US Healthcare System Collapsing, Hospitals Consider Blanket “Do Not Rescusitate” Orders For Covid-19 Patients

As the stock market enters a new bull market, surging over 21.0% in 3 days, the healthcare system is now picking who lives and who dies…

(by Half Dollar) The US healthcare system is now in a state of complete and total collapse.

In New York alone, the Governor says he needs 30,000 ventilators, and FEMA has offered 400.

Obviously frustrated with the situation at the Federal level, Governor Cuomo lashed out at the Federal Government in general and FEMA specifically, telling FEMA to decide which 26,000 people will die (started at the correct time stamp for your convenience):

The problem is, he said that two days ago, and the situation has worsened since then.

Indeed, yesterday we reported on refrigerated trucks and large tents staging in NY to function as makeshift morgues for all of the dead bodies now piling up.

Here’s a Thursday morning update from Johns Hopkins showing just how dire the situation in New York City alone has become:

Indeed, the situation is so dire in New York, that it’s not only the National Guard but now the U.S. Army Itself being deployed there.

From Fox News:

More than 200 U.S. Army soldiers are deploying in New York Thursday to provide a “full range of health care services” to the state fighting the most coronavirus cases in the country.

The medical personnel from the 531st Hospital Center – based in Fort Campbell, Ky. – will be dispatched to local hospitals that are becoming more overcrowded by the day, the Army says. The 531st’s motto is “To Preserve Life.”

As of Thursday morning, New York has 33,033 confirmed coronavirus cases statewide, with 366 deaths, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.

Keep in mind, this is what’s happening in one single state.

Turning to the West Coast, the situation is just as dire.

Just yesterday, San Francisco’s mayor said the city needs 5,000 additional hospital beds for the coronavirus surge.

In just that one city.

And it’s not just dire on the East and West Coasts either.

In the Midwest, the situation is so bad, that while stumbling upon some reporting coming out of the U.K., we can see that US hospitals are considering blanket “do not resuscitate” orders (bold added for emphasis).

Hospitals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are engaged in a heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes — how to weigh the “save at all costs” approach to resuscitating a dying patient against the real danger of exposing doctors and nurses to the contagion of coronavirus.

The conversations are driven by the realisation that the risk to staff amid dwindling stores of protective equipment — such as masks, gowns and gloves — may be too great to justify the conventional response when a patient “codes,” and their heart or breathing stops.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has been discussing a universal do-not-resuscitate policy for infected patients, regardless of the wishes of the patient or their family members — a wrenching decision to prioritise the lives of the many over the one.

That means patients having cardiac arrest (heart stops) or respiratory arrest (breathing stops) will simply be left to die.

Special note to all of those living in Illinois: Your state may become the pilot program and testing grounds for “do not resuscitate”.

In other news, an all-time record high 3.3 million people filed unemployment claims in the United States over the last week.

Additionally, the US stock market has now entered a new bull market:

That is to say, up over 21.0% from the low just 3 days ago.

Good thing our nation has priorities…