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I'm Greg Gera. I'm Sandra Smith. I'm Charles Payne, and this is the Fox News rundown. Thursday, August 20th, 20 20, I'm trying. Doctors are changing the way they practice medicine amid the coronavirus outbreak.
This situation has transformed things tremendously. And I think we're going to see, you know, even after this pandemic, just a lot of innovations, a lot of changes in our health care is delivered, leveraging things like telemedicine.
This is the Fox News rundown. Global pandemic. Despite coronavirus spreading around the world, millions of people each day still need to see the doctor for a variety of other reasons to reduce the risk of contracting. The virus are moving often to telemedicine whenever possible. Over the next few minutes, you'll get the latest headlines on the global covid-19 outbreak and hear from Dr. Robert Bollinger, professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Starting first in Spain, where more than 6000 people tested positive for covid-19 yesterday alone, the country is struggling to control a second wave of the virus after reopening much of the economy this summer, Spanish teachers in Madrid announced they will go on a one day strike. The day classes are set to resume in September. Despite protective measures that will be taken for students, there is still a major risk of reopening schools. Now to Japan that reported more than a thousand new cases of covid-19 yesterday.
With more than 60000 total cases, the Japanese have done well relative to their population size. Right now, restaurants and bars that serve alcohol in Tokyo, for example, must close at 10:00 p.m.. More restrictions could go into place in the coming days if infection rates rise. Finally, in Mexico, more than 530000 total cases have been reported. Officials said this week that covid-19 is on a sustained decline in the country, though last week more than 4000 people died of the virus.
The Mexican government this week announced it will receive around 100000 PCR coronavirus tests from Germany in the next few days. Distance learning will start for Mexican students who will watch educational programs on TV instead of going to a classroom. Schools, offices and medical facilities have learned to adapt not only in Mexico but around the world.
In the wake of covid-19, telemedicine was growing even before, you know, as a as a tool for health care, even before the current pandemic hit us.
This is Dr. Robert Bollinger, professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
But obviously, it's really just this situation has transformed things tremendously. And I think we're going to see, you know, even after this pandemic, just a lot of innovations and a lot of changes in how health care is delivered, leveraging things like telemedicine. You know, the challenges for patients and providers that we're beginning to try to overcome include things like access rights for patients. They've got to actually have the you know, the access to the to the bandwidth.
They've got to have the devices and they've got to be comfortable using them. They also have to trust that, you know, when you're talking about, you know, medical information, that the information is confidential, that it's, you know, it's not going to be hacked, for example. And providers have the same concerns. We also have to make sure that the care we deliver using telemedicine is achieving, you know, healthy outcomes. Right. We want to we don't want to replace, you know, other kinds of care with suboptimal care.
So we want to make sure that people actually benefit from that kind of the kind of support. And I think, you know, increasingly people and particularly doctors as well, are recognizing that we can deliver certain types of care, high quality care in certain situations to patients using telemedicine.
Do you envision this scenario will continue following the covid-19 outbreak? Is this something that is saving money to medical facilities, for example?
Well, I'm not sure if it's saving money at the moment, but I think the train's left the station as far as, you know, home based care and telemedicine is concerned. I think we're going to see increasingly wider use of it, even after covid. Whether it saves money or not, I'm not sure. I mean, there are issues now about reimbursement that need to be sorted out. And and, you know, I think in some situations now, health systems are losing money because they're not able to get reimbursed for, you know, to the same extent for some of the telemedicine services that are provided.
We're seeing industries across the board sort of shift the focus to whether it's looking at schooling and distance learning or shopping and ensuring that those who are at a store can socially distance. How do you see this being the next step for the larger schooling system around the world? I think we've seen a lot of creative ideas, you could say, in terms of how to get kids back to school. In Mexico, for example, they're going to start learning by watching television programs that are educational in nature and eventually work their way back into the classroom.
But there is this major concern because we've seen countries around the world who tried to keep schools open like Israel, and then saw a massive second wave of the virus. What are the biggest concerns that you see with schools opening and how can telemedicine help with those issues?
Well, I think we all want our kids to be back in school based to. School, so hopefully if we can get our hands around this epidemic, this will be a temporary challenge. But in the meantime, I think we've got to find ways to ensure that the kids who come to school or come into a safe environment, that the teachers are protected from risk and the other staff, and that the kids don't take virus home to their own families and put their own families at risk for serious disease.
And I think, you know, telemedicine in the meantime, can we can support that? It's not going to replace face to face teaching, but there are probably strategies that we can try to implement now that will optimize, you know, the value of that education. But again, we have the same concerns with health care. We have. You know, not every child has access to Wi-Fi and not every child has access to a laptop. So there are the disparities that we see in education are going to be magnified during this time where we have to rely on remote learning.
Yeah, absolutely. Do you think that this magnifiers sort of social economic issues across the board having a pandemic? Because, as you know, not everyone has access to the same resources. And when things are shifting to an online world, whether it's Wi-Fi or even access to a computer, people may be at a disadvantage not only to get education for their children, but also just to get medical care.
Well, absolutely. And as I said, that's one of the concerns we have about telemedicine, is to make sure that there's equal access or adequate access for all segments of the society. And, you know, unfortunately, we have disparities in health and we've had that before. But of course, and it's certainly magnified in times of a pandemic or any kind of, you know, any kind of health issue, there's going to be worse than those who are who are disenfranchised or fewer resources.
So, yeah, absolutely.
You've been listening to Dr. Robert Bollinger, professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. We'll be right back.
From the Fox News podcasts network. In these ever changing times, you can rely on Fox News for hourly updates. For the very latest news and information on your time, listen and download now at Fox News podcast, Dotcom or wherever you get your favorite podcasts. What's your take on the covid-19 outbreak? I think that we hear often from infectious disease specialist professors and the like around the world, and everyone seems to have a slightly different take on how to get this under control and how well governments around the world are doing.
Where do you see the global society right now?
Well, you know, that's a that's a broad question. But, you know, let's let's start first with our own country, for example. You know, I'm, you know, one of the people that's just really frustrated and concerned about where we are and where we've come. As far as a country, you know, we've had over 170000 deaths of of Americans. And to put that in perspective, that's more than all the Americans have died of a stroke last year.
That's, you know, three times as many have died during the Vietnam of Americans who died during the Vietnam War for over 20 years. And this is in six months. We've had over 170000 deaths and, you know, one in four deaths of from Koven in the world or Americans. And so it's really been a tremendous hardship and terrible pandemic for our own country. We've certainly seen other countries manage it better and we have lessons to learn from that.
And I think hopefully one of the lessons we learned over the long term as a society and even as a country is that we've got to do a better job and in our public health systems, we've got to do a better job. And how we communicate public health issues to the public and we have to be able to as citizens, we have to be willing to listen and pay attention to the advice that we get from public health officials so we can, you know, mitigate some of this.
But there's still a chance that we could flatten the curve here in the United States even further. But, you know, we have to be willing to do it. Other countries have shown that they are able to do it. And up until this point, it's been a much more of a challenge here than I would have expected. And it's quite frustrating, quite disappointing. I mean, I was expecting a lot more of us as leaders in the world, both in health care and more economically to do a better job with this.
But hopefully these are the lessons that we can learn. And I think, you know, we also have to recognize that it's not just about us. You know, we wear a mask or we socially distance or we practice the those those interventions that reduce the risk. We're protecting others in the community. It's not just about us. And I think that's an important lesson to keep in mind for future epidemics. And they will come.
What's your biggest concern about the vaccine rollout in the United States? I do think people are looking for when that vaccine will come in. And I I guess my question is, do you see it as something that will be not necessarily a magic bullet, but will will dramatically change the numbers that we're seeing and the outbreak? And how far away is that? I think a lot of people see that a vaccine could be done by the end of the year, but that actually getting it into the population and and changing how severe the outbreak is.
How far are we from that, in your opinion?
Probably the first step, of course, is to make sure we have a vaccine that's not only safe, but works before we we've your offer to millions and millions of people. And that's really important. That's the stage we're in now is doing the trials and the testing. I'm confident, cautiously confident that eventually we're going to we're going to, you know, develop a vaccine or maybe multiple vaccines that are going to be effective and safe. We may find, for example, that some vaccines work better or safer in some populations, say older people versus younger people were pregnant women versus other groups, for example, where people with other risk factors might might need a different vaccine and other healthy populations.
These are some of the challenges that we're going to have to be facing as we roll out of vaccine strategy, even after the vaccines are developed. And of course, you know, if people don't aren't confident and don't accept the vaccine in certain communities, and then it's not going to have the same impact. But if if we can develop a safe vaccine or multiple vaccines and we can get that deliver and get confidence in the community to be vaccinated, I'm confident we can turn this around.
We're not going to I don't think we're going to ever eradicate covid from the planet. I think it's going to my hope is this becomes like a regular influenza epidemic, that we have vaccines that will significantly impact the damage that this virus is doing now in the future. Because, you know, and for goodness sake, we you know, we really I don't think we can wait for a vaccine. You know, we've already got as I said, we have 30000.
Americans dying every month, millions of people out of work, millions of kids out of school. It's going to take time to get the vaccine ready, manufactured and distributed, as you said. And some people are going to refuse to be vaccinated. So we have to really continue a parallel track of not only vaccine development, but also continuing the other strategies that are necessary to control the epidemic. And if we do that and we do it together as a real community, then I think we can turn this around.
Really appreciate your your insight and perspective on this. It is important amid this outbreak and I think clear heads hopefully will prevail in all of this. Dr. Bob Bollinger, The Rise and Comilla Gupta, professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Ballinger, thank you again for your time. Thank you.
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