Increase Covid-19 Regulations – Exhausted Medical Workers Plead as Hospitals Run out of Space

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Healthcare workers are pleading with the government to introduce stricter public safety regulations, including masking up or stay-at-home orders. The move is meant to prevent hospitals from eroding their capacity at a time when the number of daily Kovid-19 hospitals and deaths have reached a new all-time high.

Comparing it to a worse situation than a war zone, a doctor who served in the Iraq War told CNN working as an emergency room physician in Arizona was more mentally and physically draining than the real battlefront. Dr. Cleavon Gilman told the publication: 

“This pandemic is a lot worse than being in Iraq just because when you’re in a war zone, you can leave that war zone. You can fly out of Iraq; you’re OK here in the United States […] with this pandemic, you cannot fly anywhere … the war is being waged everywhere […] you can’t overwhelm a hospital and expect that care is not going to be compromised as a result.”

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for the United States as the pandemic continues to hammer cities and rural areas across the nation, with the numbers approaching the 14 million mark. Warnings by public health experts that holidays could speed the already raging pace of infection have been largely ignored by the public, driving the demand for hospital beds and medical care ever higher. 

Unaware Of the Dire Situation

Over 100,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with Covid, with the new infection cases nearing 200,000 daily. Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Covid-19 advisory council, recently warned that the public seemed unaware of the dire situation the country was in. he said: 

“Health care systems are verging on the edge of breaking, when people are dying, sitting in chairs in waiting rooms in emergency rooms for 10 hours to get a bed, and they can’t find one, and then they die.”

When Ms. Fine went to UW Health’s University Hospital in Madison, she found doctors there overwhelmed and distracted. Describing her experience, the 61-year-old Ms. Fine was eventually admitted to a makeshift room with curtains separating the beds and watched the chaos around her. She said: 

“They just parked me in a hallway because there was no place for me to go.” 

Workers at the hospital issued a plea recently, published as a two-page ad in The Wisconsin State Journal, asking state residents to help prevent the virus’s further spread. The warning read: 

“Without immediate change, our hospitals will be too full to treat all of those with the virus and those with other illnesses or injuries […] soon you or someone you love may need us, but we won’t be able to provide the lifesaving care you need, whether for Covid-19, cancer, heart disease or other urgent conditions. As health care providers, we are terrified of that becoming reality.”

Fighting a War like No Other

With the CDC confirming that Covid-19 can spread through the air, growing research shows that mask mandates do work, even if they take some time to reduce Covid-19 spread effectively. Jurisdictions like Florida have issued their mask mandates but recently banned them from issuing fines to violators. Cynthia Butler, a nurse in Port Charlotte who has had to take 50% more patients than usual, confesses they are ‘definitely seeing a lot more, and in the ICU, a lot more deaths.’ Butler herself has fallen sick with Covid-19 twice and believes both infections came from work. She told CNN: 

 

“I know they did. People are just not being educated here in this state […] they’re more concerned about … their rights being stepped on and not being able to visit loved ones — as if we don’t all have loved ones […] I’ve been isolating myself since February because I know how serious this is.”

Gilman, the Arizona doctor and former medic in the Marine Corps said health care workers are fighting a war like no other. He concludes: 

“There’s no general helping us … and people in this country just continue to get infected […] there’s also an invisible enemy. It’s not a soldier that’s shooting at me. It’s hiding … it can be passed asymptomatically.”