So many people still aren’t seeing the big picture. They still see coronavirus as a political media hoax. But guess what, NYC is starting to run out of ventilators. The average age of an ICU patient has dropped to 46 years old. Relatively healthy people who get coronavirus end up on ventilators in the ICU and if they don’t have a ventilator to give them like what’s happened in Italy they drown in their own blood and mucus. It’s fine when it’s a statistics, but when it’s YOUR loved one and some random person has to decide if this 45 year old father who is 10 pounds overweight has a worse chance of surviving than this 47 year old father who jogs five miles a day and so they let YOUR 45 year old loved one die, maybe THEN you’ll start seeing the big picture and WHY coronavirus is not like the influenza.
Folks, in the last 20 years influenza has never caused Italy to run out of ventilators for ICU patients in need of them. Novel Coronavirus did… and those types of decisions have had to be made – do we save Person A or do we save Person B because we have 2 patients that need ventilators both in their 40s and we only have 1 ventilator so one of them is going to have to drown.
Viruses do not care about politics. And this will come as an even bigger surprise for some of you, they don’t care about your wealth. A city in the US has so many patients they are running out of ventilators for them and we are not talking about the sick and feeble elderly we are talking about people in their 30s and 40s. In Atlanta there is a 12 year old child with no pre-existing health conditions who caught coronavirus and is now on a ventilator. In three weeks, we might be trying to decide if we give the ventilator to the 12 year old or the 6 year old because we do not have an infinite supply of ventilators in the world. If we did, China and Italy would not have faced the ventilator crisis.
WE HAVE GOT TO STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS IN TERMS OF THE MORTALITY RATE. Yes, influenza kills tens of thousands every year. Yes, it has a higher mortality rate than novel coronavirus. But each and every one of us has the ability to create antibodies to every type of influenza strain out there. The same is not true of novel coronavirus. Also, the majority of people who get influenza do not need to be hospitalized to stop them from drowning in their own blood and mucus, hell most people who get pneumonia don’t have to be hospitalized to stop that, but that is exactly what happens with coronavirus.
Not to everyone, I will give you that. But about 40%% do and that 40% is the serious problem and why this is a very concerning pandemic. In Missouri Friday there were 90 cases of coronavirus on Monday there were 184. In three days we doubled the number of cases, part of this is due to testing but part is just due to the fact that people are still passing the virus to each other because they still want to believe it’s political and it isn’t any worse than influenza.
And here’s an added bonus, you survive coronavirus without needing a ventilator. Woohoo! The scarring to the alveoli (the little air sacs in the lungs that make it possible for oxygen to enter your bloodstream and oxygenate your muscles) can be so intensely scarred you will have breathing problems for the rest of your life… even with a moderate case. Now, your lungs are so damaged you have to go on disability for the rest of your life and possibly use an oxygen tank and the only thing you can say is “but I was only 35” well, folks that 25-44 age range is the second hardest age range being hit by coronavirus and 24% of those cases are requiring hospitalization with ventilators. That will have an impact on our future, a serious impact.
These are the problems. It isn’t about the deaths, not really, those are sad, tragic, and awful, but the long term repercussions of getting coronavirus can be life altering, even for healthy people… that is the real problem.
So yes, let’s remove the restrictions because it’s only 5% of the US population that will get sick in the next 6-12 weeks. Surely the economy will improve with 15 million sick Americans – 3% of which will die that’s only 450,000 people and only 40% will need to be hospitalized… I mean what’s 6 million people hospitalized in the next 6-12 weeks going to do? It can’t be that bad.
And those numbers are just from coronavirus, they don’t include other illnesses, hospitalizations, or deaths. Sure, our economy can survive that even as the rest of the world’s economies struggle under their own burdens with coronavirus. If you still believe this is a hoax or not a big deal it’s because you are being willfully ignorant to the situation around you.