I don’t often use Time magazine for information, but it’s appropriate in this situation.
Look at the title and date of this article. It is NOT about COVID-19!
Hospitals Overwhelmed by Flu Patients Are Treating Them in Tents
BY AMANDA MACMILLAN JANUARY 18, 2018
Yes, that is correct! It was only two years ago!
Here are a few direct quotes from the article.
“The 2017-2018 influenza epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.”
“In California, which has been particularly hard hit by this season’s flu, several hospitals have set up large “surge tents” outside their emergency departments to accommodate and treat flu patients. Even then, the LA Times reported this week, emergency departments had standing-room only, and some patients had to be treated in hallways.”
“The Lehigh Valley Health System in Allentown, Pennsylvania, set up a similar surge tent in its parking lot on Monday, in response to an increase in patients presenting with various viral illnesses, including norovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the flu. “We’ve put it into operation a couples times now over the last few days,” said a hospital spokesperson. “I think Tuesday we saw upwards of about 40 people in the tent itself.”
Isn’t that interesting ?
Do you remember this?
If you did, did you remember any talk about closing the schools, closing non-essential jobs, shutting down airports and trade to other countries, social distancing …etc? Below is the map of the USA showing that all States have the influenza. It is from the CDC, not a part of this article.
“The 2017–2018 flu season was severe for all US populations and resulted in an estimated 959,000 hospitalizations and 61,099 deaths. This is the highest number of patient claims since the 2009 flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the 2017-2018 season the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was at or above the epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks. Nationally, mortality attributed to P&I exceeded 10.0% for four consecutive weeks, peaking at 10.8% during the week ending January 20, 2018. Another estimate (September 2018) attributed more than 80,000 US deaths to this strain of influenza.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%E2%80%932018_United_States_flu_season
Strangely enough, I could not find how many cases there were in that flu season, but let’s listen to Anthony Fauci, MD director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Contagion®. “During a serious season, there can be up to 35 million cases of flu, with 700,000 hospitalizations and 56,000 fatalities.“
Let’s condense some of the numbers in the last couple of paragraphs. We know that according to the CDC, 959,000 hospitalizations and 61,099 deaths occurred in the 2017-2918 flu season and can be up to 35 million cases.
Now let’s compare that with the current COVID-19 current statistics, knowing that this flu season it’s not over yet.
What is different about the COVID-19 that makes it so much more dangerous? That inspired the US and virtually every other country in the world to enact such draconian measures to stop this it?
I just bring this up to see what you think about all this.
Do we really think we need to be destroying the world economy for something that happens to a greater or lesser degree every year?
The flu has happened in the past and we live with it. Is it worth destroying the world economy, which in itself will create hardship and death like we haven’t seen since the Great Depression?
How long will it last?
I wish we had answers to these questions, but we don’t.
Will the people in charge of all these restrictions be held responsible if the solution is worse than the problem?
Together we can change the world!
Founder and CEO of Pure Light Global