Overwhelmed Hospitals! Are nothing new.

Suddenly, and predictably, the media is “overwhelming” me with fear-mongering “news” about the Omicron variant and how the President wants the unvaccinated to get ready for a winter full of illness and death (guess he still doesn’t know that a there are treatments for Covid and three shots doesn’t stop the spread).

Justin Hart of Rational Ground complied a list of news clips and headlines from around the country in 2017-2018, which was a very bad flu season.

Check out this headline from the LA Times dated January 16, 2018:

“California hospitals face a “war zone” of flu patients–and are setting up tents to treat them

And it goes on to describe:

Hospitals across the state are sending away ambulances, flying in nurses from out of state…..Others are canceling surgeries and erecting tents in their parking lots so they can triage the hordes of flu patients….There’s a little bit of a feeling of being in the trenches…..Connie Cunningham and her staff at Loma Linda University Medical Center were triaging so many flu patients that they assembled what looks like a giant brown camping tent in their emergency room parking lot…”It’s like trying to surf a tsunami,” said Dr. Brian Johnston…

“Palomar Medical Center Escondido in northern San Diego County also pulled out a flu tent this month, but was still so busy that some patients were treated in the hallways….now they’re running low on beds….staff began clearing out an area that was being used as storage…”

It was the same story on the East coast. where this Time article describes tents being set up in hospital parking lots in New Jersey, Pennsylvania as well as in Alabama (“Hospitals Overwhelmed by Flu Patients Are Treating Them in Tents“).

Well, that sounds dire. So the country has been here before. Except this time, hospitals are starting the winter understaffed due to so many nurses getting fired because of vaccine mandates. Yes, firing frontline workers who likely HAD COVID, and who served us heroically during the pandemic makes so much sense. Isn’t a slap in the face at all, and I’m sure their absence will be very helpful during this much anticipated “covid surge.”

Sounds like we are in for the much promised “normal” winter the media promised the vaccines would bring!

Here’s my suggestion for a happy winter. Take vitamin D and TURN OFF YOUR T.V.