Healthcare Spending in United States Out of Control

Drivers for Health care spending differ across top income earning countries

In 2016 the Total cost of Healthcare in the US was 17.8% of the GDP, according to a study published in JAMA, and was double that of other similar high income countries.

What was evaluated:

  1. Overweight and Obese Population: the US was the top by 20%, with 70.1 % of the population falling in the overweight to obese category. With obesity comes a link to 63 other significant health conditions, including high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, Heart disease, Metabolic syndrome (diabetes included), and Back Pain
  2. Average population of smokers: we did well here coming in second to last at only 11%
  3. Average number of Hospital beds per capita: equal to other countries
  4. Average number of physicians per capita: equal to other countries
  5. Imaging: we image across all types at three times the rate of other countries.
  6. Insurance coverage: 90% of US compared to 99% of other countries, but higher in private insurance at 55% of Americans.
  7. Administrative costs of Care: 8% in US compared to 1-3% in other countries
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $1444 in us per person compared with $466-$933 in other countries
  9. Salary of Physicians: US avg $218k, Other countries $88k-150K

What does it mean?

  1. We allow too much oversight from the industry in the healthcare space.
    1. The pre-approval process is set in place by the insurance companies.
    2. Authorization of care is set by a protocol based on research that is not up to current standard of practice
    3. we are allowing business manager to practice medicine without a license by setting the protocols in place.
  2. Medicare needs a tax hike
    1. In order to allow providers to see medicare patients they need a rate hike
    2. A rate hike would be driven by a tax increase
    3. the last time income tax payable to medicare and social security occurred was 1990. That was 31 years ago. 
  3. Stop allowing pharmaceuticals to drive healthcare
    1. The only way to CHANGE your health is to CHANGE your living
    2. Processed foods are not Nutrient dense.
    3. We are thee most overfed, under nourished society in history
    4. Stopping the drug industry from advertising and giving kick backs to government officials and physicians is a start
    5. starting to actually take responsibility for health is the true STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

50% more spending, Sicker population

Last year, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that the total amount spent on healthcare was $4.8TRILLION. That accounts for 18% of the GDP. Yet, we suffered more than most countries in the pandemic. the previous year, 2019, the cost for health care grew almost 5% and were 17.7% of the GDP.

Even without a pandemic, we are not healthy. With cancer, Obesity, High blood pressure and stroke leading as causes of death.

 

 

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The Staggering Costs of HEALTHCARE

The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”—Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)”

 

Yet pharmaceuticals have grown excessively from 2010-2018. 35% to be exact. In fact, in 2019 spending on prescription drugs did US$500 billion.

 

The Administrative burden costs too much

It was estimated that in the year 2019 the administrative cost of healthcare to the US GDP was $265 billion. The statistic is staggering, but there is more. In 2015 the American Academy of Family Physicians did a study. They found that there was a 90% increase in healthcare jobs. Yet those jobs were for administrative personnel. In the 4 years prior to the study, 95% of all hires were administrative personnel. They reported that the average administrative burden of any office was 3:1. That is 3 administrative personnel to every 1 medical provider. 

 

From the 2019 Research the costs were further looked at in terms of waste. That waste is part of the administrative burden. It was reported that the average employee spends 5.5 minutes on the phone per day with clients explaining the EOB from the insurance company. It accounts for a loss of $21.6 billion dollars. 

 

With these calls followed up with calls to the insurance company from the provider office, the burden of cost is $95 billion. And then there is the burden overall. It is reported that the more time that someone works in the healthcare field, the less productivity they have. It is typically reduced on average by 1% per year after the 3rd year of employment. 

 

People who regularly engage with the Insurance companies via phone or written correspondence report 10% less satisfaction and are 14% less likely to engage in the healthcare system. This can actually significantly delay care for more specific diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  

 

Overall Cost of Healthcare: $3 trillion annually or 28% of the total GDP

To keep that in perspective, only $50 million is spent on Physical Therapy each year. 

 

When Social Security and Medicare started in 1930, the average life expectancy was 58 for Males, 62 females. Currently the average life expectancy is 75 for males, 76 females. The age of retirement is 65 years of age, but many companies are offering retirement earlier as ways to age out more established people who have a higher salary burden to the company.

The cost of Medicare Benefits currently is $709.5 billion dollars and covers 58 million people. 

References:

https://careers.iconplc.com/blog/how-has-the-pharmaceuticals-industry-changed-in-the-last-decade–blog-01142312301
https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2020/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2019?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4cOEBhDMARIsAA3XDRgMlO9jpLc29krIJlv5syhuvP-VbwS-_nKmu0t7BNP5Q1bXKghA7qoaArggEALw_wcB

Thyroid Dysfunction: Overall Health Part 2

Thyroid and Hair Loss

Many people start to suffer what is called hormonal alopecia. It is the systemic loss of hair from all over the body with the loss, or gain, of certain hormones. The most common type of hair loss for women is due to thyroid dysfunction. The areas that we typically notice is the thickness of mane hair, or a shrinking ponytail. But, eye lashes coming out and or thinning of the brows, particularly the outer 2/3’s is fairly significant and should be noted. It IS A REASON to have you thyroid tested.

In Many cases, thinning brows, or a slimmer ponytail might be your only true indicator that the thyroid is struggling. This is because the sleep issues in the current day and age are rampant. Devices, job and school requirements and stimulant intake disrupts what we consider “normal sleep”. Since most think 1 bowel movement every 2 days is normal, this may also be missed. (See Previous Blog). Weight fluctuates for many college students and athletes as they exit high school and collegiate sports as well, so that might not be a great indicator.

Why Is my Hair Thinning a symptom?

Because the hair grows sin 4-6 week cycles, If you are not able to maintain growth due to poor thyroid function, you will start to see global sparseness in the hair. The patterns is across the entire scalp, not just the top or the front. It is related because the thyroid controls the ongoing functions that support the system as a whole to remain WHOLE. If you are lacking in nutrients required, you will start seeing hair loss sooner than diagnosis. This is because “Sub-Optimal” levels of thyroid can lead to long term damage.

What Can I do about Hair Loss and Hormones? (1)

  1. Take a Quality Muti Vitamin 
  2. Take Extra Vitamin D and Know your levels (25OH-VitD should be between 50-80, 30 is considered normal)
  3. Get 15 Veggies and 5 fruits Daily
  4. Get Enough Protein (1.9kg/pound females; 2.4g/pound males)
  5. Get some Protein from collagen
  6. Sleep 8-10 hours daily
  7. Eat iodized salt
  8. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  9. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  10. Get tested Early and Often.
  11. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
  12. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)

 

  1. 1. https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/thyroid-diseases/thyroid-conditions-hair-loss-help#:~:text=What%20does%20thyroid%20hair%20loss,hair%2C%20and%20eyelashes%2C%20too.
  2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/

Thyroid Dysfunction: How does over all health affect this?

Thyroid. Weight Gain. Hair Loss

All of these terms fall together when we think about thyroid dysfunction, but there are a lot of reasons why each symptoms is important. There are also many ways to support the thyroid without medicating it first.

The Blogs of the last few weeks had focused on weight management and goals around weight. This can be considered an extension, but for different reasons. The thyroid is the endocrine gland primarily responsible for metabolism. Many don’t know this, but the thyroid gland can control heart rate, sleep cycles, hunger cycles, sweet tooth, salty cravings, and kidney and bladder function. Your thyroid also can have an impact on mental clarity, focus, memory and mood. (1)

HPA-axis: Health in balance

The thyroid, anterior pituitary gland and hypothalamus create that HPA axis in conjunction with the adrenal glands and are a self regulatory system for maintenance of glandular function and hormone production in the body. The HPA axis is stimulated primary by signals released from the liver. When given the right stimulus, with all the available nutrients in surplus, the system is flawless. IF there is a lack of nutrients, or there is toxic load increase in the liver, the system hits some bumps. Those bumps can cause major health issues.

Hypo- Low Thyroid:

This condition occurs for many reasons. There is a subclinical hypothyroidism that many times goes undiagnosed until a problem arises, but is often still last to be treated. People with hypothyroid often suffer feeling cold all the time. They have cold hands and feet, even if it is 100 degrees outside. Bradycardia, or a rather slow heart rate at rest is also a symptom. Now many athletes have bradycardia, but most don’t also feel cold all the time. slow heart rate at rest is looking at someone who drops often into high 40s or low 50s after being at rest lying down for 10 minutes. Weight gain is a symptoms of low thyroid. Constipation. This, as discussed in the last blog, is a huge factor. Many think not voiding fecal matter for 1-2 days is normal. IT. IS. NOT. People also often feel tired, lack of desire, lack of motivation.

Hyper- Fast or high Thyroid

Some might think this is what they want. I can introduce you to a few people who can tell you that if this persists longer than a month, you want it to stop. Tachycardia. The opposite of Bradycardia. You can see resting heart rates above 120. Now, if your not sure what that feels like, go for a run walk for 30 minutes where you run for 1 min walk 1 min. And try and cary on a conversation. It’s HARD. It’s EXHAUSTING. And let’s say you are a nurse who must wear scrubs, lab coat, Procedure covering gear, shoe covers, hair covering, face covering, and talk through discharge instructions with each patient. Are you sweating yet? Imagine this daily. Usually, the doctors will ask for you not to exercise until it is regulated as well. That would be awful for many who use exercise as a mental health boost. These people also often have muscle weakness, intolerance to heat, tremors, and diarrhea.

How do you Support Thyroid Naturally?

  1. Eat a healthy well balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. (15 vegetable, 5 fruit/day0
  2. Get enough protein (males 2.4 g/kg body weight per/day; females 1.9g/kg body weight/day)
  3. Have some protein come from collagen.
  4. Set a sleep schedule
  5. Use a Good Quality Vitamin.
  6. Each iodized salt
  7. Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
  8. Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
  9. Get tested Early and Often.
    1. As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
    2. Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)
      1. TSH

        Optimal versus Normal Thyroid Lab Values
        Comparison of Optimal versus Regular values
      2. TPOa
      3. T3
      4. Reverse T3
      5. T4 Total
      6. Free T4
      7. FTI
      8. Resin F3 Uptake
      9. TGB
1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK500006/
2. https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/need-know-thyroid-disease/

What Are Collateral Damages of Pandemic 2020 Lockdowns and Shutouts?

SUICIDE and MENTAL HEALTH

I have the fortune of having clients who work in the public health sector and law enforcement sector. They have reported an increase in calls for suicide prevention. Nationally, the numbers for teen suicide and young adult suicide are elevated.

So what are the issues with an increase in Mental Health?

In my area, I have had some clients do voluntary check ins for 48hour -30 days holds due to their own struggles for mental health in the time of this pandemic. The cost of Joblessness, Isolation and anxiety is high. Studies from multiple institutions show that anxiety even in young children is higher than typical.

Our Family has been personally touched by suicide during this time.

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Domestic Violence

According to a Study in Massachusetts at a Womens hospital, Domestic violence between intimate partners is increased by 500% when compared to each of the 3 previous years. That is a fairly staggering statistic, especially when you consider that these are the reported cases. There are many more who suffer in silence because they believe it is related only to the stress of the current situation. Or, it has never happened before. The sentiment of “They said they were sorry” often prevents people from talking about violence as well.

In the case of abuse or neglect of children, some of the Law Enforcement officers have reported that they are more concerned than ever, because schools are a safe haven for many children. Locking them out has taken away their support system. They expect to see number of cases reported skyrocket with the return to the classroom. In some cases, dreading that return to the classroom, while also looking forward to helping these kids out of bad Situations.

According to a study published in the BC Medical Journal:

Previous pandemics have had children as the top victims. They report that the number one cause of childhood death is Abuse from Family or Friend. Children are more likely during quarantine to experience neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, seeing abuse against a  parent, and emotional abuse.

Long term effects of abuse on children under the age of 15 lead to behavior issues and learning issues along the continuum. These children are less likely to develop meaningful relationships. They are less likely to trust others. Less likely to talk about what is happening at home. And social workers have been advised to minimize interventions as to lessen contact with others outside their own home.

Education Suffers, But is closing schools necessary?

Last spring, millions of students suffered with a sudden and unprepared shift to online education. While a few districts across the country managed this transition well, most did not. Our 3rd grade students, who are on a special education plan,  had 90 minutes of instruction per day with no way to contact their teacher about questions. While they are supposed to get a specific number of hours per week with the Special Education Team by LAW, they had no contact. No Support, and lost ground in so many ways. Their primary teacher did not reach out to the SPED team to indicate a struggle was happening at all. We, as parents, received an email 4 weeks in that assignments were incomplete or not done at all. When I asked what needed to be done for one assignment, it took 24 hours to get a response. Unacceptable.

Risk of Transmission

We’ve been told to follow the science. Follow the Data. Follow the correct information. But shutting down schools is not supported by the science or the data. In fact, if we truly follow all the data back to the 1918 Spanish flu (H1N1); quarantine and mask wearing is a bad idea in general.

So where does that leave the kids and education?

Again following the data, The EU says we should re-open at a minimum primary education centers. That student to teacher transmission rates were less than 0.1%. That the students were more likely to contract the virus while at home than in the classroom.

The EU has also taken into account the cost to underserved children and homes with lower incomes. They have decided that the cost of not being in the classroom is high. With working parents who have “Essential Jobs” like cleaning, housekeeping, Nursing, Physician, Physical Therapy and Grocery clerks; it was too difficult for the family unit to have the children at home. The lack of social development by not interacting with same aged peers was also deemed to be too great. That being at home, isolated, could cause anxiety to occur at earlier ages. Causing more harmful mental health issues in adolescence and young adulthood.

In Finland, Where school has continued without interruption, there are 1.2 million students and staff. Less than 200 have tested positive for Covid-19

Here is History on recent Pandemics and Quarantine:
  • 1918 Spanish Flu (H1N1) variation of influenza A
    • Infected approximately 500Million people (1/3 worlds population of 1.5 billion)
    • US population was 102,300,000.
    • Deaths world wide: 50 Million
    • Deaths in the US: 675,000; 564,000 in the first 8 months while states and cities quarantined.
    • Quarantine was put in place in several states and also individual cities where states did not have policies
    • masks were required in public
    • hand washing highly encouraged to be regularly completed.
    • Highest mortality was <5 yoa, 20-40 yoa and greater than 65 yoa.
  • 1957/58 Pandemic (H2N2) Variation of influenza A
    • No Quarantine
    • Hand washing encouraged
    • No Masks
    • Stay home if you feel vulnerable.
    • 2.9 billion people worldwide,
    • 174.9 Million in the US
    • Deaths Worldwide: 1.1 Million
    • Deaths in the US 116,000
  • 1968/69 (H3N2) Variation of Influenza A
    • No Quarantine
    • CDC said you should be out if you felt comfortable, as exposure would actually boost the immune system
    • 3.5 Billion people WorldWide
    • 200 Million people in the US
    • 1 million Deaths worldwide
    • 100,000 deaths in the US
    • Wood Stock Held in August 1969, right in the middle of the pandemic.

If we go by the data shown above, Pulled from the CDC website on pandemics, we are in for a lot more carnage. Currently, we have 7.59 Billion people world wide, 328 million in the United States.  IF we look at the data from the 1918 Spanish flu and extrapolate, 1.2 million US citizens will die. That means that as of writing this article, we are less than 25% of the way.

YES, medical has advanced. But we haven’t cured anything in this country since small pox.

What happened to the Flu?

Currently, the CDC says flu numbers are low. But flu testing is also around 1/100th its normal numbers. So how do we know?

If you have had the experience of having a test done, look at your results. Your test can say either Coronavirus or COVID-19 PCR test results. The Corona Virus test tests for ALL corona virus, including cold or flu. A Positive test is NOT a Positive COVID test. Yet many Point of Care Facilities are reporting these numbers as such. So our infection rate is sky high, while likely being false + for COVID and false reporting of COVID.

Which of these tests did you get?

 

Coronavirus test
+ results must be followed up with Flu Test or PCR test to rule in COVID19

 

PCR Molecular test specific to COVID-19
This + Result is the most likely indicator that COVID19 is present. You can still have false + and or False – tests.

Cancer:

Research Published in JAMA reported that since the start of the pandemic, Cancer diagnosis dropped 74%

The Breast Cancer Awareness month reported a decrease of 54% of new cases From April 2020-October 2020

Colorectal cancer diagnosis was down at least 31% in the same time frame.

Pancreatic cancer diagnosis was down by 25%

Lung cancer, and Esophageal cancer detection was also down according to the study

Cause: Routine screenings were either cancelled, could not be rescheduled this calendar year, or people were to afraid to go out and get them.

As you can see, The cost of the pandemic to health has a lot of collateral damage.

Please do your research and know the facts.

References:
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1968-pandemic.html
https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/world-population-by-year/
wsj.com/articles/despite-coronavirus-surge-european-schools-stay-open-11605349800
https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-schools-transmission-August%202020.pdf
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/europe-schools-covid-open/2020/12/01/4480a5c8-2e61-11eb-9dd6-2d0179981719_story.html
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMms2024920
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Return-to-School-During-COVID-19.aspx
https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/kids-school-and-covid-19-what-we-know-and-what-we-don-t
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/20201019-SchoolsSummary.pdf
https://www.statnews.com/2020/08/04/new-cancer-diagnoses-fell-sharply-after-coronavirus/
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200818/radiology-study-suggests-horrifying-rise-in-domestic-violence-during-pandemic#1
https://bcmj.org/articles/child-abuse-and-neglect-covid-19-era-primer-front-line-physicians-british-columbia
https://abc7news.com/suicide-covid-19-mental-health-teen-coronavirus/8079510/

Incentivized Payments in This Pandemic

There is a Huge Argument between Healthcare and Sickcare in the United States.

Many Americans are having trouble distinguishing what healthcare actually is. They pay for an insurance company to cover the bills that they have regarding health, but every year it covers less and less. They don’t feel like they have options to choose providers that are listed as being the best. They feel like they are strangled in choosing a procedure, prescription, and even if they should get testing done to see if a medication or procedure is necessary. The hoops one must jump through to achieve a diagnosis take longer and longer each year. The insurance layers to gain access to appropriate care or the prescription that the physician recommended instead of some other brand or different drug has affected the ability to recover.

Unfortunately, SARS-COV2 may be even worse.

On March 27th, 2020 information was released that was part of the COVID19 Stimulus Bill. It reported that facilities would receive 20% more than typical reimbursement for positive COVID19 cases. If such a case ended up on a ventilator, the increased in reimbursement with be $39,000. 3x’s the normal reimbursement. Senator Jensen of Minnesota said in a statement on April 8th,

“Nobody can tell me after 35 years in the world of medicine that sometimes those kinds of things impact on what we do.”

He did later say that he doesn’t believe that all decisions were made based on this reimbursement, but he believes that cases are over reported. There were some indications that he believes that the Point of Care cases were over reported and flu cases under reported.

IF you remember the blog from Nov 30th, I talked about the different types of tests. The most common test done does not rule out the common cold or flu. It simply tests for all coronavirus.

So, if this is true…..the number of cases of the flu are under-reported, cases of SARS-COV2 are over reported and we are not being cared for the way we need or expect as the American Public.

A Nurse comes Forward

On May 5th a nurse from Nevada, who had willingly traveled to New York to help relieve some of the stress of overwhelmed medical providers, put a video up on YouTube.

In the video she claims that they are murdering people in the most affected low income, minority hospital in New York. She talks about the fact that people were being defibrillated while they still had a pulse of 40BPM. This is significantly contraindicated and will cause cardiac arrest (heart stop). She states that a patient died waiting for an x-ray because the ventilator tube was not in place. They could not breath on their own. She told the anesthesiologist and the warning went ignored. There is also the discussion about the pressures on the ventilators being higher by 20% than they should be given normal human lungs. Reporting on a case where a feeding tube was placed into the lungs instead of the stomach as well. The mother of two traveled from Nevada to New York to assist. Like hundreds of others. She said that they had plenty of assistance by the time of the video and yet mistakes that were being blamed on over worked and too tired were simply negligence and mismanagement.

This woman was not the only one affected. The protocols placed by administration of the hospitals were not what most of the providers thought were a good idea. There have been an increase in Medical Provider suicide since the start of COVID-19 protocols.

Protocols to improve Finances don’t always mean Best Care

This past decade has brought about more and more Direct to Patient Care, Concierge or Hybrid type Practices. There are some who will say that this shift was due to the ACA Healthcare Bill, but as a provider, I Know it is about more. I have had the opportunity over the past 4 years to interview physicians and other providers who have made the switch. The common theme among them is that they have to see too many people and they don’t actually get to practice medicine anymore. The Popularity of Alternative Medicine currently also paints the picture of what Americans Desire.

Physicians don’t want to see 30 patients a day, neither do physical therapists, surgeons, cardiologist, chiropractors, etc. Yet with declining reimbursement, more hoops for pre-authorization and less autonomy when recommending medication and protocols, this is reality. That is why so many are jumping ship and quitting the profession entirely or moving to concierge direct to patient models.

What happened to that new disease Vaping Lung? or even Influenza?

Do you remember back to January of 2020 the stories of vaping lung disease that was affecting young people. Particularly those who used flavored vape pens? What ever happened with that? My guess is that some of the negative tests where people have died of respiratory symptoms, have been attributed to COVID19, even if it was this instead. Senator Jensen believed this was the case of a 38 year old male who tested negative twice, did admit that he vaped, died of respiratory symptoms, but cause on Death Certificate was attributed to COVID-19.

It also seems that no one has the traditional flu anymore, even though we can trace influenza A and B outbreaks back to 1889 with certainty, and likely back 500 years.

 

Do Your Research! From websites that are giving facts, not social media. 

Stay healthy out there!!

 

References:

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.

What is a PANDEMIC and Why Should you look Deeper into the Facts

2020 has been an Unprecedented year

In November of 2019 we started hearing about the Current SARS-CoV2 as it spread through China. 

At the time, we were already in our ridiculously long election cycle that now lasts about 20 months. 

In March New York and areas of CA were overwhelmed with cases. By April, most of the country had gone into lockdown. 

 

But why? 

This will be the first of a few blogs talking about this pandemic in comparison to others that have happened throughout the history of time as we know it. Really particularly looking at the last 150 years. 

Since 1889, We have had 7 pandemics that are of real note in regards to the Corona Type Viruses or Flu and Influenza. During one such pandemic, the United States actually held one of the most iconic Music Festivals in modern history. Can you guess which one I am talking about? Here is a hint, it happened in 1969.

Let’s first address the conspiracy theories that there is a pandemic every election cycle, but only seems to affect one party. 

 

2004 SARS Virus:

First off, there were 8 cases in the US in 2003. 1 Death. All 8 persons had traveled abroad. It did not spread in the US and the only mention politically was the need for increased diplomacy and support between US and China.

2008 AVIAN FLU:

The first time this virus reached the world was actually in 1990. It has a total of 5 world wide spreads. It continues to be in circulation and it was only briefly addressed as a reason to strengthen international support of each country affected and work together to support the people of the world. 

2009 Swine Flu (H1N1):

NOT AN ELECTION YEAR. The CDC actually referred to it as the first Real Pandemic in 40 years. Mostly because the two previous stayed in their respective countries of origin as significantly damaging. This particular flu season in the US was one of the deadliest on record prior to the current pandemic and that of 1918.

2012 MERS:

Much to people’s disappointment, this did NOT come from China. It was first discovered in Camels in Saudi Arabia and passed to humans who were in direct contact with infected animals. It was most common in underserved communities with lack of medical team access. Only 2 Cases reached the US. 

2014 EBOLA:

though not a flu virus was used in the midterm elections to degrade the opposition. Both parties threw Mud. Neither should have because there were 2 Cases in the US. In 2018 there were additional cases totaling 8 from people that had traveled to the two countries in Africa that had outbreaks. 

2016 ZIKA:

Also not a flu virus. It is contracted through bite of infected insect or unprotected sex with someone infected. Originated in 1956. There were approximately 5200 cases in the US and President Obama asked for $1.8Billion to fight it and prevent spread. The bill took 7 months to pass. Congress dragged its feet. Both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump brought it up while campaigning. Republicans had control of the senate at the time. One party said it was a purposeful stall to affect election results. The other said it was a failure of the President to serve the people. Again, mud slinging. 

2019/20:

SARS-CoV2 proves to be the centerpiece of election slander. One party says it’s a failure of Republicans in not approving bailout and poor management and leadership from the top. The other says it’s a Hoax and nothing more than the Flu. And we are managing it differently than all previous pandemics. 

 

Viruses always run a course. They are really difficult in the first two years, then immunity is built in the community. Viruses can not be treated with antibiotics, but can be treated with antivirals. Antivirals are really aggressive on the body and are targeted to decrease symptoms and duration of symptoms. They can cause Nausea, Dizziness, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Nervousness and Poor Concentration. 

If you run a fever above 100.1, you should stay home. Don’t engage with anyone outside your nuclear family or those that live in your home or dorm room. If you reach a fever of 102, You should seek testing and care with-in 24 hours of first symptoms. Symptoms include sore throat, fatigue, body aches, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing. 

Please be sure to FACT Check all information that you see. 

References:

Most information for this blog was taken from the CDC WebSite. 

FDA.gov/media/140161/download

FDA.gov/media/143737/download

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2862331/#:~:text=The%20most%20significant%20of%20these,intervals%20averaging%20approximately%2040%20years.