Count only on what you are doing to protect yourself, and to come out of this horror story whole. Folks, the cavalry has turned into the builders of the Tower of Babel in the city of Babylon. We have to face the reality that the cavalry is not coming.
Who gets a shot at life if hospitals run short of ventilators? Who should get treated? Coming in a hospital near you. And what comes next.
While you were sleeping, public officials, politicians, and healthcare experts, have been plotting behind the scene to ration care for some patients after they failed to do their jobs. Published reports by most reliable news organizations (See links below.) described how the healthcare establishment and the political class have schemed to establish this scale from 1 to 8 when it comes to a decision as to what patient should continue to receive treatment and care. Last on this scale are elderly, the disabled, and those with medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and other serious health conditions. We cannot allow this to happen. For Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker’s, and Boston City Mayor Marty Walsh’s, telephone number, as well as the Commissioners of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Health, and the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House, they are all listed at the end of this post. Let them know what you think, and how you feel about this despicable scheme. And tell them in no uncertain terms that you want their newly instituted death panel regulations to be recalled and rescinded now.
Consequently, those who are sick or become ill with this virus will have to vigorously advocate for themselves and their family and friends. This is wrong. This scaling system (1–8 in order of priority — See link below) as to who should get a shot at treatment is unacceptable in every respect. In fact, it is not only disgusting, it is plainly immoral and unethical. You need to demand the full range of treatment, including experimental treatment if you become sick, or have someone who is currently sick with this virus. This half-baked and obscene plan will certainly prioritize politicians, those who are considered “important,” such as millionaires and billionaires, and celebrities. Black people are dying from this disease at 20 to 40% higher rate, depending of where they live. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/nyregion/coronavirus-race-deaths.html. Contact your state and US representatives and senators, and demand that this plan to establish death panels be scrapped immediately.
Massive Spike of 400% in the published numbers of COVID-19 deaths, due to undercounting — The FDNY reported a nearly 400 percent increase in “cardiac arrest” home deaths in late March and early April, a spike that officials say is almost certainly driven by COVID-19, whether they were formally diagnosed or not.
- Over 600 sailors aboard the nuclear submarine USS Roosevelt whose Captain was fired after pleaded for help, have tested positive for the coronavirus. One sailor has been reported dead today.
- In New York alone, more than 1,400 police office have tested positive for the coronavirus.
- It is estimated that at least 5,400 doctors and nurses who have been in contact with, or have cared for, coronavirus infected patients, and nearly 3,000 healthcare workers in the Detroit area, have tested positive for the virus. And more than 200 Emergency Department and Intensive Care practitioners have died from the virus.
- More than 241 veterans in the VA system have died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, And it is estimated that at least 1,520 VA health care employees have tested positive for the virus, making veterans one of the most at risk groups to this virus. Grocery clerks and delivery workers also need to be supported in this perilous time.
- According to reports by state public health agencies, 2,300 long-term care facilities have become a hub for the coronavirus, Elderly residents and patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities remain the most vulnerable group and the most susceptible to this virus. Children and young adults, as well as individuals in their 40s and 50s are also dying at an alarming rate from COVID-19. The staff in those facilities are also being affected in high number by the deadly virus.
- Collateral damages from this infectious disease epidemic are immense for children teenagers, young adults, and for the elderly. For those who had been left behind even during time of peace and economic growth, such as the thousands of homeless people who have been infected by this epidemic and its close cousin, the ensued economic collapse. And then there are the doctors, nurses, and emergency personnel, who are taking direct fire while they remain on the front line of this crisis, fighting day and night ,to save lives, without the proper supplies or personal safety equipment. They need meaningful and tangible support from all corners of society.
- America’s jails and prisons, including immigration lockups, are fast becoming coronavirus central. In one North Carolina’s jail alone, 60 prisoners and 23 staff members have been infected with the virus. In New York, 132 prisoners and 104 staff have tested positive for COVID-19. This is turning out into a horror story American prisons and jails around the country, as those are individuals who are now trapped in mostly unsanitary conditions with no control over maintaining the so-called social distancing or wearing mask and gloves. America being the prison capital of the world (2. 3 million people in 2019, a 21% decrease from 2013) representing more prisoners than are held in all other countries combined. In 2018, jails reported 10.7 million admissions. Many people who are currently sitting in U.S. jails and prisons are only there because they do not have the money to pay bail, which at times is set as low as 500 dollars. And most of those people will be eligible for release at some point, and are allowed visitors. Therefore, if we allow correctional facilities to become a breathing ground for this virus, we will all continue to become COVID-19 infected at some point in time.
- Thousands of first responders have tested positive for the coronavirus, and some have already succumbed to the deadly microgen. You cannot see it, smell it, or feel it the symptoms start. It is not exactly an enemy. It is just a force of nature. It is invisible, which allows it to mount a sneak attack. 32 firefighters in Washington, DC., 1,300 EMTs in New York City. They have all recovered and returned to work.
- 4-year old Nadia, a Tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for the coronavirus. The tiger is reported to be recovering. Veterinarian testing of animals has also shown the virus to have infected cats and dogs. However, symptoms appear to be milder in animals, most consisting of sneeze, sluggishness, dry cough, and runny nose.