LIn these final days before the new year, angels are becoming the center of the corona virus outbreak outside the United States, with officials warning that the meteoric rise of the epidemic is crushing the health system in one of the nation’s largest cities.
LA County has faced an onslaught of terrifying Govt developments in recent days, including the uprising In deaths, Severe shortage of hospital resources, and fears that physicians should do Painful choices For ration maintenance.
“Should we start shooting people die?” Marcia Chandini, a nurse at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, is recovering from a brutal Govt-19 infection that forced her to be hospitalized in her own workplace. “People need to understand that you have no place to take care of yourself. You can’t have the mentality that this is not going to happen to you. It doesn’t work like that anymore. The virus is spreading. “
Uncontrolled ‘virus tsunami’
There were harsh reminders that the virus was spreading uncontrollably throughout the LA area, within the dark holiday season that some had not yet endured. The mayor of the city explained to the public after the isolation His daughter was the victim. Hospitals were set up Test tents. Residents waited in line for hours for the Govt tests at Dodger Stadium. The area has recently ordered more body bags.
Explosions are vulnerable Grocery store, Restaurants, Convenience stores, Shopping other, Amazon warehouses, Manufacturing plants, Government buildings, Police and fire departments, Prisons and prisons and film galleries.
LA County officials Estimated One in 95 residents is currently affected by the epidemic, and two residents are dying every hour. More than 6,000 cov- eral patients are hospitalized, and intensive care units (ICUs) are being filled to capacity.
Yet the region continues Destroying records. The LA now reports an average of more than 14,700 cases per day, an increase of 78% over two weeks ago. According to LA Times data. Seven hundred people Was admitted to the hospital Daily; In October there were less than 150 hospitals daily. By January, it could be 1,400 additions each day, officials say. More than 9,000 have died.
“We are now moving from having waves to a viral tsunami in Los Angeles,” said Dr. Robert Kim-Barley, UCLA’s medical epidemiologist, who said his family will not be on vacation for the first time.
Hospital horror: ‘Many die alone’
The crisis in LA is similar to the catastrophe that New York endured in the spring. This week the situation inside some hospitals became unacceptable, and workers tried to make it worse.
“We do not see an increase in the number of cov- eral patients, we see a long wait for people,” said Yolanda Dominak, a key care nurse at West Hills Hospital. Threatened To strike over employee concerns. “It filters physically, it filters mentally. Depression is also very low. ”
Hospitals are unthinkable as the shortage of beds and staff is increasing Discussions on how they care about ration If there are more patients. This is an object Decline Quality of care for all people facing emergencies, and an increase in deaths.
“We hope we don’t have to make that kind of decision,” said Dr. George Rhino, vice president of population health at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH), which has one of the highest rates of covia patients in the county. “Every company that has been severely affected should have those conversations.”
MLKCH, a 131-bed hospital mainly in the black and Latin areas of southern LA, is caring for 200 patients, with doctors using tents and waiting rooms to care for patients, and forcing some staff to do lead work outside of their normal positions, Rhino said Wednesday. The hospital went from one covit unit to three and is now looking for more ventilation: “We see a relentless and crushing volume of very sick patients,” he said.
The suffering within the MLKCH was a painful reminder of the inequality of the crisis, with Rhino noting that the average age of his Govt patients was in their 40s. “Before the epidemic we had an epidemic of chronic disease,” he said.
Chandini, a UCLA nurse, has been an outspoken advocate since the spring Personal protective equipment. Then she got the virus. He was admitted to the hospital last week when his oxygen level dropped. She Released a video of himself having trouble breathing On Facebook, he begs people to stay home.
In an interview from home, he said he was slowly recovering and that he released those shots because he did not think he would survive: “I had to tell people to get up.”
Chantini, 58, left the hospital a day and a half later: “I know how many people are waiting in the ER. The guilt of taking that room was worse than how I felt. “He said being treated by his colleagues was emotional and that the experience of suffering patients without a nearby family gave him a new perspective:” I think all people die alone, I can not bear it. “
‘Who is going to take care of the people?’
Jury Skomorowski, an ICU nurse at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center who lost a colleague to Govt in April, said it was sad to see so many people in LA relaxed about the recent uprising: “Initially, we were very firm about closures, somewhere in line We dropped the ball.
“How many of us have to die for people to take this seriously?” He added. “If we continue to give up, who is going to take care of the people?”
Although he and some of his colleagues have been vaccinated recently, it is difficult to be optimistic when they see so many deaths, Skomorowski said: “We have broken people” but you have to wipe away those tears after three seconds and go back there. ”
In March, LA and California issued early nationwide strikes, which helped slow the spread and keep hospitals from overcrowding. But as the US government failed to provide a second round of stimulus amid mass unemployment, authorities rushed to reopen early in the summer – which had catastrophic consequences in LA.
Large sectors of the economy reopened, but the economic crisis – and many restrictions – persisted, leading to severe fatigue among residents, while Govt soared due to holiday travel and meetings.
One confusing part of the local authorities’ response was the lockout. Authorities have issued emotional requests for people to stay at home, but LA’s malls have been allowed to remain open, Lead to packed shops And infection among employees. County Cover all meals But it has allowed Hollywood to continue filming.
Public health reporting is not working – and data shows that LA’s essential workers are paying the price.
U.C. San Francisco epidemiologist Dr Kirsten Pippins-Domingo said: “Ten months after the epidemic, individuals and businesses are financially vulnerable to what kind of bad situation we are in right now.
Pipins-Domingo said the LA’s affordable housing crisis is forcing many to live in crowded conditions and causing widespread damage to the region. She Research Early locks were found not to protect those without a Latin or high school degree, perhaps because they were forced to work.
Barbara Hughes, a 61-year-old cashier at the Food 4 Less grocery store, said customers often did not wear masks properly and failed to keep distance, especially during busy holidays, which caused her anxiety. At least 21 of his co-workers, including several managers, have recently signed Govt.
“I don’t want to take the virus home to my family,” Hughes said Participated in a struggle Risk calls for pay. She wore two pairs of gloves and two masks, but she feared she would not be able to protect herself much longer.