Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Karma Can Be a Motherfucker; COVID-19 Ed.

Yesterday, one of the first deaths of a Virginia resident from COVID-19 was a Christian musical evangelist who, believing the pandemic response to be anti-Trump “mass hysteria,” took his family to New Orleans to “wash it from its Sin and debauchery.”

6 comments:

BadTux said...

It was a message from God. I mean, these people believe everything is a message from God, right? It just wasn't the message he desired, or expected.

Now if yet more of these blovinating morons whining "it's just the flu!" can get the same message from God so that we can get on with the business of stomping this epidemic flat.

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

dinthebeast said...

New Orleans is in trouble. COVID-19 spread at Mardi Gras pretty much the way you would figure it would. Now they're reporting 500 new cases daily and only have about 500 ICU beds in the area.

-Doug in Sugar Pine

BadTux said...

Big Charity in New Orleans had almost 500 ICU beds all by itself before it was closed down by Republican ratfucking after Katrina. The hospital itself had 2900 beds total, making it the second largest hospital in the United States. The building is still there. Hell, half the equipment is still there, LSU bought all new equipment for their platinum-plated hospital across the Interstate that has 1/4th the beds for 10x the cost. But Big Charity had open wards, not private rooms, thus could not make LSU money by taking in private patients. It was a building designed as a hospital for the poors, and we can't have that in this brave new world.

It wouldn't take a whole lot to go in and bring Big Charity to a usable state for emergency hospitalization purposes. I doubt it'll happen though, because LSU just wishes that big hospital building on the downtown side of the Interstate would go away rather than standing there as a monument to how they've fucked Louisiana good and hard.

dinthebeast said...

Can I burn up a few pixels here in expressing just how I feel about having an actual good hospital to get healthcare in?
Since moving to Sugar Pine, I've had to get a new doctor to write the prescriptions for the medicine I take every day, and he is part of Camarena Health, a community based provider for folks in this area.
My last appointment was the 6th of this month, so there were precautions in place for the corona virus, and other than having to drive more than an hour to get there, I'd say they were good, if a little too focused on getting things done that they could bill for.
As we were driving away, Briana and I had the same reaction: that was better than I thought it might be, but it really wasn't Highland.
Highland Hospital in Oakland is where I got all of my healthcare since 2009, where my primary care doctor was (I miss you Dr. Nelson), and where I had the cataract surgeries that brought me back from blindness in 2015.
They are a county hospital and if you can figure out how to navigate the high volume they operate under, the care there is world class.
And they are indeed a hospital for the poors.
I always knew they were there, but aside from their reputation as the place you want to go if you have a gunshot wound, I didn't know much about them until I got my doctor there and did some research to find out what I was getting into.
It seems that because they are a "resource of the last resort" for a very large poor population, they routinely see cases of illnesses that are on the extreme side of treatability, and as a teaching hospital are a favored destination for med students wishing to get the best hands-on training available.
There is something about having confidence in the competence of the people and place you trust your body with that deserves notice, and that is what this long comment is here to say: everyone should have that confidence when they are sick or injured and need to be fixed so they can get on with the living of their lives, it really makes a difference in the health outcome you end up with.

-Doug in Sugar Pine

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