Tuesday, 5 January 2021

The Real Health Crisis was One Year Ago

2019 was the worst year ever for hospital overcrowding with 118,000 patients left without beds. December 2019 into January 2020 was the worst winter on record for overcrowding. 

53,000 patients went without beds last year, so less than half of 2019. 

Yet here we are in lockdown in a health crisis only half as bad as that of the previous winter. 

There were also no excess deaths this winter, as Leo Varadkar has admitted "no more people have died this winter than any comparable winter for the past five years

Yet nowhere in the hysterical headlines are these simple facts reflected. 

Monday, 4 January 2021

Coldest December in Ten Years

 December 2020 was the coldest December for 10 years. 2010 was the coldest winter for many decades which means that since then there were two cold snaps (2010, 2020) and two warm snaps (2015, 2018) so no overall trend of warming or cooling for the darkest month in the past decade. 

The graphs below begin at 2011 but bear in mind that 2010 was way below average as was widely reported at the time :

Perhaps this is another reason for the pressure hospitals are now under as more people are ill due to the cold.