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Khanoisseur 🐶🤦🏻‍♂️🌎+ Your Authors @Khanoisseur Nonpartisan fact-checks + “frustratingly accurate” analysis of news (+🐶 pics). *Turn notifications on* Stuff @Google @Twitter @Facebook @Tesla @Audi Jul. 24, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

The UK 🇬🇧 has become a surprising “success” in fighting COVID-19 — from bending down the curve to playing a pivotal role in the testing of a cheap steroid, dexamethasone, the first drug shown to reduce death in Covid-19 patients.

Having spent 96 hours straight in a “top-ranked” hospital with my mom and observed at least a dozen “mistakes” — from wrong doses to sloppy diagnoses — I’ve never been more concerned about our healthcare system’s ability to cope with the US COVID-19 case surge. 🤞

No question the US has many fine doctors and nurses; HOWEVER, the tendency to overprescribe drugs and basic sloppiness wrt to medical procedures and hygiene are jarring — US almost certainly has lost tens of thousands of lives in this pandemic to substandard hospital practices.

Even before coronavirus struck, medical errors were the third leading cause of deaths in US behind heart disease and cancer — COVID-19 has become a convenient shield for a failing healthcare system, but we need to research/understand how many deaths at hospitals were avoidable.

US will almost certainly see a spike in other deaths in coming months and years, the longer the pandemic goes on, as people avoid hospitals for non-Covid care, and more healthcare workers die or quit due to stress. Daily new coronavirus cases now are double their April peak.

Seasoned healthcare veterans will quit in record numbers this year — at the hospital where my mom is, they are seeing many unexpected retirements — ushering in inexperienced doctors and nurses who tend to overprescribe drugs in order to manage workload/not deal with patients.


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