For John, BLUF: Italy is showing what happens when you have weak health care and then you get a pandemic. The example floating around is if the virus victims doubles daily, seven days before it hits 100%, it is less than 1%. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Elderly Will Be Denied Intensive Care as Coronavirus Overwhelms Italy's National Health System, Experts Warn
From PJ Media, by Reporter Paula Bolyard, 12 March 2020.
Here is the lede plus three:
Health officials in Italy have issued guidelines for rationing care as hospitals there struggle to keep up with the surge of patients infected with the coronavirus. Doctors are being told that they'll likely need to deny care to senior citizens and those with other health conditions as the virus explodes across the nation.I am guessing Italy is not one of those European nations Senator Bernie Sanders looks up to as an example of universal medical care.
Italy has been rocked by the still not-well-understood COVID-29 (sic), with more than 1,200 confirmed cases and 827 deaths—second only to China—and 16 million residents currently under quarantine.
An article published by the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (translated here by Yascha Mounk) warns that "It may be necessary to establish criteria of access to intensive care not just on the basis of clinical appropriateness but inspired by the most consensual criteria regarding distributive justice and the appropriate allocation of limited health resources." The report goes on to recommend rationing care to certain populations.
Rationing health care is nothing new in Italy and in fact has become an "established trend" in recent years amid an ongoing economic crisis that has strained government resources, including the government-run healthcare system.
Pr Reporter Tim Pearce, at The Washington Examiner, ‘Not a single EU country’ responded to Italian plea for help with coronavirus. I hope President Trump is aware of this and doing something to help Italy, so they know WE haven't forgotten them.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Let us hope things turn the corner on this, and soon.
Regards — Cliff