Get this through your thick skull: No Matter What You Do People Will Die. Like when you ordered nursing homes to take covid positive patients in and killed more people in nursing homes alonethan have died in total in all of my state (Florida)? Like how 66% of patients with covid in NYC supposedly were isolated and staying at home - if it's even possible in NYC to stay in your apartment and not breathe the air from the whole building. Or the whole block you're on.I was listening to the radio yesterday and a (medical) doctor was being interviewed (can't remember his name, but he's from Stanford University's Hoover Institute). He talked about this exact point - the death toll from the shutdown. Three points in particular stuck with me:
The big question is whether what you're doing is saving more lives than it's costing. Add up all the good things you're accomplishing, add up all the bad things you're causing and weigh them against each other. You can't answer that because you don't know any of those except the death count.
- Each month 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Medical Science tells us (loudly and repeatedly) that early detection and treatment is the key to survival. Well, for two months, people haven't been getting biopsies because Governor Cumo's (and other Governor's) lockdown has basically shut this down. We won't know the death toll for this for years, but there will be a spike in cancer deaths down the road because of the lockdown.
- Cancer patients are foregoing chemotherapy, probably because the politicians and the media have frightened them with stories about increased risk for co-morbidities. They seem to be more worried about catching a hypothetical disease that they are not taking therapies against a disease that will literally kill them. How many will die is unclear, and we won't know for years, but the number sure isn't zero.
- Organ donation surgeries are down 85% from a year ago, for the same reason.
There is a death toll here. Nobody is looking at this, nobody is counting it, but it's real. As Governor Cuomo put it, human life is priceless. End the lockdown.