By John Paluska, Founder of The Daily Fodder

A study published this year in the New England Journal of Medicine detailed the horrifying responses to Coronavirus due to state and local mandates and precautions. The study, titled "The Untold Toll — The Pandemic’s Effects on Patients without Covid-19" speaks of how the medical system was completely turned on its head to "accommodate" Coronavirus.

Rather than treat people who will die due to debilitating medical conditions, these people were "kicked out" (the study's words, not mine) because Coronavirus was being prioritized. As the study itself stated:

Mr. R., a 75-year-old man with advanced heart failure, is another of Kolski’s patients for whom the toll has been great. Because he had progressive volume overload and delirium, Kolski referred him to a hospital for an LVAD workup in early March. Then, as his wife, Ms. R., told me, “the world went wonky, and everything went down the toilet.” Having begun admitting patients with coronavirus, the hospital told the couple it was kicking everyone else out. “They are telling me my husband has 6 to 12 months to live without this procedure,” Ms. R. said, “and now they are canceling it on us.” They were then quarantined at home — 2 hours away from the hospital — with no plan in place. Mr. R.’s health quickly deteriorated again, but his wife had been advised to keep him out of the hospital. When they finally had a video visit on April 9, he’d become so ill that the heart failure physician didn’t recognize him. Mr. R. was promptly admitted, and the LVAD was placed. Though Ms. R. is relieved, ongoing challenges include her husband’s persistent delirium, a visitor policy that allows her to be at the bedside only intermittently, and the need for nearby lodging that they can’t afford.

But this wasn't the only example, another man who lived in New York was told he needed to stay home and NOT visit his primary care physician or the hospital because of Coronavirus. The man has pain radiating down his arms and clearly needed medical care, but the guidelines regulated him out of the hospital:

The emergency medical technicians did an electrocardiogram, said it looked OK, and told him to call his primary care doctor. He did, and he was advised that given New York’s Covid-19 outbreak, it was not a good time to go to the hospital. Now, a day later, his colleague asked Lasic, what should they do?

These problems are pervasive and now doctors are "rationing care" to patients to keep up with the demands of the state. Even the liberal Time Magazine reported on this:

Then too there is the COVID-19-related rationing that has nothing to do with COVID-19, at least not directly. Doctors pressed into emergency medicine may no longer be available to their regular patients for appointments to check up on chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. That, in turn, increases the risk of an at-home emergency. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, epidemiologists recorded a spike in deaths from preventable causes, as the epidemic swallowed the health care system whole, leaving the medically vulnerable uncared-for.

“I’m confident we’re going to see that play out again [with COVID-19] globally and potentially within the United States,” says Hudspeth, noting that the number of heart attack and stroke patients coming into Boston Medical Center in the last few weeks has been lower than they would normally expect. “They’re probably suffering those at home.”

Because of bureaucrats in ivory towers demanding edicts and "compliance," hundreds of thousands of people received horrible care, and 65,000 people died. All of it is the government's fault.

The national stockpile was dwindled under President Obama. Did we do anything about this? No. The FDA did not approve at-home testing in march when it existed, but only just recently. So there were major testing shortages due to the FDA. The FDA also denied much ventilator transport (just ask Elon Musk).

Then there were the government mandates to prioritize Coronavirus patients, even if others had more of a chance of death. 

Then there's the nursing home transportations responsible for more than 100,000 deaths. You know, where former Coronavirus patients were literally bussed into nursing homes by the thousands? I guess those old people were nonessential, too. 

Demand an end to lockdowns and let the hospitals make decisions for themselves. Let the free market make the masks and the tests and stop regulating all of it. We won't survive if we don't let people thrive and use their skills to beat these situations.


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