July 28, 2020

Question and Answer with Dr. Ghaly, July 28, 2020

 

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VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Deaf Interpreter, Romduol Ngov, A Khmer gender-fluid person with dark skin and black hair, wearing a black shirt, standing in front of a black background, looking at the camera

TRANSCRIPT:

 

DR. GHALY: Using the information that I received from the LGBTQIA+ community about what types of questions to ask, we are still developing forms and systems across all health centers and hospitals to be sure that these questions are asked of everyone.  Having these systems in place will be able to provide resources specific to a person’s identity for example if a person’s sexual orientation is gay, lesbian, or bi-, then we can connect them right away to the best support possible.  We did start this process a little while ago; however, it takes time to implement a system-wide change.

 

QUESTION: How are you reporting numbers for hospitalizations because of COVID-19 and hospitalizations/ICU for other reasons not related to COVID-19? Are the numbers of available beds for COVID-19 patients and non-COVID-19 patients the same?

ANSWER:  DR. GHALY: No. Keep in mind that each hospital is different in size and different in how many beds they have for general hospital services and for ICU.  Remember, when people call in and say they are having symptoms, they are often encouraged to isolate at home. Instead of coming into the hospital, they will call their doctor to check in as often as needed.  Depending on the symptoms, medical advice will be given if the person needs to come into the hospital or not.  That is why we are seeing differences in data because these are separate types of information.

 

QUESTION: What about homeless individuals, are they getting enough places to stay, what about testing, how are they able to afford to test as many don’t have insurance if they are positive for COVID-19, what happens to them?

ANSWER: DR. GHALY: We have funding set aside to provide the homeless community with hotel/motel rooms. We want them to be safe.  We are providing tests (nasal, mouth, blood tests) that are included in our plans for safety.

 

QUESTION: Why don’t you require all of the state of California to wear a mask and if they don’t then set up a fine to enforce this order?

ANSWER: DR. GHALY: We are mostly concerned with the Central Valley as that region has the highest number of new positive cases every day, we are focused on that area right now.  We really don’t want to find people who are not wearing a mask. We put out the guideline for everyone to do three things; wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands. We are hoping that is sufficient.

 

QUESTION:  I heard a rumor about medicine that is ready to help with COVID-19 recovery, can you share more about that?

ANSWER: DR. GHALY: We need to do more research to determine if this is the medicine that cures or not.  The REMESIVAR that medicine will be used to people who are already quite sick with COVID-19. Seems to help a bit but not consistently, we will need to wait until we see consistent success with this medicine.   That is all. Thank you!

 

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