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Updated: July 9, 2020 12:00 PM
Employee test positive for Covid-19, Strip District Meats, Inc., 2123 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
Strip District Meats, Inc., 2123 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
July 9, 2020 12:00 PM
“An employee at Strip District Meats along Penn Avenue in Pittsburg tested positive for COVID-19
Source: pittsburgh.cbslocal.com ”
July 8, 2020 12:00 PM
“Company name: Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Brand name: Lupin
Product recalled: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, 500mg and 1000mg
Reason of the recall: N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Impurity
FDA Recall date: July 08, 2020
Recall details: Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is voluntarily ... recalling all batches of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg and 1000mg to the consumer level. As part of the ongoing assessment and continuation of the dialog with the FDA, additional analysis revealed that certain tested batches were above the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit for the impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all batches of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg and 1000mg in the US. To date, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
Risk Statement: NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables.
Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP is a prescription oral medication indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg and 1000mg is packaged in 60, 90 and 100 count bottles and was distributed nationwide in the US to wholesalers, distributors, drug chain, mail order pharmacies and supermarkets. The recalled NDC’s are included in the table below:
- Product: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP/ Strength: 500mg/ NDC: 68180-338-01 / Distribution Dates: 11/21/2018 - 05/27/2020
- Product: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP/ Strength: 1000mg/ NDC: 68180-339-09 / Distribution Dates: 11/21/2018 - 05/27/2020
- Product: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP/ Strength: 500mg/ NDC: 68180-336-07 / Distribution Dates: 11/05/2018 - 05/22/2020
- Product: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP/ Strength: 1000mg/ NDC: 68180-337-07 / Distribution Dates: 11/05/2018 - 05/22/2020
Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is notifying its wholesalers, distributors, drug chain, mail order pharmacies and supermarkets by phone and through recall notification and is arranging for the return of all the recalled product NDC’s.
Patients taking Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg and 1000mg, are advised to continue taking their medication and contact their pharmacist, physician, or medical provider for advice regarding an alternative treatment. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, it could be dangerous for patients with this serious condition to stop taking their metformin without first talking to their health care professionals.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
Baxter International Inc. Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg - recalled due to N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), USA
July 6, 2020 4:00 PM
“Company name: Baxter International Inc.
Brand name: Granules
Product recalled: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg
Reason of the recall: N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
FDA Recall date: July 06, 2020
Recall details: Company Announcement Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cha ... ntilly, VA is voluntarily recalling twelve (12) lots of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg, 100 and 500 count bottles within expiry to the consumer level due to the detection of NNitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels above the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit. Granules’ test results showed NDMA levels above the FDA acceptable limit in one (1) out of the twelve (12) batches distributed to the US market. All other batches continue to remain within the specifications. Out of abundance of caution Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has decided to voluntarily recall all twelve (12) of the distributed lots within expiry of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg from the market. Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events that have been confirmed to be directly related to this recall as of the date of this letter. Granules Metformin Hydrochloride Immediate-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg, 850 mg & 1000 mg and Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg are not affected by this recall. Risk Statement: NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables. Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg are indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg lots subject to the recall is identified in the table below. Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 750 mg
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
Meat Up BBQ, 1450 N Kraemer Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870, USA
June 29, 2020 12:00 PM
“An employee at Meat Up BBQ in Placentia have tested positive for COVID-19.
Source: ocregister.com ”
1,500 employees test positive for Covid-19, Rheda-Wiedenbrück, In der Mark 2, Rheda 33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany
Rheda-Wiedenbrück, In der Mark 2, Rheda 33378 Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany
June 28, 2020 12:00 PM
“More than 1,500 Tönnies employees at the Rheda-Wiedenbrück meatpacking plant tested positive for COVID-19
Source: business-humanrights.org ”
Burger King, 290 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA, Burger King, 290 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA
Burger King, 290 S Main St, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA
June 22, 2020 11:34 AM
“Thanks for serving my cousin some raw chicken meat! One bite of raw ... elyhq.com/product/chicken#scroll" title="Product: Chicken">chicken meat wont hurt right? ”
Employee test positive for COVID-19, Meat Market Steakhouse Tampa, 1606 W Snow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
Meat Market Steakhouse Tampa, 1606 W Snow Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
June 17, 2020 12:00 PM
“An employee at Meat Market Steakhouse Tampa at 1606 W. Snow Ave. in South Tampa’s Hyde Park Village has tested positive for Covid-19.
Source: baynews9.c ... om ”
Employee test positive for COVID-19, Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, 319 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop, 319 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
June 15, 2020 12:00 PM
“An employee at Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop on Hopkins Avenue in Aspen has tested positive for COV ... ID-19.
Source: aspendailynews.com ”
Bone fragment in Carl Budding meat packets, Cash Saver Food Outlet, Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA, USA
Cash Saver Food Outlet, Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA, USA
June 15, 2020 2:43 PM
“Bone fragment in Carl Budding meat packets. Mixed chicken and ... om/product/honey#scroll" title="Product: Honey">honey ham so not sure which one. ”
Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets - recalled due to Detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), USA
June 11, 2020 1:00 PM
“Company name: Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Brand name: Lupin
Product recalled: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-release Tablets
Reason of the recall: Detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
FDA Recall date: June 11, 2020
Recall details: Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is voluntarily recalling Met ... formin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP (generic equivalent of Fortamet®), 500mg, lot G901203 to the consumer level. FDA analysis revealed that this lot exceeded the Acceptable Daily Intake Limit for the impurity N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). To date, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
Risk Statement: NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables. Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg is a prescription oral medication indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is packaged in a bottle containing 60 tablets with NDC 68180-336-07. The affected lot of Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg is included in below table:
- Product Name: Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg
- NDC: 68180-336-07
- Lot Number: G901203
- Expiration Date: 12/2020
The product can be identified by the NDC and the lot number available on the side of the bottle label. Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500mg was distributed nationwide in the USA to wholesalers, distributors, and mail order pharmacies.
Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is notifying its wholesalers, distributors, and mail order pharmacies by phone and through recall notification and is arranging for the return of all the recalled product lot. Patients taking Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg, are advised to continue taking their medication and contact their pharmacist, physician, or medical provider for advice regarding an alternative treatment. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, it could be dangerous for patients with this serious condition to stop taking their metformin without first talking to their health care professionals.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
Recent Interesting Reports
July 7, 2020 3:00 PM
“Company name: Mylan Institutional LLC
Brand name: Mylan
Product recalled: Daptomycin for Injection
Reason of the recall: Presence of particulate matter
FDA Recall date: July 07, 2020
Recall details: Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) today announced that its U.S.-based Mylan Institutional LLC business is ... conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the consumer level of one lot of Daptomycin for Injection, 500 mg/vial due to the presence of particulate matter found in one single-dose vial manufactured by Mylan Laboratories Limited’s Specialty Formulation Facility. To date, Mylan has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
Intravenous administration of a solution containing visible particulates could lead to serious adverse events including, but not limited to, local irritation, vasculitis/phlebitis, antigenic or allergic reactions, and microvascular obstruction, including pulmonary embolism. This batch was distributed nationwide to wholesalers and retail pharmacies between April 2020 and May 2020. The recalled batch is as follows:
- NDC #: 67457-813-50
- Material Description: Daptomycin for Injection
- Strength: 500 mg/vial
- Size: 20 mL vial
- Lot No: 7605112
- Expiry: October 2021
Daptomycin for injection is an injectable antibacterial indicated for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI) and staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (bacteremia) in adult patients.
Mylan is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have product which is being recalled should stop use/further distribution or dispensing.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
Plymouth, MI 48170, USA
June 3, 2020 6:46 PM
“~10,000 people meet up in DOWNTOWN PLYMOUTH, Michigan at the fountain, park, marched the streets, and then city hall/police/fire Dept. started at 2pm...still happening at .7pm. Seems peaceful so far ”
Kent Nutrition Group Home Fresh Starter AMP Crumble - recalled due to Elevated Salt Levels, Iowa, USA
May 20, 2020 11:00 PM
“Company name: Kent Nutrition Group
Brand name: Kent
Product recalled: Home Fresh Starter AMP Crumble
Reason of the recall: Elevated Salt Levels
FDA Recall date: May 20, 2020
Recall details: Company Announcement Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) of Muscatine, Iowa is voluntarily recalling 27- 25 lb.bag ... s of Home Fresh Starter AMP Crumble from a single batch due to elevated salt levels, which can present illness or death to poultry. Kent Nutrition Group has ceased distribution of this lot as FDA and the company continue their investigation. Potential health risks of elevated salt levels include decreased growth rate, increased thirst, weakness, difficulty walking, difficulty breathing and death. To date, KNG has received three complaints concerning this product, which included illnesses and deaths in broilers age 12-20 weeks. This lot was manufactured at the KNG Columbus, NE plant and includes product distributed to select DO IT® Best Hardware Stores in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana and Idaho. Product subject to the recall can be identified by product code 3487 and is identified by the lot code 1020031 stamped onto the white strip sewn used to seal the package. The company is working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to further investigate this issue and ensure the recalled products are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Customers who want Information on what to do with the product and or for more information can call Kent Nutrition Group Customer Service at 1-866-647-1212 Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM Central Time. Customers who have purchased Home Fresh Starter AMP Crumbles lot #1020031 are urged to dispose of or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
Waffle House employee has coronavirus, Waffle House, 1849 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114, United States
Waffle House, 1849 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114, United States
March 18, 2020 2:42 PM
“An employee at a Waffle House has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the restaurant. That employee works at the restaurant at 1849 Marietta Highway in Canton, Georgia and the location is temporarily closed.
"During the restaurant closure, we sanitized the restaurant thoroughly, using ... methods specifically designed to clean and disinfect," said the Waffle House Director of Public Relations Njeri Boss (...).
Waffle House said the employee last worked on March 1 and that the 12 co-workers who worked with that person were instructed to self-quarantine at their homes through Saturday, March 14.
Source: 11alive.com ”
KFC Newton Park, Cape Road, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, KFC Newton Park, Cape Road, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
KFC Newton Park, Cape Road, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
June 5, 2020 9:34 AM
“They ignoring customers and giving us raw chicken. ”
Chengdu Ai Qin Colored contact lenses - recalled due to being distributed without FDA clearance, USA
June 24, 2020 6:00 PM
“Company name: Chengdu Ai Qin E-commerce Co., Ltd
Brand name: TTDeye
Product recalled: Colored contact lenses
Reason of the recall: Distributed without FDA clearance may pose health risk
FDA Recall date: June 24, 2020
Recall details: On June 18, 2020, Chengdu Ai Qin E-commerce Co., Ltd initiate ... d a nationwide recall of 1362 pairs of colored contact lenses. The relevant series of contact lenses have been found to be distributed without FDA clearance and may pose a threat to health. The company has received no complaints to date.
These colored contact lenses were sold through the company website and shipped directly to the customer from 08/05/2019 - 10/11/2019. The recalled products were manufactured in August 2018 and may be identified by name of the product and the date of manufacture, “2018-08”, found on the package label. The following products are being recalled:
- TTDeye. Black Starshine. Lot code: B16112100
- TTDeye. Diamonds Starlight. Lot code: B16112203
- TTDeye. Flower. Lot code: Brown. Lot code: B16112210
- TTDeye. Flower Grey. Lot code: B16112231
- TTDeye. Radial. Lot code: Brown. Lot code: B16112109
- TTDeye. Radial Pink. Lot code: B16112110
- TTDeye. Devil Red. Lot code: B16112201
If you have received this product, immediately cease use and contact the company via online chat at www.ttdeye.com between 9AM and 6PM (GMT+8) or contact the company via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (24 hours) for further information.
Chengdu Ai Qin E-commerce Co., Ltd is notifying its customers by email and is arranging for return/replacement of all recalled colored contact lenses.
Chengdu Ai Qin E-commerce Co., Ltd is voluntarily recalling these contact lenses after becoming aware of the problem. Chengdu Ai Qin E-commerce Co., Ltd has notified the FDA of this action.
Check the full recall details on fda.gov
Source: FDA ”
6 employees tested positive - Veterans Program/SSVF, American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach,, 206 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX, USA
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach,, 206 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX, USA
April 23, 2020 8:51 AM
“At least 6 employees at this location have tested positive for COVID 19. 5 other area awaiting results. If you were at this location within the last 2 weeks, please call Metro Health to report it. ”
Smoky Boys Stevenage, Wedgwood Way, Pin Green, Stevenage, UK, Smoky Boys Stevenage, Wedgwood Way, Pin Green, Stevenage, UK
Smoky Boys Stevenage, Wedgwood Way, Pin Green, Stevenage, UK
May 26, 2020 3:36 AM
“I would like to report a bad restaurant as they delivered a half raw chicken to me and did not even bother to solve it with me.
Please look at the picture. Clearly to see the half raw thing! Dangero ... us! ”
March 13, 2020 7:04 PM
“Interview - SafelyHQ user in the United States:
This is a first hand account of a user that has coronavirus Covid-19 symptoms, how he thinks he contracted it, his struggles to get tested, and what he thinks of the current situation.
When did you first feel sick- and what symptoms did ... you have at that time?
I first felt it five days ago, upon waking up. I feel like I had head pain, some sort of fever feel, my brain wasn't quite clicking as sharply as it normally does then on that first day I started having sporadic body pains around my back and my kidneys maybe around my liver area. But it was mostly the head and that really progressed through the next day where I had a throbbing headache, and this is very strange for me, as I never have headaches. Growing up I just never really had headaches, so for me to get that was kind of alarming in and of itself, and at the same time to know that there's this outbreak going on around the country with coronavirus. It was pretty scary. But, again it was hard to predict or understand, it could have been the flu could have been a cold. I wasn't sure early on those first couple days of what I had because I didn't I didn't have the symptoms that they were specifying on the CDC portal which was cough, shortness of breath and a fever. So although I felt like I had a fever I wasn't running a temperature. I didn't have a cough and I did not have a problem with breathing. In fact, I was still working out, running and had no physical debilitation, it was just more or less a roller coaster ride of pain, pain throughout my body.
What are your symptoms today, and how does it compare to the flu?
It’s a good question, I've actually never had the flu. So it's tough to compare. I would imagine that may be similar, you know, it's not terrible, but it’s not good, it’s a bad feeling, it’s constant discomfort, it does go up and down, you know, sometimes I feel better than others, but, to answer your first question I’d say the pain peaked on the second night, but not by much, it's still there. I've improved largely but I still feel bad. I don't feel the energy to do a lot of things, you know, I'm trying to do some things on my computer, but the focus isn't there. I think there's also some anxiety that comes along with the unknown of where's this thing going and what's going on but, five days in Patrick. I'm still not in good shape.
How long before you realized it might be coronavirus?
I think it was the afternoon of the third day because after that length of time, I began to worry because normally even with the flu or other ailments they tend to be a day, and a half, a couple of days, and then you start seeing progress or feeling better. I wasn't feeling any better, and I was doing the right things. I was getting sleep, I was taking vitamins, I was taking over-the-counter medications, you know, I had gone and seen the doctor. I just wasn't making any progress. That's when it hit me that wait a minute this might be coronavirus.
Can you relate it to anywhere you have recently been that you think you might have contracted it?
Yeah, so I had just come back from Europe and I think there is a direct correlation to that and the virus, and I think that's where I picked it up because the day after I got back is the day that I first started having symptoms
When did you decide to get medical attention/testing?
It was really on the third day, unfortunately my doctors office was closed that day, I went to and Emergency Walk-In Clinic and that's where they performed the Flu A, and Flu B test whether in five minutes, both of those came back negative and considering the fact that I hadn’t improved and, I had actually gone to the emergency clinic on the fourth day, so considering I had gone four straight days with these ailments and the fact that I've just come back from Europe doctors said it’s an 80% chance that I have coronavirus but, unfortunately, there's no tests available and of the tests that are available in some of the larger hospitals they are only providing those to the elderly, people who have high risk with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes high blood pressure and asthma and since I don't qualify for that, even if I went to the hospital waited hours, they would just send me back home.
So at that point, with 80% chance, is that when you started to think about self quarantine?
Yes and actually before that, so yesterday before I went to the emergency clinic, I decided to self quarantine and stay in my apartment because at that point I realized this wasn't just some sickness, this was something serious and highly likely to be coronavirus and considering the fact that that it's fairly deadly to those at risk. I definitely don't want to put anyone at risk.
What are the things the medics recommended you do. Did they have some recommendations, to limit symptoms?
Yeah, actually the doctor was very proactive, he was a very sharp guy, he seemed to understand a lot about this disease, even though they don't have the testing for it, he know that the contagious period is about 14 days and he said you are on day 5 so you need to stay home for another 10 days, but he said there's really nothing, there are no known treatments, not even over-the-counter. It's pretty much just rest, get plenty of fluids there's no medicine, nothing that they could prescribe to help.
How do you think you got it?
Well looking back. I think I got it either in an Uber, when we were in Europe last week or that I got it at a restaurant or bar that we visited, you know, one of the things going over there, there were probably about 10% of people that I saw whether at the airport or out and about wearing masks and I didn’t wear one some of my friends did that were with me. We were all vigilant about using hand sanitizers constantly, washing hands, I have always been a very clean person inherently. In fact, I've never had any real ailments in my life. I've never had the flu, never had a cold. So we thought we were pretty prepared. We weren't that worried because most of the cases were in other parts of Europe and not where we were at and I think if I had to guess looking back that it was probably an Uber because now that I've done more research, I've learned that it's not what they initially said that it's all about touching and touching your face and that's how you get it. I think it's more airborne than people realize, and they have done some studies recently that show that that the virus can actually stay afloat in the air for up to three hours. So you can imagine all the people getting in and out of cabs or Ubers, not only are they touching the same door handles sitting in the same seats, but they're also going to be breathing residual air, which can contain this virus. I think that's probably how I got it was through the air and Uber.
Were you with others, and do you know how they are doing ?
Yeah, I was with a group of other people and all but one of them is now sick. And in fact, one of them who lives in another country and is now back home just got tested today, and I think, as I mentioned earlier I'm not able to get tested because of my age and the fact that I don't have any pre-existing conditions which would put me at risk. So, you know even in a big city here in the US, they are not willing to test me so I really don't have any options directly. But I guess it's somewhat of a blessing that my friend in their country they’re easily able to get tested. Unfortunately we won't know the results for another 72 hours but at least then we'll have some peace of mind knowing that that's what this is because whatever this is, it's certainly bringing me down. It's keeping me at home and I don't feel well. So I’m looking forward to understanding if it is, what I’m pretty certain it is.
Can you describe your age range, and your health and fitness level, what kind of health you were in prior to this. ?
Yeah, I'm 37 and in really good shape, I work out frequently, in fact up until two days ago. When I started quarantining myself I was still active in the gym working out. So for me to get this, this is kind of shocking. If I can get anybody can get it, but I do know that like I said one of our friends did not get it. I think there will be people who inherently are, maybe it doesn't multiply in their bodies as fast or they're just naturally immune. We know that this is now a Pandemic virus, which means everyone hears the word novel. I didn't understand what that was until I watched a series on Netflix last night. I think it was called Pandemic, and they were talking about this very thing happening. They have these super flu’s which come around, and go and they mutate which is why every year they have different vaccines that they have to come up with, but you are able to stay ahead of those mutations with the vaccinations. This is something that humans have not experienced before this particular strand this particular type. So on the whole most people have zero defense for this. Which is why I think it takes so many days for your body to figure out what's going on. What is this? How do we fight it and to kind of fight through it? I think that’s also why the death rate is 20 times higher than the regular flu because, you know, people talk about the deaths in China most of them are elderly individuals, but they're also a elderly individuals who smoked so they've already put their lungs at risk and knowing that this virus really likes to attack the respiratory system. Yes, that's definitely a concern
Now that you are dealing with coronavirus directly, are you less worried about coronavirus or does it make you more alarmed?
Yeah, I think it's a little bit of both, I mean three weeks ago here in the United States it really wasn't much of a concern because we had a handful of cases, it was largely a problem in China, but the situation I think is going parabolic. I think the number of people that have it is vastly understated as you can see in my case, they refuse to test me, but I pretty much have it and there's probably many people like me that are either kind of hiding the issue or not sure what they have or they're in a situation where they're trying to get up in front of it. They're trying to find out more but they're being held back by the situation with our medical industry. In other countries that have far fewer cases and far fewer resources and far less money, they have unlimited capabilities to get testing out to people, drive through test windows, we're just really behind on that so to some degree I’m less alarmed personally because it's okay, I've got it now, my body is fighting through it, hopefully I get through this thing. You know, I'll have natural defenses going forward but the economic impact is scary. What is this going to mean for people that I know that are in industries where they can't work remotely long term, are companies going to go bankrupt and if the airlines are told that they have to shut down for two months, what is this going to do? There is so much fear not just health wise but to our daily lives, the NBA’s canceled, Major League Baseball's canceled the Masters PGA golf tournament is canceled, I mean this is huge, this is unprecedented, I mean even for 911 we didn't have this type of shut down even major wars, world war II, we didn't have these types of shutdowns, I mean a life continue, even though we were facing something very grave, whether it was potential additional terrorist attacks or back to WWII, potential invasion. Now, we have something as simple as a virus that is causing an unprecedented shutdown of daily life, and who knows when it's gonna get back to normal and once we get back to normal how many people have died and you know it’s people that we know, people that we care about, that we love which is so much uncertainty. So, I think on the whole I would have to say I'm even more fearful now because I don't think any of us understood how rapidly this thing was going to expand and how serious it was going to be.
What is your message to people concerned about coronavirus?
Yeah, I think if you're at risk you really need to try to stay at home as much as possible. If you're out, wear a mask, I know the mask won’t prevent it. But again, I'm pretty confident that most people are getting this through the air so it would limit the amount of particles going in your lungs. But again, if you're at risk, I think you gotta stay home as long as possible because in the event that this thing turns out to be seasonal, meaning like similar flu’s they tend to die off in warmer temperatures, we are only a couple months away so people who are at risk can do that, then need to, and then for people who aren’t at risk they need to be careful about who they're interacting with because this virus can be contagious from a person who doesn’t have symptoms or you can be contagious and the symptoms take 5 to 10 days to show up, in the meantime, you could have interacted with your grandmother your grandfather and got them sick. So I know it's a very difficult thing to ask or to say but people are going to have to think outside the box. You got to think ten steps ahead because like me, you know, I went on a trip to Europe thinking oh, well, I'm going to part of Europe that was not really infected I'm young, I'm not worried about it and that turned out to be a mistake. You know, I think you've just got to be very disciplined. If you care about people if you're concerned. You got to stay away from public gatherings. You have got to wear masks and you gotta stay out of confined area spaces as much as possible because either it's going to be you or it's going to be someone else that you know, that could get impacted by this in a bad way.
Thank you so much for sharing. Really appreciate it. We wish you all the best and getting it over this really fast.
Well, thank you very much Patrick, and I'll keep you informed as things progressed. ”
March 21, 2020 3:19 PM
“Interview - Doctor in Paris, France:
This is a first-hand account from a SafelyHQ user that is a medical professional on the coronavirus situation in France. She discusses how her work has changed since the start of the pandemic, work rotations and testing for medical professionals, and issues faci ... ng patients and medical professionals.
I'm a pediatric resident and I work in a pediatric hospital. I was working in the genetics unit and it's mostly outpatient and non-intensive care, so we were actually closed down last week. Just because most of us are pediatricians and so we were kind of needed elsewhere. So I decided to stop working because of my pregnancy. But then all my other colleagues are still working and they're actually now, at home, confined at home and they're waiting to be called to different departments are probably either the ER or intensive care unit and from what they understand for now, they just have to stay home and rest. And they're going to be called out probably next week when the first wave of doctors start being a little tired, probably hospitalized because they themselves are sick. So right now they're mostly, resting at home. And then I know that our unit, so was shut down and a lot of other non-urgent care at our hospital was shut down and everything is being reorganized so that we have Covid units. And so at the hospital I work in, is actually a pediatric hospital, but they're going to open an adult Covid unit just because obviously adults are more affected than children are.
Are there any changes as a pediatrician?
In most maternity at least in Paris, the dads aren't allowed in the delivery room or in the hospital at all for now. So things are pretty rough on new moms right now. And I know that we're also kind of being slowly prepared that we're probably not going to be able to have an epidural just because there won't be any doctors available. So, getting prepared for maybe a rough delivery for most new moms right now, at least new Parisian moms.
Is testing easy for people to get so far or has it been a problem for some people. And how do things look like on that front?
So, in our hospital it's very easy for all medical, staff if they have any of the symptoms to get tested. It's very, very easy. I know that for patients we only test patients that are unstable or in very critical care. Just because we can't afford to test everyone, but staff is definitely prioritized and we're all told we can get tested as easily if we want to. Or if I mean, not if you want to obviously if you have symptoms.
Did you know anyone who has got diagnosed with coronavirus?
Yeah, actually, I already have a couple of friends who are staying at home because they have it. One of my, well actually he is also a pediatric resident is at home right now with, well he's getting tested today, but it's most likely Covid. His wife was tested and got tested positive after having a five day fever. And now he has a fever since yesterday, so he did his test today. So very, very likely, also Covid positive. And so his wife is also a medical resident who probably got it working at the ER and then he got it through her.
Being in the medical field and seeing what, the medical field is doing in France and learning about, about coronavirus. And having some friends who have it, do you have any, messages that you, they have for people who want to learn more?
I think just the best thing is to stay informed on what's happening on reliable sites because I know there's a lot of misinformation out there and just do what they can to stay home. Because the big wave is going to come. And I know all my friends in the hospitals are getting as ready as they can, but I'm sure you've heard that there already some parts of France that are in a very, very complicated situation where they're already out of machines for like life support machines and out of room in intensive care units. And so hopefully Paris doesn't get there, but we never know. And it all kind of just relies on people really being careful and staying home and I know everyone wants to go outside to buy their bread and whatever, but it's always a risk. And just be mindful that, yeah, doctors are doing the best they can. And I know I have friends that are pharmacist and other things like that that are complaining because they don't have masks or they're not protected. But the truth is doctors rarely have mask as well, and everyone's of kind of going through it as they can and doing the best they can. So yeah, that's the message. I think just relax, stay at home and know that everyone is trying to get organized and do the best they can, and it's obviously not perfect, but it is what it is for now. ”