This is an excellent interview on NJTV news with Mike Maron, CEO of Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey. I mentioned Maron in the very first post I did in this series. As he says here, he subsequently contracted COVID-19 and recovered.
The video offers up some useful challenges to a lot of ideological preconceptions.
Haters of corporate CEOs will have to reckon with Maron’s undeniable moral gravitas. He may be a corporate CEO, but he’s likable, courageous, and wise.
Haters of Donald Trump will have to reckon with the fact that Maron recovered by relying on the notoriously “unproven” drug that Trump has been touting for a few weeks, hydroxychloroquine. Whether reliance on this drug in this case involved a selection or a treatment effect is hard to say. I could care less, though: I’d try it. Hell, I’d try zinc, too. If it works, it works. At this point, if someone convinced me that pineapple pizza cured COVID-19, I’d eat it. This is no time to be fussy.
Lovers of free market competition will have to reckon with the fact that Maron describes it as a disadvantage from a public health standpoint.
Lovers of complacency, skepticism, and denial will have to reckon with the fact that Maron is resolutely opposed to all three.
Lovers of gloom and doom will have to reckon with the fact that Maron (and I assume his family) seems to have made a full recovery while suffering a fairly mild form of the infection.
Lovers of happy endings will have to acknowledge that, all things considered, a handful of recoveries isn’t quite a happy ending.
Lovers of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC will have to confront the contrast between the flashy BS artistry of those corporate giants, and the substantive, fact-based reporting of a basically unknown public TV station based in Newark, New Jersey.
A tour de force. Something for everyone. Some good news, for a goddamn change.