Headings like “Houston faces an apocalypse July 4” caused fear and panic in most American media over the weekend, because talk of the maximum number of intensive care units and the rapidly growing number of cases dominated every pixel (very few were able to see any connection with this resurgence in cases, as well as riots and protests that started a few weeks ago).
As usual in this highly politicized world, another leading voice appeared to make it clear that this heightened state of anxiety was completely useless since there is actually a situation in Houston in his hospitals.
Houston Methodologist CEO Dr. Mark Boom told CNBC on Monday that the demographics of the outbreak “turned upside down” and that mostly young people arriving at state hospitals often do not need beds in intensive care units, although many of them are very sick.
“Despite the fact that we have about 200 patients in our house, about half we only have about three or four people in the intensive care unitso it is encouraging. ”
Additionally, according to CNBC, Boom says Houston’s methodologist has the ability to handle the Covid-19 outbreak by repeating similar comments on friday CNBC from the doctor David cullenderCEO of Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston.
Boom repeated it comments from last week which the the number of hospitalizations “is misinterpreted, and frankly, we are concerned that there is a level of anxiety in the community that is not justified right now“.
“We have the opportunity to take care of a much larger number of patients, and we have a lot of flexibility and the ability to manage,” Boom said.
He noted that a year ago his hospital was 95% in the intensive care unit, which corresponds to the indicators that are currently observed in the hospital.
“It’s completely normal for us to have ICU capabilities that work in the 80s and 90s,” he said.
“That’s how all hospitals work.”
One twitter @LWinthorpe noted that the CEO of another of Houston’s main hospitals issued a statement opposing “excessive anxiety”[ing]“Reporting bandwidth intensive care unit in the state.
“TMC Releases Intensive Care Unit Opportunity Statement That Overwhelms Our Communitybecause of this, it inaccurately seemed that hospitals were in a coming crisis in the field of intensive care. The letter was released prematurely on Wednesday, and it had unforeseen consequences.
What should have warned the community of the critical need to change behavior actually panicked the community.
The media and the public often misunderstand the potential, and it was clear that we needed to correct the misunderstanding in order to better serve society. ”
Is it any wonder what was the point of all this pompous fear?
One of the former authors of NYT Op-Ed reminds us …
“To whom should propaganda be addressed? Scientifically trained intelligentsia or less educated masses? It must be addressed always and exclusively to the masses. ”
~ Adolf Hitler (1998). Mine Kampf, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Mine Kampf, originally published July 18, 1925)
Finally, CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital Mark Wallace added that his object has “a lot of possibilities.”
“In my opinion, there is no scenario where demand for our beds … would overshadow our capabilities.” he continued.
“I can’t imagine it. I just can not”.
2 / “The reported capacity is the basic capacity … we have the ability to be much higher than in terms of beds in intensive care units … We see younger patients, we see a shorter stay, we see a decrease in immortality, and we are seeing a decrease in ICU usage. “
– Aaron Djinn (@aginnt) June 29, 2020
However, fear must be encouraged and people re-controlled.