A year later and some medical professionals in Wichita say we are still learning and while we weren’t perfectly prepared there is a lot of optimism about how far we have come.
“We all recognize that these things don’t happen very often,” said Dr. Garold Minns, Sedgwick County Health Officer.
“It’s been a very, very long year, not just for medical professionals, but also for people in the city,” said Doctor Tom Moore.
“It behaved differently from other pneumonia,” said Minns.
But Dr. Minns and Doctor Tom Moore say we can still learn from the unknown.
“National numbers are falling for reasons that are not entirely clear, but likely related to the introduction of vaccines as well as compliance with mask precautions,” said Dr. Moors.
“I think our medical side has improved tremendously and hope has improved tremendously,” said Dr. Minns.
And they say we’re still improving not just as a state, but as a nation. Sedgwick County now has its lowest positive case rate since early this summer, and hospital stays are due to the fact that intensive care beds are not being filled by covid patients, giving people in the medical community a chance to think about how we have been for a year dealt with this pandemic.
“Science moved very quickly,” said Dr. Moors. “We can now produce a vaccine against a virus in record time and use it in record time.”
“Every decade or so we have something on a smaller scale like this and I think most of the time I don’t think we feel like we should have been prepared like we should have been,” said Dr. Minns.