by Mike Critelli
On June 14, I had an overnight post-surgery stay at the Physicians Regional Health System hospital in Naples, FL. Naples is 94% white, and has an average annual family income over $105K. My experience in this affluent part of our country was remarkably substandard. Through my many conversations, I learned that many others in all types of communities experience what I did, or worse.
In 2020, America suffered lockdowns and other extreme measures implemented to prevent inundating our hospitals with COVID-19 patients. Federal and state governments had no plans for the surges in capacity when we were hit with COVID-19. Though some states were far better than others in responding to the crisis, we all lacked enough beds, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and staff.