One of the biggest stories in the media concerns hospitals filled to overflowing with COVID patients. However, as an article in The Atlantic (of all places!) informs us, these numbers are misleading. Almost half of the people in the hospital with COVID are either mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic. In other words, to anyone running around screaming, “We’re all gonna die!,” the answer is “No, we’re not.”
The biggest story is that of a 73-year-old Alabama man who purportedly died from a treatable heart attack after dozens of hospitals across a three-state region turned him away owing to the fact that their ICUs were overflowing with COVID patients. I say “purportedly” out of caution, because there’s almost no confirming evidence other than the family’s say-so. The hospital to which he was originally taken confirmed only that “he needed medical services that were not available” at that hospital. Moreover, he eventually ended up in a hospital in Mississippi, 200 miles from his home.
Those two bits of evidence do indicate that his family is accurately describing what happened. On the other hand, we also know that hospital staffers, especially nurses, are quitting in droves because they refuse to comply with their hospitals’ “get vaccinated or get fired” mandates. That means that the man could have been rejected from several hospitals not because the beds were full, but because the staffing rosters were empty.
The reason I’m casting a teeny bit of shade on that tragic story is that The Atlantic, one of the bastions of the Deep State establishment, has a rather interesting story. It turns out that a deep-dive study that looked at the data for all people hospitalized recently in America for COVID discovered that almost half the cases had minimal or no symptoms: more