9 thoughts on “BR: Bacon Bits: COVID, COVID, Cartel

  1. The furloughs are those in nonclinical jobs. They amount to about 10% of the Ballad Health Care system.

    So far they have been able to handle to loads. The patients have been younger with less severe symptoms.

    However, the hospitals service coal country in VA and Eastern TN and there are a lot of compromised people, young and old, from lung diseases, poverty and drugs. Surges are expected as the virus works its way across the heartland.

    The directives to put a hold on elective surgeries is pretty common nationwide in the obvious anticipation of a COVID surge in the next couple of months. As the situation improves ever so slightly in the NY and NJ region, the spread into rural area is expected at a later date.

    So, yes, there are unintended consequences of this pandemic.But I suppose we learn as we go. I think the messaging from Washington and all 50 states has been a mixed bag. It could have been much better, but it is what we have now. Just in the last few days, the 8 red state holdouts for sheltering in place have finally relented for the most part. That just adds to the mixed messaging people are getting.


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    1. “The directives to put a hold on elective surgeries is pretty common nationwide”…

      As an example, I was able to see a dermatologist for a skin check. I cannot however, get an appointment with an orthopod for my elbow.


    2. RE: “So, yes, there are unintended consequences of this pandemic.”

      BR attributes the unintended consequences to “federal efforts to reduce elective procedures,” not the pandemic. Hence the practical question: Could Virginia hospitals have continued performing elective procedures, or at least been left to their own devices in making local resource decisions?

      In general it seems that the PPE supply chain shortages we expected were not as severe or insurmountable as we feared they would be. Perhaps the national mobilization we have witnessed was sufficient to meet the demand after all.


        1. If you say so. I suppose we can pretend that federal efforts don’t stem from policy decisions, or that no choices are made. Or that the dog ate our homework.


          1. I don’t understand what you are saying. Wherever you think the decisions from the administration derived, they are all consequences of the pandemic.

            If the administration overreacted, then that is their decision.

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          2. RE: “I don’t understand what you are saying.”

            I posted the article to draw attention to unintended consequences of public policy decisions. The “dog ate our homework” refers to your persistent attempt to argue that human beings don’t make decisions, that, in this case, the pandemic is making the decisions. That, of course can’t be true, since the pandemic doesn’t have a brain or a mind.

            And yet again, you bring in the administration as a scapegoat. Pity you chose not to address the issue as raised.

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          3. …”the pandemic doesn’t have a brain or a mind.”…

            The policy decisions are CONSEQUENCES of the pandemic. Len clearly stated that. Instead you decided to blame him for scapegoating the administration. As the giant said, “If the foo shits, wear it.” While they are not responsible for the pandemic, they ARE responsible for the response.

            And by the way, the STATE has an administration as well. So be it the state administration or federal, if there is an over-or under-reaction, it is a decision they made.


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