Not only have the models predicting Florida hospitalizations would overwhelm the state health care system been dead wrong, there are actually more empty ICU beds in Florida hospitals now than there were before the whole coronavirus panic started. This whole fucking thing is beyond ridiculous.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to empty hospital beds around the state as proof that actions taken by his administration and local governments have made an impact in the fight against COVID-19.
“Our work is succeeding,” DeSantis said during a Tuesday press conference. “We have flattened the curve. In fact, not only did the hospital system not get overwhelmed, since the pandemic started available hospital beds have increased in the state of Florida, not decreased.”
DeSantis pointed to reports from media outlets last month that looked at a model created by data scientists at COVIDACTNOW.org. The model made predictions about how many people might need to be hospitalized during the outbreak, depending on what actions are taken.
“Those predictions have been false,” DeSantis said. “So, we did not go the way of Italy. We did not go the way of New York City. In fact, we’ve done much, much better than either of those places.”
According to their calculations, if no action was taken, the number of people in Florida needing hospitalization would peak on April 24, with nearly half a million people statewide — 465,699. But DeSantis did take action, issuing a statewide stay-at-home order on March 1 along with ordering anyone arriving from the New York area and Louisiana into quarantine along with closing bars and gyms and limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery.
As of Tuesday evening, just over 4,000 people have been hospitalized in Florida since the start of the outbreak in Florida, data shows. There are now nearly 28,000 confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Florida and 867 reported deaths.
Incidentally, the people who created the “Covid Act Now” website that was pushing these dire projections on state and local governments a month ago are not “data scientists,” or even “scientists” at all. They are major Democratic donors who want Joe Biden to be elected president. That’s why they put a big red banner at the top of their website that says their “models” are not intended to predict the future, but to push for policy change. I debunked their site at the end of March. Here we are a month later, and the media are still pushing their lies, because that’s what they do.
Florida does not have half a million people hospitalized with the coronavirus, but they have a hell of a lot more than that currently unemployed thanks to those dire projections.
Meanwhile, New York’s policies have become ever more insane. New York State, under the leadership of Andrew Cuomo, brother of the CNN personality who faked emerging his coronavirus quarantine, issued a directive that EMT professionals not attempt to resuscitate cardiac patients. Got that? If you have a heart attack in NYC, they were told not to try to save you because a cold virus took down their hospital system:
New York state just issued a drastic new guideline urging emergency services workers not to bother trying to revive anyone without a pulse when they get to a scene, amid an overload of coronavirus patients.
While paramedics were previously told to spend up to 20 minutes trying to revive people found in cardiac arrest, the change is “necessary during the COVID-19 response to protect the health and safety of EMS providers by limiting their exposure, conserve resources, and ensure optimal use of equipment to save the greatest number of lives,’’ according to a state Health Department memo issued last week.
First responders were outraged over the move.
“They’re not giving people a second chance to live anymore,’’ Oren Barzilay, head of the city union whose members include uniformed EMTs and paramedics, fumed of state officials.
“Our job is to bring patients back to life. This guideline takes that away from us,” he said.
Earlier this month, the Regional Emergency Services Council of New York, which oversees the city’s ambulance service, issued a new guideline that said cardiac-arrest patients whose hearts can’t be restarted at the scene should no longer be taken to the hospital for further life-saving attempts.
It matters where you live, folks. It matters that you don’t elect criminally insane machine politicians to rule over you. Because these people have no limits or compassion whatsoever. Zero. None. They will destroy your life over an election year pissing contest without a second thought.