Daily Bread for 12.8.21: Pandemic? What Pandemic? Whitewater’s Already Wished It Away…

Good morning.

Wednesday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 31.  Sunrise is 7:13 AM and sunset 4:20 PM for 9h 07m 02s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 23.9% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1660, a woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello.

Diane Bezucha reports ‘We are full. Period’: Wisconsin hospital leaders say they are at a crisis point with new COVID-19 surge:

Wisconsin hospital leaders are sounding the alarm as the state endures another COVID-19 surge. The seven-day average of new infections is over 3,500 — the highest it’s been in a year.

During a roundtable discussion hosted by Wisconsin Health News on Tuesday, hospital leaders said they have reached a crisis point.

“We are full. Period,” said Eric Conley, CEO of Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital. “It’s really impacting, impeding care for those patients who are not COVID that need the care getting in because getting to our beds is just very, very hard.”

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association COVID-19 dashboard, there were 1,630 people in the state hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon—  an increase of 212 over the past week. More than 400 of those patients are in intensive care units, which are in short supply.

“Unfortunately, it’s not looking good and I don’t think it’s looking good for anybody across the state or even across state lines. Our ICUs are pretty much full,” said Dr. Imran Andrabi, CEO of ThedaCare.

As of Tuesday, hospitals in the Fox Valley and North Central Wisconsin regions reported having only one or two intensive care unit beds available. Hospitals in the northwestern and western part of the state reported having zero ICU beds available. And in southeastern Wisconsin, the number of available beds was cut in half overnight — from 30 on Monday to 15 on Tuesday.

“The hardest part of this is that the delta surge is accelerating while we’re still thinking about what other variants might exist and how they’re going to impact our organization,” said Sue Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System.

At Froedtert, Conley said COVID-19 patients make up about 13 percent of occupied beds, but that number is as high as 40 percent in some hospitals.

Every leader at Tuesday’s panel said the vast majority of new COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated — from 74 percent at Marshfield Clinic to 88 percent at Froedtert.

I’ve been a critic of amateur epidemiology, where untrained people try to predict the course of the pandemic. See On COVID-19 Skeptics and COVID-19: Skepticism and Rhetoric 

It’s not a prediction, however, when doctors and hospital leaders report that their hospitals are filling with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

It’s simply a fact.

Photos of smiling residents won’t make this pandemic disappear.  Indeed, even a hundred exclamation points won’t improve the health of our fellow residents.

Although I’ve no training in epidemiology or virology, I’ll demonstrate:


Sure enough, the pandemic is still here…

In Whitewater, the local public school district can spill onto social media as many happy posts as it wants, and yet not a single student will be healthier or safer.  Vaccination clinics in our schools would protect. Facebook, by contrast, hasn’t yet protected anyone from hangnail, let alone a virus. See Boosterism’s Cousin, Toxic Positivity and Toxic Positivity Is Worse than Annoying as Public Policy.

Vaccination is positive; ‘positivity’ is an evasion.

Men Caught Smuggling Hundreds of Tarantulas from Colombia:

Comments are closed.