If Americans don’t limit their holiday gatherings this year, the rise of the post-Christmas coronavirus could have devastating effects on a country that has already surpassed 18 million cases of COVID-19 and experienced the deadliest year in much of US history. because of the pandemic.
“The transmission of the virus during Thanksgiving has brought many health systems in this country to a brink of failure and we have not yet finished seeing this impact,” said Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, ABC News said Wednesday.
“The stratification in travel and gatherings from the December holidays means we will have a third leap in this wave or a growing increase,” Brownstein continued. “Unfortunately, this increase is likely to have catastrophic effects on hospital capacity and accelerate terrible mortality rates by February.”
Brownstein’s warnings come as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) examined more than 2 million passengers at U.S. airports on Saturday and Sunday, a record for the first time since March, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). , which urges Americans to stay home in the fight against COVID-19.
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Cases and hospitalizations are already on the rise across the country, especially California, feeling the direct effects of what experts said Tuesday is likely to be a continuing impact of Thanksgiving rallies.
Many hospitals in the state are at capacity, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has warned that COVID-19 hospitalizations in California could reach 100,000 by January.
At a joint news conference, officials with some of the state’s largest hospital systems, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health and Dignity Health, and officials from the California Health and Human Services Agency and others, pleaded with Californians to continue to take precautions against COVID-19, saying not to “share the air with others”.
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“As I heard, California is in a crisis mode – breaking records we don’t want to break,” such as the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state and the number of patients requiring ventilators or intensive care. , said Dr. Thomas McGinn, executive vice president of Physician Enterprise at Dignity Health, during the conference.
McGinn said medical workers have a “simple prescription” for Californians: “Don’t share the air.”
“It’s been nine long months,” he added. “Now is the time to be disciplined, now is the time to stay with him.”
Janine Puhak of Fox News contributed to the report.