Thursday, March 19, 2020

Covid-19 is Targeting America

Covid-19 is wreaking havoc in Europe. But it looks like the US of A is not spared either. 

In fact, it has now infected all fifty states in the United States. 

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, tens of millions of Americans may not be able to seek medical help even if they wanted to. And that’s because they are uninsured, underinsured, undocumented and/or unable to take sick leave. 

This is scary because it puts everyone in that society at a much greater risk – if Covid-19 decides to pay them a visit. And those without access to care are going to get sicker and they are going to spread the disease more frequently because they're not getting care or isolating or getting diagnosed and treated. 

The point is, healthcare may be out of reach for a significant percentage of the population. 

We all know that healthcare costs in the US are way too high. And a lot of people blame it on the desire for profit. 

Russell Andrews, a neurosurgeon and author of Too Big To Succeed (2013) laments “the morphing of American medicine from a function of a humanitarian society into a revenue stream for healthcare profits, drug and medical device companies, hospitals, and insurance companies. In essence, we have transformed healthcare in the US into an industry whose goal is to profitable”. 

And yes, Andrews even goes on to characterize the profit motive as “a virus” infecting the system. 

Therefore, healthcare is treated as a commodity in a market arranged to create value for the provider rather than the patient. As a consequence, the main goal shifts from the well-being of people to productivity and making money. 

So when Covid-19 strikes, where can the sick turn to, to seek medical help if they cannot afford healthcare in the first place? I am concerned for these Americans.

On a lighter note, here's a video that informs us about the dangerous levels of egregious dumbfuckery spreading about the virus that Americans like Donald Trump (who has been accurately described as a 'malignant shit funnel') has gladly succumbed to:

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