In that same article is this quote: “When you go to the state website and it shows ICU beds available. Those numbers are horribly incorrect,” Squyres explained.
Ahh, that's very interesting, not all that surprising, and annoying, all at the same time.
So if the state websites have outdated information, it stand to reason that the CDC website could also have outdated information. I guess it depends on where the breakdown in the flow of information is happening.
Where's this coming from, Sandwich?
You mean, link? Or, why am I asking these questions?
If it's the latter, I have friends and relatives who are heavily into the conspiracy theory side of things. I myself, while conservative Messianic Jewish (i.e. Christian of Jewish background) and typically Republican (pre-Trump, at least), am pretty solidly on the pro-vaccination side of this FUBAR, and have been holding a thankfully friendly debate with "the other side" on Facebook for months. Yet because many people I know and usually trust have entirely different thoughts on the matter, I want to consider everything carefully, not just disregard it without a second glance.
So in this case, there was supposed hard data from the CDC itself that at first glance seemed to contradict what the media has been saying about the severity of the pandemic. I wanted to do my due diligence and get to the bottom of the issue.
More ammo for the quiver.
Clifton texas has a population of about 4000. Even the whole county it's in is 18k. It's a tiny speck in the 29 million people of texas, I'm not sure how you can conclude anything about the state of anywhere from looking at it.
I only picked that city/county because that was the city mentioned in the CNN article. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But okay, 30% of the beds occupied at max. That uh actually seems kind of bad? How many free ICU beds does a hospital usually have? How many free beds in general? An empty bed doesn't make money so I would assume not that much. 30% extra load might be catastrophic for all I know, or it could be nothing.
How about Dallas county? Close to 35% and on a terrifying slope. Tarrant county(the FW part of DFW)? 43%. Adjacent Denton county is showing fifty ****ing seven percent.
Again, this isn't beds used, it's beds used for covid only. Unless the ICU is always at least half empty, then yeah it's overflowing right now.
Yes. Because the percentage of ICU beds used for Covid19 is only counting the ICU beds that are used for Covid19. There's a lot of other reasons why people want to use ICU beds. If 10 ICU beds are in use and 3 are in use by covid patients, then the statistic is going to say that 30% of the beds are used for COVID-19.
Very good points, you're right.
My only defense as to why I didn't pick up on that is that it was 4am.