Omicron at a Hospital in Brooklyn

The New York Times: What Omicron Looks Like in One New York Hospital

Ms. Williams was one of only two nurses working on the Covid-19 ward, with its 36 patients. A few were on ventilators.... One was curled in a fetal position and moaning for water; another was asking to eat. Patients were crammed into every corner, their gurneys arranged, Ms. Williams thought, like blocks in a game of Tetris.

....[T]the patients keep arriving, and in droves: More than 15,000 people with Covid-19 have been hospitalized in the city in the past four weeks, the most since the initial surge. About half of all patients in the city’s hospitals now have Covid-19. And there are simply not enough nurses to care for them all.


Brooklyn Hospital is independent. Most of the patients are Black and poor, relying on Medicaid. It treated returning soldiers in the Civil War. Dr. Anthony Fauci was born at Brooklyn Hospital.

Omicron may be beginning to decline in New York City and other places, but at this hospital, the lack of staff and continuing increase in admissions of COVID-19 patients has been overwhelming, resulting in inadequate care. Reading through some of the examples, you would think this hospital is in a third world country.

I hope Justice Neil Gorsuch reads the Times article on the hospital in Brooklyn, and rethinks his decision to be the only unmasked Judge at Supreme Court arguments.

Gorsuch had to know that his masklessness could make other justices uncomfortable, including the 83-year-old Stephen Breyer and the 67-year-old Sotomayor, who has diabetes, a Covid risk factor. Sotomayor sits next to Gorsuch on the bench and, notably, chose not to attend Friday’s argument in person. She participated remotely, from her chambers.

I just don't understand people who refuse to wear a suitable mask, thinking only of themselves. We should be better than this.

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    I do not understand people who would rather (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 15, 2022 at 08:14:45 PM EST
    die in an ICU than getting vaxed and boosted.

    I really think (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 07:19:30 AM EST
    that is the biggest tell of what a cult and a religion it has become.

    They are literally willing to die.  I can more understand the reaction if you really don't believe it's real, more than you would believe, but I really don't get the ones who take horse meds and drink bleach or pee instead of taking a free vaccine.    They are as lost and brainwashed as any North Korean or Moonie.  

    That sounds like hyperbole but it's not.


    It is a cult (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 12:01:40 PM EST
    because they are willing to die rather than admit they were wrong. They have drunk the kool aid.

    Best way to own the Libs (none / 0) (#6)
    by jmacWA on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 07:32:47 AM EST
    DIE for your cause.

    Personally I feel fully owned (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 10:26:18 AM EST
    as well as shocked, stunned and deeply saddened.

    Thoughts and prayers for each and every lost antivaxxer.


    Sorry, but ... (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sat Jan 15, 2022 at 09:41:44 PM EST
    Jeralyn: "We should be better than this."

    ... we're not. I'd say about 70% of us are really trying to do the right thing but for the remaining 25-30%, there is no us in them.

    Stay safe.

    I am really tired of the (5.00 / 8) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 05:53:49 AM EST
    crocodile tears for this stupid tennis player.  Australia did exactly what they should have done.  I'm listening to a stream of people on CNN wringing their hands over all he has been through.  Poor guy.  

    F that.  You want to play, great, get vaccinated or STFU.

    Support the decision 100% (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by MO Blue on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 11:26:38 AM EST
    I hope he is prevented from participating in all the top events. Absolutely no sympathy for any antivacer and definitely not one who knowingly went out and about when he knew he had Covid.

    I feel the same way about (none / 0) (#18)
    by Chuck0 on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 02:24:20 PM EST
    footb all players. Get vaxxed or retire. No vax,no play

    Yes the tennis player Novak Djokovich (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by fishcamp on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 03:26:25 PM EST
    Lied to his own country, lied to Spain, and lied to Australia with the story that he was immune since he recently had the virus.  He said he wasn't aware he had tested positive  when he was hugging children and hitting tennis balls in the streets of Serbia.  He then said he hadn't traveled to other countries when he had been to Spain.  Then he gained entry into Australia by saying his manager had checked the wrong box on an immigration form.  Serbians have a bad reputation.

    Australia waffled by letting him in and then rescinded their decision.  That was bad.  They should have refused him entry immediately.  Even though he is the number one tennis player in the world he will be booed at every match forever.  I don't like him.


    It's everywhere here (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 07:28:55 AM EST
    I have an important dr appt Tuesday and I'm considering a reschedule.  I am actually the only person I know locally who has not had it.  My friends and siblings have had mild cases with no hospitalization but lots of others not so lucky.  I personally know of about 10 deaths of people I'm acquainted with.  I'm sure there is more.

    Also, I say I haven't had it but I don't know because I've not been tested since the early days.  I have no had symptoms

    My son has hip surgery scheduled for Wednesday (none / 0) (#12)
    by MO Blue on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 11:36:38 AM EST
    He had to get a Covid test yesterday. Not sure if his current symptoms are from his ongoing allergy/sinus problems or from a mild case of Covid. His hip is in extremely bad shape. I sure hope he can get it fixed Wednesday.

    Best of luck to him (none / 0) (#20)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 03:52:36 PM EST
    I definitely feel him.  I appear to have avoided that.  At least for now.  Now I'm wrestling with the decision of going to the consultation with the Ortho guys on Tuesday or delaying it, and delaying knowing what the hell my problem actually is, until it's less crazy.

    The office is always packed.  They are masked but there is always someone or two with it pulled down under their nose or even their chin.

    It's a decision.  Im going to see if we can zoom.  

    I was looking at the google tracker earlier.  The numbers in the rural counties around here especially the one where my appt is are unbelievable.


    I think this is right (none / 0) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 04:47:28 PM EST
    Omicron surge hasn't hit rural communities ... yet

    Or rather I think it's kicking in right now.  At least locally.


    There are 2 sports bars in this (none / 0) (#22)
    by MO Blue on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 09:02:44 PM EST
    strip mall by my house. They cater a lot to the younger crowd. There are numerous other stores in the mall so there are a lot of parking spaces. Football playoffs today. Today/tonight there was not a single space left and people were lined up parking on the street. It had to be standing room only in those bars. I anticipate our COVID numbers to get even worse than they are now.

    I just delayed it (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jan 17, 2022 at 07:48:09 AM EST
    for one week.  And rescheduled for 8 am.  First appt of the day.  Hopefully I can get in and get out.  

    Wearing a mask, (5.00 / 3) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 11:36:23 AM EST
    especially around vulnerable fellow justices, is the decent thing to do.  And, scandalous when masking and other public heath measures are a practice of the Supreme Court.  

    However, a mask-less Gorsuch symbolizes "big government subjugation",  in keeping with thinking in the land of DeSantistan.   In my view, it is his equivalent of wearing a red MAGA cap.   And, even worse it is emblematic of a Court that seems decreasingly worried about coming across as Republican hacks.

    They might as well wear the red hat. (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by MO Blue on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 11:39:40 AM EST
    No one is fooled on either side of the aisle. Not sure R's really care about public opinion since it doesn't seem to affect their power structure.

    Next Time You Are at the Gym (none / 0) (#7)
    by RickyJim on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 10:19:58 AM EST
    Take a look around and notice how many have masks covering both their nose and mouth, mouth only, and chin only.  It varies I am sure but when I am in a weight room, out of sight of the desk attendants, I typically notice 1/3, 1/2, 1/6.  Sometimes I notice a group of say 3 or 4  people getting into a tight circle, yanking down their masks and start yakking away at each other.  Luckily this area is large enough that I can keep at least 10 feet away from these a****s.  Of course, there are signs all over the place explaining proper mask usage.

    Sometimes you just need to laugh (none / 0) (#14)
    by MO Blue on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 11:59:01 AM EST
    As the pandemic enters its third year, some of America's COVID-era shopping habits -- including strong demand for tequila and sweatpants -- are here to stay.


    I have long (none / 0) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 12:04:43 PM EST
    had an affection for sweat pants. I'm glad to see now others are joining me.

    Nothing can make tequila palatable to me. Just the smell of it makes me nauseous. We went to a tequila factory when we were visiting Puerto Vallarta and the only sample I could stomach were the ones that were so flavored that I could not smell or taste the tequila.


    Oh, I'm kinda (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by MO Blue on Sun Jan 16, 2022 at 12:32:32 PM EST
    fond of a good margarita now and again. IMO you just have to have one (or 2) when eating Mexican food.

    I did expand my sweat pants (joggers) wardrobe over the last 3 years.