COVID Hysteria: A Study in Pictures of “Running Out of Hospital Beds !”, US Edition

In the “bullsh$t of the day” segment brought to you by the mainstream media: “US hospitals are running out of beds.”  The message is clear:

If you are ill, don’t even bother coming to a hospital.

There are no beds.  You will wait for hours.  All doctors and nurses are swamped.

PREPARE TO DIE!

The panic is deafening.  The hysteria is raging.

Now take a deep breath, turn off CNN and join us in the real world.

Here is a bang-up projection tool brought to you by American Hospital Association.  It tells you the expected (as of September 2nd) hospital bed utilization for September 9th, 2021.  Only 73% of hospital beds were expected to be occupied as of today.  Looking at individual states, except for Georgia (not Florida!) which was the only state with expected hospital bed utilization over 100%, there was plenty of hospital beds expected to be available – quite contrary to what the mainstream media told you a week ago.

The question mainstream media thought you’d never ask is: what was the normal, pre-Covid, hospital bed utilization? Here is Statista graph that was classified by CNN.

 

Before Covid, normal hospital bed capacity was about 65%.  Remember, today it is 73%, which is not very much out of the ordinary.  In the 70s and 80s, hospitals were running at close to 80% capacity.  Today, almost every state is operating at normal capacity.  The situation may vary from one hospital to another, but as a general rule, every state is handling the Delta variant without a glitch.  When you are watching hysterical reports “from the trenches”, remember that every “hospital running out of beds” is an exception – not a rule.

Here is a neat HHS Hospital utilization tool (classified by CNN) that allows you to track hospital / ICU bed utilization in the country, and by state.

Compare the previous, projected, data, to the actual hospital bed utilization today.  Total hospital bed utilization is a little over 77%.  The projected data was 73% – not bad.

Only 13% of all hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients.  No matter what CNN tells you, there are no stretchers filled with Covid patients, lining up for miles, in most US hospitals.

This graph by Johns Hopkins University, in many colors, so that even Brian Stelter can understand, shows that there are plenty of unoccupied ICU beds available. Most ICU beds are occupied by non-Covid patients, which means that contrary to the media narrative, the Delta variant does not contribute to ICU hospital bed utilization significantly.

Let’s go to Florida which, if you are following mainstream media, you know as “the state of the walking dead.”

Here is Florida hospital bed utilization, as reported by HHS. If you remember, the number for the country is 77%. In Florida, it’s 83%. While the number is higher, it hardly justifies the hysterical media coverage Florida is getting. One must factor in Florida’s large elderly population as well. You can use the HHS tool to lookup several states (such as Nevada and New York) where hospital bed utilization is close to 80%.

One more aspect to consider.

The media willfully chooses to report hospital bed shortages without proper context. Before Covid- 19 the country was in the grips of medical staffing shortages. Nursing staff, in particular, read here and here. And of course, a physician staffing shortage too, read here and here. These shortages play out down the line including Respiratory Techs, Phlebotomists, Nursing Aids, and the rest.

The implementation of the ACA ( Obamacare) resulted in many nurses and doctors leaving the profession to avoid government dictating standards of care. But more recently the forced economic shutdowns early in 2020 coupled with many choosing to put off elective surgical procedures created a ghost town within many medical facilities across the country. Yes, in the height of Covid 2020 many hospitals were practically empty and had to furlough or lay off staffing.

So when reporting on the number of beds available the context needed is how many beds were staffed in the facility, to begin with. All moderately sized hospitals have a breakdown plan which means the capability to break down a Med-Surg unit to create extended ICU beds. The issue is the staffing to do so.

This data was brought to you by the Right Wire Report where we always follow the science.

If you prefer to follow liberal media outlets, stay tuned for the next week’s “bullsh$t of the day:”  “Joe Biden defeats Covid by mandating Taliban to get all their terrorists vaccinated, or face the new US invasion.”

 RWR original article syndication source.

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Written by Tatyana Larina

Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in San Francisco for 5 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.
My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.
Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?
Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.
For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.
And for everything else, thanks to my family.

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