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“We have just seen everywhere that when cases overwhelm public health systems, overwhelm hospitals, that deaths are going to rise,” global health lawyer Alexandra Phelan of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University told BuzzFeed News on Monday.
Experts such as Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, are warning that a ” hard winter ” is ahead for the US; scientists are concerned about overloaded hospitals and increasing infections unless the surge is blunted.
Total coronavirus case numbers for the US have exceeded 10 million in a third wave of the country’s pandemic that first accelerated in September.
The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 surpassed 60,000 on Tuesday, breaking all previous records as coronavirus outbreaks surge nationwide. The increase in severely ill COVID-19 patients comes as health officials across the country say hospitals are running out of intensive care unit beds.
In North Dakota, hospitals have reached their patient limit. On Monday, Gov. Doug Burgum announced that state health officials amended a rule allowing infected healthcare workers who don’t have symptoms to continue working to help handle the caseload overwhelming hospitals’ COVID-19 units. Read from source….