The full capacity in the ICU is due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, but also an increase in patients who put off medical treatment during the pandemic and are now showing up to the emergency room with neglected illnesses. In addition, the hospital is seeing heart attacks and major injuries that will likely increase through the summer.
On a personal level, public health denied access to health care last spring, which for me turned out – ten weeks later when health care was available again – to be a broken foot and torn tendon. Left untreated, that caused caused other problems – I am now unable to walk more than a few hundred feet max due to a knee problem. I am scheduled for an MRI of the knee next week Monday (expect out of pocket costs of about $1,500).
Public health lost all sense of the public’s health. To the “experts”, public health meant one disease: Covid-19. All other ailments and diseases were ignored. And so here we are today – many now have on going health problems caused by the actions of public health, and overwhelmed hospitals. Public health must include a lot more than a single disease.