M.D., staff writer @TheAtlantic, lecturer @Yale, public health and preventive medicine
A missing element in harrowing stories of overwhelmed hospitals and exhausted staff is the decades of CEOs/consultants working to maximize profit and extract maximum value from every employee and ICU bed at all times, leaving hospitals with as little surge capacity as possible.
[March 2020] “Most people don’t get that sick” [20 million deaths later] “Most people don’t get that sick”
Italy has banned weddings and funerals for 16 million people. Japan has closed schools for a month. France and Iraq have banned public gatherings. The U.N. has canceled all physical meetings to address climate change. Americans are uncertain what to do about Coachella.
People call vaccine mandates "Orwellian" even though Orwell died at 46 of tuberculosis, which is now preventable with a vaccine.