Dead-tree media reports of local hospitals closed to new patients because of the pandemic amid the growing number of infections and deaths have prompted panic among news watchers.
Accordingly, this headline from the New York Post has garnered attention from around the world:
A KICK-ASS reader who sent us this link chimes in about the NYC comparison: "In terms of Covid ... And ... In the way our city got trashed and abandoned after the "peaceful protests" ...
Deets from the New York Post:
"Some Kansas City-area hospitals are turning away ambulances because their beds are already filled with coronavirus patients — prompting one worried doctor to predict the area could become “the next New York.” "Eight metro hospitals and emergency departments had so many patients, they temporarily stopped accepting ambulances starting Wednesday night"
Right now, according to the KCMO Health Department there have been 165 deaths from COVID-19 and 13,273 lab confirmed cases.
To put that in perspective, the New York Times reports 23,925 COVID-19 deaths in NYC and 258,000 cases.
Accordingly, even on a per capita basis . . . That's a tough comparison.
Still, the mention among Empire State news kinda reminds us of the not-so-long-ago time when bored Gotham media imagined that millennials were going to move to Kansas City and power a new economy. That didn't really happen . . . But it was an interesting idea.
And so, forgive the horrible pun . . . But this isn't an "apples to apples" comparison and the reports deserve some skepticism.
Whilst we won't pretend to play doctor with journalists, statisticians and public health officials . . . It's fair to clown the analogy whilst still taking the cowtown impact of the pandemic seriously.
We want our lowly TKC blog community to wear a mask in crowds, wash their hands, faces & butts regularly and maybe share a bit of skepticism about the mainstream media narrative that can't always be taken so seriously during the otherwise ridiculous 2020 campaign season.
You decide . . .