Letter: Promote masks and vaccination instead of whining about lack of expensive infusions

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, conducts business at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 5, 2021, during the final day of the Utah Legislature’s 2021 general session.

When are Gov. Cox and Sen. Stuart Adams going to quit using medical professionals as props for their new conferences? First Cox makes a snotty remark about “extreme maskers,” just minutes after Intermountain CEO Dr. Mark Harrison shared his deeply personal struggle with multiple myeloma and Dr. Hoffman expressed her heartfelt concerns about the battle that is being waged by our overburdened health care professionals. Are surgeons and anesthesiologists “extreme maskers” because they acknowledge the risks of infectious disease?

Sen. Adams whines about why we don’t have 21 monoclonal antibody clinics like Florida. Given that Florida has nearly 7 times our population and a demographic that skews much older, it isn’t a great surprise. Florida is also averaging 335 deaths per day from Covid. Let’s not get too envious of Gov. DeSantis.

Our hospital outpatient infusion rooms are already filled with cancer patients, auto-immune patients and patients needing transfusions. Our skilled infusion nurses are already exhausted and overworked caring for patients who can no longer be accompanied by a supportive family member or friend, due to Covid precautions.

Monoclonal antibodies are not risk free. Patients can experience anaphylaxis, fever, weakness, confusion, hyperglycemia, etc. We can’t delegate this task to your Silicon Slopes buddies.

Sen. Adams, please reveal where more trained infusion personnel are to come from to treat the 1600 new Covid patients who are diagnosed every day. Pray tell, where are these patients to be seen? Just because a bed was made available for Donald Trump and Chris Christie doesn’t mean the rest of us are going to get one. How about promoting universal masking and vaccination instead of a treatment that will cost the government $2000 per infusion.

Christine B. Helfrich, Millcreek

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