These quotes from hospitals are moving and concerning. Did I get this thing wrong?
Oh thank you for re-posting this! I have tried endlessly to say that over-crowding and overwhelmed hospitals is nothing new. I was a EMT-Paramedic for 12 years, and ERs going on divert (don't bring us any patients) was a regular thing. I've also sat with my mother in ERs for 6, 8, even 12 hours AFTER they decided to admit her before they had a bed ready.
When we locked down for 15 days to slow the spread and save the hospitals, one would think they would have started to prepare for these surges. They've had almost 20 months - and they still aren't ready?? AND they are firing staff over vax mandates while they are already under-staffed??? None of this makes sense. None of anything regarding the pandemic makes any sense.
As a nurse who worked critical care in Houston during the H1N1 outbreak, this is what I've been saying for 18months. We lost LOTS of people during that outbreak. I saw 2 pregnant women and their unborn children die within a shift. We were slammed. Yet, no businesses closed, no one wore masks outside the hospitals.
Life goes on.
Hospital EDs go on divert all the time. When a bad flu season arrives city EDs are crazy-busy. This whole thing has been politicized. We've allowed bureaucrats, politicians, and big pharma to make our medical system beholden to them instead of the consumer. We should be learning important lessons about socialized medical systems right now. Instead, I just see society doubling down on stupidity.
Brilliant. I thought where you were going is that this is because of the mandates and resulting staffing shortages. But, nope. Just good old fashioned "if it bleeds, it leads."
You had a bit concerned there for a moment Mr. Hart. Thank goodness I read all the way through as you instructed. End lockdowns. End mask mandates indoors. End the malfeasance of the medical profession refusing to treat COVID 19 that is killing people unnecessarily & protracting this fear. It’s up to US! The “ALL CLEAR” is NEVER coming until WE DECLARE IT AND LIVE IT!
In January of 2020 (right before COVID), I *stood* for about 8 hours in an over-crowded ER waiting room with my daughter due to no open seats. We went in around noon and didn't leave til after 10pm. Lots of ordinary flu/colds, sick kids, old people with old people problems, etc. That same ER was empty during most of COVID...
Yep! An interesting question, Justin: Can you get your hands on THE NUMBER OF INFLUENZA TESTS PERFORMED in 2019 vs 2020? My theory is that there were almost no Influenza cases in 2020 primarily because the tests were not being performed! Add that to the use of the PCR test which with an endemic virus like Covid easily detects virus particles in people all the time and since there is no way we will ever actually erradicate Covid-19, to the extend the PCR tests are run on people, they will ALWAYS show big numbers. If we developed PCR tests for any number of cold viruses, we would see similar numbers. Difference: we don't put cold viruses case numbers on a daily ticker. There are hundreds of millions of people all over the world who are infected with Corona Viruses and Rino Viruses - we simply don't count them and nobody cares.
Illuminating! I’m bookmarking this one
I never believed you for a second!
I remember being quarantined in 2018, spending 9.5 trillion, and forcing face diapers on my 2yr old.
Not sure why it isn’t reported on more (i know why) but hospitals are designed to run at 75% to 85% occupancy as regular course of business. Similar to hotel business and yes it is a business. Of course Covid increased this % in places but people panic when they hear a hospital is nearing capacity at 90%+. You do the math…..
READ ALLLL THE WAY TO THE END BEFORE COMMENTING, PEOPLE!!!
Thank you! For consistently making me feel like a sane person.
Hospitals have spent the last decade CREATING nursing and staffing shortages. Now they want to fire the very people that kept their hospitals functioning for the last 21 months... These EXACT employees worked all through the worst of Covid with no vaccine and no complaints, just did their jobs. Now because some don't want to be a lab rat for Pharma, you want to fire them...SO SO unethical.
Precisely. Hospital administrators keep ICU beds thin year round. It is very easy to exceed capacity due to staffing levels. The media's panic porn is reckless.
Almost had me going there for a minute. I was just about to go look up the actual numbers that the hospitals are reporting. But then again, I also know that the hospitals in our area have been struggling with staffing shortages for years (source: my wife works there), and even more so now that there's so much political pressure surrounding them. Not a good recipe for a functional business, much less a hospital.
I thought that that’s was where you were going with this 😊