Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Omicron hospital surge is the fakest of fake news

70% of COVID-positive patients at UCSF hospitals are in the hospital for reasons that have nothing to do with COVID-19. The hospitals are not being over run with COVID-19 patients. The hospitals are short staffed because of stupid government and corporate rules and regulations regarding vaccinated staff and quarantine rules for those that test positive. This is now a pandemic of the stupid.

This news might come as a surprise to people who have been reading dire warnings about omicron and some public health officials’ pleas to cancel plans and stay home. Many public health officials have argued these measures are necessary to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed with COVID patients. Indeed, for the past few weeks, San Francisco hospitals have been in dire straits. But it’s not because people are sick — it’s because of staffing shortages driven by overly strict state quarantine rules, the director of COVID response at UCSF’s emergency department said.

After reviewing the charts of every COVID-positive patient at UCSF hospitals on Jan. 4, Dr. Jeanne Noble, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF, determined that 70% of them were in the hospital for other reasons.

UCSF COVID doctor: Hospital surge isn’t what you may think (