We should be very proud of our nation, the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and I am of our team at Biocut. We quickly adapted and have for the most part avoided a health care system catastrophe, due to this pandemic.
As we enter this next phase, I find myself asking some difficult questions. What can we do to protect each other and still drive the economy? Figuring this out will be our new normal for at least 12+ months. We cannot completely shelter in place nor go back to the way it was, I would like to start working on finding some balance.
Based on all the data and information I have consumed, here is where we are today:
- Wisconsin and Milwaukee have leveled off (slight declining now) the curve of new admission into the hospitals. (Bravo Wisconsin!)
- At the admission rate we have now, we have not overloaded our healthcare system
- Our health care systems continue to put a number of additional systems in place to handle a much higher case load (raising the allowable limit of the curve)
- Society has quickly learned what it truly means to social distance and what proper hygiene is to limit the spread
- Therapeutic treatment protocols continue to improve to limit the need to ventilate severe patients (This is our golden ticket if we can significantly improve this before a vaccine comes out)
- PPE supplies are just starting to catch up (We should all be extremely proud of all the individuals, companies and ad hoc design groups that have poured their hearts and souls into making some type of PPE for our health care works and others). This truly has been a shining beacon of mankind to watch and be a part of a number of these efforts to just find a way to help.
- The death rate for Covid19 is higher than anyone would accept as a typical virus, but is much lower than most pandemics (Yes, I know this one can be debated)
Armed with this information, how can we find ways of protecting society, the health care system and our economy. I suggest the following:
- Protect / isolate our most vulnerable; elderly and compromised immune.
- Educate, everyone plays a part in reducing the spread. Using a mask and washing your hands are only a part. Looking at everything you touch as a contaminate point and how to properly protect from spreading (We all need to beware of germs)
- Businesses finding ways within their operations to establish social distancing, proper hygiene for their employees (split shifts, employees working from home, masks for everyone, etc…)
- Businesses being vigilant on checking the health of their employees (Temp checks, mandatory quarantine for potential exposures, keep quarantined compromised health employees, etc)
- Region by region allowing the next level of businesses (even initially a limited amount of non-essential businesses) that can adhere to the above guidelines to open. Continue to evolve and open businesses / activities as the numbers allow
- Be vigilant on watching for admission spikes and adjust strategically (We have lots of unemployed workers that can be educators / data collectors)
I believe we can find an acceptable balance. Let’s figure this out.