We can’t afford not to wear masks, not avoid contact with others as much as possible, and certainly not get our hands washed daily. There are thousands of daily COVID-19 deaths in the US, as the country exceeds a total of over 17 million infections.
The inevitable is happening, according to latimes.com: intensive care units (ICUs) from Southern California and the Central Valley are getting close to their full capacity. Therefore, officials are turning to desperate and necessary measures.
Cancelling scheduled surgeries, among the options
There are several options for boosting hospitals’ capacity: keeping critically ill patients in emergency rooms, increasing the number of ICU patients for each nurse, cancelling scheduled surgeries, and more.
Dr. Sara Cody, who is the health officer of the Santa Clara County, declared:
Our healthcare system is quite stretched: Not yet to the breaking point, but steadily marching towards that point.
Authorities are desperately searching for more medical staff to help COVID-19 patients hospitalized in California. Even medical staff from overseas represent an option, and there are even field hospitals opening for non-ICU patients in Porterville, Sacramento, Costa Mesa, and Imperial.
Shane Reichardt, who’s the spokesman for the Riverside County emergency management department, also has something important to say:
No matter where you stand politically, it’s fairly undeniable that when people start getting together and congregating over holidays, et cetera, we see a corresponding bump in the number of cases.
If we take a look at the worldwide situation regarding the ongoing pandemic, things aren’t looking good at all. There’s a total of over 74 million infections and more than 1,650,000 deaths. The most affected countries besides the US remain India, Brazil, Russia, France, and so on. Europe is currently confronting with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a lot stronger than the first one.