As the coronavirus continues to worsen, the U.S. health care system is facing unprecedented pressure. According to the statistics of the COVID-19 tracking project, as of 7:46 a.m. local time on the 18th, the number of cases hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States exceeded 114,000, reaching 114,237.
Meanwhile, intensive care units are rapidly being filled with COVID-19 patients. In hard-hit areas such as Southern California, intensive care units are no longer free.
The double pressure of body and spirit overwhelmed local health care workers.
To this end, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Public Health Bureau (Dr. Barbara Ferrer) said that the hospital’s admission capacity is at the alert level, and the pressure on medical staff is approaching the limit. The number of COVID-19 patients has increased sharply, creating a serious shortage of medical staff. Doctors and nurses who can still stick to their posts have to work overtime continuously. Some of them have worked more than 10 hours a day from March to now. This has led to the physical and mental fatigue of many medical staff.
At the same time, medical staff are also facing great mental pressure. Experts predict that a winter outbreak has emerged, the number of deaths across the United States has soared, and many medical staff have been in a sad atmosphere for a long time.
In addition, some nurses have not seen their families for a long time because of their extreme vulnerability to COVID-19 at work and choose to live alone during the epidemic.