There are so many things I’d like to say. As with everything, there seems to be a great divide across the U. S. One group seems to think the media, the President, the Vice-President, the Governors, the school boards . . all the way down . . are hyping the COVID-19 “crisis” and making it worse and the other group is wishing they would all do more – close down everything as has happened in Italy.
I am not educated enough or in the know enough to understand it. The bottom line for me is knowing there are “x” number of ICU beds and “x” number of ventilators and, if things happen here as have happened in other countries, there will be way too few ICU beds and ventilators. I heard a doctor in Italy say they have to “triage” the patients . . decide which ones have the best chance of surviving. He didn’t give these examples – they’re mine but say a 70 year old man with a heart condition or diabetes needs a ventilator and there’s only one available. Another patient is 60 with no underlying condition. In Italy, they are having to decide who gets the ventilator and who doesn’t — basically deciding who lives and who probably doesn’t. It’s a nightmare for the doctors and just as bad for patients.
Apparently what they’re trying to do with the “social distancing”, is flatten the curve, which, as I understand it means this: If 50,000 people are going to need ventilators, try to make it so 20,000 need them next week, 15,000 need them later and 15,000 need them a little later. If all 50,000 need them at once, there are going to be way more deaths.
Of course, I’m believing what I’m hearing. That’s all I can do at this point.
As I said in a comment on Facebook to someone complaining about the restrictions . . This is unprecedented. The President, Governors and on down are going to be criticized if they do too little or if they do too much. At the current time, no one knows what is right. Months from now, we’ll look back and say either that they should have done more or what they did was ridiculous and cost jobs. Hindsight is always 20/20. I would not want to be in their shoes. No one wants to see jobs lost but no one wants to see lives lost.
Please remember that you may be young without underlying conditions, but some of us are not. Some of us are older, have conditions that would be life threatening with this virus.
No one knows what’s going to happen; how bad this could get; how quickly it will disappear. It’s ok to disagree with how it’s being handled but please . . don’t be rude, call ugly names. If you pray, our leaders, our country, the people across this country could use all the prayers we can lift right now.