The collateral losses of Covid-19

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By Moses Litsis
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With the pandemic continuing to rampant in the United States and record increases in many US states, the health crisis is worsening in the richest country on the planet.

After the country was declared a state of emergency in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, many states canceled non-emergency medical cases and the number of people seeking medical care in hospitals dropped dramatically.

According to a Reuters report yesterday, emergencies fell by 42% in the first ten weeks of the pandemic, despite an increase in patients with coronavirus symptoms, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . During the same period, patients seeking care for heart attacks decreased by 23% and care for strokes by 20%.

With the outbreak of the pandemic, Texas again banned non-emergencies, although cancer surgeries were allowed, and a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, California only accepted Covid-19 patients for a few days.

Patients who do not suffer from coronavirus stay home either out of fear or difficulty in getting the medical care they need. Evolution that creates a new parallel health crisis. The oncologist from Austin Dr. Debra Pat, speaking to Reuters, said she expects mortality rates to soar in the years following the pandemic because patients did not receive the care they needed when needed.

Of course, the main reason for not taking care of cases other than Covid-19 is not the fear of patients “being infected”, but the inability of the American health system, and not only, to cope.

In another Reuters report we read that the 3 trillion. The Fed is throwing dollars to deal with the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, “triggering excesses in the American capital markets”. In short, they are creating bubbles, at a time when millions of mostly poor and helpless people are losing out on the virus and the lack of safeguards.

But even in the dichotomous Europe of the € 750 billion package, we have not heard a word about the immediate strengthening of public health infrastructure.

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