September 18, 2021

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COVID Hysteria: A Study in Pictures of “Running Out of Hospital Beds!”, US Edition

In the “bullshit of the day” segment presented by the mainstream media: “US hospitals are running out of beds.” The message is clear:

If you are sick, don’t even bother coming to the hospital.

There are no beds. You will wait for hours. All the doctors and nurses are overwhelmed.


The panic is deafening. Hysteria is raging.

Now take a deep breath, turn off CNN and join us in real world.

Here is an exceptional projection tool offered by the American Hospital Association. It tells you the intended use (as of September 2nd) of the hospital bed for September 9thns, 2021. To date, only 73% of hospital beds were expected to be occupied. Looking at the individual states, with the exception of Georgia (not Florida!) Which was the only state with intended use of the hospital bed over 100%, a lot of hospital beds were expected to be available, contrary to what the mainstream media told you a week ago.

The question the mainstream media thought you would have never the question is: what was the normal use of the pre-Covid hospital bed? Here is the Statista chart that was classified by CNN.

Before Covid, the normal capacity of hospital beds was around 65%. Remember, today it’s 73%, which is not very out of the ordinary. In the 1970s and 1980s, hospitals were operating at nearly 80 percent capacity. Today, almost all states operate in normal capacity. The situation It can change from hospital to hospital, but as a general rule, each state runs the Delta variant without any problems. When you look at hysterical reports “from the trenches”, remember that every “hospital that runs out of beds” is a exception – not a rule.

Here is a neat HHS hospital usage tool (classified by CNN) that allows you to monitor hospital / ICU bed usage in country and by state.

Compare the previous one, projected, data, actual use of the hospital bed today. The total utilization of hospital beds is just over 77%. The expected figures were 73%, not bad.

Only 13% of all hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients. No matter what CNN tells you, there are no stretchers full of Covid patients, lining up for miles, in most US hospitals.

This Johns Hopkins University chart, in many colors, so that even Brian Stelter can understand, it shows that there are many unoccupied ICU beds available. Most ICU beds are occupied by non-Covid patients, which means that contrary to the media narrative, the Delta variant does not contribute to ICU hospital bed use significantly.

Let’s go to Florida which, if you follow the mainstream media, you know how “the state of the walking dead”.

Here is the use of the Florida hospital bed, as reported by HHS. If you remember, the number for the country is 77%. In Florida it is 83%. Even if the number is higher, it hardly justifies the hysterical media coverage Florida is getting. Florida’s large elderly population must also be taken into account. You can use the HHS tool to search for different states (such as Nevada and New York) where hospital bed utilization is close to 80%.

Another aspect to consider.

The media intentionally choose to report hospital bed shortages without proper context. Before Covid-19 the country was suffering from a shortage of medical personnel. Nursing staff, in particular, read here And here. And, of course, a shortage of medical personnel too, read here And here. These deficiencies extend across the board including breathing techniques, phlebotomists, nursing aids, and the rest.

The implementation of the ACA (Obamacare) has led many nurses and doctors to leave the profession to prevent the government from dictating standards of care. But more recently forced economic closures in early 2020, coupled with the choice of many to postpone elective surgical procedures, have created a ghost town within many medical facilities across the country. Yes, at the height of Covid 2020 many hospitals were practically empty and had to lay off or lay off staff.

So, when reporting the number of beds available, the context needed is how many beds were in the facility, to begin with. All moderate-sized hospitals have a breakdown plan which means the ability to tear down a Med-Surg unit to create extended intensive care beds. The problem is the staff to do it.

This data was provided to you by Right thread ratio where we always follow science.

If you’d rather follow the liberal media, stay tuned for next week’s “bullshit of the day”: “Joe Biden defeats Covid by ordering the Taliban to vaccinate all their terrorists or face the new US invasion.”

Syndication source for the original RWR article.