COVID-19 Overwhelms Border ICUs

COVID-19 Overwhelms Border ICUs

El Centro Regional Medical Center was so overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients it had to divert some to health care facilities in San Diego, National City and elsewhere. There have been more than 2,025 confirmed cases in Imperial County, which has the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the state, said Andrea Bowers, special projects coordinator for the county health department.

“We know that our community has family on both sides of the border, so we’re relating the uptick to Mother’s Day weekend,” said Suzanne Martinez, assistant chief nursing officer at the medical center. “That means more risk as people travel back and forth over the border.”

Mothers’ Day weekend.

Hmm…then there’s Memorial Day weekend.

Followed by protests (not a political statement, just an observation of large crowds).

We are doomed.

 

House Hunters International (Pandemic Version) – Mexico

Citation: California Border Hospitals Hit by Surge in COVID-19 Cases From Mexico – Medscape – May 20, 2020.

Here’s the link:

California Border Hospitals Hit by Surge in COVID-19 Cases From Mexico

Here’s an excerpt:

Imperial County has registered fewer than 800 known coronavirus infections and just 15 deaths to date. Baja California, by comparison, has reported 3,458 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 134 deaths.  Two main medical centers in Baja’s state capital – Mexicali Hospital General and IMSS Regional Hospital 30 – are both “saturated” by the outbreak, Mario Cervantes, head of relief services for the Red Cross of Mexicali, told Reuters.  Some arriving ambulances have had to wait hours to deliver new patients, while others were turned away altogether, he said.  Baja health department officials said neither Mexicali hospital had exhausted its bed space, but Dr. Rafael Abril, president of the Mexicali College of Surgeons, told local news in April that half the IMSS hospital’s doctors were infected with COVID-19, which could lead to staffing shortages.

The Other Drug Epidemic

Since 2011, emergency room visits related to meth in San Francisco have jumped 600% to 1,965 visits in 2016, the last year for which ER data is available. Admissions to the hospital are up 400% to 193, according to city public health data. And at San Francisco General Hospital, of 7,000 annual psychiatric emergency visits last year, 47% were people who were not necessarily mentally ill — they were high on meth.

Read the full article here.

 

Americans Cross Border Into Mexico To Buy Insulin At A Fraction Of U.S. Cost — Kaiser Health News

When Michelle Fenner signed up to run this year’s Los Angeles Marathon, it got her thinking: Tijuana, Mexico, is only a 2½-hour drive from L.A. Why not take a trip across the border and buy some insulin for her son? “It’s so easy to just go across the border,” mused Fenner. This idea had been…

via Americans Cross Border Into Mexico To Buy Insulin At A Fraction Of U.S. Cost — Kaiser Health News

Record Murders Plague Mexico In First Half Of 2018: “The Figures Are Horrible”

Read the ZeroHedge article here.

Mexico posted its highest homicides on record, with a new government report Sunday showing murders in the country rose by 16 percent in the first half of 2018.

The Interior Department said there were 15,973 homicides in the first half of the year, compared to 13,751 killings in the same period of 2017.

According to the AP, the record-breaking homicides have surpassed the violence seen during the dark years of Mexico’s drug war in 2011, along with exceeding all government data since records began in 1997.

Going to Mexico?

Let’s not mention the 10 or 11 other states with Level 3 warnings of reconsider travel. 

Read the entire State Department advisory here.

Why isn’t the mainstream media all over this story?

Why doesn’t HGTV International House Hunters tell you about this risk?

Do not travel to:

    • Colima state due to crime.
    • Guerrero state due to crime.
    • Michoacán state due to crime.
    • Sinaloa state due to crime.
    • Tamaulipas state due to crime.

 

Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico – Fabius Maximus

Summary: Immigration from Mexico was a hot issue in Campaign 2016. An equally serious danger was ignored — contagion to the US from the insurgency of drug cartels against Mexico.  (Graphic copyright Stratfor 2016)

Source: Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico | Fabius Maximus website

With increasing legalization of marijuana in the US the cartels are now selling more heroin and methamphetamine.  It’s been a while since I read up on this issue.

Still looking to buy that beachfront bargain in Mexico?

Ian Fraser: HSBC’s $1.9 Billion Settlement Sets (Another) Dangerous Precedent « naked capitalism

Ian Fraser: HSBC’s $1.9 Billion Settlement Sets (Another) Dangerous Precedent « naked capitalism.

Taibbi, Spitzer Fume Over HSBC Settlement | | Rolling Stone.

HSBC Critic: Too Big To Indict May Mean Too Big To Exist : NPR.

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