Natalie Keshing, Editor-in-Chief Nats.news
Breaking News LA County Shifts From Containing Coronavirus to Advising Doctors to Skip Testing of Some Patients
Los Angeles County health officials are doing an injustice to LA citizens who should have the right to test for COVID-19 when they are feeling ill.
A surge in Coronavirus cases has Los Angeles County health officials telling doctors to give up on testing patients in the hope of containing the outbreak and instructing them to test patients only if a positive result could change how they would be treated, according to a new report.
It is inhumane, irresponsible and deadly for any doctor in California to make the decision to tell a sick patient to go home when they have a high fever, incessantly coughing and have tight and strong chest pains versus someone they decide to admit and treat in a hospital.
The claim or reason for the advisory from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was prompted by a crush of patients and shortage of tests and could make it difficult to ever know precisely how many people in L.A. County contracted the virus, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The failure of Los Angeles to adequately test possible Coronavirus cases will hamper efforts to contain the disease as well as underestimate the scope and spread leading to misallocation of resources.
Everyone presenting with symptoms similar to Covid-19 is probably not infected and understanding that percentage is an important measure to determine if the spread of the disease has slowed. Los Angeles will not know when or if the disease is being contained without accurate data.
As we are seeing now in New York, when the disease is spreading through the population the ratio of positive tests is much higher in contrast to the kinds of numbers now being seen in South Korea. Los Angeles won’t know if the disease has stopped spreading solely by counting very ill patients. This could lead to lifting the measures imposed to stop the spread of the disease earlier than advisable or to keep them in place too long imposing needless hardships on Angelinos.
The number of cases that Los Angeles has reported is not so large that it shouldn’t be able to manage. At this time, Los Angeles has 292 confirmed cases which stands in contrast to the 793 cases that King County is managing in Washington. If Los Angeles doesn’t have testing resources, then it should be raising this issue with the Governor and President rather than throwing up its hands and failing its citizens.
It is highly likely that Los Angeles County health officials are being instructed by The Thousand Talents program affiliated with the Chinese Communist Regime to fudge the LA Coronavirus statistics as China has been doing from the beginning, purposely neglecting to warn the public worldwide regarding the dangerous COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The Thousand Talents program has recently received heightened scrutiny from U.S. authorities due to several program participants being charged or convicted of stealing intellectual property from US entities to transfer to China.
In hopes of entering China’s restrictive health care market, Michael R. Wessel, a commissioner at the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) said U.S. health-related companies have stepped up their investments in China, which has led to “further erosion of productive capabilities here in the United States, as well as the migration of research and development to China.”
On February 13, 2020 Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) sent a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom urging the firing of California’s public pension chief investment officer due to his participation in Beijing’s “Thousand Talents Program.”
Yu Ben Meng, a US citizen who emigrated from China at 25 to attend the University of California, Davis assumed his role as CIO of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) in January 2019, after first working there in 2008. CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the country, with over $400 billion in assets.
In a 2017 article, Yu Ben Meng mentions that his “roots were in China,” and says that “in human life, if there is an opportunity to serve the motherland, such responsibility and honor cannot be compared to anything.”
U.S. lawmaker calls for ouster of CalPERS CIO over China ties: letter | Article [AMP] | Reuters
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