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Re: Covid information according to my ICU RN brother and mother

There's a number of people reporting on reddit that they will be getting the vaccine within a week. Reddit isn't a reliable news source or anything but I'm hoping it's true. And also that it wasn't rushed out too quickly that it harms anyone.
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Re: Covid information according to my ICU RN brother and mother

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I was curious Sarah, has your brother or mother noticed a lower death rate or less severe complications in patients since the addition of Remdesivir, Dexamethasone, Convalescent plasma, Tocilizumab and Monoclonal antibodies (MABs) treatments have become available?

I donít think MABs are readily available. I think you have to be the president or a participant in early phase studies to receive Monoclonal antibodies currently.

Just curious to know if your Bro and mom have mentioned the virus seeming less severe this go-around with more treatment options.
I had to ask my brother before answering. During the first wave they were able to experiment with Hydrochloriquine and remdesivir along with a few other antivirals. In his experience none of them did anything. He said it went beyond just having more people dying. During that time they were so overrun and the antivirals were in such short supply only the very sick received these meds. He isnt sure if the window for those meds had closed and the patients were too sick to benefit or if indeed it just didnt work was the case. At that point they were just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Now things are just starting to ramp up again so maybe that will be different. None of the patients at his hospital received any experimental treatment because only certain hospitals are authorized for experimental use.
Now he says they have less deaths but more people on vents and in ICU. He said deaths are a lagging indicator and perhaps those will shoot up as this plays out. But he said having a person on a vent is extremely difficult to care for. Instead of a 2:1 ratio where he can be changing all 14 of the drips bags and whatnot in a timely fashion they are being tripled but all of the patients are horribly sick.
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Re: Covid information according to my ICU RN brother and mother

Update: As of last night my brothers' hospital had 82 covid patients in the "covid" hospital. So I guess the magic number of 68 doesnt matter. He said there is talk of keeping H hospital for all non-covid ICU patients which would mean shipping the non covid patients from T hospital over to H hospital. But that count doesnt reflect the how crazy it is. He said every night they are discharging a bunch and either keeping or increasing their count. For example, last night the count was 82. But they discharged 15 people and admitted 7. They are discharging and admitting people so much its still an overall uptick in patients. NJ announced more high stats with hospitalizations increasing by 20% since last week and vented patients rising by 10%.
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