- Mar 27, 2020
- SL Rez
One of the issues that Christopher D. Barrett and Michael B. Yaffe bring up in their editorial (reviewed on TWIV) is that pathways (approved treatment protocols) do not exist for COVID-19 because it is a new disease. They report that the recent cohort of doctors don't know how to respond in this situation. There is no approved treatment protocol based on evidence to go by, and they are not comfortable going back to the science and making decisions.Conducting proper double-blind tests rather than flinging everything at the patient and hoping something works would be a good idea, too.
If Trump's doctors relied strictly on evidence, it is not clear they would be able to do anything for him. There have been no successful RCT's for patients with only mild or moderate illness as far as I know.
The only drug they've given him that surprises me is the dexamethasone. Of course, I am not a doctor, but without approved treatment protocols what good are doctors??? (sardonic question)