We're missing something. Clearly if we overload the system then all sorts of Bad Things happen, but the data don't show this. So the question is: are we overloading the health care system? We need different data to understand this. I would propose the following:
- Number of admissions to the hospital
- Number of ICU beds in use
- Number of ventilators in use
- Number of discharges from hospital
- Number of discharges from ICU
I quite frankly have no idea what the numbers are for this, and haven't been able to find them. I'm pretty convinced that these are the figures to look at, which will be key in deciding when (and how much) to reopen the economy.
If anyone has a link to where some of this can be found, I'd be very appreciative.
UPDATE 5 April 13:18: Lots and lots of really good, thoughtful comments. I highly recommend everyone read them as well as this post.