PLEASE READ MY COMMENTS ON THE COVID PANDEMIC
Covid-19, the U.S., NY and the Southern Tier
Covid-19 impacted my family personally and if you email me, we can share experiences.
The handling of the Covid pandemic was definitely a learning curve and still a work in progress. One good outcome is that people in general, are much more careful about nasal, oral and hand hygiene than before this started. My hope and that of other fellow health professionals is that this continues in some fashion permanently. Whether that means remembering not to touch your face after shaking someone’s hands or other measures, remains to be seen. This isn’t the first viral outbreak and may not be the last. However we are more equipped in some areas to mitigate this should we encounter a new pathogen, or resurgence of an old one. I truly hope people are more diligent about getting their regular flu and pneumovax vaccinations regularly as well.
I will comment on a couple events that I feel are worth addressing and end with my advice as a health care professional on what I feel isn’t being done and what should be done moving forward.
The initial surge of cases involving elderly absolutely necessitated that any facility they were treated at, namely hospitals should be equipped with the necessary personnel and PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment). What Governor Cuomo and the NY State Department of Health did next was truly negligent. He forced many of these elderly patients from hospitals without Covid testing, into nursing homes that were ill equipped to care for these patients. As important, there were inadequate PPE supplies to protect, other clients, visitors and staff at these homes. This led to the unnecessary deaths of thousands of clients. I called for the 100% testing of all nursing home employees March 24th. See my Twitter feed:
I pleaded by email and Twitter and Facebook to Governor Cuomo, Chris, his brother on CNN, and other reporters that this was a disaster waiting to happen. The healthcare, police, fire EMS and nursing home workers in the trenches knew this and the psychological trauma of seeing all these people die and stacked in truck trailers was enough to create PTSD literally, in many of them. Tom Reed was nowhere on this issue as he should have been, and no demand to immediately test adequately and supply PPE’s. Instead, the Javits Center and the USS Comfort were grossly underutilized. Not only did the Governor wait weeks before having 100% testing of all nursing home employees, he made it twice a week! That placed some employees in the position to have to come to work on OFF days just to get tested or get fired. Messed up….
We need leadership and in fact, more healthcare providers in Congress; NOT TOM REED or TRACY MITRANO…Lawyers!
What do we still need to do? NOT THIS: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/fact-check-trump-blames-testing-spike-covid-19-cases-experts-n1228671
The re-open cannot be perfect. But you need to have a starting point.
- Before re-open, a business should 100% test all employees and advise them that until we get a vaccine, they should conduct themselves as safely on off hours as possible and use good judgement in social situations. If they go on a trip, retesting would be indicated and testing should be at least monthly until vaccines or valid treatments come into play.
- The business, as best as possible, should be ‘Covid-proofed’ again as best as humanly possible per guidelines before the re-open.
- This last point is aggravating; the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website is antiquated in many areas. They have PDF documents as guidelines in some cases that are 10-17 years old and have never been updated. Tom Reed and Tracy Mitrano are clueless on this and would never have brought this up. If I take this Congressional seat, I will kick the CDC’s ass in the press and pressure them to revamp their website especially for healthcare workplaces. I have shamed them on Twitter and they have called me and left a message saying they are getting to do this. Not happening fast enough. I have much more to add but if you’ve read this, you’ll get where I’m coming from. Again, don’t waste your time with Tom or Tracy.
WRITE ME IN: SCOTT NOREN
My Comments on the George Floyd murder
His younger brother spoke to Congress recently: “I’m here to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain,” an emotional Philonise Floyd, 42, told lawmakers. “George called for help and he was ignored. Please listen to the call I’m making to you now, to the calls of our family and the calls ringing on the streets of all the world.
“The people marching in the streets are telling you enough is enough.”
Emotionally he added: “His kids had to watch that video. It just hurt… you don’t do that to a human being… His life mattered. All our lives matter. Black lives matter. I just wish I could get him back. Those officers, they get to live.”
My brief comments…Dr. Scott Noren
“I echo this. And we need to get to a point where young and old, people of color and not, get better at coping with problems, and finding good solutions to problems instead of hate, crime, oppression, resentment and stereotyping. This applies to civilians, government including law enforcement and public officials and political parties. There cannot be peace however, if people take the law into their own hands regarding respect for life and property. That created more mistrust, anger and chaos. That is not what George or his family wanted. To quote Martin Luther King:
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We cannot keep prescribing opioids the way we were”
“We cannot throw poor people out of their family homes to pay back Medicaid; that’s not MY America” – Scott Noren
I Support Indigenous People’s Day
Make it a Federal Holiday 2nd Monday in October to replace Columbus Day
Health Care IS a Human Right!
- February 16th, 2020 – Chautauqua President’s day winter festival
- January 15th, 2020 – New York State Union of Teachers. (100 West Church Street, Elmira, NY)
- January 15th, 2020 – Tompkins Farm Bureau Chapter CCE
- Tuesday, January 14, 5:30 pm – Chemung County Democratic Committee (415 W 2nd Elmira NY) – Meet and Greet then talk to the committee
- Wednesday, December 11th – Met with many Union leaders at the Sheet Metal Worker’s Int’l Association in Elmira, NY
- December 2-4 – New York State Farm Bureau Meeting, Binghamton New York
- November 26 2019 – Meeting with IBEW #139 Elmira
- November 26 2019 – Meeting with Tioga County NY Democrats Evening
- November 19th 2019 – Met with the Executive Board of the Cornell Democrats
Rachael Noren is Scott and Michelle’s special needs daughter.
She was 1lb and 4 oz at birth at 24.5 weeks. She is autistic, has a seizure disorder, mild cerebral palsy and is a delightful young adult now.
We have been through massive numbers of IEP’s during her schooling and are subject matter experts on special needs issues.