As Americans are being told that the nation’s hospitals are being overwhelmed due to a surge in COVID-19 patients, in San Fransisco, California at least, the situation may not be as dire as people have been led to believe.
On Saturday, the California Department of Public Health announced that most hospitals and skilled nursing facilities will be allowed to bring COVID-positive staff members back to work without repeated testing and quarantines – so long as they are asymptomatic.
The venerable San Francisco Gate newspaper reports that the reason hospitals are overwhelmed right now isn’t due to masses of people sick with COVID.
Instead, the director of COVID response at the UCSF Medical Center says it’s because of “staffing shortages driven by overly strict state quarantine rules.”
— Robert Mansfield (@mansfieldr) January 11, 2022
California has some of the harshest COVID restrictions in the nation, and new information is coming to light about the efficacy of those restrictions. In the Golden State, like most other places in the nation, warnings about the Omicron variant have been drastic.
But officials now are saying that, the reason some hospitals are being overwhelmed is not because of the number of patients infected with COVID, but because of severe staff shortages created by those exact COVID restrictions.
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Dr. Jeanne Noble, associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF, reviewed the chart of every patient marked COVID-positive in the hospital system on one day in January. What she found was interesting. She determined that roughly 70% of COVID-positive patients had been admitted to the hospital for another reason.
She explained the problem, “The real COVID crisis that our hospitals are facing is a severe staffing shortage that is compromising the quality of our care.”
Further, Noble told the Gate:
“The crisis from the Omicron peak is not generated by serious COVID illness in regions with highly vaxxed populations. The crisis we are suffering in the Bay Area is largely driven by disruptive COVID policies that encourage asymptomatic testing and subsequent quarantines. … The vast majority of COVID-plus patients I take care of need no medical care and are quickly discharged home with reassurance.”
California is choking itself with Covid restrictions. It’d be one thing if it all worked and was worth it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. https://t.co/i3UwGI7i5k
— Keith Fletcher (@_KeithFletcher) January 5, 2022
CDC Revelation Appears To Back Up California Doctor
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently made an admission that appears to back up what UCSF’s Dr. Noble has been saying about what is happening in California with regard to hospital admissions.
During a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel, Walensky admitted that as much as 40% of hospitalizations for COVID-positive patients were actually for other ailments. She also added that as many as 75% of COVID deaths in vaccinated patients had “at least four comorbidities.”
Over at CNN, an equally stunned Jake Tapper challenged Dr. Sanjay Gupta with this information.
“If 40% in some hospitals – 40% of the people who have COVID don’t necessarily have problematic COVID – they’re there because they got in a car accident, they’re there because, you know, they bump their head, and they’re being included as ‘in the hospital with COVID,’ that number seems kind of misleading,”
Tapper continued, “We’re two years into this, and we need the clearest picture possible. If somebody’s in the hospital with a broken leg and they also have asymptomatic COVID, that should not be counted as hospitalized with COVID, clearly.”
It looks as though we are going to see some changes to hospital and reporting policies, based on this information.