Scriber thinks she is using the wrong metric. So does this RN in a Letter to the Star.
Dr. Christ defies logic, and maybe her oath
Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona’s top health official, defied all logic with her statement in which she basically said, “Go out in public, behave as you will, and don’t worry if you get sick or cause others to get sick, we have plenty of hospital beds available.”
This shows a total disregard for the safety of individuals and those they contact.
If I said to my diabetic patient, “Don’t worry about your sugar consumption, we have plenty of hospital beds,” or told my lung cancer patient, “It’s OK to smoke, we have plenty of hospital beds,” I would lose my job and quite possibly my license to practice nursing.
A social contract with the community means that I will behave as best I can, to protect my health and well-being and those I have contact with. I don’t know what social contract Dr. Christ follows or if she can recall the Hippocratic Oath.
Steve Gottlieb, RN
Did she really say that?
Arizona ended COVID restrictions because hospitals have bed space, health chief says By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services Mar 27, 2021 Updated Apr 2, 2021
PHOENIX — The state’s top health official said Friday there’s no reason to continue to limit business occupancy, prohibit large group gatherings and require customers to wear masks because Arizona hospitals now have plenty of space.
Dr. Cara Christ’s explanation came the day after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, saying the pandemic is under control, abolished all limits that remained on businesses and public gatherings and allowed bars to reopen. He also ordered local governments to lift mask mandates, but Tucson’s mayor said he will have to take the city to court to do so.
Christ said the main reason restrictions had been imposed and bars closed was the fear of overwhelming the state’s health-care system with COVID–19 patients.
Now, she said, the use of hospital and intensive-care beds is way down.
Christ said she and Ducey made the decision that Arizona has to return to a point where people make their own decisions about the risk the virus poses to their own health.
She said that’s no different than any other disease, like the flu, where her department makes various recommendations but ultimately leaves it up to individuals to assess their own health risks.
“It’s really about that personal responsibility,” she said.
So your decision to engage in risky behavior puts me in danger and that’s OK?