U.S Hospitals are feeling the burn. This is due to Increased gatherings due to the Holidays.
Experts warned holiday travels and gatherings could help fuel another surge of Covid-19 infections. Yet millions of Americans traveled anyway — with more than 1.3 million people — a pandemic record — screened by the TSA on Sunday alone.
That’s as hospitalizations hit another grim record Monday, with more than 128,200 Covid-19 patients, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
But some states are warning the worst may be yet ahead. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said the state had “more patients with Covid in ICU beds at the end of last week than we have had at any other period throughout this pandemic.”
“It is clear that the increase through the holidays increased the infection rate. Which, in turn, increased the number of people who are now walking into hospitals,” the governor said.
In California — where at least two regions have zero ICU beds left — infections are continuing to soar.
“We are heading into what we anticipate as a surge on top of a surge,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Monday news conference. “It’s going to put a lot of pressure on hospitals and I see it coming out of the holidays.”
It’s what happened after Thanksgiving as well. Weeks ago, Los Angeles officials said part of the brutal surge in infections and hospitalized patients they were seeing was due to Thanksgiving gatherings. Now, they asked residents to do their part to avoid even higher numbers.
“If we fail to use the tools currently available, our frontline health care workers, now caring for distressingly large numbers of Covid-19 patients, will face many more weeks of increasing numbers of patients and the heartbreaking loss of many lives,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement Monday.
The U.S needs to Cope up with the Burden as soon as possible, or the result would be the deaths of thousands of people.