- Jul 24, 2018
I'd say you are right . The fear is the sudden overwhelming of the system by something new and which presents large numbers of serious cases in a short period . Cancer patients often spend long periods of time in hospital before death/recovery/transfer to hospice etc frees up the bed but over decades we have become prepared for that relatively stable albeit extremely high number of patients. When something like this comes along we are not ....and indeed cannot possibly be continually prepared for massive influxes of seriously ill patients . The preventing of death has been tied in to the equation in a way which doesn't really address the real issue which is coping with numbers . The repeated showing of death numbers on a daily basis is counterproductive in my opinion . just hammer the line that the lockdowns and other measures are needed to cope with the need for treatments and availability of resources . Imagine if the daily death toll for cancer heart disease and dementia were plastered over the news daily with graphs projections etc.I think one of the major impacts of Covid 19 is the way that it blocks up ICU.
to give you an illustration, when I had open heart surgery in 2012 I was in ICU for 1 night of recovery ... whereas covI’d patients can be in for several weeks.
it just hobbles the whole system!