COVID-19 spike may cause doctors to ration care for coronavirus patients

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.”