Corona Mask Follies

Nursing Homes Immunity from Lawsuits

Nothing to be concerned about here, folks.

Seniors are Not Healthy and Nursing Homes Are Not Healthy Places To Be,

The top 10 leading causes of death in the USA, chronic respiratory illnesses 160,201 and flu/pneumonia 55,672 (was 80,000 in 2019) = 215,873 & deaths and falls: 169,936 (seniors) via the CDC.

Conventional medical care was not listed as a top cause of death, even though research points to adverse drug reactions, medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, unnecessary procedures and other consequences of modern medicine as a leading cause of death.

Many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even infectious diseases like the flu can be warded off by a healthy lifestyle.
But hey, the MATH protocol works, who are using it?

The MATH+ Protocol calls for the use of 3 medicines, this approach addresses the three core pathological processes seen in COVID-19, namely hyperinflammation, hypercoagulability of the blood (blood clots), and hypoxia.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. has sharply declined since its peak in mid-April declining from 2,666 deaths the week of June 13, 2020, to 906 deaths for the week of June 20, 2020.

Keep on wearing those cloth masks

OSHA: Cloth face coverings: commercially produced or homemade garments, scarves, bandanas, or items made from t-shirts. Are NOT considered PPE. Will NOT protect wearer against airborne transmissible infectious agents due to inadequate filtration.

Billionaires are raking in the bucks thank you very much.

Nursing Homes

On average, 42% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have occurred in nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities. This group accounts for just 0.62% of the population. Early on in the pandemic it became clear that older individuals were at disproportionate risk of severe COVID-19 infection and death.

March 25, 2020, instructions from the NY Dept of Health stated nursing homes were not allowed to deny admission or readmission of a COVID-19-positive patient. Avik Roy article in Forbes, pointed out that “42% could be an undercount,” since “states like NY exclude from their nursing home death tallies those who die in a hospital, even if they were originally infected in a long-term care facility.” Roy also testified before Congress June 17, 2020, about racial disparities in COVID-19 and the health care system. 3 states stand out in the negative direction.

NJ, Mass, & CT. nursing homes are ill equipped to care for COVID-19 infected patients. They’re rife with neglect and abuse. comingling infected patients with noninfected ones would result in exaggerated death rates, as the elderly are far more prone to die from any infection, including the common cold.

Some states have nursing home mortality rates that are significantly higher than the national average. In Minnesota, over 81% of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Many states release no or only partial information about nursing home outbreaks. There are 15,600 nursing homes in the U.S, housing 1.3 million people. 70% of the facilities are operated by for-profit companies with 57% run by chains. Genesis Healthcare, Milford, DE, location reported 12 resident deaths & 61 presumed COVID-19 cases in April 2020, & runs 426 nursing homes. Life Care Centers Of America Inc., whose Kirkland, Washington, facility experienced 37 deaths when the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak first began, operates 214 nursing homes.

Nursing homes are lightly regulated by the federal government with most oversight falling to the states, including disclosure of COVID-19 cases & deaths. When USA Today probed why there was not greater federal oversight of nursing homes, esp during COVID-19 crisis, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said nursing homes are required to follow their local & state reporting requirements, but she did not respond to questions about why the agency is not tracking the number nationally.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., & 77 House Democrats wrote Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar & CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking them to collect & publicly report COVID-19 cases & deaths in nursing homes. Problems at U.S. nursing homes preceded the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to City Journal, almost 51,000 of the 61,099 total deaths from the 2017-2018 flu season occurred in those of nursing home age. The facilities often flunk their inspections. 75% of U.S. nursing homes have been cited for failing to properly monitor & control infections in the past 3 years, via USA TODAY analysis of federal inspection data.

Up to 40% of U.S. nursing homes are cited for deficient infection-control procedures, City Journal reported, including the Kirkland, Washington, Life Care Centers of America facility where COVID-19 was first recognized.’

In the U.S. Nursing homes are supposed to have an infection-control staffer, but 60% lacked specialized training, reports the journal. According to @washingtonpost "Nearly 45% of the nursing homes with known coronavirus cases nationwide were repeatedly cited in recent years for violating federal rules meant to protect residents from the spread of infections.

via NPR, nursing home residents who are poor or of color are more likely to be exposed "7 of 11 nursing homes with the highest number of deaths report that 46% + of their residents are ‘non-white.’ Most of these are black & latinx. At Franklin Center for Rehab & Nursing in Queens, NY which reported 45 deaths, 80% of the residents are minority, 47% are Asian."

A nursing home or long-term care facility that does not report COVID-19 outbreaks to authorities or families is unlikely to let staff know the virus risks, either. This puts both residents & staff at risk.

Nursing home workers are among the lowest paid of all health care workers, have expressed their plans to strike over the lack of protection against COVID-19. According to NBC News, the nursing home industry is seeking to get states to provide immunity from lawsuits to the owners & employees.

Nursing homes & other facilities likely account for a vast majority of all COVID-19 deaths. And the nursing home industry is seeking immunity from COVID-19 related lawsuits. According to NBC News: so far six states have provided explicit immunity from coronavirus lawsuits for nursing homes, and six more have granted some form of immunity to health care providers, which legal experts say could likely be interpreted to include nursing homes.

MA & NY have passed laws that explicitly immunize the facilities. Governors in CT, GA, MI & NJ have issued executive orders that immunize facilities.

NY issued rules requiring COVID-19 infected patients to be admitted into nursing homes & granted nursing homes immunity against lawsuits. NY nursing home patients have gotten ill & died due to willfully negligent directives & families have been deprived of due process and any legal recourse for these reprehensible criminal actions.

By end of April 2020, COVID-19 deaths in nursing home reached nearly 12,000. According to @washingtonpost almost 1 out of 10 U.S. nursing homes has COVID-19 cases. residents often have poor health, weakened immune systems and live in close quarters + nursing homes are rife w/neglect and abuse.

COVID-19 affects older people who are frail, have underlying health problems & neglect in nursing homes, why did some states violate federal guidelines and send COVID-19 patients back into nursing homes.

New York

Diamond Hill nursing home which followed Cuomo’s directive lost 18 residents to COVID-19, while Van Rensselaer Manor, a 320-bed nursing home located in the same county refused to follow the state’s directive and did not admit any patient suspected of having COVID-19, did not have one COVID-19 death.

A similar trend has been observed in other areas. NY state’s nursing facilities, 6,000 people died, 6% of its 100,000+ nursing home residents. In Fla, where transfers were barred, 1.6% of 73,000 nursing home residents died of the virus.

California

CA quickly revised their NY statelike directive. 2% of its 103,000 nursing home residents died. In CA, LA County nursing homes are a “pandemic within a pandemic.” The fact that many of the facilities are unusually large appears to be part of the problem.

But Mayor of LA has also allowed thousands of people without homes to die in LA Skid Row for years now. LA facilities also have a higher percentage of people of color — another high-risk group — both working and residing in these facilities. Low pay, poor quality of care & inferior infection control add to the problem. 

British data suggests 1 in 5 COVID-19 patients actually contracted the disease at the hospital, while being treated for something else. SARS-CoV-2 is being transmitted not only between patients but also from health care workers to patients.