If all ya have is a hammer…

all the world appears as a nail.

Over 600 physicians signed a letter to PDT concerning the health consequences they see of economic ‘lockdown.’

Because we must only make decisions based on Teh Science™ !!!

The letter nonetheless marks a push by conservatives to amplify doctors whose opinions are aligned with those of the president and his supporters who have pushed for a swift reopening of the country even as [insert scaaaary bullshiite here].

Oh, so — depending on what they see [or ignore] — doctors are just political chameleons. At least that’s what this “writer” assumes because that’s what he, as “Journalists™” is.

Well, let’s peruse The Letter:

In medical terms, the shutdown was a mass casualty incident. During a mass casualty incident, victims are immediately triaged to black, red, yellow, or green. The first group, triage level black, includes those who require too many resources to save during a mass crisis. The red group has severe injuries that are survivable with treatment, the yellow group has serious injuries that are not immediately life threatening, and the green group has minor injuries

Millions of Americans are already at triage level red. These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse. Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%.

Tens of millions are at triage level yellow. Liquor sales have increased 300-600%, cigarettes sales have increased, rent has gone unpaid, family relationships have become frayed, and millions of well-child check-ups have been missed.

Hundreds of millions are at triage level green. These are people who currently are solvent, but at risk should economic conditions worsen. Poverty and financial uncertainty is closely linked to poor health.

A continued shutdown means hundreds of millions of Americans will downgrade a level.

We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.

Ya mean like the first model that caused the Panic Lockdown? [we, now, being in the Ego Lockdown phase.]

It is impossible to overstate the short, medium, and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown.

Yanno….. I’m getting real tired — reeeeal tired — of these *everything is political* ijits. Not only are they demonstrating their own near brain-dead ignorance, they’re actively advocating the exchange of rigorous, fact-based assessment of new dangers [like a surviving species] for the lazy, feeeeling-based greeting card acceptance of whatever crappola they’re told [like an extinct species.]

This assault on The Enlightenment is really pissing me off.

Respect My Culture!!!!

RTWT

4 Comments!

  1. DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜
    Posted May 22, 2020 at 6:27 pm |

    Claire,
    I think you’d feel a kinship with today’s Stilton’s essay

  2. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted May 22, 2020 at 10:12 pm |

    ThanQ!, DM — I feel muuuuuch better!

  3. Jess
    Posted May 23, 2020 at 10:22 am |

    If doctors quit treating politicians, and bureaucrats, two problems would be solved. Solving a third problem would be refusing to help attorneys.

  4. Nomen Nescio
    Posted May 24, 2020 at 5:18 pm |

    Yes but,
    If you’re a nail, it looks like everybody around you is concealing a hammer behind their back.