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1984 - NTSB revises probable cause of 1982 "Twilight Zone" deaths after director John Landis appeals [story]
John Landis


Dr. Gene DorioWhen the pandemic was announced, it was common sense to wear a mask, wash hands, create social distancing and isolate vulnerable citizens, especially older adults. There has been “hoax” backlash from politically skewed factions, yet with “re-opening” taking place, attempts to flatten the curve might reverse.

Testing is the most important tool we can utilize in this battle. “Hotspots” in nursing homes, prisons and meat distributors will be better controlled if we test everyone in real time. Simply measuring temperature and inquiring for symptoms is far from adequate, with many “carriers” falling through the cracks.

Realize there is no cure, treatment, or vaccine yet.

Coronavirus cases might take a dip during the summer months, but once flu season starts, it will hit us with a vengeance. This is the calm before the storm, so we should make every effort to be prepared.

To my older adults: Hoard toilet paper, masks, gloves and disinfectant bleach now. Stock up on canned goods and frozen foods, and find distractions to keep you busy during the hibernating winter months of self-isolation.

What? When was the last time you heard a doctor tell family, friends and patients to hoard?

 

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D., is a geriatric house-call physician who serves as president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults and Assemblyman to the California Senior Legislature. He has practiced in the Santa Clarita Valley for 32 years.

 

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  1. Jim says:

    Dr. G,

    It’s been a while G. But I have seen it before since I was born in the early 1950’s.

    Nothing like this double whammy though (unless you include the occupant in the What Me Worry? House).

    It seems to me that there is an interesting “shakeout” among the various ages (and educated) variants of today’s SClaritans…and others locations as well.

    The two big earthquakes in my life (’71 and ’94) had a certain amount of the same “WTF?” effect, although they were much quicker to be abated (except for rebuilding homes and freeway overpasses). And for the fact that they were nearly singular causes that allowed for a respite as things returned to nearly normal fairly quickly (except for trying to drive to LA – in less than 2 hours).

    The uncertainty in so many places (both physical and mental/emotional) that continues is affecting all of us, no matter how we voted in the last few years.

    Protest marches are old hat for those of us who lived in the LA area back in the day, regardless of which side we chose to be a part of.

    9/11/2001 was another “test” of us and our citizenship – but our focus was on threats from without the USA, more or less.

    Today, Pogo’s most enlightened and still true focus on our inherent problems as a People and Nation are still true:

    “We have met the Enemy; and he is us.”

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