My issue with the numbers is how accurate they actually are and of the unfortunate deaths coded to the virus, how many of these people had underlying conditions? Three things have stood out to me in recent days that cause me to question everything:
1. I have a friend in Dallas, and their parents decided to go and get tested. They filled out the paperwork and after waiting almost two hours, left the clinic without being tested. They were called a couple days later and informed that their tests were positive. They informed the clinic that they were never tested to which the clinic responded by stating that they had their paperwork in front of them. Again, they stated that they were not tested as they decided to leave after waiting for almost two hours. A co-worker has a similar story.
2. A woman died of the coronavirus at our hospital on Monday. She was a resident of a local nursing facility and 91 years old. The lasts sentence of the report states "she had underlying conditions." The local news reported the same on the evening newscast. So, out of all of these deaths, how many had underlying conditions, what were the conditions and had compromised was their immune system prior to contracting the virus.
3. There was an article on Yahoo! yesterday with the headline "21 Year Old Girl Dies After Taking Hydroxychloroquine." After reading the article, it was revealed that she was a resident of Florida that attended a youth camp, didn't wear a mask and didn't practice social distancing. Her parents self administer Hydroxycholoroquine and had her sit in her grandfather's oxygen chamber, all done outside the care of a physician. She also suffered from a nervous system disorder, auto-immune disease and was clinically obese. If someone had not read the article they would not know the true facts to the case. The headline was disingenuous.
Take from this what you want, but I am tired of reporting that doesn't share all of the facts and also of how some of these deaths are being coded.