Flatten the curve
CORONAVIRUS TO CONSCIOUSNESS
Perspectives from the Intuitive Cardiologist.
Flatten the curve, flatten the curve.
This is great. We need to social distance to flatten the curve. Yet last I checked we are not flattening the curve fast enough as infection rates are increasing at an alarming rates.
We are being graded as an entire civilization to stay indoors and wash our hands. We are failing miserably.
Do you know what else is not flattening? Health care costs.
Look at the sharp rise curve of the infection and costs to the treatment and prevention of this one virus. Now look at the flattened curve that is in all the news cycles, social media and online.
This represents the ever decreasing amount of money left over to fight ALL the other diseases that have not gone away, such as Diabetes, Hypertension, coronary artery disease, hypercholesterolemia, ailments that may require surgery like orthopedics, obesity, chronic heart failure etc. and so many more that are the backbones to CHRONIC ILLNESSES that require a huge investment from government and healthcare management in terms of cost of money, time and effort.
The governments round the world have spent trillions on taking care of the steep end of the curve that coincides with the infection rate, yet the idea was not to overwhelm the healthcare systems, yet this was a short term endeavor. What about the long term game?
Have we sacrificed our position of winning the war against chronic illness for a short term chess move that still shows we are not going to win?
The acuity of the patients has dramatically shifted too. The chronic illnesses folks are staying home for the sake of safety from the coronavirus yet those who have been exposed are now part of the higher acuity patient population that now frequents the Emergency rooms, and occupy the hospitals.
My concern is that we will not have enough funds to help the long term health issues round the world and since so many are becoming unemployed that burdens the government health care systems for payment of services in the inpatient and outpatient settings, especially since the private health insurances are not able to provide adequate policies to customers who no longer have insurance through their employers due to being laid off.
Its a vicious cycle.
The only long term solution is for everyone to boost their own immunity to ail themselves or prevent the insidious acute and chronic illnesses. We do this by looking within and exploring the nature of wellness and illness.
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