TO BELIEVE IT WON’T IS TO BELIEVE THAT NO ONE DIES OF ANYTHING ELSE, EVER. THAT JOBS AREN’T EVER NECESSARY. THAT … WELL, THAT WE CAN LIVE ON RAINBOWS AND MAGIC UNICORN FARTS: Will the Shutdown Cause More Deaths Than It Saves?
We are in the midst of a health care disaster in the U.S. and other developed nations. This is not due primarily to the Wuhan virus, but rather to the fact that “non-essential” medical treatment has been canceled. In England, concern is growing that the deferral of “non-essential” health care could ultimately be more damaging than the Wuhan virus. The London Times reports:
It’s chilling to know that many hospital wards, waiting rooms and car parks are now empty. Before this country was hit, only 800 of the NHS’s 4,125 critical care beds were vacant at one time. Now it’s 2,300. Even with some of the worst fatality rates in Europe, some hospitals now report being half empty since they paused almost all non-emergency work.
The same phenomenon is occurring here.
Richard Sullivan, a professor of cancer and global health at King’s College London, says: “The number of deaths due to the disruption of cancer services is likely to outweigh the number of deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years. Cancer screening services have stopped, which means we will miss our chance to catch many cancers when they are treatable and curable.” Charles Swanton, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, says some tumours will become “inoperable” rather than survivable.
The terrifying conclusion must be that there will be a non-Covid health crisis when this pandemic is over. Far more will suffer and die from otherwise treatable conditions as many go undiagnosed and untreated for the next six months. Their families will not forgive or forget.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, refuses to give a figure for the potential non-Covid fatalities from this catastrophe but the cabinet was told it could be up to 150,000 avoidable deaths.
THE PANICKERS ARE TRYING TO MAKE EACH OF US RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY. THAT’S NOT HOW THIS WORKS. THAT’S A LEVER TO DISMANTLE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM FOREVER: Americans are Protesting- But Not For Themselves.
LET ME TRANSLATE THIS FOR LEFTISTS AND THOSE ON THE RIGHT WHO MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN. MONEY IS NOT JUST MONEY. NONE OF US IS PILING MONEY IN TO SWIM IN, LIKE UNCLE SCROOGE. MONEY IS LIFE. YOU TRADE YOUR LIFE FOR MONEY WITH WHICH YOU BUY THINGS TO SUSTAIN AND ENHANCE THAT LIFE. THIS IS GOING TO DESTROY LIVES. IS ALREADY DESTROYING LIVES. AND IT WILL COST US LIVES: IN POVERTY, DESPAIR AND OUTRIGHT SUICIDE: More economic disasters due to government imposed shut downs.
The beatings will continue until morale improves: Below are some stories I found today describing the on-going the collapse of the economy due to the nationwide lock downs imposed by state and local governments because of their panic over the Wuhan flu.
- Hawaii governor to cut teacher pay by 20% as tourism economy collapses
- University of Arizona announces pay cuts, furloughs for all faculty, staff
- San Francisco’s Three Twins organic ice cream company closes
- U.S. business formation tanks as coronavirus shuts economy
Note how the first two stories are about the sufferings of state employees, whether in government or academia. Note too how these stories only mention as an aside the collapse of the real economy. Who cares if millions of private businesses are going under? What’s really important is that we won’t be able to grab their profits and the government will have to shrink! Horrors!
Only the last two stories are about the real crash, with only the last, buried among many other stories on RealClearPolitics, telling the true tale:
The Commerce Department said on Thursday business applications dropped 21.4% in the week ending April 11, compared with the same period last year.
…The slump in business applications comes as states and local governments have issued “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place” orders affecting more than 90% of Americans to control the spread of COVID-19, the potentially lethal respiratory illness caused by the virus, and abruptly halting economic activity.
At least 22 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in the last four weeks. Retail sales suffered a record drop in March and output at factories declined by the most since 1946. Homebuilding crumbled in March at a speed not seen in 36 years. Economists believe the economy contracted at its steepest pace since World War Two in the first quarter. [emphasis mine]
SOON IT WILL BECOME URGENT TO END THE LOCKDOWN: ‘This is the worst it’s ever been’: L.A. Mayor announces city worker furloughs during State of the City address. When you lose your job, it’s an unfortunate necessity. When unionized Dem city workers lose their jobs, well . . .
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to furlough thousands of city workers for 26 days out of the next fiscal year as one of several measures to help balance the budget amid the COVID-19 pandemic during his State of the City address on Sunday evening.
The furloughs will affect all civilian employees and will be equivalent to a 10% reduction in pay and will take effect July 1, the mayor said. A hiring freeze already put in place will remain in effect, as well.
“I do not take that step lightly. I know every day we’re down even one person is a loss to our city, and it’s my priority to reduce the number of furlough days as soon as possible,” he said.
The address was largely dominated by the ongoing battle against COVID-19, and its devastating affects on the city’s people and economy.
Despite entering the crisis with record reserves, the city’s current financial outlook is dire, Garcetti said. The current situation will be more severe than the recession of 2008, he said.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat this: This is bigger, and it will hurt more,” Garcetti said. “Our city revenues have plummeted. Hotel reservations have collapsed.”
“From a fiscal perspective, this is the worst it’s ever been,” he said. “We’ve borrowed $70 million to date from our special funds and our reserve fund to front the costs related to our COVID-19 response.”
IF YOU WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO START BREAKING QUARANTINE, FLOAT TRIAL BALLOONS LIKE THIS: ‘Experts’ Trial Balloon: Hey, What If We Closed Grocery Stores While We’re At It?
.@FoxNews “Dems say President Trump is trying to open the United States Economy too quickly”, but, if I took even a little more time, they would loudly chant that I am moving too slowly. Just political talking points for them. For me it’s about lives & the future of our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2020