SAN FRANCISCO, CA – While this likely won’t come as a shock to many readers, one doctor at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) has spoken out to say that the crisis inside of hospitals is less to do with COVID-19 and more to do with staffing shortages.
Dr. Jeanne Noble is an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF. She reviewed all charts of COVID-positive patients at all UCSF hospital campuses on January 4, 2022, and found that 70% of those cases were in the hospital for another reason, but just happened to also have COVID-19.
Her statements came just days before California Department of Public Health changed their policy regarding staffing, where most hospitals can now allow asymptomatic Covid-positive nurses and staff back to work without testing or quarantining as long as they’re wearing N-95 masks. Unvaccinated employees are still not being considered for rehire at this time.
“The real COVID crisis that our hospitals are facing is a severe staffing shortage that is compromising the quality of our care,” Dr. Noble said.
The SF Gate shared an email sent to them by Dr. Noble. In it, she said, “The crisis from the Omicron peak is not generated by serious COVID illness in regions with highly vaxxed populations. The crisis we are suffering in the Bay Area is largely driven by disruptive COVID policies that encourage asymptomatic testing and subsequent quarantines…
“The vast majority of COVID-plus patients I take care of need no medical care and are quickly discharged home with reassurance.”
Following the email, the SF Gate reported, “Policies encouraging people to take a test whether or not they’re sick, and to stay home just because they were near someone who tested positive, may be doing little to slow the virus…
“But isolation policies have strained hospitals, shuttered restaurants, disrupted public transportation, reduced capacity at testing sites and sent some kids back to virtual education, some experts say. Punishing quarantine measures have compounded already-existing staff shortages driven by large numbers of health care providers quitting in the past year.”
While the Gate doesn’t mention this specifically, aside from health care providers “quitting in the past year,” there are also others who have been fired for deciding against a Covid shot.
Dr. Noble found that out of 44 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 when she reviewed charts on January 4, only 13 of them were in the hospital for the virus. The other 31 (or 70%) of patients were tested at the hospital for Covid upon admittance for “unrelated reasons, including a hip fracture and a bowel obstruction.” According to Dr. Noble, those patients were “completely asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic.”
“I do not expect that number to increase substantially, or become unmanageable in the coming week,” Dr. Noble said. “The death rate in California is actually falling. And the predicted peak of cases is only about a week away.
“[Emergency departments] are flooded with the worried well that are simply seeking testing and reassurance. I have not intubated a single COVID patient during this Omicron surge. We have a total of 5 patients with COVID on ventilators across our 4 hospitals. An average of 1.25 intubated COVID patients per hospital is a good news story.”
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