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Is there an upside to COVID-19

By A. M. Johnson


August 26, 2020
Wednesday AM


Is there a possible upside to the Corona Virus Hoax?  Hoax defined as this virus being no more deadly than prior major virus statics resulting in far reaching doctorial  consequences. Having so stated, then the upside.

Recently due to the travel restrictions placed on travelers facing the cost of  air fare (We choose to limit flying) and /or Ferry fares,  the negative disruptive social issues in Seattle, seat of our medical objectives, my wife and I chose to delay or cancel scheduled medical appointments.  Our medical sources in Seattle suggested using 'Zoom' type communications if we were game. We agreed, downloaded the invitation to join and awaited the internet appointment. 

In the meanwhile, in anticipation, we self applied blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar score, and temperature which was passed on to the statistic noting nurse prior to the Doctor's appearance.  The appointment went well, both the medical staff and the patient were comfortable with the exchange. recommendations were offered and prescriptions filled.  A call for blood test through Peace Health here in Ketchikan was made and future appointments scheduled. This particular doctor noted that we had neurologist and oncologist with in the hospital whom we had canceled appointments, suggesting that she contact these doctors and suggest similar internet appointments to which we Hartley agreed as welcome. To this we received within a few days the second of three anticipated  appointments.

The point of this submission is due to this mythology brought around by the social distance and , social disciplines, this member (and spouse) did not have to quarantine for 14 days, purchase or use air miles, rented car, stayed at expensive Seattle hotels,  Urber, purchased meals, and suffered the uncomfortable new Seattle social environment, or the tedious TSA lines at transportation points going or coming.

Required x-ray, MRI, CT scan, blood test and the like are accessible through our local  Peace Health upon request of the distant doctor prior to the online appointment. 

All in all, short of required physical needs, normal doctor office appointments can be carried out effectively as a "Win/Win" for all parties save those physically appearing out of necessity. 

It is expected that the success of this method of delivery will now become a standard procedure eliminating the stated expenses. 


Ketchikan, Alaska




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Received August 22, 2020 - Published August 26, 2020

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