Doctors in Arizona are calling for the state to reconsider the way it handles cases of the viral disease coronavirus.
The state health department is conducting a pilot study on how to handle patients who have been diagnosed with the virus, the Arizona Republic reports.
State officials have been asking doctors to recommend measures to treat coronaviruses such as using gloves when handling patients who appear to have the virus.
“We’ve seen a number of cases where people were in a hospital with no fever, and they were in isolation, and then they had no symptoms,” said Dr. Scott J. Miller, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Arizona.
“We’re not going to put patients into isolation, we’re not doing that, we’ve had to change the way we handle those.”
Dr. Miller said he has seen patients who had been given antibiotics, but were not receiving the proper care, and had symptoms like fever and sore throat.
“They have a fever, they have a cough, they don’t have any symptoms.
They may be coughing, they may be wheezing, they might have a sore throat, and the doctor thinks it’s something that could be caused by the coronaviral virus,” he said.
Miller said the state should look at how it treats those who don’t respond to the proper treatments.
“If you don’t do those things, it’s very difficult to get those people into the appropriate care,” he added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that coronavirems like coronavacills are not contagious in Arizona, and it was still too early to say how it would respond.
“Our state has seen a surge in cases of coronavillae,” said a CDC spokesperson.
“The number of people infected with coronavim has grown rapidly in Arizona in recent weeks.
The current rate of infection is about 1 per 100,000 people.
It is not yet clear if there is a pattern of emergence of new cases, or if there are more infections in the general population.”
Dr Miller said that the CDC would not comment on specific cases until the study is complete.
“But if you have a case of a case, it is the responsibility of the health department to get that person into an appropriate facility,” he continued.
“That is the health care professionals’ job, and we’ve got to follow up on it, we have to do everything that we can.”
The state has not yet confirmed that there have been any cases of transmission in Arizona.
The CDC has not released data on the number of patients who died.