COVID Update August 5: Without universal coverage, COVID-19 might never end.
Worse, without it, the US would become the magnet for all future pandemics. 1/
Americans didn’t get what they needed from the health care system before the pandemic. It’s too expensive, too inequitable & driven more by profits than patient care.
What’s bad without a pandemic completely fell apart in a crisis. 2/
Our health care system actually made the pandemic worse.
-5 million losing insurance coverage
-Small practices running out of cash
-Nursing homes infection disasters
-Care unavailable to many communities— rural, Black/Brown, poor
-Shortages of key professions 3/
COVID Update August 5: We are at a place where virtually every death from here is preventable.
Improvement is ahead. But our slow fits & starts must be accelerated. 1/
Why do I see our response improving: 1- science will make the virus less deadly & harder to spread 2- one of our missing ingredients— rapid mass testing— will be here soon 3- we frankly have nowhere to go but up. It will be hard to suck at this repeatedly.
Other countries have gotten this “you actually don’t have to spread the virus” thing better than us.
COVID Update August 2: If someone told you, you could save somebody’s life, your answer would be what do I have to do?
With thousands of people dying every week from a virus that now even the White House admits is out of control, our odds of saving lives have never been better.
Johns Hopkins has a model for how many people will die between now and November 1 if we do nothing different. It is 70,000, a number year ago that would have been unthinkable to imagine if it’s not unimaginable now.
Hot spots: Southern/SW cities are now going through a large amount of deaths. These losses stem from June activity & 4 factor contribute to them:
-Opening bars in June
-Hot spots along the border/minority communities
-Late/never to NPIs like masks
-No testing increased spread 3/