Maybe “reopening” the economy without an adequate testing, tracking and tracing capacity isn’t such a good idea? Excerpts from a report in Forbes, “Dire Situation In Alabama Capital: ICUs Full, Coronavirus Cases Double In May:”
The mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, says the city’s health care system has been “maxed out” as cases of coronavirus have more than doubled in May—a sharp contrast to the slowing coronavirus spread that’s taken place across much of the U.S.—while city businesses were allowed to reopen May 11, even as it appeared that Alabama hadn’t hit White House reopening guidelines…
“Right now, if you are from Montgomery and you need an ICU bed, you are in trouble,” [Mayor Steven] Reed said, adding “we are at a very critical point in our health care system’s capacity to manage this crisis. They are at a capacity that is not sustainable.”
They’re not sure why the cases are spiking in that county, though some of the infections are linked. They’re flying blind. Vast swathes of the country are because there’s no national coordination, and the state-level coordination seems to be only as good as the state officials. Playing whack-a-mole with sudden spikes that overwhelm hospitals will probably be a thing for months.
The economic pain from the lockdown could have bought us time to put a federal program in place, but the numbers would have made Trump look bad, so here we are. What an insane situation.