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Dear Friend,

The new normal at Atchison Hospital.
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For the first time since I began giving a medical perspective on this unbelievable horrible pandemic of Novel Covid-19, I can finally make some positive comments. All the many mitigation efforts (social distancing, hand washing, shelter in place, etc.) are starting to show great progress in our country and state. Don’t get me wrong, the worst is yet to come. But the number of new cases in New York and other densely populated areas is beginning a slow decline of new cases. This is very good news. Not so much that we can or should let down our guard—but these numbers clearly show our efforts are working. The number of new cases even in Kansas is showing a slowing as we “flatten the curve”. As we meet capacity, we may extend our time of mitigation. We’ll know more on that in about two weeks. 

Representative John Eplee

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Topeka, KS 66612

At home in Atchison:
163 Deer Run
Atchison, KS 66002
Some facts we do know now about this pandemic:
  • Novel Covid-19 is three-times more transmissible and six-times more lethal than influenza. 
  • This is a wild virus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China in a live meat market. 
  • Once this virus learned to mutate, it did so easily from human to human. 
  • The peak age of infection is about 55. 
    • It does infect and kill young adults, but we have not seen many cases in the age group less than 18. 
  • In the world numbers, it seems to infect men more often than women (about 60% to 40%). 
    • Those numbers don’t match with the Kansas numbers. 
  • The highest death incidence is in older obese men. 
    • The Prime minister of England is now fighting COVID-19.
In Kansas, our mitigation efforts appear to be winning the day for us, but we must not let our guard down. Complacency will kill. We are now probably 3-4 weeks from our Kansas peak. The legislature is set to convene Veto Session on April 27, but I am very doubtful this will be feasible. 
In Atchison, we are well-prepared for whatever comes to our hospital. We had a task force meeting today. Like all rural hospitals we have a finite capacity that we can meet if the cases are spread out. The economic impact and uncertainty of this event will take months and perhaps years to sort out. If we look back and see we are one of the states with the lowest per-capita death rate, we will know we did the right thing. 

On a final note, do you recall how our American culture/society looked in early February before all of this went down? With vaccinations and healthy Americans our economy was roaring, and then boom – with one invisible enemy our entire American fabric almost unraveled because we lack ONE vaccine. This is why vaccinations are so very important. Please keep this in mind as we move towards a safe Covid-19 vaccine. The certainty of health allows us to be at our best. 
Stay home to stay safe and protect your loved ones, 

Representative John Eplee, MD
Kansas House District 63
Serving Atchison and Doniphan counties
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