I am stopping by as I get a quick break from fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. I work in the Baltimore area and I can tell you that the hospitals with which I am affiliated are doing fairly well. In fact , hospital census is on the lower end as many people are avoiding the ER/hospitals with issues that they previously may have gone in for. Also, many surgeries have been postponed ( I even had one patient whose cardiac bypass surgery was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation). The ICU's are not overrun as of yet. Hydroxychloroquine is being used somewhat liberally in higher risk patients. Anecdotally, I have seen good results with this medication. In fact, the last 10 patients with COVID-19 that I have dealt with are recovering well (some hospitalized/some treated at home). I will also say that for every 1 patient that I have sent for testing that tests positive for COVID-19, there are about 7 patients that test negative (there are other "bugs" going around). Of course, this is an evolving situation and the next 1-2 weeks could certainly see things worsen. Wearing full PPE for work is something that I never thought I would experience...….just surreal.
Everyone stay safe.