Saturday, June 27, 2020

Yeah, About That "Hoax" Pandemic...

Apparently some people are still trying to sell the line that COVID isn't real.
Probably with a barn shovel, but still...

It's not like it would be hard to, y'know, call around to boards of health, or hospitals, and ask them how it's going, but apparently it's too hard for The People That Know Everything Without Checking Sources.

Drop by the shop, and I’ll be happy to show you the bodies.

Our SoCal hospital has been full all week for two weeks running.

Main hospital: full.
COVID cohort isolation beds: full.
ICU: full.
100% occupancy, all week-plus, and running.

We only get beds when someone gets better, or dies.
See if you can guess how that impacts treating regular emergencies, heart attacks, strokes, traumas when there’s no place to go, and the ER is full too.
Or how morale goes when every shift you’re just taking a beating.

Just like we told you would happen, back when this was just a storm front on the distant horizon.

Anybody thought you were out of this, or that it was over, or that it never was…?
Good luck with that mythos.

I’ve got a bridge to sell you too, cheap.

And in L.A. County just north of here, it’s twice as bad: all COVID, all the time.
Houston is at 100% ICU-full now.
Texas-wide, they’re running 97% occupancy.
So much for that “this only happens in blue states” crapola.

The same story in 10-15 other states. Few if any run by Democommunists.

So once again, hopeium futures are taking a beating in the market of Actual Reality.

You can ignore Reality. But you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring Reality.

I figure when we’re stacking bodies in freezer vans in 10 states just like they did in NYFC, maybe it’ll start to dawn on the brighter retards that maybe throwing the baby out with the bathwater was a bit premature, and that masks, hand-washing, and keeping your distance aren’t such a bad idea.
Depends on how much Gilligan DNA they have mixed in with Neanderthal.

And that’s with the caveat that deaths from this rather minor disease are still about #99 on the list of Top 100 Things To Worry About in this pandemic.

You’ve all still got your food and cash preps ready though, right?
I hate being the I Told You So guy.
But most of society, and the beefiest part of the bell curve, is filled with slow learners.
The No Learners over on the left little end will take care of themselves; Darwin will always have his due.


Bee Ess said...

Have these idiots forgotten the lag in death from covid? Yes, death rates are in the decline. But for how long? If we're spiking NOW, the deaths wont spike until ... wait for it ... later. Hopefully the current strain is less deadly, but i certainly dont want to find out from the ICU.

gwalchmai munn said...

It's not that it's not real. It's that it's not real enough to surrender all our freedoms for.

Knightsofnee said...

D614G strain, it's a doozy.

Aesop said...

False Dichotomy Fallacy.

Nobody's suggesting you have to do that.
Put a goddam mask on your mug and wash your paws, how 'bout?

Nope. Too hard for that to overcome the Gilligan DNA of society.
Enjoy the decline.

This is what happens when group IQ spells it "freedumb" instead of "freedom".

gwalchmai munn said...

Oh, sorry. I could have sworn somebody asked me to stay inside and close down all "non-essential" businesses. I thought it was the same guys who said "Wear a mask", "Don't wear a mask", "No, wear a mask except when you're shining somebody's shoes." It's all very confusing for us cave folks.

Rhea said...

I heard that in Ohio the new cases are affecting mainly 24-49 year olds. Median age now for cases is 42.

I guess that idea of sacrificing seniors to save the economy is blowing up now. Meanwhile Right Wing Barking Moonbats are complaining that they won't wear a mask because the government suggested it and therefore it must be bad.

I can't tell you how much their casual disregard of the lives of other people irritates me.


Aesop said...


Yeah, that's what happens when you stopped paying attention in mid-April, and it's the end of June.
Like Ferris Beuller told you, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't pay attention, it'll pass you by."

Better luck paying attention the second time around.

Old NFO said...

I'm wondering what the infection rate out of the rioters is going to be. I'm masked when out and my hands are so clean I no longer have ANY calluses... sigh

FredLewers said...

ERJ just posted an article regarding the data. Urbanization is an issue. It's a sad commentary on our society that restaurants and public establishments have to post signs in the restrooms telling the employees to wash their hands after they wipe their ass. Natural selection is fixing to turn into a cast iron bitch for all the Gilligans. But culling is a good thing in the long run.

jenny said...

Now I'm confused about the mask thing. I've been a silent follower of your blog for a while. Weren't you saying that mask wearing by people who don't have a clue about how to handle PPE makes the whole thing even worse? I get that COVID-19 is a real problem-- I'm not in denial about that. I'm just not sure the touted solutions (other than hand washing and keeping distance) are as imperative as we are now being told. So now you're saying all the people should be wearing masks?

idahobob said...

Ya know what? If they want to believe that it is a hoax, that is their choice. It has been our choice to self quarantine since mid February, and whenever we do go out, it is with mask and gloves, and we practice social distancing.
The gene pool has needed bleach added to it for a LONG time. So be it.

Luwanee said...

What aids the Gilligan effect is the lack of truth and straight talk out of the health agencies. Tacking on other deaths as KungFlu and stupid statements of their facts only lead to people not taking this serious. Stay 6 feet apart but a cough can travel 15, use a mask don't use a mask. This drug works but wait no it doesn't, don't go to the park then OK. If it is that infectious why is it not on our money. Plan talk with good facts are what is needed, then we can chart the right course out of this. Yes I do know how serious this can be if contracted.

Aesop said...

I've been giving people straight scoop on this for months.
I've also been telling people Fauci was F.O.S. since 2014.
The people that listened to him are now embarrassed for looking like idiots.

That doesn't therefore disprove the disease, it just shows listening to idiots is seldom a good idea.

Aesop said...


I told you everything you need to know about masks months ago.

They work for what they were intended to do.
It's the minds of the people not wearing them that don't.

AlexJ said...

On Thursday, Houston ICUs were at 97%. Of that number 27% were covid patients. Harris County hospitals have the ability to increase their capacity of covid ICU beds six fold should the need arise. Additionally they can open temporary covid only treatment centers (field hospitals) within 72 hrs. I write this only to help with accuracy. I am also of the belief that many are not taking this virus and its very real consequences seriously enough.

Tucanae Services said...


For me at least this is the confusing part.

1) Here in Texas there are many areas that have yet to have their first case and more than that with less than 10 cases. The death count being extremely low. I understand the vector mechanics that the denser the population the more likely the exposure risk.

2) Yet influenza that we have had for over a century in various forms seems to spread across the state like a slow moving wave regardless of population density. One might get it sooner in Houston or Dallas but within days to a week it has low density places like Gainesville.

So what is the difference in transmissibility of CoVid vs a normal virus strain?

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Sadly, the one thing that may have equally resulted in the spike - mass protests - is hardly mentioned at all. Which is unfortunate, because it undermines the message. If masks, handwashing, and social distancing matter, they matter for everything and are not abrogated because it is a cause one supports.

CleverUsername59 said...


I am a long time reader, first time commenter. In reference to 'I've also been telling people Fauci was F.O.S. since 2014' - I well remember your ebola posts from that year, but any memory I had of Fauci being mentioned has grown dim. I did a keyword search for ' fauci 2014' just now and that led to some posts that look greatly worth re-reading, lo, these six years into the future. Looking forward to re-reading them.

Thank you for spreading the word on 2020-relevant topics (covid-19, general preparedness).

elysianfield said...

"Have these idiots forgotten the lag in death from covid? Yes, death rates are in the decline"


Your universe is way too small to form opinions from the anecdotal news that we are being force fed. I agree with you.

WHO says worldwide 20,000,000 cases, 500,000 deaths.

Looks like 2 1/2% to me....

Roll the dice.

elysianfield said...

Oh, the embarrassment!

The World total is 10,000,000 not 20,000,000 cases. Total deaths still 500,000

Let's call it a 5% rate of mortality then.

Oh, yeah, now I feel better....

OvergrownHobbit said...

It's not that you're wrong, it's that it doesn't do any good if you are right. Because enough of the decisions being made about CCPherpes are made like this one.

Warning: put down your drink.

Also, just for giggles, the Dentist conspiracy.

SFTOBEY said...

This may be of some interest. I'm not saying that the spike IS due to border jumpers, only that it MAY be (because any invading our country showing the Who-Flung-Poo virus symptoms are automatically sent to U.S. hospitals).

Barb said...

So now Im starting to wonder if covid testing is mandatory by health care facility even for routine procedures?

ruralcounsel said...

I was interested to read the account of an emergency clinic administrator in this state, who runs a number of so-called "doc-in-a-box" walk-in medical services facilities. He had this to say to the American Institute for Economic Research.

I am the Managing Partner and General Counsel of a Texas based company that owns and operates 13 free-standing emergency clinics in the State of Texas. I follow your reporting and wanted to share with you some information on Texas. I want people to hear this story as opposed to the mainstream reporting. However, I am sensitive about putting a target on myself or my company for conveying this information. I am not sure how you’ve handled this type of situation but I suspect you’ve had other people send you information who are concerned about becoming a target.

In June, we tested over 2,231 patients (data through last Thursday). Positive rate is now close to 20% (was 4-6% in May). Vast majority of the cases are mild to very mild symptoms. Average age of the people getting tested in mid-30s.

Very different patient (in terms of age) than we’ve seen before June. Most of these patients would not have met criteria that we previously had (and all the health facilities had) for Covid testing. Now with more testing kits we are able to test a broader group of patients.

Clinically, we’ve had very few hospital transfers because of Covid. Vast majority of the patients are better within 2-3 days of the visit and most would be described as having a cold (a mild one at that) or the symptoms related to allergies. We’ve often provided a steroid shot and some antibiotics. By the time we have follow-up calls, most of the patients are no longer experiencing any symptoms. They often say the shot really made a difference.

In terms of what is driving them to the ER — Roughly 1/2 have been told by their employers to get a test. They have a sneeze or a cough and their employer tells them to go get tested. The other 1/2 just want to know. They have mild symptoms (and some don’t have any symptoms but game the system and check a box that they have a symptom so they can get a test — they cannot get a test unless they present with symptoms. If they have no symptoms we send them away — which does happen.)

The average length of stay of Covid patients is 3-5 days. Much lower than the patients being seen in April and early May. Their symptoms are also milder. Most of the patients are not ending up in the ICU. The hospital ICUs are filled with really sick people with non-Covid issues. They [didn’t] come in earlier because they were scared and now they are super sick. From multiple sources at different hospitals — they have plenty of capacity and no shortage of acute care beds.

No real data on breakdown of patients who have Covid but are not in the hospital because of Covid. Recognition that because all patients are tested for Covid you have some percentage of patients listed as Covid patients who are non Covid symptomatic and that the hospitalization rate is somewhat driven by hospitals taking their normal patients with other medical issues.

Finally, heard several stories of how discharge planners are being pressured to put Covid as primary diagnosis — as that pays significantly better. Hospitals want to avoid the discussion but if they don’t they risk another shutdown. This may be an explanation for why there is a gap in hospital executives saying they have plenty of capacity and the increasing number of Covid hospitalizations. You open up your hospitals for normal medical care and you test everyone (sic) of those patients — the result is higher percentage of patients who have Covid — now.

Overall, based on what we are seeing at our facilities, the above information is really a positive story. You have more people testing positive with really minimal symptoms. This means that the fatality rate is less than commonly reported.