‘This is about total collapse of the health care system if we have another spike’ of Covid-19

By Paul VercammenHolly Yan and Christina Maxouris, CNN

Updated 11:18 PM ET, Sat January 2, 2021

(CNN)Even if you don’t have coronavirus, record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations could have a devastating impact on you.”If you are in a car accident, you’re going to want us to save your life,” said Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.

“If you have a heart attack or a stroke, you’re going to want to an ICU bed with trained ICU nurses and physicians who are not caring for 20 other patients at the same time.”Some hospitals across the US started running out of health care workers months ago. But holiday gatherings are fueling new waves of Covid-19, hospitalizations.

“We are seeing people who have gathered for Thanksgiving, or who have gathered for other reasons (and) didn’t truly understand, even to this point, what was at stake,” Spellberg said.Nationwide, 125,379 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 on Thursday, more than any other day of the pandemic, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The number of patients topped 125,000 on Friday as well, but dipped slightly Saturday to 123,639. The US has now remained above 100,000 hospitalizations for 32 straight days.”This is about total collapse of the health care system if we have another spike,” Spellberg said.

“And we, in the hospital, cannot stop that. We can only react to it. It is the public that has the power to put a stop to the spread of this virus by obeying the public health guidance that have been put out.”

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