Staying In Tonight?


RTÉ Investigates: Covid19 – The Third Wave.

Laura Fitzgerald writes:

This compelling docuentary takes viewers into the heart of Tallaght University Hospital where once again frontline staff face enormous challenges, in the latest surge of Covid-19. Revealing the true picture behind the ongoing headlines and daily numbers, the compelling documentary shows doctors and nurses fighting to keep Covid patients alive in the current third wave.

Needs more bubbles.

RTÉ Investigates: Covid19 – The Third Wave at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.

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28 thoughts on “Staying In Tonight?

    1. J Dizzle

      Fear porn? at no point in our history has our hospitals been put under this pressure. I’m at a loss to know what’s going on in your head to think this is fear porn, maybe some of the brain dead gobshites who have ignored this virus need it shown to them that people are really dying.

      1. Micko

        “…at no point in our history”

        The 3100+ people waiting for hospital beds in week 1 of Jan 2020 would show different I’m afraid. .

        The Irish healthcare system has been in trouble for a long time. March 2018 was similar figures due to the storm.

        There were 12k people waiting for beds during the entire month of Jan 2020. That’s down about 8k people in Jan of this year.

        That’s some drop for this year

        Some think that it is that people (particularly old people) are putting off going to hospital because they’re scared. Leading to more preventable deaths.

        But yeah Covid…

        1. Brother Barnabas

          genuine question, micko –

          what’s your assertion here? are you saying that there arent people in hospital with Covid19?

          1. Micko

            Nope, my assertion is that the health care system is always in the poo. It’s nothing new.

            And way more people will die because they are scared to go to hospital or their treatment is delayed or missed.

            From 12,000 on trollies in Jan last year to 3,000 in Jan 2021. Where did they all go?

            I believe that we’re now starting to see the damage that this obsession with Covid has brought.

            Not to mention the young children’s education and development with other kids. I mentioned the other day that my daughter has now spent about 20% of her life in limbo.

            A year is a very long time in a young kids life.

  1. Micko

    It would seem that a lot of the stress on hospital staff comes from patients dying with no one around them other than hospital staff. I can imagine the stress of that.

    Usually when someone dies in hospital they are of course surrounded by their family. In my experience the hospital staff are in and out and the family usually tells them when their loved one has died. Almost like a buffer to the staff, who then come in and deal with the body, but don’t actually experience the actual death.

    The staff must be seeing people dying every day right in front them, with some people begging to see their families one last time.

    Very stressful alright.

    But yeah, fear porn. No one needs to see this stuff.

    1. Shane O'Quinn

      Micko I’m glad you see the light but what are you doing about it?

      I’m going to protests. I’m passing around mask exemption lanyards. I’m funding courtcases. I’m funding Ivor Cummins BsC.

      If you’re with us, join us. Where we go one we go all!

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    And you’ll still have numpties screaming plandemic, scamdemic, actors, fake news across social media afterwards.

    1. Shane O'Quinn

      Quick question, yes or no will do.

      Are those people in hospital ‘with’ ‘covid 19’ based on PCR postive tests?

      Professor of Evidence based medicine Yardley Yeadon disagrees, and he invented the test!
      Reject bad science!

      1. millie bobby brownie

        When you’re putting covid-19 in quotation marks, then I’d say you’re not actually looking for an answer at all.

        1. Shane O'Quinn

          Because it hasn’t actually been proven to exist, it is a concept, professors of theoretical epidemiology have been spoken about this.

      2. Daisy Chainsaw

        No. They’re in hospital because as well as testing positive, they’ve displayed symptoms serious enough for them to be hospitalised.

        BTW, didn’t Yeadon also claim that the pandemic in the UK was over in November, several thousand deaths ago?

  3. f_lawless

    In next week’s followup episode, the RTE Investigates team delves into the untold secondary harms being caused by locking down the nation. We bring you the human stories behind the ticking time bomb of missed cancer screenings, the impact of diminished care services for those experiencing cardiovascular disease; the devastating toll on mental health – the isolation suffered by so many, particularly the elderly but also the epidemic levels of depression and anxiety now being seen among the young; the sense of despair felt by those who have lost their livelihoods; the ongoing damage being done to children’s educational development. The list goes on


    1. Brother Barnabas

      has the media (including RTE) not covered this? I dont pay much (any) attention to RTE but vaguely recall seeing a bit of this (in the last lockdown at least).

        1. f_lawless

          Could you direct me to any sort of feature length piece that has been broadcast on RTE critiquing the impact of the government’s lockdown policy? I’ve looked and so far I can’t find any.

          I find that the distinction between the ‘effects of Covid-19’ and ‘the effects of the government approach to the virus’ is almost never made on RTE: The two have become largely synonymous. Phrases like: “the rise in loneliness due to Covid-19” or “the effect Covid-19 is having on children’s education”

          In that online article you linked to dated Oct 1st , the author, a researcher at DCU, does, in fairness, draw the distinction:

          “However, there is a clear secondary impact of these measures that needs to be carefully considered when reintroducing such measures in the coming months.

          But at the bottom of the page it’s written in bold:

          “The views expressed here are those of the author and do not represent or reflect the views of RTÉ”

          1. Brother Barnabas

            no, I couldn’t. as I said, though, I dont go out of my way to ever actually watch RTE. the article I linked to was a result of a quick google search- and it was the first thing that popped up. but i do recall a couple of prime time segments on business closures, difficulties people are having homeschooling etc

            that’s fairly high profile and prime time

            not saying it’s been given equal billing as the other but it is there

          2. Brother Barnabas

            and re the link I posted above, I wasnt referring to the article but rather the piece that it links to:

            “From RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime, psychiatrist Fiona McNicholas from Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children and Ian Power from Spunout on the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of teenagers”

    2. Shane O'Quinn

      The fact is that hospitalistions are within the envelope for February. Look at the Isle of Mann, no masks, pubs open, no CCP lockdowns.

      Reject RTE.
      Reject bad science.

          1. J Dizzle

            I’m lost now, so Covid 19 is a concept? our hospitals may have busy periods in winter, but we have never had one single disease bring our hospitals under the pressure they are under. we normally have between 1-200 deaths a year from Flu and this normally is the reason our hospitals are busy in January. we’ve had 50-100 deaths a day for the past 3 weeks from Covid. The reason RTE haven’t questioned the lockdown is because maybe,just maybe it’s been the only thing to work. This is bizarre that ppl don’t believe this exists.

          2. Micko

            No one is saying it isn’t real J Dizzle. It’s about our response to it and the fear that’s paralysed people.

            In my age group there have been 20 deaths in 204,000 confirmed cases. Or 0.009%

            In my daughters I think there has been 1? 1 death!

            1 in 204,000 people. Why is she locked down? Why can’t she go to school and see her friends?

            So teachers can be safe? If it’s so dangerous why are there still people working in Lidl or your local chipper – pilled in on top of each other? Are they not in danger? Seeing thousands of punters every day – do their grannies not matter?

            If older and vulnerable people are locked down and are waiting for the vaccine anyway, why are the rest of us locked down?

            We’ve become stagnant, unable to move through fear. The urgency to lift the lockdown has been lost.

            We’re all just “meh” now.

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