Governor Jay Inslee said complications in patients recovering from COVID-19 could last several weeks after everyone becomes sick.
“We don’t deal with the regular flu,” Inslee said in a virtual press conference. “We are dealing with a deadly disease with long term complications.”
About 35 percent of COVID-19 patients did not return to their pre-interviewed health two to three weeks after they turned positive, Inslee said, citing a study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Among the 18 to 34 year olds, including those without basic health status, one in five has yet to return to their normal health status,” he said.
Evergreen Health’s Dr. Francis Riedo in Kirkland joined the Inslee call.
Riedo, who deals with infectious diseases and has been at the forefront, says healthcare providers have seen patients, even three months after infection, complaining of exhaustion. strength, persistent headache, muscle aches and difficulty concentrating, and changes in their feelings. smell and taste.
“This is special. We don’t see this with other viral infections, ”says Riedo. “… We hope that people will improve because there are very few treatments for this.”
Responding to reporters’ questions, Riedo said: “I think the complication we’re seeing the most is fatigue. It was truly a shattered fatigue. These are individuals who have a hard time putting in more than a few hours of effort a day. I think that is the most debilitating thing.
Riedo also talked about improvements in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
“We learned it was better not to put everyone in the ventilator right away,” he said. “The tummy turning really helped them breathe.”
Investigators in the UK have indicated steroid benefits, and studies from the National Institutes of Health have confirmed remdesivir is “effective in accelerating improvement,” he said.
Equally important, says Riedo, is learning what doesn’t work.
Studies have shown that “Hydroxychloroquine is not beneficial,” he said.
Riedo also notes Dr. Lisa Jackson at Kaiser Permanente in Washington state “was the first person to start phase 1, phase 2 testing of a vaccine that has now been extensively tested for phase 3”.
And he asked people to wear masks, wash their hands, keep their distance from society, and stay home from work when sick.
“We need your help to slow down this process,” he said.
Okanogan County, Immigrant Relief Fund, 2020 Census
Inslee also talked about the visit he made to Okanogan County on Thursday, where he said it was “one of the definite hotspots in our state.”
He said the need to ramp up testing is “one of the things people have told me” and a National Defense Force mobile test unit is rolling out to Okanogan County to provide that.
The Governor mentioned the $ 40 million Immigration Relief Fund announced this week to help undocumented workers in the state and the Food Manufacturing Paid Vacation Program. cost $ 3 million to help workers – regardless of citizenship or immigration status – stay home when they are sick.
Inslee notes that the 2020 Census deadline is stretched to September 20, and he expects everyone to join at www.census.gov. Representation in Congress and federal help depend on it, he said.
Vote by mail
Inslee also accused the president, who said he would block emergency funding for the postal service, of: “trying to undermine voting by undermining the ability of US letters to deliver letters. this coupon. “
In a vote by mail, Inslee said, “What a success in Washington state. The argument that it’s somehow full of fraud is just a mess. It is completely not true. “
The governor said the state attorney general “is currently reviewing our rights in Washington state. We believe that these actions are against the law ”.
Inslee went on to say, “Due to the president’s policies, it’s possible that those who registered eight days before the election won’t be able to get their ballots on time.”
State parks, colleges, mental health
When asked if the state would close its parks and beaches with a hot weekend forecast, Inslee said he thinks people can find a way to safely enjoy the outdoors. , by staying 6 feet away from people outside of the home and wearing a mask.
“It’s not too difficult,” he said.
If there are large churches in progress, maybe some of them will close, but “that’s not necessary,” the governor said.
When asked whether he would recommend closing private colleges if cleaning plans aren’t working and instances increase as classes continue, Inslee noted a recent recommendation for school K-12.
He strongly recommends, but is not required, that counties do not hold live classes in locations where there are more than 75 cases per 100,000 population in a two-week period.
“I think that could be a general concept that will apply to colleges as well, but I have not made specific recommendations on that matter,” he said.
Inslee also talked about the serious mental health challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, and encouraged people who are having trouble talking with friends, family, or mental health providers.
“We all feel anxious and we all try and we are all a bit irritable sometimes, and some people are having some really deep challenges in their lives and we are there. A lot of uncertainties, ”he said.
He said his wife was watering one of their trees recently when a hummingbird appeared and bathed in a fountain.
“For some reason our day is up, and I think we all have to find such a thing,” he said.