Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I visited a woman in the hospital this weekend. She had a heart attack and was unresponsive on arrival. The doctors didn’t know if she would make it. Here’s a note from her husband (I did their estate plan, back when I was in private practice):
“When you are laying in bed at 2:00 a.m and your mind is running the gerbil wheel of ‘what if she doesn’t wake up, would she want burial or cremation and what do I do with the ashes, keep them or scatter them, and what funeral home should I hire, and who is going to scan photos for the video but would she even want a memorial, and what are her friends’ phone numbers or maybe invite only family, and can we even have a memorial, what are the Covid rules and oh God, what if she doesn’t wake up?’ . . . it’s not as much fun as you might think. Spend some time talking to your family so they know the plan.”
What Joe said.
10% of the people tested got the virus. 1.5% of those who got the virus, needed hospitalization. One-half of one percent of those who got the virus, died from it. 80% of the deaths are in nursing homes. No child has died from it.The computer model estimates from the press conference in March, when the Governor imposed the lock down, were that 2.5 million Minnesotans would get it, of all ages, from 6 months to 91 years; that 15% of those who get it would require hospitalization; 5% of them would require ICU care; 1% would die.Testing proves the computer model was wrong. Can we abandon the model, now? Focus our efforts on those who need them, liberate the rest to go back to work so we can pay for it all?Joe Doakes
I’m not going to say “nothing about Govenor Walz’s response has anything to do with public health.
But nearly every part of the response – especially last week’s luke-warm reopening announcement – is driven by political expedience.
In this case, most notably, as defiance of the state of emergency burgeons, the expedience of appearing to still be in charge.