Coronavirus Solution: Increase Damn Capacity

Flattening the curve is a theoretical statistical model predicated on limiting the impact on healthcare systems. (Read: The Myth of Curve Flattening)

Contrary to popular belief, the model of curve flattening was never meant to stop the virus, therefore, it was never intended to reduce the death toll associated with the Coronavirus. This is perhaps the most egregious overreach by those proponents of curve flattening.

Looking at the visual depiction of the model, it is clear—the area, number of hospitalizations, under the curve doesn’t change, therefore, the number of deaths due to Covid-19 likewise doesn’t change. (Read: Curve Flattening Never Meant to Stop COVID-19)

The problem facing the nation: no one knew just what impact the Coronavirus would have on the healthcare system.

Would COVID-19 overwhelm the system, putting Americans at risk due to a lack of supply and thereby needlessly driving up the death toll?

What was needed at the very beginning was a disciplined discussion revolving around defining the problem facing the country.

That never took place. (Read: Coronavirus: We Never Defined the Problem, Control versus Providing Healthcare)

Instead, the public was handed a solution predicated on controlling the uncontrollable.

Ironically, curve flattening actually identified the problem—prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

The actual problem: Providing enough healthcare capacity to meet the needs of the American public.

Defining the problem as one of capacity—there are two courses of action that could be taken.

Trying to prevent the current system from being overwhelmed or build up capacity to guarantee the system will not be overwhelmed.

Sadly, the focus by States has been centered on the solution of curve flattening.

More to the point, the solution has been based on trying to control the uncontrollable.

Only now are States starting to realize what a fool’s errand it was to focus their attention and efforts on controlling the Coronavirus outbreak, instead of putting their efforts into building up capacity.

Had we understood the problem we would have realized the challenge facing the nation was always one of capacity.

In the process, the economic crippling shuttering of so-called non-essential businesses would have been avoided. In fact, gearing up to create the additional capacity necessary to guarantee anyone infected by Covid-19 would have access to healthcare would have been a jobs creator.

The moment we had some inclination COVID-19 was imminent, States should have rolled out plans to increase their capacity to handle the potential needs of their citizens.

It should be pointed out: this is a State’s issue. (Read: State versus Federal Responsibility)

Only the State knows what capacity they have in place to combat an outbreak like COVID-19.

In this regard, the Federal government is a resource—not a driver.

Hit by the reality we were never going to be able to control COVID-19, the center of attention has turned to what it should have been all along—increase our damn capacity.

Instead, the focus has been on draconian edicts of “self-isolate.”

Furthermore, no one questioned: what if the proposed solutions of “self-isolation” or the closure of all non-essential businesses failed?

There was no backup plan.

Control has failed.

It was obvious to anyone willing to look at the issue sans rose colored glasses, theoretical models aren’t real world—they’re pie in the sky visions from the world of academia.

The real world solution to providing healthcare to those in need—increase our damn capacity.

Increasing capacity was always the only solution that fit the problem definition.