U.S. experts: The peak of the epidemic is approaching, and the Los Angeles medical system may collapse.
On January 9th local time, Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief physician of the UCLA Medical Center, said that although the intensive care unit in the Los Angeles area is already overloaded, the peak of the surge of infections caused by holiday travel has not yet arrived.
Mahajan said that hospitals in Southern California are currently having to place patients in all available corners of the hospital.
And the surge in infections that may occur in the next 7 to 10 days will lead to the collapse of the local health care system.
Experts: Protests in the capital may cause the spread of the epidemic
ABC reported on the 9th that several medical and virology experts warned that the recent protests in Washington could cause a large number of people to contract the novel coronavirus due to the dense demonstrations and most people did not wear masks, which is a typical example of the super-spreading of the novel coronavirus.
“Most of the groups involved in the violent shock to the U.S. Capitol in Washington don’t wear masks, which is very conducive to the spread of COVID-19,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virology expert at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Sciences and Safety.
Rasmussen stressed that these demonstrators came from all over the United States, “they may bring the novel coronavirus to the Capitol and then spread it to people from other regions who in turn bring the virus back to their communities.
For communities where the health care system is already running at full capacity, this can be a disastrous consequence.”
Brownstein, a medical expert at Boston Children’s Hospital, said that large gatherings without masks, especially indoor activities, are at great risk of spreading the novel coronavirus.
He added, “For communities with relatively controllable outbreaks, the local outbreak could come back when those who hit Congress return.” In addition, given that the first mutant coronavirus found in the UK has appeared in several states, protests in Washington may accelerate the spread of this mutant coronavirus.