Karl Dierenbach, an engineer and attorney in Colorado, says it was and lays out the case we’ve all witnessed but perhaps some have already forgotten.
Flattening the curve was the original concept that was sold to us as a way to keep the hospitals from becoming “overwhelmed”. Given that we were told millions were to be dead by May, in the United States, it made sense. That was just the deaths. That didn’t include the number hospitalizations.
In short order we found out that the number they gave us, that created the fear, was far from accurate.
It didn’t take long for the “flattening the curve” storyline to be abandoned. For example, California had more than 26,000 hospital beds available for coronavirus patients, but they locked down when they had about 200 coronavirus hospitalizations on March 20. That was less than 1 percent of their coronavirus hospital capacity.
Those two states weren't alone.
At its peak, Colorado had 888 coronavirus patients in hospitals. As of June 24, that number is 134 and has dropped near-continuously since April 23, yet the governor is removing restrictions slowly and schools are contemplating remote learning for the fall.
There was never a point in which hospitals were overrun or close to being overrun, and there still isn't now.
Take Texas, for example. What you've likely seen on the news is that the hospitals are at maximum capacity and in danger of not being able to handle all the patients. Usually these statements come from 'public health officials'.
However, the people actually running these hospitals are telling a different story.
“What you’ve been hearing is a report that we are at 97 percent or so capacity across the Texas medical center. At Houston Methodist, we’re somewhere in the low 90s right now in terms of capacity of ICU beds, but let me put that in perspective … June 25 2019, exactly one year ago … It was at 95 percent. We are highly experienced at utilizing our ICU beds for the sickest of the sick patients day in day out … and it is completely normal for us to have ICU capacities that run in the 80s and 90s. That’s how all of us operate hospitals, and how all hospitals operate.”
Also, a report out of Texas reveals they were counting antibody tests as positive patients! So, anyone who had the COVID-19 but got over it and built up antibodies in their system was being counted as a current COVID-19 positive patient.
Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and usually provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Antibodies are disease specific.
Florida is no different when it comes to capacity. They also have more beds available than they did before the pandemic hit.
Although that's probably not what you've been hearing on TV and reading in newspapers.
As Dierenbach notes, flattening the curve was the bait.
The mantra has now quietly changed to "stop the virus at all costs". That was the switch. This is where we are now and nobody is talking about flattening the curve any longer, yet we still have lockdowns and threats of more lockdowns.
The change from flatten-the-curve to stop-the-virus-at-all-costs, however, has been a disaster. More than 40 million people have lost their jobs. The related angst and associated lack of social opportunities created a dry forest that exploded in flames when George Floyd was killed. Moreover, deaths of despair and child abuse are both likely rising as a result.
So, when are we to weigh the destruction of lockdowns (with no proof they work) with the perceived destruction of letting people live freely and take personal responsibility for their health?
After all, the numbers they sold us were fictional.
What is the goal here?
Dierenbach closes out his article with the notion that we have to reject the largest and most destructive bait and switch ever pulled on the American people. This cannot continue until there is a 'cure' or vaccine. Social distancing and wearing masks cannot become the 'new normal' in America.
The numbers simply don't add up and the numbers are being fudged time and time again. Perhaps they're all accidents that are just conveniently timed in favor of one political party.