AAPI urges total lockdown of entire country

Chicago, IL:  “As concerned physicians witnessing the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our society, healthcare system and economy, we, members of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), urge the Federal, State and Local Governments and policy makers for more immediate and severe action to prevent the crisis from becoming unmanageable,” Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI, said Thursday.

Since the outbreak of this deadly pandemic, AAPI under the leadership of Dr. Reddy has had several meetings with leaders of AAPI, representing nearly 100,000 physicians serving every seventh patient across the United States.  

Dr. Deeptha Nedunchezian, Chair of AAPI’s COVID-19 Response Task Force, has urged authorities to “Implement and enforce a total lockdown of the nation, social distancing, and enforce self-quarantine of the total population, as has been practiced in other countries in order to flatten the infection curve,”

AAPI points to the alarming fact that the rate of infection for COVID-19 in the United States is doubling every 48-72 hours. For each diagnosed case, recent data shows that there are likely 10 undiagnosed carriers who can further infect the population.

Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, President-Elect of AAPI, expressed great concern that “the current rate of infections will have a materially adverse effect on both our senior populations and our fellow physicians and healthcare workers who are on the front lines of fighting the infection.  “It’s essential to create a wholesale expansion of free COVID-19 testing available in order for identifying asymptomatic carriers and then isolating them.”

Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, Vice President, AAPI, believes that “If the current trend continues without effective action, we would likely see a tripling of infections and deaths in the next week.”

AAPI is urging to make Telemedicine to be allowed for services and enforce that all insurance companies and government systems reimburse for services provided by edical professionals in these critical times.

AAPI is urging the Government to expand testing on a wholesale level and make freely available across the United States; Quarantine and Isolation: Enact quarantine and stringent isolation rules; and, Off Site Treatment Areas to test and treat patients who are potentially exhibiting symptoms and need additional guidance.

“While applauding our fellow healthcare workers, including physicians, nurses, EMS, paramedics, medical assistants, and healthcare professionals, we are saddened that many of these heroes are being infected with COVID-19 while treating patients and often without personal protection equipment, endangering their safety and that of their families,” Dr. Suresh Reddy has warned. “We urge the authorities to provide the much needed equipment, testing and facilities enabling them to be isolated and treated.”

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