From today's La Jornada (Mexico City:
"According to their numbers, Monday (yesterday), 12 thousand, 312 people went to the centers of health of the government of the Federal District to receive the attention necessary, and to treat cases of influenza. Of this total, it said, 6, 610 presented/displayed some symptom or compatible sign with infection of respiratory tract, nevertheless only 29 people were referred to be hospitalized."
So--twelve thousand seeking help IN ONE DAY, and half of those already exhibiting respiratory distress. Meanwhile the numbers begin to expand exponentially in several countries. It's only a matter of time before the situation is declared "phase 6." (Notice, too, that cases are moving up the I-5 corridor.)
I hope to have the latest information on "the news you're not supposed to know" broadcast this Thursday morning on KBOO, and I find I need to ask for community help in gathering certain information. Specifically, I need first-hand reports on the condition of hospitalized persons in Ciudad Mexico: are they dying of pneumonia? Are they cyanotic? Are hospital staff affected? Are there little bubbles appearing on the skin of the chest? Sorry to mention these grotesqueries, but they indicate the nature and virulence of the pathogen(s). The presence of a strong pneumonia bacillus would greatly exacerbate mortality. These are primarily affairs for doctors, but journalists and commentators need to know, in order to help the society assess the situation.
This country (USA) is particularly afflicted with profit-damaged hospitals, i.e., there are not nearly enough beds nor respirators to deal with even a mild pandemic. In years past, extra hospital beds (as in other countries) were looked upon as a sign of progress, because epidemics and pandemics are predictably periodic occurrences. Not in the good ol' USA! We have only enough beds and respirators to be in constant use, so that they are producing the highest profit for the investors. It's not new news that such an arrangement is insane. Now it will kill. Blame the administrators, but also the investors, and everyone who jumped on the "profit uber alles" bandwagon (are you listening, Republicans?).
Maybe we could get some top bioresearchers onto finding a rapid cure--oh wait, they're mysteriously and violently deceased. Never mind.