Vital: Where COVID is Putting People in Hospitals (NY Times)

Leveling and lowering may be masks, it may be a new trend of non-reporting

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VT: Closures and mask mandates have been lowering rates, we hope, in Phoenix and a few other places though the lower rates may be tied to the fact that many cities in ‘red states’ aren’t reporting hospitalizations to the CDC…meaning they aren’t on the Johns Hopkins’ numbers. See how the ‘real Donald Trump’ deals with masks and law, from yesterday:

But then there is another problem, the more we hear fringe reports of fake numbers, high numbers, the more real facts, not alternative facts, come in showing us how states like Florida and Arizona are withholding numbers on hospitalizations and deaths, cutting numbers by, in Florida’s case, as much as 70%.  From Cher:

Phoenix, for instance, has a COVID hospitalization rate 6 times higher than Detroit, which was the 2nd epicenter of the plague, and may be underreporting.

New York Times: At overflowing hospitals in South Texas, patients wait hours in sweltering ambulances and on recliner beds set up in hallways. The number of patients intubated in hospital beds in Tampa, Fla., is growing by the day. In Corpus Christi, Texas, a mobile morgue has arrived.

About as many people are now known to be hospitalized with the coronavirus in the United States as during any other time in the pandemic, matching the previous peak in April.

Public health experts say detailed local data on where people are hospitalized — a real-time measure that does not depend on levels of testing — is crucial to understanding the epidemic, but federal officials have not made this data public. The New York Times gathered data for nearly 50 metropolitan areas, including 15 of the 20 largest cities in the country, from state and local health departments to provide the first detailed national look at where people are falling seriously ill.

The data, as well as interviews across the country, show a far-reaching crisis. The worst-hit areas in Texas and Florida have approached the peak rates of hospitalization that New York, New Orleans, Chicago and other cities hit in the spring. A wide and growing expanse of hot spots around the country — including Las Vegas, Nashville and Tulsa, Okla. — have worsened over the past two weeks.

Not every hospital system is overwhelmed, and new treatments have improved the chances of survival for seriously ill people. But experts say a small but significant proportion of those currently hospitalized will die, and those who survive may face serious long-term health issues.

Months ago, the endless wail of ambulances in New York City conveyed the urgency of the virus outbreak in a concentrated area. Now, the scale of the crisis is dispersed and harder to grasp.  Read more..no pay wall:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/23/us/coronavirus-hospitalizations-us.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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  1. All these statistics remind me of W. Caseys statement back in the Reagan administration. Who wouldn’t trust the NYT, NPR, MSNBC and above all…Cher?

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