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I beg to differ. A so called "good outcome", however one may define that, does not excuse the harm that will come to so many. The people who have come to harm and will come to harm will be far greater then from this virus."A good outcome excuses any wrongs committed to attain it"
People are dying, right now, not from the virus and will continue to die for some time to come. The non essentials. The impoverished. Those unable to feed themselves. They will overdose on drugs. End up incarcerated. Lose their families. Lose their homes. Etc.,
None of that matters to the real, true Covidiots. And yes, the persons that promulgate this short sighted thinking are the real Covidiots.
Let me explain:
An "idiot" is an ignoramus. A person of low intelligence. They are obviously simpletons. And it takes a real covidiot to not grasp the huge impending fall out from the actions that were taken because of a virus. A virus. Novel or otherwise is nothing new to humanity. We've dealt with viruses for a very, very long time. For as long as we've lived viruses have lived with us. Each of us, alive at this time, is a testament to the survival built into our very cells. We have a very marvelous ability to survive harmful viruses, not all viruses are harmful, and come out stronger. I've no doubt that the means will not justify the end. And will be covering this reality as much as possible
"Jim Mann recites the numbers without hesitation: he had 19 tests and seven meetings during a marathon week of screening at a Toronto hospital in March.
The reward at the end was nothing less than a new chance at life, a spot on the facility’s lung transplantation list as emphysema cuts his own lungs’ capacity by almost 75 per cent.
Then just days later, the University Health Network called to inform him everything was on hold. Mann knew he still had to wait for a matching organ from a deceased donor. But Ontario’s cancellation of “elective” surgeries to ready for a feared surge of COVID-19 patients meant nothing could be done for him until the restrictions were lifted.
“It’s very heartbreaking, to be honest,” says Mann, a retired home-renovation salesman from Niagara Falls. “It’s definitely worrisome. I’m only 65 years old.”
He’s part of an overlooked fall-out from the pandemic lockdown — the thousands of Canadians whose treatments have been delayed for close to two months already and could be postponed for weeks more.
Almost 200,000 surgeries and other procedures, cancer screening tests and clinical trials of experimental medicines were shelved indefinitely as hospitals braced for a possible flood of COVID-19 patients. A deluge that never quite materialized.The deluge that the authorities said was sure to come, never came. And hospitals sit less then half full while patients wait for nearly two months now for treatments... But that' s okay with the real Covidiots.
Meanwhile, many hospitals have sat barely half-full.
But there is evidence of negative impacts nonetheless.I'd reported earlier there were at least 35 deaths in Ontario for heart patients awaiting treatment - Covered the back log of surgeries in BC. A back log that will take two years to clear
Modelling in Ontario estimated the cancellation of elective heart surgeries would result in more than 30 deaths by early May.
Anxiety and depression on the rise. Suicides
Colleagues of Dr. Andrew Krahn, Vancouver-based president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, called to check on a patient awaiting the pandemic-delayed implant of a defibrillator, a device designed to prevent lethal heart rhythm problems. His daughter answered, revealing that the patient had already died, says Krahn.Chris Walcroft's untimely passing was covered here as well.
Delia Oliveira, a Surrey, B.C., woman, told media that her 50-year-old husband, Chris Walcroft, passed away April 15, weeks after the procedure to prepare him for life-saving kidney dialysis was cancelled.
For other patients, there was at least the anxiety of having to wait longer to have a tumour removed, clogged artery cleared or painful joint replaced. In Ontario, only about 20 to 40 per cent of the usual volume of elective cancer surgeries has taken place during the lockdown, estimates Dr. Chris Booth, an oncologist and professor at Queen’s University.
“That’s been a massive problem for patients,” he said. “You can imagine how anxiety-provoking a cancer diagnosis is at the best of times, let alone during COVID-19 … and then on top of that they have uncertainty about when they can have their surgery.”
Provinces like Ontario and B.C. announced this week they’re resuming the suspended operations, but now have to cope with the backlog. That could take as much as two years to clear in British Columbia, Health Minister Adrian Dix said this week.
And the longer the delays last, the worse the possible outcomes, predicted the Ontario Financial Accountability Office in a report on the pandemic, echoing others’ concerns.
“Sad comment: It will become more and more difficult to reassure our patients about the impact of this delay on their prognosis,” wrote Dr. Diane Francoeur, president of the Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists, in a newsletter Monday.
“This is the great stress,” said Eva Villalba of the Quebec Cancer Coalition. “If you have a stage-three cancer or stage two that is still operable, you can wait four to six weeks. But if you finally get operated on four months later, maybe it’s not operable any more, maybe it’s progressed to a stage-four cancer.”
Since the changes began, Ontario has performed 72,400 fewer surgeries than the year before, while B.C. saw 30,000 cancelled. A rough extrapolation based on the two provinces’ share of the population points to 189,000 postponed operations nationwide.
By mid-April, Ontario hospitals that are typically at close to 100 per cent capacity were just 69 per cent full, with 11,200 free beds, according to the Financial Accountability Office.Only the real Covidiots out there are okay with this. For them the ends will justify the means. Considering the backlogs and unknowns it's conceivable more will die from sheer medical negligence then will be killed by a virus.
Quebec’s Villalba, like other patient advocates, doesn’t question the decision to largely clear hospitals of non-COVID patients, but believes too little heed was paid the patients affected by the momentous shift. Many found out about their cancellations by automated message, she said.
“At the beginning, we do feel that other patients were completely forgotten and abandoned,” said Villalba. “They don’t want to be sacrificed in the name of COVID patients.”
At the beginning, we do feel that other patients were completely forgotten and abandonedAs for those that died from the virus? Well that included a whole lot of negligence! Obvious in the death tolls coming from the long term care homes. Doesn't matter to the real Covidiots!
MRIs, CT scans and other diagnostic tests for cancer have also been pared back where deemed safe to do so, reducing the number of scans by 25 per cent in Ontario, that province says.None of this will make a difference to the true Covidiots.
Regular screening tests — mammograms, pap smears, colon-cancer tests — have been put on hold. Screening is by definition for asymptomatic people and designed to find cancers early, but it’s unclear what the impact will be, said Meyer.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatment have gone ahead in many provinces, though with “pauses” for some patients, said Maskens. There’s little evidence as to what effect that change will have, either, she said.
Meanwhile, some patients waiting for surgery or other treatment are being prescribed oral, take-home drugs, such as tamoxifen, that can fight the cancer but typically would be started later in treatment.
"The people who do come to hospital are sicker. That’s because they started getting sick and they waited until they were desperate to come in"
In their fear addled brains the end will justify the means- No matter what the "collateral damage".
There are other aspects to this fallout- Those will get coverage here to the best of my ability.