Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article:

Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some reports place the figure of affected government employees as high as 300. I’ve heard from several sources that the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, where some of those affected have been going for treatment, is overwhelmed to the point of no longer being able to take new patients. The government is now outsourcing these victims to non-government hospitals.

Also as a tweet from the same journalist:

There are now so many cases of Havana Syndrome that Walter Reed is at capacity. The U.S. government has started outsourcing cases to other hospitals

For those who don’t know, Havana Syndrome is a weird set of symptoms that US government officials stationed overseas have been getting the past few years. Some people think it’s psychosomatic in origin, others think it’s due to energy-weapon attacks by a hostile foreign power like Russia.

But my question is, is it true that Walter Reed Military Medical Center is getting so many Havana Syndrome patients that it is not able to handle them all?

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    I initially doubted whether a source called "Puck" was notable, but I see they're a deep-pocketed (and paywalled) service that started publishing in August. Julie Ioffe is a former Atlantic writer with solid credentials. However, this claim may fall into the current affairs hole; the only other information about the claim will rely on further reporting. Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 22:57
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    Is the claim that the hospital is overwhelmed and not taking new patients in general (e.g., perhaps being hit hard by COVID-19?), or specifically overwhelmed and not taking new patients with Havana Syndrome?
    – Nat
    Commented Oct 21, 2021 at 0:10
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    @Nat hmm... this reminds me of the "hospitals are full of ivermectin overdoses" claim from just a few weeks ago...
    – Avery
    Commented Oct 21, 2021 at 1:19
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    Walter Reed is huge. Unless every one of these 300 people is in the ICU, it doesn't seem very likely that there's a capacity issue. I'm not sure if there's any source that's useful as patients have the reasonable expectation of privacy.
    – CJR
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 1:31
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    CNN reports ""We are particularly concerned that some State Department employees with such symptoms who have been recommended for treatment have been refused access to Walter Reed National Medical Military Care Center by the Department of State, despite their requests to be seen at Walter Reed." ... is it WRMC or the State Department denying the care?
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 13:08


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