In 1976, after I finished my master’s degree in clinical psychology, I had a job interview at LifeSkills. At that time, LifeSkills was at 222 Woodway Drive. I learned that this building was the “TB treatment center” in the 1950s.
I thought to myself, this could be a very good idea/model – anyone who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus could live in a similar type of situation with nurses and doctors and be away temporarily, for the family's and community's safety.
On a recent morning, when listening to NPR, I heard that a leading physician at the national public health level had been in contact with the doctors in Hunan, China. The doctors in China stated that by martial law, this is exactly what they did. China took anyone who tested positive or had a temperature or cough to a treatment center and isolated them until they recovered. The doctors in China said that this was the “turning point” in slowing and reducing the epidemic.
The doctor went on to say that many hotels are currently vacant. This could be a source for temporary treatment centers. A person could have a private room, private bathroom and have some of the amenities of living in a possible semi-luxury hotel while becoming well.
What about governmental authority? The doctor said that each state can delegate medical professionals the authority to involuntarily detain someone, if the person is not voluntarily willing to be treated, and treat any person who is a “public health threat” to the rest of their community.
Seems like this would be a very good idea to try in Kentucky and other countries to protect us all before a vaccine is developed. Your thoughts?