Health experts recently said the increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations may force doctors to ration care as the pandemic reaches a new high in cases, CNN reports.
What’s going on?
Health experts told CNN that doctors will have to ration nurses, respirators and care if the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 doesn’t dwindle.
- “When you run out of capacity, physicians and bioethicists in these hospitals will need to decide which patients are salvageable — potentially salvageable — and which patients aren’t,” said CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner.
- “If we continue to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients, we may be forced to do something that, as health professionals, we all really just loathe having to even think about,” Dr. Elaine Batchlor told CNN.
By the numbers:
- 121, 235 — The number of hospitalized patients from COVID-19 report Monday, the highest of the pandemic.
- 40% — the number of ICU coronavirus patients.
California may be the example
California has seen a significant surge in COVID-19 cases over the last month, The New York Times reports. In fact, patients have been sent to gift shops and lobbies to make space.
- “Inside the hospital, so many patients are streaming in that gurneys have been placed in the gift shop, and the entire lobby is now a space to treat patients. The waiting room is a tent outside.”