Public health bureaucrats just came up with a doozy of an excuse for the Centers for Disease Control's desperate press for more Covid shots this fall - even as most of the world moves on.
"Never mind that Covid patients, even counting incidental admissions, now occupy just over 2 percent of American hospital beds."
Or that we've actually LOST capacity due to our stupid covid shot mandates. Or that jabbing everybody will put MORE people into the hospital than covid. No, the 'experts' decided on a course of action three years ago, and no amount of logic will deter them.
The "whole hospital bed thing" makes me so frustrated as it's almost entirely due to Certificate of Need (CON lol) laws where hospitals have to apply to the state to get approved to add more beds to their facilities. In news that will shock no one that reads Alex, many times the CON boards contain officials from competing hospitals who will vote down their competitors requests for more beds.
Never mind the states with the strictest CON laws also have the lowest bed/population ratios.
Do yourselves a favor and don't read the comments of the true believers on that Substack. What a load of hot garbage. I think American health outcomes are a direct result of the FDA "food pyramid" and promoting "better health through drugs" versus eating healthy and exercising (which Alex points out as well).
"Taken together, Americans have worse health than their counterparts."
MORONS! Even if it were true that those in poor health ought to take the shots, this still doesn't justify recommending them for *all* Americans! Those of us who are not in poor health don't need shots because the majority of our fellow citizens are.
Well, your last line "Maybe, for change, we’d be better off just listening to the rest of the world - and ignoring our local drug pushers." is all I plan on doing. And for icing, I'm ignoring all stupid CDC recommendations as well. They still have some outrageously stupid mask policies like if you have Covid and come back to school, you need to wear a mask for 10 days. Garbage! Super easy policy to follow - If you get Covid, Don't Ask Don't Test.
So, after 3+ years, I finally got it...I tested positive for Covid. I never got the vax or a booster, so I actually thought I might be one of the fortunate ones that was simply never going to get it, particularly since many of my friends who have been vaccinated/boosted have gotten it multiple times. Bottom line, it was a cold. I felt a little under the weather for a few days and then had lingering congestion for a few days after that and then it was over. The end. Not sure why we have to make a bigger deal out of this than it is. In my 20's and 30's, I went to work feeling worse than I did with Covid. I am really over going from one panic to the next. We need to focus on some of the real problems we are having...oh wait, this is how they want to distract us - I forgot.
You'd think decades of Hospitals gobbling up private practices, the demutualization of insurance companies, and the ascendancy of Big Pharma makes us the greatest healthcare system in the world. Weird.
We do have a lot of unhealthy, obese people in this country. We also have an elderly population. But what happened during Covid? Did all those experts tell the population to rethink their dietary choices and exercise? No. We shut down everything (even the outdoors), kept the pot and liquor stores open, and told people to order takeout. Shut up and stay home, right? What a lost opportunity. And we wonder why drug addiction, deaths of despair, and obesity is up. Gosh, whatever could it be? It's maddening to have these experts now dis the very system that they helped create. Don't eat fresh foods, exercise, or take your vitamins. Here, take this shot and wear this mask. What could be healthier than that! (argh).
Here in Denver we have MASS amounts of healthcare facilities being constructed. Hopefully they will have beds..... side note
I went to my PCP with sinus issues. She did NOT scope or look at my ears, throat or nose. Suggested over the counter Zyrtec. Asked no less than 4 times if I was going to have the flu shot or vaccine that day. NO. NO. They are all Fired!
There are no words strong enough to properly condemn this latest extension of horrible CDC policy. A mass firing seems appropriate. Or just shutter the CDC permanently and start over with new safeguards based on what we've learned.
Public Health is a public embarrassment and sadly beyond saving. Maybe RFK can make a dent in their edifice of lies and failed policy, but I fear they are super-glued into the administrative and medico-security state and that it is impossible to tear it down. We the public just need to ignore and ridicule them
From day one through today, not a single hospital nor skilled nursing facility has, or ever had, a shortage of beds. What they had was a shortage of staff due to the ridiculous quarantine mandates that pulled staff out of those locations unnecessarily. They then had to admit fewer patients and even shut down wings of snf's and of course the news story claimed it was a shortage of beds due to so many people being admitted with covid. The beds are physically there today, and they were there in 2020, 21 and 22. It was a lack of staff due to how the Trump administration and the Biden administration handled it and even more importantly how each Govenor dealt with it. Kentucky's Govenor, Andy Beshear, decided to open up two alternative hospital locations, one in Louisville and one in Lexington. He then gave the contract to his buddy for 27 million without getting other bids. His reasoning was that his buddy's company was the only company that could move fast enough. In the end, taxpayers spent 27 mill, his buddy received 27 million and used much of it to buy repeat generating income equipment such as generators, portable wash stations and toilets, beds etc.. AND, even more importantly, in the end, not one single person ever had to go to one of the alternate locations because the hospitals never had any issues. It was all media lies. This was all done while Trump was in office. Things obviously only got worse when dipshitte #2 came into office.
There is a BIG push to socialize medicine in the US. I remember in the 60's I had neighbors that came to US from Germany. They remarked how much better healthcare was in US than Germany at that time. They hoped the US NEVER socialized medical care. They remembered having to wait a week to see a doctor for a badly broken arm.
Who needs logic when you have a convenient narrative to fall back on.
The heavy hand of the Big Pharma Industrial Complex will endlessly promote irrational fears. The aim is to persuade the weak minded & gullible to subscribe to “vaccines” and/or drugs in perpetuity. This layering of pharmaceuticals will spawn new health issues for those who partake. Then Big Pharma has other subscription drugs to treat the new health issues. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Big Pharma is the real virus.
Well, there are those jibby jab studies that showed they reduced mortality for non-covid illnesses, right? So, maybe if we just pump more people full of more of the mRNA pixie dust, we can improve Americans' general health ! (obviously, I'm being sarcastic, and making fun of the confounders in those studies).
In somewhat related news, my wife accompanied a friend to her first ob appointment (~8 weeks pregnant) and the doctor pushed flu and covid jabs on her. How disgusting is our medical industry?