When COVID Cases Outnumber Doctors and Nurses

and what that means for your family and loved ones

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In some parts of the United States, that is already happening.

In other places it will happen soon.

You might ask- why can’t we just build field hospitals?

The talk of ICU beds makes people think that this is about literal, physical beds.

They are not a limitless resource.

When a hospital is out of ICU beds, it also means it is out of staff to care for people in ICU beds.

It doesn’t add up to a good situation.

Start with an already limited quantity of health care workers.

What does that mean for my family?

It means that first, you should do everything within your personal capacity to not add another COVID case to their load. Wear a mask, distance, and postpone large gatherings until the future when it is once again safe.

So you say you care about doctors and nurses.

At the start of this whole crazy year, we clapped for health care workers, we held up signs, they were featured in commercials and the whole whole made a show that we cared about them.

As long as we kept caring, the hospitals stayed at a capacity that was able to be managed.

There were less trauma accidents because people were staying home, not in dangerous jobs or car accidents, and there were less coronavirus cases because people were trying their best to avoid it.

Stay home.

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I am a teacher, with two kids, recently diagnosed with Lupus, and possibly other auto-immune conditions, living life to the fullest, while managing symptoms.

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