Of course you don’t; the media wants you to believe that busy hospitals in the winter are a new phenomenon. They’re not new, but you may not remember influenza triage tents and nurses flown all over the country during influenza season healthcare shortages because mainstream media didn’t have quite the agenda from 1918 through 2019.
But this is 2020; this is Rona season.
Time reported in January 2018 that nurses were exhausted; winter flu slams emergency rooms every year, but this one was horrendous. Hospitals across the nation setup triage tents and asked staff to work overtime.
CitrusTV, Syracuse University’s campus news source, shot a live feed from outside University Hospital in January of 2018 that allegedly showed ambulances with flu patients being “turned away.” That’s just media speak for patients diverted to a hospital with an available bed, but the media doesn’t like to explain that to non clinical viewers during Rona season.
Within hospitals and hospital systems, there are many different types of hospital beds and reasons for not accepting patients. However, viewers hear that Grandma might die on the street corner, almost literally, from the mainstream media daily in regards to the Coronavirus.
Dispatch Health wrote an article in 2019 about the previous year’s flu season and tents set up to triage patients across the county. At the time, the publication pushed for home visits, which apparently aren’t a viable option this year.
In January of 2018, Click2Houston reported that the flu sickened so many Houston residents and nurses that extra nurses were flown in from other areas to assist. Kaiser Permanente reported the same “crisis” for all of Texas.
A Los Angeles nurse during the 2018 flu season recounts, “There’s a little bit of a feeling of being in the trenches. We’re really battling these infections to try to get them under control. We’re still not sure if this is going to continue … but it certainly is an inauspicious start.”
The flu list goes on and on, and it would have continued to do so this year as well if not for the Rona. Remember, flu deaths are at an all time inexplicable low this season according to the CDC. In almost the same breath, the CDC reminds its fans that it continues to monitor COVID-19.
Every single flu season, hospitals are busy, and patients with flu symptoms present to local hospitals in droves. This. Isn’t. New.
There are three important distinctions for 2020 regarding the flu:
- There is no more influenza.
- If people have Rona symptoms, unlike flu, they’re encouraged to seek treatment. Flu patients are told to stay home unless their symptoms worsen. Rona patients are told to go to a hospital, get tested 87 times, confirm all 87 tests three times, and then go to the hospital and get tested again…just to be sure.
- This year, you’ll be shamed into believing that “the nurses are so exhausted. Stay home for the nurses.”
Nurses for the last one hundred years must have had a lot more coffee than nurses in 2020; the flu tents exhausted them so much less than the Rona surge.