The Butler Health System continues to remain focused on treating residents and developing plans to protect the community during this ongoing public health crisis.
Infectious disease medical director Dr. John Love is thankful for the support BHS has received from the community during this time.
“Thanks to everyone that has reached out with donations of PPE or who have bought people meals for the staff here at the hospital,” Love said. “Everyone is asking ‘how can we help?’ And I say the biggest thing you can do is stay at home and maintain the social distancing.”
The question of when the virus is under control at the local, state, national, and global levels is still very difficult if not impossible to answer with any confidence.
According to Dr. Love, many people are talking about reaching a peak in the number of cases or a graph with a nice bell-shaped curve but that kind of thinking may not apply to this situation.
“That curve would occur if we did nothing to interfere with the spread of infection,” Love said. “What we have done is try to limit the number of people the infection could spread to by distancing individuals from one another. But there’s still a large portion of the community that has not experience this virus and would be susceptible if they encounter it.”
Love reminds residents that just because the number of local cases may have reached a constant level, that does not mean that the virus is gone or people are immune. Discussions about when and how to return to previous activities are ongoing. Patience from the public is needed.
You can listen to our interview with Dr. Love here.