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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:26 PM

'Covid-hell.' 'Humanitarian disaster.' Experts sound the alarm about U.S. coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/11/12/experts-alarm-coronavirus/

Public health experts are sounding the alarm about the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States as the coronavirus spreads through the country largely unabated and officials muse aloud about the possibility of fresh lockdowns.

The experts use different language to underscore the situation’s urgency: Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden said the nation is experiencing a “dangerous time.” CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta called the crisis a “humanitarian disaster.” Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, who was recently named to President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, described the situation bluntly as “covid-hell.”

Their warnings come amid widespread fatigue with restrictions, even as the virus is nowhere near finished rampaging across the country. Although several states implemented new mitigation measures this week, many people have been letting down their guards or, in some cases, vowing outright to ignore the rules.

Fourteen states, mostly in the Midwest, had reported record numbers of hospitalizations by midday Thursday as the seven-day average number of cases reached highs in 23 states, from Nevada to Maryland, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. Hospital officials predicted that they could soon face excruciating decisions about how to prioritize care as they run short on beds and staff.

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Reply 'Covid-hell.' 'Humanitarian disaster.' Experts sound the alarm about U.S. coronavirus outbreak. (Original post)
ItsjustMe Nov 12 OP
C_U_L8R Nov 12 #1
Thomas Hurt Nov 12 #2
SharonAnn Nov 12 #6
DBoon Nov 12 #7
Docreed2003 Nov 12 #3
ChicagoRonin Nov 12 #4
regnaD kciN Nov 12 #5
marie999 Nov 12 #8

Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:31 PM

1. Trump made this

And every day, he's making it worse. He should just abdicate and let Joe take the helm now. It's only going to get worse for Trump.

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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:35 PM

2. If it isn't personal or there aren't bodies stacked on the curb, people don't care.

Trump never cared. People cared for a while but that has passed.

Compassion and concern for your fellow human beings is fine but it won't stop the fools from being foolish.

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:51 PM

6. You mean "if bodies aren't stacked on 'their' curb, people don't care.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:59 PM

7. No, if "their" body isn't stacked on the curb

I don't believe people would care much about someone else's body on the curb, given how I see people treat the homeless folks who live on the sidewalks.

"If it isn't me, I do not care" should replace "land of the free and home of the brave"

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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:37 PM

3. This is exactly what Dr Atlas has called for

The idea of unfettered herd immunity is a nightmare that we are living in as it will fall upon state and local governments to control this pandemic until Jan 20. I have no faith that the current occupant of the White House will do Jack crap about this situation.

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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:37 PM

4. The disaster is very real and nearly upon us

I have two friends who are doctors working on the front lines. One leads a Covid ward at a metro hospital in Chicago. The other is handling data crunching on the epidemic.

My friend who is the ward leader said they are currently full and will need four more 30-bed wards set up, and there's already not enough doctors or nurses.

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Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:42 PM

5. And his influence will last long after he's left office...

...as any future efforts to curb the virus are sure to be met with active resistance by the 25%-35% of Americans who will see it as their patriotic duty to stop this "Democrat big-government oppression from the illegitimate Biden 'presidency'"...even if the measures are being put in place by Republican governors or local officials.


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Response to ItsjustMe (Original post)

Thu Nov 12, 2020, 08:00 PM

8. Did you ever think that Doctors Without Borders would be coming here?

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