Remember life before COVID-19? No? Apparently most people don’t remember, or simply weren’t aware of how hospitals have operated before the pandemic and how they have operated for a long time. Hospitals are built to run at capacity to be economically efficient.
For the past 18 months we have been inundated with news that hospitals are completely overwhelmed because of COVID-19 patients, blaming those who did not follow the lockdowns. Now the media has a new target: the unvaccinated.
The current wave of hospitalizations is a new weapon the media and experts use to urge people to get vaccinated and to bring in vaccine passport mandates, because the vaccine reduces severe symptoms and death in most patients.
But what about before, what was it like? We’ve compiled a list of 50 examples of overrun hospitals before the pandemic. It turns out it was a very common thing, and no one was to blame, and no extra security measures or precautions were brought into place because of it.
From January 2020, months before anyone even know what COVID-19 was:
“Overcrowding has become so common in Ontario hospitals that patient beds are now placed in hallways and conference rooms not only at times of peak demand, but routinely day after day, research by CBC News reveals.”
From 2018’s flu season:
“The 2017-2018 influenza epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.”
Normal ICU capacity:
Countless other examples:
“In Illinois, 24 hospitals struggling to cope with the flood of flu cases had to turn away people arriving in the emergency department, while in Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley Hospital outside Allentown has set up a tent for people who arrive with less-severe flu”
Widespread flu activity has left hospitals overwhelmed with patients. But high emergency room volumes and filled hospital beds are “not uncommon” for this point during flu season, state officials said.
Health officials in Southern California are warning the public that the current that some hospitals are rerouting patients due to their increasingly limited capacity. From Laguna Beach to Long Beach, emergency rooms were struggling to cope with the and had gone into “diversion mode,” during which ambulances are sent to other hospitals
Extra storage for dead bodies:
Several more times hospitals have been overrun:
Many Edmonton hospitals are operating at more than 100 per cent capacity because of the surge of patients needing admission. In Calgary, occupancy is above 100 per cent in major hospitals and over 100 per cent on certain medical units.
In video from one emergency room, not only was every single room full but patients lined the hallways and were being treated in both gurneys and in chairs. Similar conditions were observed in other hospitals.
Maine image: https://picryl.com/media/hospital-corpsman-wade-henry-gives-a-passdown-to-the-night-shift-in-the-intensive-104747