Health and Medicine

Is the Hospital System Overwhelmed?

By Tom Woods

Remember how awful Thanksgiving was supposed to be?

Well, here’s what happened in the Midwest:

Was everyone in every single one of those states behaving recklessly, and then suddenly, right at Thanksgiving, they thought better of it?

Or might the virus do its thing no matter what?

Meanwhile, what about hospitalizations? These, too, are supposed to be our fault, as insufferable “health care professionals” lecture us with made-up stories about people whose dying words were supposed to have been, “I thought it was a hoax.”

Absolute guarantee nobody ever went to his grave saying those words. If you’re going to invent a b.s. story, at least make it plausible.

Yinon Weiss (@yinonw) has dug up the relevant information on current hospitalization trends.

Let’s start with what the big picture looks like:

I’ll bet most people don’t think the chart looks like that.

Now given that the U.S. has 6000+ hospitals, some number of them will experience high occupancy from time to time, as has happened numerous times in the past. The chart above shows the aggregate numbers, which do not appear to be abnormal.

With COVID hospitalizations increasing, though, how can this be?

Weiss explains:

“1. Wide COVID spread means people coming in for non-COVID issues but still count as COVID patients.”
“2. COVID patients replacing flu patients.”

And hence this:

Finally, what’s happening in Los Angeles?


Important to know what last year looked like, isn’t it?

This is why decontexualized numbers don’t help us. We need to know what’s typical. Saying an ICU is 85% occupied sounds scary to people who don’t know anything. But they generally have to be at least that occupied for a hospital to stay afloat.

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