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Local doctor reaches out to CDC on coronavirus


February 11, 2020 Letters to the Editor

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China is now declared by the World Health Organization as a public health emergency of international concern due to the pandemic of 2019 novel coronavirus.

I believe on Jan. 29, the US government took 210 American passengers home from the Chinese city of Wuhan where the coronavirus originated. Based on TV news, I understood that those passengers only were going to have three days of official quarantine.

As a former medical researcher of the Chinese CDC and plus a close observation the case reports from China media, I submitted email through CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) official website to the director, Dr. Robert Redfield, who is a member of the special task force created by the White House to combat this deadly virus, and the deputy director, Dr. Anne Schuchat on Jan. 30

All the letters in my email are capitalized, which I have learned from President Trump that important words should be capitalized.

In my email, I indicated that three days of quarantine is not enough and appears to be a very deadly serious mistake and possible malpractice.

China is doing 14 days of quarantine because during 14 days a person without any clinical symptoms still can spread the viruses.

On the same day, I also called CDC professional line. During my conversation with a CDC representative, she acted in a normal business manner at the beginning, later, she changed the tone, she asked me to hold on and she needed to talk to her supervisor.

When she came back, she seemed to be more serious and took my phone number, email address, name, title, et al. I did tell her if such a message couldn’t reach to policy deciders, after three days quarantine, and the game will be over and it could be a public health disaster.

On Jan. 31, when I turned on TV to watch the special task force’s news conference, the federal quarantine has been updated to 14 days which is the first time in 50 years the CDC has ordered a federal quarantine. Needless to say, multiple factors have made the federal government update the quarantine.

Concerning public health seems to be our family tradition. My father-in-law, Dr. William LeRoy Eisler was Butler County the first public health officer in 1921 when he initiated a free milk program in the schools, my late husband, Dr. Robert LeRoy Eisler dedicated to public mental health for 60 years. I am glad that I can do something or make some effort to American public health.

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