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COVID disparities grow as California ends state of emergency

Original post made on Feb 28, 2023

As public health funding winds down, gaps in vaccination rates are increasing. Particularly for booster doses, the gap among racial and ethnic groups is widening significantly.

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Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2023 at 7:23 pm

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From the beginning, medical provider's message to those who thought they might be infected with COVID was stay home and wait 10 days and if you still feel sick or have trouble breathing during that period, call us again and we will assess you again by phone. My sister caught it early in the game, and went to a testing site, was told to stay home until advised otherwise, and was called 3 days later telling her the test was positive. They offered no treatment aside from what you would advise someone suffering flu symptoms. Her employer was "essential" and she had to use all of her sick time and then start dipping into PTO after that. She couldn't return to work until she tested negative, and that was 20 days after first feeling ill. Naturally, along the way she infected her husband. He's a contractor. So as to prevent infecting the entire family, he went to a hotel after testing positive. Stayed until he was negative. Still, his mother caught it from him since he was the only one who she was in physical contact with after the shutdown. Even SHE was advised just to stay home and avoid spreading it to others. Then a friend of mine caught it, and felt like she needed hospital intervention so she went to the ER where they did a rapid test and told her she was positive, and sent her home. She went back to the hospital 2 days later with extreme labored breathing and she died in the ER. My point is I guess that all providers were telling everyone to stay home unless they need to be intubated and that's still their advice now. I'm talking about two city dwellers, one smaller town, and one person in a more rural area. The advice is the same. So there's EQUALITY in medical providers pertaining to COVID. All of the providers are equally ill-equipped to deal with a global pandemic. They were in 2020, and they still are now, 3 years later.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2023 at 10:16 pm

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Stillry little clarification of the number of deaths. Do we know the difference of those deaths due to Covid as opposed to deaths with Covid. In other words, people who die for no other reason than they unfortunately caught Covid and it ended in death, as opposed to those who say, were involved in a car accident, were taken to hospital and tested positive for Covid but died with their injuries. Again, people may have died of cancer, or heart failure or stroke, but had tested positive for Covid so was counted as a Covid death.

There is also no mention of excess deaths due to many other causes in the past 3 years, excess deaths caused by delays in getting screened, visiting a doctor, or getting treatment, because of the difficulties in seeing routine medical care. Additionally, we have seen added overdoses, alcohol related deaths, suicides, etc. Data related to excess deaths is being collated and will make interesting reading.

Posted by John
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 1, 2023 at 6:19 am

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Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2023 at 12:16 pm

MyFeelz is a registered user.

@Bystander, I have been wondering why the shortage of manpower in all job fields is being called "The Great Resignation". I think more people died than they are admitting, because nobody can just sit back and eat bonbons for 3 years without an income source.

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