Discussing the goals our politicians, “experts,” and media don’t want to define.
This Tuesday, I had the privilege to represent Legal Insurrection on “The Rod Arquette Show,” based on 105.9 KRNS out of Salt Lake City, Utah.
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I discussed with Rod when we should define the end of the pandemic.
Rod was extremely engaging during the segment. We both decried the fact that no political leader or scientific “authority” was willing to come forward with a well-defined end-goal to officially transition to a new phase in dealing with the disease.
As I pointed out on the show: I don’t see our elite media trying to obtain information on a clear goal, either. But that’s why I donned a pair of pajamas 12 years ago and began blogging.
Rod and I spent a good portion of the segment reviewing my post on the pandemic end-point, which analyzed the following three potential endpoints:
* Drop in Hospitalizations
* Reproduction Numbers Below 1 in All States
* Solid Vaccination Levels
I noted that waiting for a zero-death end was useless. Chickenpox, another highly contagious virus with a vaccine, is not normally lethal and is endemic (a regularly found disease among particular people or in a certain area). However, it still kills 100 people annually in this country, and none of us are hunkering down because of the potential for a lethal case.
Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist at UC San Francisco, suggested a 100 deaths or less per day level, which is the same number used to declare a flu pandemic at an end.
“The end to the emergency portion of the pandemic in the United States should be heralded completely by the curtailing of severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19,” she said. “Fewer than 100 deaths a day—to mirror the typical mortality of influenza in the U.S. over a typical year—is an appropriate goal.”
However, classifying deaths as COVID19-caused seems to be based on influences other than science.
Money could be involved, however, in a different way. Minnesota State Senator Scott Jensen, who is also a physician, said Medicare reimburses hospitals differently if their patients have COVID-19.
USA Today confirmed hospitals get a lot more money if a patient has COVID-19 or needs a ventilator than if they have a stand-alone case of pneumonia. Since pneumonia and COVID-19 have a similar effect on the lungs and often occur together, Dr. Wayne theorized that a hospital administrator could try to change a patient’s discharge summary to get a larger reimbursement.
We both expressed our disdain for the leadership of Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci. I had the opportunity to try out my “Lord of the Rings” inspired joke regarding Fauci! Listen and let me know if you laughed!DONATE
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