But Who Are You Going to Trust

At CTH:

There’s something really odd, a profound disconnect of sorts, between what the media is sharing and the reality of what the general public is reporting from their own experience.

According to most national media hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

U.S. media claim doctors and nurses are collapsing under the stress and strain of conditions they describe as “war zones” in the battle against COVID-19.

Media are now reporting about nurses and doctors committing suicide as they try to deal with severe PTSD, and psychological trauma, as a result of endless shifts in overcrowded hospitals filled with desperate and dying patients. Additionally, refrigerated trailers now fill with piles of dead bodies as the morgues are overwhelmed with deceased coronavirus patients.

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However, there is a disconnect.

I’m not talking a little disconnect; there is a profound and entirely opposite set of reports from nurses, doctors and healthcare workers –in multiple states– who are being laid-off, sent home, told not to come in; and doctors worried of losing their practices because hospitals, and their offices are completely empty.

For every media claim of overwhelmed hospital war-zones, there are a dozen reports from actual workers, nurses, doctors and medical personnel reporting exactly the opposite; and yes, a disparity in reporting even in the New York metropolitan area.

Medical personnel in Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia New Jersey, and every region in the USA are reporting there are few to no patients in their facility and the medical staff is being laid-off, or told to go home and/or stay home, because there is nothing to do.

(Do read the whole thing, then read the absolute torrent of corroborating statements from actual people in the healthcare sector.)

It’s funny, because His Imperial Majesty has made the exact same observation. We talk to a lot of medical professionals all over the country, a lot, and, to date, not a single one has said anything that matches the Apocalypse Now scenario, and more than a few have said things that corroborate the second part of CTH’s post. Nothing to do, things slowing down etc.

Yes, we know that the plural of “anecdote” isn’t “data” but we’re talking about a lot of “anecdotes” here, a LOT…

Draw your own conclusions.

Thatisall.

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angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

The media lies. That’s all you need to remember. Sadly, I’ve stopped watching Fox because they’ve gone over the top. I see a Woohoo Flu interview going on, I flip the channel Now I’m far more interested in the paranoid knucklehead who tried to drive a locomotive into the side of the USNS Mercy in LA last week. His reasoning… Read more »

Terrapod
Terrapod

I live about 1/2 mile across the river from a major county hospital. Most weeks there are 2 or 3 ambulance wails heading there and one or two medevac helo flights landing on the emergency pad (flight path is right over my roof at 100 ft clearance). These past two weeks have been absolute silence and the employee parking lot… Read more »

LibraryGryffon
LibraryGryffon

I work at a Connecticut casino, which makes its money off folks from NYC and Asia. There are something like over 8000 employees between where I work and the other casino you can see from our top hotel floors. So far I have heard of ONE case among the staff and that seems to have been diagnosed on symptoms, not… Read more »

Opposable Thumbs
Opposable Thumbs

“Draw your own conclusions.” About the empty hospitals and laying off of staff? The explanation is simple, I am honestly surprised you didn’t think about it: Elective surgeries, procedures, checkups, and other ‘non-essential’ activities have been shut down by these stay home orders. There are a few exceptions, like cancer treatments and time-sensitive things like abortions — all these being… Read more »

Terrapod
Terrapod

Just e-mailed a video link to ya, shows the disconnect in full color. Don’t recall where found, been going into to many rabbit holes of late.

tweell
tweell

Most of the country is having a nothingburger. Talk to medicos in NY(F)C and New Orleans and you’ll hear a different story. The Left Coast is seeing some action as well.

Aesop noted that as the coronavirus cases have ramped up in his hospital in LA, the drug seekers and homeless have stopped coming there for their usual moochfest. Interesting, no?