77-year old patient with an urgent medical issue, dies after waiting 5 hours for treatment in the emergency room. A nurse at the North Carolina hospital said “the problem was not necessarily a shortage of beds at the hospital, but a shortage of nurses to staff those beds… entire halls in the hospital had been blocked off for use because of staffing shortages.”

Analyst Comment: Emergency health services are diminishing rapidly in the US. During Covid the government incentivized treatments that killed people who otherwise would have survived. Hospitals fired unvaccinated health care workers exacerbating shortages at a time when many of the Covid-19 vaccinated are experiencing negative health effects that require treatment.