Medical Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Senate had a meeting on December 8 about the medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As in a previous meeting, it dealt with outpatient treatment options for COVID-19 in the initial stage, when the first symptoms of the sickness appear. The complete Senate session was recorded by CSPAN.

Six physicians were invited as witnesses on behalf of the majority (Republicans). They were:

1) Dr. Ramin Oskoui, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Cardiologist

2) Dr. Jean-Jacques Rajter, Broward Health Medical Center, Pulmonologist

3) Dr. Pierre Kory, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Pulmonologist

4) Dr. Armand Balboni, Appili Therapeutics, CEO

5) Dr. Jane Orient, Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Executive Director

6) Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya, Stanford University School of Medicine, Professor

The minority (Democrats) boycotted the meeting. Their minority ranking member, Senator Gary Peters, read a short declaration at the beginning of the session and then left the meeting.

The above US Senate hearing – in its entirety – should be required reading, or watching in this case, by everyone – physician, patient or plain worried citizen – in this critical time when a second wave of COVID-19 is fast spreading over the Northern Hemisphere with the arrival of the winter season.

About the Author
Jaime Kardontchik has a PhD in Physics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He lives in the Silicon Valley, California.
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