As the debate wages for whether or not states should reopen businesses in the wake of the coronavirus, more than 600 doctors are making their opinions loud and clear.
In a letter to President Trump, the doctors overwhelmingly argued in favor of reopening the country and called a continued shutdown a “mass casualty incident.”
“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients,” the doctors said in the letter, via the Washington Examiner. “The downstream health effects … are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error.”
“In medical terms, the shutdown was a mass casualty incident,” the doctors continued.
They specified: “The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.”
And, “In youths, it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”
“These include 150,000 Americans per month who would have had a new cancer detected through a routine screening that hasn’t happened, millions who have missed routine dental care to fix problems strongly linked to heart disease/death, and preventable cases of stroke, heart attack, and child abuse,” the letter said per CBN News. “Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%.”
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— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 21, 2020
Dr. Mark McDonald, who joined hundreds of his colleagues in the letter, told Fox News the shutdown was initially necessary to prevent medical communities across the nation from being overwhelmed—but “no city — none, zero — outside of New York has even been significantly stressed.”
“The very initial argument … which sounded reasonable three months ago, is that in order to limit the overwhelmed patient flux into hospitals that would prevent adequate care, we needed to spread out the infections and thus the deaths in specific locales that could become hot spots, particularly New York City … It was a valid argument at the beginning based on the models that were given,” McDonald said via the report. “What we’ve seen now over the last three months is that no city — none, zero — outside of New York has even been significantly stressed.”
Dr. Simone Gold, who organized the letter, said continued shutdowns are forcing hospitals to spend their time and resources on coronavirus-related concerns and not other similarly debilitating health conditions.
“People are not getting their health care,” Gold said via CBN News. “We’re so worried about the fact that patients believe that they are going to get sick if they show up for medical tests. But they’re actually hurting themselves.”
“There are all these patients out there not showing up to emergency departments,” Gold continued, noting a discrepancy at her own hospital. “The volume in the emergency department is incredibly low. Maybe 60 percent of what it usually is. And this is across the nation. Everybody’s had the same experience, excluding the New York metropolitan area.”
“When you look at the data of the deaths and the critically ill, they are patients who were very sick to begin with,” Gold said. “There’s always exceptions. … But when you look at the pure numbers, it’s overwhelmingly patients who are in nursing homes and patients with serious underlying conditions. Meaning, that that’s where our resources should be spent. I think it’s terribly unethical … part of the reason why we let [the virus] fly through the nursing homes is because we’re diverting resources across society at large. We have limited resources we should put them where it’s killed people.”
Here’s more, from CBN News:
In the media call, Gold spoke of the goal America was originally given when everyone was told they must “flatten the curve.” That goal was making sure hospitals weren’t overwhelmed by potentially millions of people dangerously ill from the coronavirus.
She agreed with that goal when it was first voiced, saying, “I always was concerned if we’d have enough ventilators and ICU staff. That was always what I knew to be the potential problem. So I was encouraged when people said that we were going to try to slow things down for that particular reason. That makes medical sense. Everything that has followed since that does not make scientific sense and is flat-out detrimental to society.”
“I cannot say strongly enough that the healthcare system not only is not overwhelmed, it is underwhelmed,” Gold insisted. “I can tell you of scores of nurses who’ve been laid off and scores of technicians who’ve been laid off. And in my specialty, emergency physicians have cut their hours by 35 percent. I’ve never seen anything like this in my career. My point is: the curve has been flattened.”