There is no doubt that the US in general and Louisiana in particular is in the midst of a Covid surge.
On Monday, our Governor imposed a statewide mask mandate that takes effect today. During the press conference, he trotted out some medical directors who talked about the challenges they face trying to treat patients in the midst of this surge. One Doc said that her hospital was so overwhelmed with Covid patients that they are unable to adequately care for all the patients under their care.
Another Doc said that his hospital had seen a 300% increase in Covid over the past few weeks. Which caused me to wonder? What does that mean? If he had one Covid patient last week, and he has three Covid patients this week, that is a 300% increase, but it doesn't mean he is in a disaster. It means that we need more context beyond a percentage.
There is no argument that Covid is a real thing. There is also no argument that this pandemic has been heavily politicized. Last year, the opposition used it to attack President Trump and used it to modify voting procedures to affect the election. They are now in charge, and have continued to use it to advance their domestic agenda. It's all Covid all the time with these people.
As in all things political, there will be a backlash. There always is. The sad part is that many of us look on the Covid pandemic not so much as a medical issue, but as a political issue. I blame the medical community for making it a political issue. Because they have not pushed back when the politicians used the issue to further political goals. Which means that generally I now no longer trust the medical community. That's a shame, but they did it to themselves.
One bright spot may be a local hospital, who is now publishing raw numbers daily. They are telling us how many Covid patients they have each day. This is important, because transparency will reestablish trust.
Hooray for Rapides Regional. Now, if the other large hospitals get on board, we can assess the problem for ourselves.