Hospital Medical Chief Calls for Pennsylvania Reopening: We ‘Never Surged’ with Coronavirus

. . . “the median age of death from the virus in the state is 84-years old” . . .

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(Does anybody know what the mean age of death from Coronavirus infection is here in the US? Thanks in advance.)

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Hospital Medical Chief Calls for Pennsylvania Reopening: We ‘Never Surged’ with Coronavirus

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HANNAH BLEAU

7 May 2020

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Shapiro on Wednesday called for Pennsylvania to reopen, laying out statistics showing that the coronavirus pandemic did not overwhelm hospitals in the UPMC system and explaining that “this is a disease of the elderly, sick and poor” and warning that “extended social isolation” cannot continue.

Dr. Shapiro issued the remarks during a roundtable discussion with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) detailing the experiences and findings gleaned from the UPMC hospital system’s battle with the virus.

Shapiro explained that they took steps to prepare for a surge in coronavirus patients by “radically” transforming their hospital operations “to create a safe environment for patients and staff,” delaying non-urgent surgeries, and ramping up telemedicine “38-fold.” While they saw a “steady stream” of patients, a surge never came to fruition. In fact, during the peak, coronavirus patients occupied just two percent of their 5,500 hospital beds and 48 of their 750 available ventilators.

“Subsequently, admissions have been decreasing with very few patients now coming from the community, almost all now being from nursing homes. Of note, in the 36 UPMC-owned senior facilities we have had zero positive cases,” he said, explaining that the outcomes in the hospital system are “similar to the state of Pennsylvania” and noting that the median age of death from the virus in the state is 84-years old.

“The few younger patients who died all had significant preexisting conditions. . . .

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The push now is to jettison the sick and elderly as to big an economic price to pay.
Warming people up to the idea. Give granny a push. In a loving caring way of course. Our illusions are necessary for wellness. If nanny is the down payment on happiness, you should at least maintain wellness when she’s gone.

They have graphs on death by age

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-05-07/comparing-coronavirus-deaths-by-age-with-flu-driving-fatalities

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Some states publish this data. For instance, MA’s report on May 5 had this tidbit in its extensive presentation:

53 = average age of confirmed cases
69 = average age of confirmed cases requiring hospitalization
82 = average age of confirmed deaths

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Thanks for the link. It provides a baseline that is revealing.

Covid-19 Mainly Kills Old People. So Do Most Other Diseases.

Sounds like Pennsylvania could handle a surge of patients if the worst happened. Hope the state does begin the process of reopening.

dvdjs . . . .

It provides a baseline that is revealing.

What do you think the leftist outfit Bloomberg is “revealing” dvdjs?

Maximus1 . . . .

The push now is to jettison the sick and elderly as to big an economic price to pay.

That’s the left’s playbook alright. (Add that to the pre-born they already ignore).

The right (this right anyway) says get back to work so we DON’T jettison the sick and elderly (who along with preborn and single moms) who are the most vulnerable in society.

The left doesn’t want to get sick. Which is fine. But not at the cost they want to exact.

Looking at the deaths,
these elderly can remain in hibernation themselves until whenever they want to come out,
(average age of confirmed deaths is age 82 years of age and the median in PA is age 84)
without tanking the economy.

We can help these people economically while some of them decide to remain in “hibernation” if they choose to.

People who are afraid, can do the same. Just don’t force what they want for themselves on everybody else.

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Old people right?

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