Chapter 30 “was there any good from the COVIDs: the need for a properly funded socialized medicine system”
The death count for the COVIDs was lowest in countries with a robust socialized medical system. Socialized medical systems not only offer care for the sick but spend some effort in making sure their patients do not fall ill. This is called preventative medicine. This could be that the politicos running and funding the system realize that reducing sickness reduces the cost to the system.
If you don’t have access to such a system you simply may not have enough money to buy private insurance so in effect you have no medical care or the lowest quality medical care. For example, let’s look at the state of Louisiana in the United States. In terms of hospital admissions African Americans constituted 77% of all COVID hospitalizations yet they comprised 33% of the population.
You’ll note I say the COVID toll was the least in a country with a robust medical system. Russia and Canada once had robust socialized medical systems but continual and systematic cuts or token funding seriously compromised the health of these systems. In the COVIDs it was not the disease itself that was a serious health risk but rather the inability of the compromised health system to handle the patient load. Matters were made worse by the low-income groups being unable to access preventative care therefor making them easier COVID victims. For example 66% of all hospital admissions for COVID were accompanied by the comorbidity factor of obesity highest among low income groups who have not been educated to eat properly nor even if they have received that education could they afford to purchase the proper food and dietary supplements? So it was no surprise that the fattest nation on earth, the United States, took a severe COVID hit. Africa, India and Pakistan were also huge COVID losers as they had no medical system to speak of.
After the COVID waves subsided almost all socialized medical systems were on their knees by the time Virus #26 hit in 2030 and those without a socialized medical system,; particularly those in Second and Third World countries were virtually wiped out.