Render to COVID19 what is COVID19’s

From a policy perspective there is a opportunity choice to make.   One, the government devotes resources to acquiring and managing ventilator inventories. Or two, the government devotes resources to finding a way for future patients to never need ventilators.   It appears to me that we have decided on the first option, thus condemning future survivors to endure the lung damage from ventilators.

COVID19: Ventilators

We may be wasting valuable energy and attention on obtaining, allocating, and stockpiling ventilators that are not going to change the overall statistical outcomes of this pandemic.   We may be better off focusing our attention on other more productive avenues for protecting the population from reaching the point where ventilators are the last available option.   

Covid19: effectiveness of hospitalization

The question I want answered is what is the overall effectiveness of hospitalization for Covid19 compared to the effectiveness of home care even through the worst of the disease.   In both settings some will die and some will survive.   I imagine that hospitalization would save more lives than home self care.  What is the marginal benefit of one versus the other? 

Medical Privacy and Pandemic Privacy

Given the established one-size fits all medical policies, we have no choice but to allow the general population only to know general counts of cases and outcomes with no additional information such as precise locations and the specific age or other characteristics of that location’s patient.   I ask whether there has ever been a time when anyone in government has seriously defended this approach with a serious consideration that an epidemic could actually happen before the collapse of society.

Consumer appliances for life support for infectious diseases: never allowed to develop?

Based on our current system of government based on democratic processes and product liability lawsuits, we deny ourselves an option to responding to this epidemic: availability of consumer life-support systems.   This option potentially could save more lives or at least provide comfort to more people than what hospitals can dispense.   It is because of our forms of governing that we have made such devices illegal or prohibitively expensive for consumers.

Keeping people out of hospitals during epidemics

In a pandemic, there are primarily just a few conditions that need treatment, where pneumonia is probably the most common.   So, part of preparation for a future pandemic should have focused more attention on preparing for pneumonia treatment instead of counting on processes to prevent the pandemic to spread in the first place.   If we had better treatment for pneumonia and had better stores of equipment to manage the condition, we would have less to fear from pandemics.

Covid19: Rolling Quarantines

Based on the recent policy decisions, we have learned that pandemics are unavoidable and unpredictable.   We learned that the best minds in epidemiology dictate a policy that inevitably kills businesses instantly, and obliterates capital everywhere.   We learned there is no point in any form of long-term planning or investing because the public policy is that everything is expendable when it comes to fighting a pandemic of anything with an elevated rate of mortality.