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COVID's collateral damage

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A Man Died After Being Turned Away From 43 ICUs At Capacity Due To COVID, Family Says
Ray DeMonia, 73, was born and raised in Cullman, Ala., but he died on Sept. 1, some 200 miles away in an intensive care unit in Meridian, Miss.

Last month, DeMonia, who spent 40 years in the antiques and auctions business, suffered a cardiac emergency. But it was because hospitals are full due to the coronavirus — and not his heart — that he was forced to spend his last days so far from home, according to his family.

"Due to COVID 19, CRMC emergency staff contacted 43 hospitals in 3 states in search of a Cardiac ICU bed and finally located one in Meridian, MS.,"
the last paragraph of DeMonia's obituary reads, referring to the Cullman Regional Medical Center.

"In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non COVID related emergencies ... ," the obituary reads. "He would not want any other family to go through what his did."
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DeMonia's daughter, Raven DeMonia, told The Washington Post that it was "shocking" when the hospital told the family there were no ICU beds anywhere near Cullman, a town of about 16,000 some 50 miles north of Birmingham.
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From Ray's obituary.
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In honor of Ray, please get vaccinated if you have not, in an effort to free up resources for non COVID related emergencies. Due to COVID 19, CRMC emergency staff contacted 43 hospitals in 3 states in search of a Cardiac ICU bed and finally located one in Meridian, MS. He would not want any other family to go through what his did.
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Maybe hospitals can designate a few rooms and a surgery as non-COVID, or at least one hospital in an area. This should only happen a few times before SOMEONE decides to act. If those whackos can flaunt all the norms of modern civilization, we ought to be able to mitigate the damage they cause, and if it violates norms, well, they started it. The non-whackos shouldn’t have to die so the whackos can “be free”.

I’ve got a couple of karmic bitch slaps I’d like to have seen. For example, I wish Reagan were still alive so he could die of COVID. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” may well have started the tumbling boulders that are burying us now.


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A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst.
What first struck Nathaniel Osborn when he and his wife took their son, Seth, to the emergency room this summer was how packed the waiting room was for a Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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Seth was finally diagnosed with appendicitis more than six hours after arriving at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health North Hospital in late July. Around midnight, he was taken by ambulance to a sister hospital about a half-hour away that was better equipped to perform pediatric emergency surgery, his father said.

But by the time the doctor operated in the early morning hours, Seth’s appendix had burst — a potentially fatal complication.
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To have so many ICU beds pressed into service for a single diagnosis is “unheard of,” said Dr. Hasan Kakli, an emergency room physician at Bellville Medical Center in Bellville, Texas, about an hour from Houston. “It’s approaching apocalyptic.”

In Texas, state data released Monday showed there were only 319 adult and 104 pediatric staffed ICU beds available across a state of 29 million people.
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Before, localized COVID-19 hot spots led to bed shortages, but there were usually hospitals in the region not as affected that could accept a transfer.

Now, as the highly contagious delta variant envelops swaths of low-vaccination states all at once, it becomes harder to find nearby hospitals that are not slammed.

“Wait times can now be measured in days,”
said Darrell Pile, CEO of the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, which helps coordinate patient transfers across a 25-county region.

Recently, Dr. Cedric Dark, a Houston emergency physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said he saw a critically ill COVID-19 patient waiting in the emergency room for an ICU bed to open. The doctor worked eight hours, went home and came in the next day. The patient was still waiting.
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Wilkinson, a 46-year-old decorated Army veteran who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan, was ushered into an exam room about half an hour later. Kakli, the emergency room physician there, diagnosed gallstone pancreatitis, a serious but treatable condition that required a specialist to perform a surgical procedure and an ICU bed.

In other times, the transfer to a larger facility would be easy. But soon Kakli found himself on a frantic, six-hour quest to find a bed for his patient. Not only did he call hospitals across Texas, but he also tried Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Colorado. It was like throwing darts at a map and hoping to get lucky, he told ProPublica
. But no one could or would take the transfer.

By 2:30 p.m., Wilkinson’s condition was deteriorating. Kakli told Puget to come back to the hospital. “I have to tell you,” she said he told her, “Your son is a very, very sick man. If he doesn’t get this procedure he will die.” She began to weep.

Two hours later, Wilkinson’s blood pressure was dropping, signaling his organs were failing, she said.


Kakli went on Facebook and posted an all-caps plea to physician groups around the nation: “GETTING REJECTED BY ALL HOSPITALS IN TEXAS DUE TO NO ICU BEDS. PLEASE HELP. MESSAGE ME IF YOU HAVE A BED. PATIENT IS IN ER NOW. I AM THE ER DOC. WILL FLY ANYWHERE.”

The doctor tried Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston for a second time. This time he found a bed.

Around 7 p.m., Wilkinson, still conscious but in grave condition, was flown by helicopter to the hospital. He was put in a medically induced coma. Through the night and into the next morning, medical teams worked to stabilize him enough to perform the procedure. They could not.

Doctors told his family the internal damage was catastrophic. “We made the decision we had to let him go,” Puget said.

Time of death: 1:37 p.m. Aug. 22 — 26 hours after he first arrived in the emergency room.


The story was first reported by CBS News. Kakli told ProPublica last week he still sometimes does the math in his head: It should have been 40 minutes from diagnosis in Bellville to transfer to the ICU in Houston. “If he had 40 minutes to wait instead of six hours, I strongly believe he would have had a different outcome.”

Another difference with the latest surge is how it’s affecting children.
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Pediatric transfers are not yet as fraught as adult ones, Santiago said, but it does take more calls than it once did to secure a bed.

Seth Osborn, the 12-year-old whose appendix burst after a long wait, spent five days and four nights in the hospital as doctors pumped his body full of antibiotics to stave off infection from the rupture. The typical hospitalization for a routine appendectomy is about 24 hours.
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The high school history teacher said he likes to stay upbeat and apolitical in his social media musings, posting about Florida wildlife preservation and favorite books. But on Sept. 7, he tweeted: “My 12-year-old had appendicitis. The ER was overwhelmed with unvaccinated Covid patients and we had to wait 6+ hours. While waiting, his appendix ruptured and had to spend 5 days in hospital. ... So yeah, your decision to not vaccinate does affect others.”

It was retweeted 34,700 times, with 143,000 likes. Most comments were sympathetic and wished his child a speedy recovery. Some, though, went straight to hate, apparently triggered by his last line. He was attacked personally and accused of making up the story: “Good try with the guilt, jerk.”
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https://www.reuters.com/world/us/united ... 021-12-24/
Dec 23 (Reuters) - United Airlines and Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) on Thursday said they had each canceled dozens of Christmas Eve flights, as the spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant takes a toll on its flight crews and other workers.

Chicago-based United canceled 120 flights for Friday, while Atlanta-based Delta said it has canceled about 90. Both said they were working to contact passengers so they would not be stranded at airports.

"The nationwide spike in Omicron cases this week has had a direct impact on our flight crews and the people who run our operation. As a result, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in advance of them coming to the airport," United said.

Delta said it has "exhausted all options and resources -- including rerouting and substitutions of aircraft and crews to cover scheduled flying -- before canceling around 90 flights for Friday."


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Now Hawaiian Airlines is having trouble. Today it canceled 27 flights, 22 neighbor island & 5 trans-Pacific flights due to ongoing staffing shortages as more employees test positive for have covid or close contact with someone who has it. I'm not looking forward to flying to Oahu.

Son & agent are checking out a condo that allows 60 lb dogs (Ted is on a diet....) and is close to corner stores, a park & coffee shops. They will live stream their visit to me. Not flying until I have to. :nope:


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Covid: Deaf campaigner calls for clear mask research

More research needs to be done into effective clear masks to help deaf people communicate during the pandemic, according to a campaigner.

Melissa Julings, 35, from Norwich, said the wearing of masks had left deaf people feeling "isolated" and "lost" throughout the past year.

The government is due to review face coverings before 21 June, but Ms Julings said more work was needed to find better clear masks.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: "Transparent face coverings may be worn by those who communicate through lip-reading or facial expressions.

"However, their effectiveness is not supported by evidence so the government does not recommend their use by the wider public at this time."



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RTH10260 wrote: Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:59 pm
Covid: Deaf campaigner calls for clear mask research

More research needs to be done into effective clear masks to help deaf people communicate during the pandemic, according to a campaigner.
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https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/10/19/clearmas ... -pandemic/
A transparent mask designed and created by a team of Johns Hopkins students and alumni is making a difference worldwide in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Eleven million of these masks have been sold to date, including to the United Kingdom National Health Service, which purchased 250,000 for frontline workers and social workers to better care for patients who use lip reading and facial expressions to communicate, such as those with hearing loss. Employees at Apple, Fortune 500 companies, and at state, local, national, and international governments are also using the masks.
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A several months ago, our local prosecutors were required to wear clear masks in court. They bought the John Hopkins masks, and I was happy when I was given some to test. I have a small head, well, small body in general, and I couldn't make it fit properly. :cry: I gave one to a Filipino employee who works with seniors, and she couldn't successfully wear it due to her flat-ish nose. If it fits, it's wonderful, but so far there isn't a fit for me.

CORRECTION - I just checked out the website that sells these masks. Now there is a choice of adult and child masks. https://buy.theclearmask.com/collection ... ox-medical

Also, "The ability to see a smile can really help. Facial expressions are important for perceived empathy and building rapport, which can reduce confusion and improve relationships. A ClearMask™ transparent mask provides natural, empathetic communication and eliminates barriers caused by traditional masks. As proven in a study published in the premier Journal of the American Medical Association, doctors who wore the ClearMask™ were seen as better communicators, more empathetic, and more trustworthy compared to doctors who wore traditional, non-transparent masks."
https://www.theclearmask.com/product


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Would identity theft be collateral damage?

Fake testing site collects boatloads of information prior to ‘testing’, and even emails you the results while you’re still in line.

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Greatgrey wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:32 am Would identity theft be collateral damage?

Fake testing site collects boatloads of information prior to ‘testing’, and even emails you the results while you’re still in line.

Jeebuz
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DeathSantos is probably good with that.


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Greatgrey wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:32 am Would identity theft be collateral damage?

Fake testing site collects boatloads of information prior to ‘testing’, and even emails you the results while you’re still in line.

Jeebuz


https: //twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1480721938725195776
Oh boy howdy. Stomp on those guys quickly. Talk about opportunistic crime.


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bill_g wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:28 am
Greatgrey wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:32 am Would identity theft be collateral damage?

Fake testing site collects boatloads of information prior to ‘testing’, and even emails you the results while you’re still in line.

Jeebuz


https: //twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1480721938725195776
Oh boy howdy. Stomp on those guys quickly. Talk about opportunistic crime.
DeSantis is scrambling to get the number of Florida residents that received a negative test from this company so he can get on tv and tell everyone that almost every person recently tested for Covid tested negative. ;)


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https://www.nationalgeographic.com/scie ... 48368741AA

When Paul Tafforeau saw his first experimental scans of a COVID-19 victim’s lung, he thought he had failed. A paleontologist by training, Tafforeau had been laboring with a team strewn across Europe for months to turn a particle accelerator in the French Alps into a revolutionary medical scanning tool.

It was the end of May 2020, and scientists were anxious for a better view of the ways human organs were being ravaged by COVID-19. Tafforeau had been tasked with developing a technique that could make use of the powerful x-rays generated at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. He’d pushed boundaries on high-resolution x-rays of rock-hard fossils and desiccated mummies as an ESRF staff scientist. Now, he was dismayed by a lump of soft, squishy tissue.

But when his colleagues caught their first glimpse of the lung scans, they felt something else: awe.


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That was a super interesting read. Thank you!


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Mom Handcuffed, Jailed for Letting 14-Year-Old Babysit Kids During COVID-19

"I almost don't have words for how low it made me feel," says Melissa Henderson.

LENORE SKENAZY |
2.8.2022 9:00 AM

When COVID-19 shut down her children's daycare in May of 2020, and Melissa Henderson had to go to work, she asked her 14-year-old daughter, Linley, to babysit the four younger siblings. Linley was engaged in remote learning when her youngest brother, four-year-old Thaddeus, spied his friend outside and went over to play with him. It was about 10 or 15 minutes before Linley realized he was missing. She guessed that he must be at his friend's house, and went to fetch him.

In the meantime, the friend's mom had called the police.

Now Henderson, a single mom in Blairsville, Georgia, is facing criminal reckless conduct charges for letting her 14-year-old babysit. The charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and fine of $1,000. The arresting officer, Deputy Sheriff Marc Pilote, wrote in his report that anything terrible could have happened to Thaddeus, including being kidnapped, run over, or "bitten by a venomous snake." (When Henderson protested that the kid was only gone a few minutes, Pilote responded that a few minutes was all the time a venomous snake needed.)



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Jeez. Times have changed. When I was growing up, we spent most of our time, in the city, playing on the streets. The major rule was to come in when the streetlights come on. Even then, we were allowed out if we were on the porch.


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When I was 14, I was paid a whopping $.50 an hour to babysit neighbors kids.


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Wait, aren’t these the people saying parents know best how to raise their children? I’m so confused! :roll:


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Slim Cognito wrote: Mon Feb 14, 2022 1:42 pm When I was 14, I was paid a whopping $.50 an hour to babysit neighbors kids.
I was paid 75¢ for a little more than two hours if I showed up for choir practice at my church. 8-)


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Slim Cognito wrote: Mon Feb 14, 2022 1:42 pm When I was 14, I was paid a whopping $.50 an hour to babysit neighbors kids.
Same here!


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Music video gets wrecked, folk lose money because they couldn't work:



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