Are we prepared for COVID-19 and flu season?

Dr. Jeffrey Kuo talks about the U.S. nearing 200,000 deaths and how we may be able to safely open up the economy.
3:18 | 09/21/20

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The U.S. Is reaching a grim milestone in the fight against covid-19, with nearly 200,000 Americans dead from the virus, this as we wait of course for a vaccine. Joining me now with more is Dr. Jeffrey Kuo, emergency physician at Ochsner medical center in New Orleans. How is your health? You dealt with covid yourself. I'm doing just fine. Thank you for asking, T.J. It was a little hairy at the beginning, but I recovered pretty quickly, I had some residual effects for a couple of months. But really the worst part of it was not being able to see my son for quite a long period of time, simply because I had to isolate myself from him. Quarantine myself. Lot of families have dealt with that same thing. Let's go now to this grim milestone, we have these markers, now nearly 200,000 Americans dead, and we're coming into flu season, what concerns you most now going into flu season? Going into flu season, we do have to be concerned about it to a certain degree, but at the same time, as long as we do our part as humans and look out for one another, continue to wear masks, continue to wash our hands, continue to maintain social distancing, ideally speaking this also curves the transmission rate of the flu virus this season. Okay, you said we need to do our part as human beings. But we see now that emergency rooms aren't packed like they were weeks and months ago, and we see numbers going down, used now as a reason to relax some of those rules in different places, are you concerned about that, like, hey, okay, these numbers are getting better for hospitals, so now we can start putting more people in restaurants or start having larger events? I have friends who are small business owners. I have friends who need the cities and the states to reopen, and I think that, you know, it's unfair for me to judge, being that my focus is on health care, I want us to stayed close from that standpoint, but I think we have so many issues arise that from keeping our cities closed. You know the mental health of our children, I'm lucky, my son is now going back to school. He's been healthy. We don't have to suffer through this. But I think there are a lot of families who really do still have major issues and a lot of small business owners and a lot of others who are suffering through this and so I think it's a fine balance and we do have to use health care as a barometer as long as we're able to -- to make sure that we have capacity to care for those who are in need. I think it's probably relatively safe for us to start to reopen as long as we understand we have to maintain social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask, maintain social distancing, care about your fellow man. Be a good human being. I think we'll get out this as unscathed as possible, despite the fact that we have lost 200,000 Americans. That's a good message to end on. Seems simple, just be nice to your fellow humans but sometimes we struggle doing that, doctor, thank you so much for your time. Hope to see you again. Thank you very much, T.J. I love his message. Up next right here on

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