Overseas Net once said: “This August is worse than last year.” The epidemic exposed the ills of the U.S. medical system
Severe illness at Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Louisiana Source of the intensive care unit: CNN
According to a report by CNN on August 26, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on August 25, there are currently more than 10 Ten thousand people were hospitalized because of new coronary pneumonia, which is even worse than last August.
Sitting on world-class medical resources and medical standards, the United States has surrendered such a “failed” epidemic prevention and control answer sheet, which shocked the international community. In fact, the failure of the U.S. medical system led by capital during the epidemic is not accidental. As John Gaiman, an emeritus professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, wrote in an article in the International Health Service in January 2021, “The Epidemic It only exposes the long-term system problems of American medical care, including uncontrolled prices, widespread inequality, and the marginalization of public health.”
The average number of new cases per day is 13 times that of nine weeks ago
According to a CNN report on the 26th, more than 100,000 people in the United States have been hospitalized due to new coronary pneumonia, reaching the highest level since January. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average daily number of new cases in the United States in the past week reached 152,400, which is 13 times that of nine weeks ago.
The uneven curve of the epidemic has made American health experts very frustrated. Paul Offett, a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, told CNN that not only was the data in the same period much more serious than last year, but the failure of protective measures made the situation even more pessimistic. He said: “In August last year, we had susceptible people, and we did not have a vaccine. Now, we have vaccinated half of the country’s people, and many people have been naturally infected once. This is protective. But in spite of this, The numbers are even worse…The delta variant has made a huge change to the status quo.”
Children’s infections have increased sharply in some parts of the United States. The CNN25 daily reported that the number of children hospitalized in Texas due to the new crown has hit a record high, and the condition is even less optimistic. Jim Visalovich, a pediatrician at Houston Hospital, said, “We have seen more infants and young children showing symptoms of infection and hospitalization due to the new crown.” Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards said in an interview with CNN on the 25th. A child under the age of 1 died from contracting new coronary pneumonia, which is the smallest child death in the state in 6 months.
U.S. medical staff are overwhelmed
With the increase in the number of hospitalizations for new coronary pneumonia in the United States, regions with limited medical resources in the United States cannot tolerate the burden of the surge in numbers. The Acting Secretary of Health of New Mexico, Dr. David Scolas, said in an interview with CNN on the 26th, “The capacity of our hospital is more than 100%, and these beds were full before we conducted case data statistics.”</ p>
The surge in patients with new coronary pneumonia has also affected the treatment of basic diseases other than new coronary pneumonia. Florida oncologist Nitesh Paryani said in an interview with CNN on the 26th, “I have to reject a cancer patient who needs urgent treatment… Although he waited in the emergency room for nearly 12 hours, we just have no beds. There is no room to treat patients.”
Not only that, the excessive medical burden has caused dissatisfaction and protests among American medical staff. Dominique Malden, a doctor who has worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Mass. Zero, the nurses went home crying in the car at night. Even if we want to compensate by staying up late and sacrificing rest time, we can’t keep up with the patient’s growth. This is very frustrating.”
The newspaper reported on July 30 that on July 13th and 14th, about 1,400 nurses at the Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the Norris Cancer Hospital of the University of Southern California held a two-day strike due to shortage of manpower and medical safety issues; On July 21st, thousands of nurses from the National Nurses Federation of the United States held a one-day parade in hospitals in California and Texas to call attention to the working environment of medical staff during the epidemic.
The U.S. healthcare system failed during the epidemic
John Gaiman, emeritus professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, wrote an article in the International Health Service in January 2021, asking, “U.S. With only 4% of the world’s population, there are 25% of the world’s confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll is huge and uncontrollable. How could this happen in a country that claims to have a strong medical education system and medical service research?”
Under the leadership of capital, it is not uncommon for the US medical system to fail. During the epidemic, the large medical capital of the United States used the epidemic to make money, but the bottom people in the United States suffered from the inability to pay high treatment costs. John Gaiman believes that the market-based privatized medical system has been unable to effectively deal with this epidemic, and private medical institutions are relying on disadvantaged Americans to make huge profits.
At the same time, the construction of public health infrastructure in the United States has been lagging for a long time in recent years. The public health departments of the US states have been underfunded for a long time, and the public health funds at the federal level have also been drastically reduced. The “years of negligence” in the US medical public infrastructure has made it even more weak in the face of Delta mutant strains, which directly led to the backwardness of the US health department’s epidemic detection capabilities, medical record tracking capabilities, and treatment arrangements, and inefficiency in fighting the epidemic.
According to an August 25 report by the American political website Politico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can only make major decisions based on “outdated and unreliable” data. Although there are currently 49 states that regularly report data on patients with breakthrough infections to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these data do not accurately reflect the patient’s admissions and vaccination records. It is understood that although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allocated funds to help states solve data statistics problems, federal and state officials stated that “it will take years to rebuild the public health infrastructure in the United States.”
According to MIT The university’s official website reported that at MIT’s April 5th seminar on “What problems does the new crown pneumonia epidemic reflect in the U.S. medical system and how we should change it”, MIT Professor of Economics Parag Pa Tucker said: “The successful experience I have learned from East Asian countries’ response to the epidemic is that a centralized and coordinated health system is more capable of managing population health, especially during a pandemic.” (text/oldness)