In Friday’s article, I discussed how the lockdown model had actually caused much of the country’s coronavirus deaths.
Like many other blue state governors, including Newsom in California and Cuomo in New York, New Jersey focused on lightening the load on hospitals by discharging patients as quickly as possible. This was the same reason that new mothers were expelled from hospitals less than a day after giving birth and most medical procedures, including lifesaving ones, were halted to prep for the influx of virus patients.
But the influx never arrived.
While New Jersey was pushing elderly patients out of hospitals and into nursing homes to prepare for the arrival of a horde of coronavirus patients that would overwhelm medical facilities, the influx never happened. Instead of coronavirus overwhelming hospitals: it overwhelmed nursing homes.
Hospitals were pushed to discharge patients to nursing homes while their facilities remained empty. The discharged patients instead spread the virus in nursing homes
The latest figures in the New York Times now peg the national death toll for nursing homes as 1 in 3. This is still going to be incomplete because nursing home patients who died in hospitals are often not listed and a number of blue and purple states have stonewalled information about nursing home deaths.
At least 25,600 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States, according to a New York Times database.
The Times’s numbers are based on official confirmations from states, counties and the facilities themselves. They include residents and, in cases where reporting is available, employees of the facilities
As mentioned above, this is only partial. The full information, when it becomes available, will be truly horrifying.
It’s now painfully clear that the lockdown model was wrong. Instead of protecting vulnerable nursing home patients, it helped kill them, while wrecking the economy and people’s lives. The trillions wasted on this could have been used to reduce the number of deaths to a fraction of what they were.