Doctor contradicts Cuomo’s opinion that the number of deaths from COVID-19 is decreasing because he blames ‘flawed data’
A New York City doctor battling on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic has publicly questioned Governor Andrew Cuomo’s assessment that the number of deaths from the disease is decreasing because he contradicts what he sees in the hospital.
Dr. Stuart Ditchek, attending physician at Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center and team leader of the New York Pandemic Response Working Group, appeared on Sunday Fox & friends, in saying that while New York, which has been hardest hit by the nation’s pandemic, may have seen its first daily drop in deaths over the weekend, conditions in the hospitals remain dire.
“We have almost none [ventilators] and we hardly need ICU drugs anymore to keep [coronavirus] patients anesthetized, ‘he told the hosts.
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Dr. Stuart Ditchek, team leader of the New York Pandemic Response Working Group, said on Fox News on Sunday that he disagrees with Gov Cuomo’s assessment that the corona virus crisis may have peaked in New York.
The Governor of New York said on Sunday that the daily state-wide death toll has dropped from 630 to 594
Ditchek sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Sunday begging him to issue an executive order and divert fans from other states into hard-hit New York
During his daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday, Cuomo noted that the daily statewide death toll dropped from 630 to 594, making him suspect that the crisis may have peaked.
Ditchek threw cold water at Cuomo’s conclusion, saying, “I disagree with that assessment. I think data that comes in through the state and then passes it to the federal level is often flawed, especially during a crisis where our health care system may collapse. ‘
He went on to say that many Brooklyn patients are dying a home as opposed to the hospital, and he has increased the possibility that reporting deaths is unreliable because hospitals are overwhelmed.
Ditchek added that the hospital in the New York area is in dire need of 8,000 fans this week.
There were 347,516 cases of COVID-19 and 10,358 deaths nationwide as of Monday afternoon
“There is no negotiation or debate about that,” he emphasized.
The doctor then criticized the exciting system of medical equipment distribution, saying it was not working, and alleged that there was a lack of communication between officials and physicians fighting the disease.
“Noboy talks directly to us on the ground,” said Ditchek. “We are on our own now.”
Prior to his appearance on Fox News, Ditchek sent a letter to President Donald Trump urgently requesting help.
‘We have no more time. If you and your team do nothing now, many more will die needlessly, ”he wrote in part.
Ditchek asked the president to issue an executive order for the federal government to take resources such as fans, other essential supplies, and medicines “from least or unaffected states” and divert them to New York City.
“You are now the only one who can save this crisis in New York, epicenter of COVID-19,” he added.
During Sunday’s briefing, Governor Cuomo stopped saying that the worst was over for his state, but suggested that “the summit could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now.” We won’t know until you see the next few days: Is it going up, going down? ‘
Between Sunday and morning, the rate of coronavirus in the state rose 7 percent to 130,689 and the number of deaths increased from 599 to 4,758, roughly equal to the 594 increase reported a day earlier.
Cuomo reiterated Monday that the crisis may be abating, but he warned against complacency and extended the shutdown of businesses and schools until April 29
In New York City, as of Monday afternoon, there were 64,955 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,472 deaths.
Cuomo reiterated once again that the crisis may be abating, but he warned against complacency and extended the shutdown of businesses and schools until April 29.
“While this is not good news, the possible smoothing of the curve is better than the increases we’ve seen,” Cuomo told a daily brief, emphasizing that the numbers remain grim and that the state was unsure about the angle was turned around.
He added, “If we plateau, we plateau at a high level.”
Cuomo warned New Yorkers that “now is not the time to relax” by going outside in violation of staying home guidelines to enjoy the warm spring weather.