Like many of you, I’ve been following the recent coronavirus developments closely.
In March, I devoted my twice-monthly Helping Older Parents members calls to this topic.
Here is a video commentary I recorded on 3.27.20. Although the statistics about COVID numbers in the US quickly fell out of date, I am leaving this video available as the information on what to expect regarding hospitalization should be relevant for quite a while. This video covers:
- What I’d recently learned about the clinical course of COVID
- If you think you (or your older relative) might be sick with coronavirus
- What to know about hospitalization for this, and how a “surge” situation might affect that
- Options for care at home, including palliative care
- My recommendations on planning ahead and then hoping for the best.
Also, in the video, I forgot to mention that one of my favorite clinical sources is currently making its coronavirus topic free to the public: Uptodate.com: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The video is below, or get the audio-only through the podcast here.
(For those who have asked about transcripts: I wish I could but right now we are too short on funding; transcripts cost $1.25/minute to produce plus more time to format and finalize.)
Please stay as safe as you can, and take care!