Tracking the full costs of delaying publication
I'd like to throw this out to the community with the hope of getting the attention of some people with the skills to make a project like this happen. Earlier today, someone suggested a clock on the PR Home page to track the time that the delayed publications are costing us.
I want to suggest a clock with a few additions. I want a tally, beginning at zero for an estimated day / time of when the FDA paper would have been released (say Thursday - 7/1/201 at 9 am est). Then, using that time as a base, we use CDC figures to estimate the number of sick days that were lost because of the delay. We estimate economic impacts such as lost wages/missed work hours, lost taxes, etc. Estimated medical expenses,and perhaps even the number of premature deaths (using data such as the study showing that the average age of death from a heart attack vitim with CFS is 58 and the average in the population is in the mid-70s) that occurred during the delay, and the WE"LL NEVER GET BACK.
Given that we're talking about 1-4 million people in the US alone, I strongly suspect that the numbers will become staggering quite quickly.
I'm looking for anyone with ideas/experience that wants to help. We need to make the costs of this delay tangible to the public as well as the DHHS. The human and economic costs of their delay as a tactic to manage the "situation" politically would may on its own cover a significant portion of our future medical expenses.
Let me know.