“Recently in the midst of closing out patient charts after a busy day in the medical clinic, I received a call from an extremely worried patient. Her brother, who was sleeping on the couch of her cramped two-bedroom apartment in East Los Angeles, had a fever and cough, and just tested positive for COVID-19,” writes, Ravi Kavasery, MD, Medical Director of Quality and Population Health, at AltaMed Health Services, in Los Angeles, CA. “My patient – a single mom with serious health problems of her own – had just been discharged from the hospital for a non-COVID lung infection. She already had her hands full caring for her son, who has a developmental disability. She knew her brother needed to be quarantined at home with them—the CDC website says that people sick with COVID-19 should stay in a separate room, even use a separate bathroom—but how could they possibly do that? ‘Home’ was a couch, and even though she was particularly vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19, their family simply had no other options. ”
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