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MSNBC 15 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Survivor Describes Decision To Be Put On A Ventilator

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New York Coronavirus survivor David Lat joins Ayman Moyeldin to describe the six days he spent on a ventilator fighting the disease. Lat was also treated with hydroxychloroquine, which he says may have helped his recovery, but that the drug still "needs more research." Aired on 4/15/2020.


Diana Berrent is a COVID-19 patient who has recovered from the disease. She created "Survivor Corps" Facebook group to encourage fellow survivors to donate their plasma to help scientists fight the virus.
After recovering from a frightening case of coronavirus, a Detroit news anchor is battling something else: survivor's guilt. Evrod Cassimy's wife and two children were also sick, and he says he doesn't take anything for granted as they all recover. Many patients who are hospitalized are disconnected from family members once they're admitted, as visitors are heavily restricted. To offset that, one New York City doctor has collected over 600 iPads to aid communication between loved ones.
There are hundreds of potential vaccines for #covid19 under development now, but Epidemiologist Jessica Justman at the Columbia University Medical Center warns that research still needs to be careful, safe, and determined to be truly effective.
#coronavirus #covid-19 #covid #pandemic

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THE LOCKDOWN COULD CONTINUE WELL INTO THE SUMMER.
INTO THE SUMMER. AYMAN?
AYMAN? >> RON ALLEN LIVE FOR US IN NEW
>> RON ALLEN LIVE FOR US IN NEW JERSEY.
JERSEY. >>> SO FAR, LIMITED TESTING
>>> SO FAR, LIMITED TESTING ACCESS MEANS MANY AMERICANS ARE
ACCESS MEANS MANY AMERICANS ARE NOT TESTING POSITIVE UNTIL BEING
NOT TESTING POSITIVE UNTIL BEING HOSPITALIZED.
HOSPITALIZED. SYMPTOMS VERY SEVERE BY THAT
SYMPTOMS VERY SEVERE BY THAT POINT.
POINT. ONE OF THE FIRST NEW YORKERS TO
ONE OF THE FIRST NEW YORKERS TO FACE THAT REALITY DESCRIBING HOW
FACE THAT REALITY DESCRIBING HOW FIGHTINGLY CLOSE HE CAME TO
FIGHTINGLY CLOSE HE CAME TO DEATH IN "THE WASHINGTON POST."
DEATH IN "THE WASHINGTON POST." PART OF THE 44-YEAR-OLD’S BATTLE
PART OF THE 44-YEAR-OLD’S BATTLE INCLUDING SIX DAYS ON A
INCLUDING SIX DAYS ON A VENTILATOR THAT SAVED HIM.
VENTILATOR THAT SAVED HIM. BUT HE SAYS LIFE IS NOT THE SAME
BUT HE SAYS LIFE IS NOT THE SAME SINCE THEN.
SINCE THEN. THAT CORONAVIRUS SURVIVOR JOINS
THAT CORONAVIRUS SURVIVOR JOINS ME NOW.
ME NOW. GOOD TO TALK TO YOU.
GOOD TO TALK TO YOU. YOU ARE THE FOUNDING EDITOR OF
YOU ARE THE FOUNDING EDITOR OF THE LEGAL WEBSITE ABOVE THE LAW.
THE LEGAL WEBSITE ABOVE THE LAW. I WANTED TO WISH YOU A SPEEDY
I WANTED TO WISH YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND GLAD TO HEAR YOU
RECOVERY AND GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE DOING WELL.
ARE DOING WELL. WALK ME THROUGH THE TIMELINE OF
WALK ME THROUGH THE TIMELINE OF YOUR SYMPTOMS AND WHAT HAPPENED
YOUR SYMPTOMS AND WHAT HAPPENED AFTER YOU WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
AFTER YOU WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. >> SO, I STARTED TO GET SYMPTOMS
>> SO, I STARTED TO GET SYMPTOMS IN EARLY MARCH.
IN EARLY MARCH. BUT THEY WERE NOT THAT BAD.
BUT THEY WERE NOT THAT BAD. IT WAS MUCH LIKE A CONVENTIONAL
IT WAS MUCH LIKE A CONVENTIONAL FLU.
FLU. ACHES, FEVER, CHILLS.
ACHES, FEVER, CHILLS. ABOUT A WEEK INTO THE ILLNESS, I
ABOUT A WEEK INTO THE ILLNESS, I STARTED GETTING A LOT OF CHEST
STARTED GETTING A LOT OF CHEST CONGESTION AND SEVERE DIFFICULTY
CONGESTION AND SEVERE DIFFICULTY BREATHING.
BREATHING. SO I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
SO I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. MY NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM AT
MY NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM AT NYU.
NYU. THE FIRST TIME I WENT I WASN’T
THE FIRST TIME I WENT I WASN’T ABLE TO GET A TEST.
ABLE TO GET A TEST. IT’S VERY HARD TO GET A TEST.
IT’S VERY HARD TO GET A TEST. I SAW YOUR SEGMENT EARLIER ABOUT
I SAW YOUR SEGMENT EARLIER ABOUT THE SALIVA TESTING.
THE SALIVA TESTING. THIS WAS BACK IN EARLY MARCH
THIS WAS BACK IN EARLY MARCH WHEN IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET A
WHEN IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET A TEST.
TEST. I HADN’T TRAVELED ANYWHERE OR
I HADN’T TRAVELED ANYWHERE OR INTERACTED WITH A KNOWN CARRIER
INTERACTED WITH A KNOWN CARRIER OF THE DISEASE.
OF THE DISEASE. BUT I WOUND UP IN THE BACK AT
BUT I WOUND UP IN THE BACK AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM THE NEXT DAY
THE EMERGENCY ROOM THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE I COULDN’T BREATHE.
BECAUSE I COULDN’T BREATHE. THEY ADMITTED ME TO THE HOSPITAL
THEY ADMITTED ME TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEY GAVE ME THE TEST FOR
AND THEY GAVE ME THE TEST FOR COVID-19 AND IT WAS POSITIVE.
COVID-19 AND IT WAS POSITIVE. >> WHEN THEY TOLD YOU THAT YOU
>> WHEN THEY TOLD YOU THAT YOU WOULD NEED TO BE PUT ON A
WOULD NEED TO BE PUT ON A VENTILATOR, DID YOU UNDERSTAND
VENTILATOR, DID YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANT FOR YOUR ODDS OF
WHAT THAT MEANT FOR YOUR ODDS OF SURVIVAL AT THE TIME?
SURVIVAL AT THE TIME? >> I DID HAVE SOME INKLING.
>> I DID HAVE SOME INKLING. I DIDN’T KNOW THE STATISTICS WE
I DIDN’T KNOW THE STATISTICS WE NOW KNOW WHICH SHOW THAT PERHAPS
NOW KNOW WHICH SHOW THAT PERHAPS 80% OF VENTILATOR PATIENTS IN
80% OF VENTILATOR PATIENTS IN NEW YORK DON’T SURVIVE.
NEW YORK DON’T SURVIVE. BUT I KNEW THERE WERE TOUGH ODDS
BUT I KNEW THERE WERE TOUGH ODDS BECAUSE MY DAD, WHO IS A
BECAUSE MY DAD, WHO IS A PHYSICIAN, HAD TOLD ME A FEW
PHYSICIAN, HAD TOLD ME A FEW DAYS EARLIER, YOU BETTER NOT GET
DAYS EARLIER, YOU BETTER NOT GET PUT ON A VENTILATOR, NOT
PUT ON A VENTILATOR, NOT EVERYONE COMES BACK FROM THAT.
EVERYONE COMES BACK FROM THAT. SO I KNEW THAT IT WAS A
SO I KNEW THAT IT WAS A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OPTION.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS OPTION. BUT AT THE SAME TIME A
BUT AT THE SAME TIME A POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING ONE.
POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING ONE. >> YOU RECEIVED THE EXPERIMENTAL
>> YOU RECEIVED THE EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP
TREATMENT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REPEATEDLY PROMOTED,
HAS REPEATEDLY PROMOTED, HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. WHY DID THEY DECIDE TO TRY THAT
WHY DID THEY DECIDE TO TRY THAT WITH YOU AND HOW MUCH INPUT DID
WITH YOU AND HOW MUCH INPUT DID YOU HAVE IN THAT DECISION?
YOU HAVE IN THAT DECISION? DID THE DOCTORS TELL YOU THAT IT
DID THE DOCTORS TELL YOU THAT IT CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR RECOVERY AS
CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR RECOVERY AS OF NOW?
OF NOW? >> SO I ACTUALLY RECEIVED A
>> SO I ACTUALLY RECEIVED A COUPLE OF MEDICATIONS BEFORE I
COUPLE OF MEDICATIONS BEFORE I GOT THE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND
GOT THE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND AZIT
AZIT I RECEIVED ANOTHER DRUG.
I RECEIVED ANOTHER DRUG. THEY TRIED A COUPLE OF THINGS ON
THEY TRIED A COUPLE OF THINGS ON ME AND THEY REALLY COULDN’T
ME AND THEY REALLY COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT EXACTLY HELPED
FIGURE OUT WHAT EXACTLY HELPED ME.
ME. SO I’M SORT OF AGNOSTIC ON THAT
SO I’M SORT OF AGNOSTIC ON THAT DEBATE OVER HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE.
DEBATE OVER HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. IT HAS ITS BOOSTERS AND CRITICS.
IT HAS ITS BOOSTERS AND CRITICS. MY MOTHER WHO IS A DOCTOR IS A
MY MOTHER WHO IS A DOCTOR IS A BIG, YOU KNOW -- THOUGHT IT
BIG, YOU KNOW -- THOUGHT IT HELPED ME.
HELPED ME. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD PROVE
I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU WOULD PROVE THAT.
THAT. I HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND WHO IS A
I HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND WHO IS A DOCTOR WHO WORKS WITH COVID-19

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