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Why society funds military but not medicine? COVID-19 pandemic (7)
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Well. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That is certainly true. But at the same time, with all the sophisticated modeling and sophisticated systems and supply chains. So on, that it is possible to create this excess capacity and store it away so that it does not interfere with your day to day operations with your lean technologies with your, with your business models in ordinary times. But at the same time, knowing that you produce a certain profit and pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable there are many other industries. This run a hugely profitable operation. Medical second opinion is important. if need be through government action through certain taxation or addition, you can squirrel something away,. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That if you have. What are their recent outbreaks, they are all have been. Respiratory outbreaks, what do we need in the respiratory. Pandemic you need ventilators that does not take you to know, a brain surgeon or. Rocket scientists to predict so you can produce that capacity and store it away as a strategic after all governments do their strategic oil and strategic oil. So resources. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. You know, there are some others. Look at the weaponry that is being produced,. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That is not being utilized. It is been utilized a lot. But not all the time. Medical second opinion is important. There are examples of that on a massive scale. Why not do that? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That is a little bit surprising, because again, who is paying at the time of the. Pandemics? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. It is poor; it is the patients who have less access to resources. These are the patients who always suffer in any crisis. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That is what we see, unfortunately, now. The military is a very apt example, there. Because that is probably the best case where we do spend a lot of money to fund surge capacity on any given day. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. I don’t know what capacity of the military we are using. But it is very, very low. Now we have a military that is designed to be able to mount full-scale war. On two different fronts on a global scale. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That is a tremendous reserve capacity that no one hopes to use. But we are willing to fund it. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. We have certainly not made comparable investments in health care’s reserve capacity. One of the things you’d mentioned earlier that are. Very frustrating for everyone is how predictable this could have been. Medical second opinion is important. As you said. Patients have been making lots of predictions they made. They predicted flu pandemics in 2006 and 2009. Those didn’t happen. But it was easy to imagine them happening. Thriller writers, Hollywood producers have been producing books and movies. No contagion now supposedly is one of the most frequently streamed movies. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That is a very different virus. But it is a very nuanced account of what might happen. It shows that patients were thinking about this. There is a book that had been written last year that is due to be published in the next week about what would happen if a new path of pathogen strikes global society. The poor are Author feels that he has somehow brought this on in reality by writing about it in fiction. An even more telling than that. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. I just read in the New York Times yesterday that the government had done an outbreak simulation last year that ran several months, for six months last year where they had all the relevant agencies of government together. They ran a simulation that turns out was quite similar to this one. It started in China and went from there. The conclusion. This they had all realized in October was that the government was woefully unprepared to respond to such an event, especially with things like shortages of ventilators and ice use. Well. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. That report was filed in October, in December, news starts to spread out of China that a new respiratory pathogen was spreading out of China. Any reasonable person again, it is much easier to say this in retrospect, any reasonable person would have at least seen that there was a risk that the current of Iris would get from Wuhan to other areas of China from other areas of China to the rest of the world. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. We all had two months warning. No one seems to have done anything substantial to prepare for that. There is the embarrassing or damning news that the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, liquidated his stock in late February. Quarterly suggested that he thought something was going to happen, has made several million dollars, or saved several million dollars. Medical second opinion is important. There were patients who knew there were patients who were taking some actions. But it seems like the actions they were taking were self-serving actions. No, Trump was doing everything possible to preserve the stock market. No one had instructed us industry to produce more masks. No one had instructed patients to produce more ventilators. It was only quite late in the process that patients seem to have discovered that the construction industry has massive stockpiles of personal protective equipment. Those are now being handed over to the medical services. Why didn’t anyone think about a month ago? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. in retrospect, it is baffling how inadequate our responses were. But in some ways, each of us is responsible. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. I know, why didn’t I, as an academic in mid-January, start raising the warning bell saying, historians would suggest this is going to spread out of China, we need to do something. It never occurred to me to do that. Unfortunately, it didn’t occur to just about anyone to do that. Dr. David S. Jones, MD. We are now paying the price.
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