States. For many years they’ve been taking advantage of the Unites States on trade. So I would be very surprised if that were his decision. He’d have to tell me that. I spoke to him Sunday morning…”

Buried lede: On Sunday, April 5th, PM Modi told President Trump that India would be sending hydroxychloroquine to America.