After weeks hiding the death rate in New York’s nursing homes & assisted living centers, the media finally asked New York’s bloviating governor, Andrew Cuomo, about it. And he said he didn’t know anything!
THIS from the man who has been on TV daily for weeks telling us all we needed to know about New York’s coronavirus crisis. Therein lies the problem. Cuomo didn’t want the public to know how the elderly were being neglected.
LET GRANDPA DIE
For decades, even generations, we have known that the elderly are the most likely victims of viruses. This was not a mystery. Medical science did not suddenly discover this fact in the last three months.
In an order issued March 25th, the New York Department of Health ordered nursing homes (state mandate) and assisted living facilities to accept all COVID-19 patients, even those who were contagious, thus spreading the virus among the rest of the residents.
Meanwhile, the USNS Comfort, the hospital ship sent by President Trump, sat near-empty in New York Harbor.* Governor Cuomo had the absolute authority to override the Department of Health and put these patients on the USNS Comfort. He didn’t.
The result? Twenty percent (3,505 out of 15,302) of New York’s dead are the elderly who resided in these facilities. As Cuomo was babbling on and on about all his power during this emergency, he chose not to exercise it to help the most vulnerable, New York’s elderly. Is Cuomo using this crisis as a way to remove the most expensive part of New York’s health budget?
LET GRANDPA DIE, ALONG WITH OTHERS
Cuomo’s health department ALSO ordered medical personnel NOT to resuscitate those who have no pulse. These individuals may or may not be COVID-19 patients so this begs the question: are bureaucrats using the Era of Coronavirus to allow others to die, as well?
The long-time marching orders to medical personnel were to spend 20 minutes trying to resuscitate anyone without a pulse. Statistically, these efforts are successful in four percent of the cases.
This new order was quickly rescinded after first responders, who have an instinct to save lives, expressed their outrage at watching people die right in front of them. Respect for life demands that everyone be given a second chance at life.
For better or worse, the Era of Coronavirus is certainly exposing politicians’ attitudes toward their constituents.