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No Real Comfort!

As we sit out the Covid -19 lockdown in New Zealand, its tough to see what’s happening thousands of miles away in one of the world’s greatest cities, New York. With the death toll in New York State now over 3,500 and rising, and in the US over 9,000, this is no Democrat hoax,

How did the world’s richest country with the best medical facilities allow this terrible tragedy to happen? The Associated Press reports that, unbelievably, federal agencies waited until mid-March before placing bulk orders of critical respirator masks and ventilators needed by health care workers working at the coal face. By then, thousands of patients were flooding hospitals and the so called Strategic National Stockpile was struggling from the get go.

New York City is the epicenter of this deadly disease In the US. Friends describe how each day they wake up to worse news and it seems like they are fighting a major war without ammunition and necessary supplies. 

The image of the US Navy hospital ship Comfort sums up the whole sad debacle. Despite having a capacity of 1,000, on Friday this week it had only 22 patients and has no capacity to treat coronavirus patients anyway.

”Little Comfort” represents a case of far too little, far too too late.

No Real Comfort

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Clive Elliott-Author

I live and work in Auckland, New zealand. I am a serial dabbler in the arts, with an interest in writing, poetry, public speaking and painting. I’m a frequent writer and commentator on intellectual property and information technology issues. I regularly write on and lecture on the art of advocacy, both oral and written. An example is a webinar I gave in 2018 “Mastering Advocacy: Effective Written and Oral Advocacy and How to Maximise Both”. My goal as an artist is to try and capture a little piece of that magnificent natural beauty that exists around us and preserve it in a time capsule so others can ponder and experience the wonder, before it evaporates away into the endless sands of time.