From: Michael W. Koontz
To: The Honorable Loretta Weinberg State Senator 37dst. NJ, USA
545 Cedar Lane, # 1
Dear Senator Weinberg,
As a Community Advocate, Business Owner and Private Citizen I took a personal look at the Corvid Virus Crisis and the impact on our Community, State and Nation.
At my own suggestion and by other officials who were informed of my intention to submit a report of details and concerns available of over oversight from day to day. This includes the support needed to provide adequate information for safety, health and economic recovery regarding Covid 19. I included facts and observations below. Including published statistic’s and some referenced from notable experts.
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), Remdezivir and Zinc Sulfate was found to be effective in arresting the symptoms of Covid 19 this in order that the patient can recover as soon as possible and therefore allow their immune system to create antibodies as a natural defense for future infections. These medications can also be administered as a prophylactic against infection. Although there are some limited side effects which can be determined by a patient’s medical history and verified by their primary care physician or monitored by hospital physicians. I know of two cases where these medications were lifesaving after infection.
I surveyed four major Hospitals in Bergen County including Hackensack Meridian, Hackensack, Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, and Englewood Hospital, in all cases the medications listed above are available and can be administered with the approval of the patient with a suggested history review by the physician. Or can be prescribed by your personal physician, It may be advisable to consult with your physician and obtain a letter of approval. (Side effects should be considered) but are low to nonexistent, considering the alternative, death.
There are two other testing sights beside Bergen Community College and Bergen Regional Hospital (check hours and scheduling on line), and Englewood Hospital testing sight a drive up by appointment through your physician in minutes, this along with Hackensack Hospital Wellness Center located on Rt. 17 north 87-Rt. 17 drive-in. It’s important your primary physician is a member of the hospitals network, easily verified by calling your doctor and having his office make an appointment. Results are available in 24-72 hours. Both your doctor and testing site will call you or you can request your results. I recently tested negative at the Englewood site. The facility was well organized and preformed services in a timely manner. My wait time was 10-15 minutes and 30 seconds for the test. All taken in your vehicle by a qualified medical technician. (On a scale of 1-5, I gave the experience a 5).
Although some concern for the spread of the Covid Virus should include distancing and stay at home my research found, only the most vulnerable individual’s should be isolated with care most ages are 65 and older with exceptions. It’s important to note that people below that age 1years old to 60 years in graduated age levels who do not have persisting conditions, have a chance of non-infection at 98% or infection free. Again keep in mind preexisting conditions when making a decision. As of 4/29/2020 the NY Times chart or infections and death are fairly low in NJ with 6100 deaths and some 116,000 infections base % Deaths .064 and infections 1.3 % of overall population. Please check latest stats, which are reputable. Also many people who either succumb to the virus or suffer extreme symptoms or may have some preexisting conditions which should be listed as such since they may be more valuable, for example from Heart Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Cancers etc. In this case the virus could have contributed to their condition or death.
Herding, Shutdowns and Hospital Care:
Herding a term used by the medical community especially in viruses and cotangent illnesses is a natural immune system of building antibodies through lower level infection and the result of building these antibodies internally, naturally, fighting off re-occurrence in most cases. It’s important not to separate people once the virus has been contained in its early stages.
Also open spaces such as parks, shorelines, walk lanes and sport center should be open and available for maintaining good health. Fresh air, exercise, Vitamin D and Natural Light are essential to good health and repair and maintenance of the immune system. Distancing should be applied by individuals participating in recreation and monitored by Local Park Personal or Police but only for limited time.
Getting people back to work is very important since the economic impact can be more devastating than the illness with business closings and job layoffs. It is estimated that increases 1% of the population nationwide can suffer depression and suicide, 3.4 % rise in drug abuse, 4% in alcohol abuse along with an increase stress affecting every variety of illness. Also the impact of hospital’s serving Covid patients with minimal illness and deferring clinical treatment for uninfected patients who have ongoing hospital procedure’s and schedules causes additional health concerns and a depressed economic health care system in our hospitals, with closings in extreme cases.
Mask use may not service any deterrent to the infection since most of the population is not infected at this date and many masks are useless. However keep in mind, the mask creates a lack of normal oxygen and fresh air with an increase of carbon dioxide along with re-circulation of existing germs or microbes in the nose and mouth, instead of purging through normal breathing. Many people who wear masks complain of feeling over heated, breathless, and not well, increasing symptoms of allergies, pulmonary concerns feeling faint. Masks are good at the beginning of the virus but should be slowly reduced in usage at a given times especially when population returns to normal activity and the virus is determined to be less cotangent.
Last, business owners are suffering a devastating economic impact and need to get back to their general operations. Many of these owner can easily follow suggested recommendations and create their own safety guidelines. Distancing, tables, workstations and customer lines with separation. Goods and Services are not a challenge once an instruction is laid out and clients are informed of the rules.
Thank you for the opportunity for submitting this research. If I can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact me. Through support, information and experience we can make our society stronger, safer and independent.
Michael W. Koontz