skiindianaAny article not providing statistics on ICU occupancy during the previous year or during bad flu seasons is just playing into the fear mongering.
The article literally says 16% of ICU occupancy is because of COVID. Scary scary scary!
It's also hilarious to me that you would bump this thread just to post some piece of shit article from CNN. It shows all you care about is stoking fear and focusing on what 'bad news' is readily available this week.
It's almost like this information is readily available for people if you just look for it.
In the past two weeks, 669 Utahns have been hospitalized for COVID-19, with 288 Utah patients concurrently admitted, UDOH reported. On average, 276 patients have been receiving treatment in Utah hospitals each day for the past week.
The highest weekly total of hospitalizations, due to the flu, was 256 in 2017-2018, from 12/27-12/31. In a 2 week window, since this is what the statement above discussed, if I am reading their data correctly and the number of hospital cases is new ones, was 496. Unfortunately, we don't know if those correspond to ICU numbers but I would guess they do.
If we want total numbers,
4,688 patients have been hospitalized in Utah for COVID-19 so far. The highest (recorded) flu season number was less than half of that, at 2,205.
If I recall correctly, there were numerous people in here, you included, saying the bed shortages never happened. They are.
Furthermore, it goes back to my assertion that the dangers of COVID and hospitalization go beyond those who end up there because of COVID, it affects those who need ICU beds but are unable to get them. You, and others, said that didn't matter, but once again, it does.
**This post was edited on Oct 22nd 2020 at 7:41:32am