A friend of mine pointed something out to me that I feel stupid for missing. The Alberta government keeps great statistics. They publish them for anyone to see with full confidence that almost no one will look. Even fewer people will think about what they see. Thankfully my friend is curious enough to look and stubborn enough to think for himself.
The Two plots below show % of ICU capacity utilized for COVID (top) and non COVID (bottom)
I guess Albertans have been very luck so far. For some unknown reason each time we have a “wave” of COVID people stop needing medical attention for everything else. If it was not for this incredible good fortune our hospitals would surely have been overrun.
OK now that I am done reporting this the way the CBC would, let’s talk about what is really going on. When I add the two curves together (something the website will conveniently do for you) this is what I get.
With or without COVID our ICUs normally run just below 80% capacity (the green line). Each successive “wave” of COVID has made little to no difference. We are obviously being played. When the Demonic Dwarf (Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney) wants to scare us he turns to the Wicked Witch of the West (Alberta Chief medical officer and witch doctor in residence, Deena Hinshaw). Good old Triple W instructs hospitals to designate everyone COVID, especially if they are unvaccinated.
We do not have a problem with public health. We have a problem with the continued existence of those two evil “public servants”. The only way to end this is to rid the province of the Demonic Dwarf and the Wicked Witch of the West.