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The Third Wave is Here

by KJ Hillgren on 2020-11-13T14:19:10-10:00 in Consumer Health | Comments

In the imminent future, patients will start to die because there simply aren’t enough people to care for them. Doctors and nurses will burn out. The most precious resource the U.S. health-care system has in the struggle against COVID-19 isn’t some miracle drug. It’s the expertise of its health-care workers—and they are exhausted.

-Ed Yong in the Atlantic

Health-care workers at the Texas Medical Center (Callaghan O'Hare / REUTERS); preparing to go into the COVID-19 intensive-care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center (Go Nakamura / Getty)

Health-care workers at the Texas Medical Center (Callaghan O'Hare / REUTERS); preparing to go into the COVID-19 intensive-care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center (Go Nakamura / Getty) from The Atlantic.

They warned us it would happen, and it did, and here we are: the third wave. People are tired of restrictions. On the mainland, they're indoors because of colder weather. Kids and young adults are at school and coming home from school. A full slate of traditional family holidays are approaching. Hospitalizations trail the initial diagnosis by about two weeks, so the 163,000 cases identified yesterday could cause a functional collapse of the health care system in parts of America.

We're not trying to scare you but, let's be real, we're trying to scare you. The country is running out of hospital beds, health-care workers, and time. The federal government is not helping.

 

Washington Post graph as of November 13 2020.

As of 11/13/2020 via the Washington Post.

Don't go Thanksgiving Dinner outside your household. Don't travel unless you absolutely must. Wear your masks. Wash your hands. Encourage your friends and family to behave responsibly. There is a vaccine coming, but we have to hang on a little longer.

The choices made in the coming weeks will influence how many Americans die before they have a chance to receive [a vaccine], and how many health-care workers are broken in the process.

-Ed Yong in the Atlantic

 


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