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?

Charles Webb

Bowling Green

(6) comments

Enough Already

" when listening to NPR," (That was your first mistake) "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."

You left out the part where they Isolated patients to crematoriums and shoved them in before they were dead. There are Chinese people who said they heard them screaming as the Communists were burning them alive.

Other than that it sounds like a cheerful plan...

Koheleth

""That was your first mistake".

Yeah. When you've made yourself the resident purveyor of lies and ignorance, or in your case overtly confident stupidity, it would be incumbent upon you to attempt to cast aspersions on those whose reporting is ranked as highly factual, i.e., NPR's. Which so easily makes my point in your subsequent claim of 'shoving in and cremating live people'. This is a claim of fact for which there is no evidence outside of a Facebook post. As your dear leader likes to say, that's FAKE NEWS.

What a goofball you are Goofy.

Absolutely Positively

Yes, let's ignore the fact that the quack who wrote the letter suggests we use vacant hotels to offer "semi-luxur[ious]" recovery options and if they don't do it voluntarily then BY GOD WE'LL STICK A GUN TO THEIR HEADS AND CHANGE THEIR MINDS FOR THEM JUST LIKE THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT DID!!! All of that despite the fact that we have empty hospitals that are designed for that purpose.

Koheleth

That's quite the selective interpretation of the text you've got there fella. If your model were correct maybe we could utilize some of those LIBERATE/State Capitol occupying dip-shy-tes to do the job. They seem eager enough to enforce an issue that's not very popular with those whose brains haven't been damaged by TDS (Truth Denial Syndrome).

dmoose58

That's a GREAT point and begs to question, WHY AREN'T WE USING THE HOSPITALS THAT ARE PRACTICALLY EMPTY??? I mean, aren't they USED to dealing with and prepared for handling infectious diseases??? Maybe one or two of you know it alls who are always commenting on here can enlighten me on this?

pls3320

This would be ripe for abuse. You protest the governor and suddenly you a fever and need to be put away. I don't want anything to do with Chinese government policies.

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