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Mount Sinai Health System co-chair worries about coronavirus coinciding with flu and cold season

Richard Friedman, co-chair of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, instructed CNBC on Tuesday that the prospect of the coronavirus within the fall will create a definite set of challenges for hospitals and employers alike. 

Mount Sinai will likely be ready for a resurgence of Covid-19 with its staffing plans and private protecting tools provide, Friedman stated on “Closing Bell.”  But, he stated, “what will get complicated” in November and December is the presence of Covid-19 instances alongside seasonal influenza and the frequent chilly. 

People could “start sneezing and coughing and they won’t know, do I have a cold? Do I have a flu? Or do I have Covid?” stated Friedman, who is also chairman of the merchant banking division at Goldman Sachs

Mount Sinai is working with firms to create “advisory assignments” in preparation for the autumn, when many public well being specialists have warned there could be a second spike in cases, Friedman stated. It will likely be “a very, very stressful period when their employees don’t know what they have.” 

“So that’s what we’re most worried about, about the next surge, is it will coincide with cold and flu season, and just no one knows how this is sort of going to meld together,” Friedman stated. “We’re all going to learn, but Mount Sinai will be ready for this.” 

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated at a White House press briefing final month that U.S. officers had been preparing for both the coronavirus and seasonal flu

“Next fall and winter, we’re going to have two viruses circulating and we’re going to have to distinguish between which is flu and which is the coronavirus,” Redfield stated on April 22. 

Mount Sinai Health System has a number of areas throughout hard-hit New York City, which has 196,623 confirmed instances of Covid-19, according to the city’s health department. Daily instances are trending downward as town seeks to ease some virus-related restrictions on business in mid-June. 

“No more than 20% of our hospitals basically have Covid patients, and the other 80% has been cleaned and sanitized and is essentially reopened for mandatory or required kind of surgeries,” Friedman stated, including that the following step is getting approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to renew elective procedures. 

“That’s what comes next, is for people to resume their normal health care, which is critical, because if people basically stop and don’t go in for their procedures that they need to, that’s going to create a bigger issue,” Friedman stated.   



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