The current surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is extremely concerning for emergency physicians, patients, and health systems.
With the U.S. surpassing 11 million cases and 1 million new cases recorded in just six days, this wave is bigger than what we experienced in the spring and is shaping up to be more dangerous, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and other experts. This surge is hitting with flu season and potential holiday gatherings to create a lethal combination.
Many parts of the country are experiencing record-breaking hospitalization rates while facing significant hospital capacity and resource issues.
Hospitalization rates are rising in 47 states and, for at least 24 states they are higher than any previous point of the pandemic, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Data from Johns Hopkins University and other sources show that currently no state is seeing a declining number of cases.
Emergency physicians urge everyone—patients, clinical leaders, policymakers, and local officials—to stay vigilant and work together to curtail illness and limit the losses that this virus causes.
As health care workers on the frontlines risk their lives to battle the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, you can play your part by staying home as much as possible. We have to do everything we can to stop the virus from spreading.
We need to continue taking steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones, including practicing social distancing, covering our face when we’re around others, and frequently washing our hands.
Some people may have mild symptoms and could be contagious before they know they are sick—inadvertently spreading the virus and putting others at risk. This “silent transmission” of COVID-19 is one factor contributing to the spread.
Make sure you are getting health information from reliable sources such as your doctor, public health department or local leaders. Conditions where you live are likely changing rapidly.
Without an all-hands-on-deck approach, COVID-19 is going to keep spreading and we risk losing more people we care about.