HHS Withheld Report Showing Mounting Crisis as President Insists US Has Turned a Corner
Iowa, Montana, and New Mexico have both a high percentage of beds filled and the rate at which they are filling is increasing. The rate is not sustainable.
In my professional opinion, which does not reflect any other persons or institution, Iowa especially, will reach a point soon where medical doctors will be asked to make choices about who lives or dies.
In Louisiana they sent people home to die, people who might have otherwise been saved. They have also had to make similar choices in Texas and Utah. It didn’t have to be like this, and it doesn’t have to continue. That is our choice.
That this was preventable makes it even more tragic. That the public was so misled by those who have a duty to protect and inform is an injustice, but it is where we are. We cannot undo it now, but you, reading this now, you can set party aside and see that truth is the property of no party and all should be obligated to uphold it.
Folks, fellow Americans, the people making recommendations are doing it because the evidence demands it. That is all we can ever do. We cannot change what the evidence shows, and we cannot know more than it shows. We cannot say what people want to hear. We don’t have that option. The truth cannot be changed, so it is politics that decides whether or not to politicize the findings.
Scientists don’t need your votes.
We don’t need you to like us, but we want to save your lives. We care about the truth and there is nothing but the truth that could keep us going after everything that has happened.
If we needed your votes, that would be a conflict of interest and we wouldn’t work on this crisis, not without making people aware of those conflicts. Anyone with any ethics would step down from leadership if their interests had the potential to compromise judgment.
I have peers who will tell me what stocks they hold to make me aware that their personal interests could unconsciously bias them. Most scientists are like that.
The work is too important to let anything jeopardize it.
That’s how we can work internationally with people from all faiths, political persuasions, and experience success. We had to put everything aside or the world would wait longer for answers. Regrettably, not every field has seen the critical need for unity.
If scientists do something dishonest, we might never be employable again. No one would want to work with us and have their name associated with someone who was unethical. It’s never in our best interest.
Does that happen in any other field? Or could others lie and benefit?
Please acknowledge that people who need your vote have a conflict of interest that cannot be resolved. They’re motivated to ensure you think well of them, not necessarily to tell the truth. I think — or at least hope — deep down you know what I’m saying is true, and I’m begging you to help us save each other.