Death Giving Versus Life Giving Christmas
Too many patients, not enough staff. Medical experts say hospitals and states must soon prepare to shift to crisis-care mode, a designation with standards for hospitals to navigate life-and-death decisions when they become overwhelmed. Crisis standards mean hospitals with too many patients and not enough staff likely will need to triage patients, prioritizing care to those mostly likely to benefit when demand outstrips resources. – USA Today, 12/7/20
Medical professionals dread the day they have to choose who lives and who dies but Triaging in a crisis mode means the dead and dying with a slim chance of survival will be left alone and the one with better chances of survival will be given emergent priority care.
California is back to Lockdown and Stay-at-Home Regional mandate restrictions effective last night, 12/6/20 till 1/4/2021. We have NOT learned the first time, so we are paying with our lives and losses every defiance, reckless and selfish behavior the second time. Harsh? Mean? We can’t afford being nice anymore because science and humanity did not and does not work on many people anymore.
At least three counties in the San Joaquin Valley have reached 0% capacity in their hospitals’ intensive care units, making the state’s agricultural hub the first area in California to become maxed out. – The L.A. Times, 12/9/20
COVID-19 Fatigue should never be a reason not to care of what happens to the person next to us. It should never be an excuse when we are seeing above 2,000 deaths per days or have another 1 million new COVID-19 cases in 5 days. Where we are now in the worst, deadliest COVID-19 crisis in the world is because of people’s attitude, actions and behavior. We could have flatten the curve. We could have prevented the overwhelming surges in our hospitals and consequently deaths but many of us choose NOT to follow the warnings and restrictions. We chose personal enjoyment, freedom and comfort over sacrifice for the greater good.
100 Days Wear a Mask Challenge
President Biden is asking all of us to wear a mask for 100 days as one United States of America. We may need to wear a mask longer than that but imagine the possibility of eliminating COVID-19 because everyone set aside their differences and did what’s needed.
The vaccine will not end the Death Giving but people will. The vaccine may give about 3 months of antibody protection but it’s changing our behaviors that will keep us safe in our lifetime.
We need to be better. We need to be selfless. We need to give each other a chance to live and prosper. Anger, hate and blame has been a common effect of the pandemic on people but it doesn’t have to. We can choose to love and be kind to one another. Aren’t these the best gifts we could give someone this Christmas?
Another 260,000 new deaths from COVID-19 by next Spring. Our actions will determine if that happens or not. No one is innocent. Everyone is responsible and accountable. What affects one, affects all.
We will run out of ICU beds and or Staff by end of December. When that happens, people will die exponentially not just from COVID-19 but from other common medical emergencies like Stroke, Heart Attack and Trauma.
Everyone thought another lockdown won’t happen but here we are on our first week of another Stay-at-Home. Ain’t okay, amusing nor fair. It shouldn’t have come to this.