The truth is that no Canadian province could absorb the hospitalization crush needed to lift restrictions while pursuing COVID herd immunity
COVID-19 has put about 24 people per 100,000 Albertans in hospital over the past week or so. Roughly a quarter are in an intensive care unit bed. Now this isn’t 24 people per 1,000. It is a very sparse 24 people per 100,000 and it is overwhelming Alberta’s hospitals and causing the province’s centrally run health system to pull every lever possible to increase ICU capacity. It likely won’t be enough.
Twenty-four people per 100,000 in hospital would put Alberta in the bottom half of U.S. states by COVID hospitalization rate. The New York Times tracks this information by state, and as of Tuesday Montana was at 41 per 100,000, Alabama at 39, Texas at 40, Arizona at 25, and Colorado at 18. None of them are anywhere near a hospital crisis.
No American state could imagine implementing ICU triage protocols at only 24 hospitalizations per 100,000, but the richest province in Canada is facing this.NationalPost
On top of that, one can’t help but notice, Canada is not only not trying to increase the capacity and flexibility of the National Healthcare System, but working hard to put even more strain on it by REDUCING staffing levels by firing nursers and doctors who choose not to vaccinate. What is the purpose of that, I’m asking? Are they trying to make the whole Health System fail and blame it on COVID-19? I surely hope not, but I’m afraid so.
What do you think?