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Poll: Coronavirus Restrictions Led to Widespread Delay of Medical Care

The full extent of the unintended consequences of the suspension of many medical services during the shutdown due to the coronavirus may never be known. But a Kaiser Family Foundation national poll provides a snapshot of the widespread impact of the suspension of co-called elective surgeries and other procedures in combination with public hesitance to enter medical facilities. As the coronavirus threat ramped  up  in March, hospitals,  health systems and private practices  dramatically reduced inpatient, nonemergency services to prepared for an influx of COVID-19 patients.  A poll released Wednesday reveals that the emptiness of medical care centers may also reflect the...

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Kevin Dayaratna: Failures of an Influential COVID-19 Model Used to Justify Lockdowns

This article was written by Kevin Dayaratna, a statistician at the Heritage Foundation. Professor Neil Ferguson, who led the COVID-19 modeling team at Imperial College in London, resigned May 5 from his government advisory role after breaking the very same British lockdown rules that he had a role in influencing. Ferguson led the Imperial College team that designed the computer model that, among others, had been used to justify the recent stay-at-home orders in England as well as in the United States. We now know the model was so highly flawed it never should have been relied upon for policy decisions to begin with. Epidemiology—the study of...

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Minnesota Covid-19 deaths continue to be concentrated among the elderly and residents of long-term care facilities

Last week, I wrote on  whether Covid-19 mortality data justified extending the lockdown, as to which I said: Given the fact that most of the Covid-19 deaths are among a specific demographic, it makes sense to focus isolation efforts on the more vulnerable groups while allowing businesses to open. Continuing with the current system in place does not provide extra protection to the most vulnerable groups. What we will end up having therefore is more permanent economic damage and increasing COVID-19 deaths. Both of which could be prevented with more targeted efforts and expanded testing. Up until recently the state had taken...

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Georgia sees a decline in Covid-19 deaths weeks after reopening, contrary to models predicting a surge in deaths

Georgia has been among the first states to move toward reopening. This despite all the extreme predictions that said Georgia`s mortality rates would double if the state were to move towards such a risky direction. But Georgia allowed some businesses to open April 24th under some strict conditions. The state has followed a staggered reopening over the subsequent 20 days. Restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, salons and other businesses have been allowed to re-open, though bars and live music venues remain closed for the time being. This decision was of course accompanied by heavy criticism, with some analysts showing why the state isn't...

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Patients Speak Out About Impact of Walz Postponing Elective Surgeries

There was an unmistakable urgency to Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm's remarks at the May 5 Covid-19 task force briefing explaining the reasons behind Gov. Tim Walz's executive order rescinding restrictions on so-called elective surgeries. "We are very mindful and becoming increasingly concerned about all the other services that are being put on hold, we think dangerously and unnecessarily. That yes, it’s a matter of keeping a balance," Malcolm told reporters. Yet at the same time, the state's coronavirus coordinator tried to distance the Walz administration from culpability for the decline in many surgeries for untold numbers of Minnesotans. In fact, Malcolm...

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