Our image of health is not so rosy

Our image of health is not so rosy

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For chronicles at the start of the year, it is customary to recap the events of the past 12 months, usually highlighting a mixture of good and bad. Because 2020 has been dominated by health, especially COVID-19, and my pace is health, it seems appropriate to reflect on where we are at. Where we are is not good.

A headline from the Los Angeles Times seemed to sum up the current state of the U.S. healthcare system: “Bodies pile up, patient care falters as COVID-19 devastates LA County hospitals.” In the Times story, a hospital intensive care nurse said, “No one would believe this is the United States.” Indeed, they would not.

A story from Wisconsin tells us that a hospital pharmacist deliberately destroyed some 500 doses of the vaccine. This behavior, I dare say, would have been unknown in 1947 when New York City successfully vaccinated five million people against smallpox in two weeks.

At the end of 2020, the government’s goal of vaccinating 20 million …

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