US hospitals strained with influx of patients amid latest COVID-19 surge, staffing shortages

Omicron and delta are putting additional pressure on an overtaxed health system.

 

 

 

 

For nearly two years, day after day, under exhausting and often dangerous conditions, health care workers across the country have continued to care for the nation’s sickest Americans who have fallen victim to coronavirus.

As the highly infectious omicron sweeps through the country, the United States is now facing its most significant coronavirus infection surge to date, putting additional pressure on an overtaxed health care system.

“We have seen an incredible proliferation of the virus in hospitals, such that we went from a place where virtually no county in the country was at risk of exceeding its capacity to well over half are now. I don’t like to make predictions, but things could get very bad in the coming couple of weeks,” Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told ABC News.

Although preliminary global studies indicate that the omicron variant may cause less severe illness than prior variants, health officials say that the sheer numbers of infections caused by the new variant could still overwhelm the health care system.

 

 

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