delay elective surgeries.
Nearly two years into the pandemic, “even the most dedicated individuals are going to be tired and worn out, if not burned out and dealing with mental health issues as a consequence,” Dr. Mahshid Abir, an emergency physician at the University of Michigan who is a researcher at the RAND Corp., told the Times.
Hospital workers working despite COVID infections
Doctors, nurses and other medical staff are also getting COVID, and while most are vaccinated and have not been hospitalized, they can’t work. That leaves hospitals even more overwhelmed by coronavirus patients and less able to handle other emergencies like cancer surgeries, heart attacks, appendicitis and traumatic injuries.
In an unusual departure from prior rules, some hospital workers with coronavirus infections who have mild or no symptoms are continuing to work, according to the Times.
“The demand is going up and the supply is going down, and that basically doesn’t paint a good picture for people and communities — not just for COVID, but for everything else,” Abir shares.
How to avoid hospitalization
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you may be able to receive outpatient treatment to help reduce COVID-19 symptoms and avoid hospitalization, according to NYC Health. Keep in mind that these treatments typically work best if you begin them as soon as you experience symptoms. Therefore it is important to get tested right away.
There are two types of treatment for people with mild to moderate COVID-19:
- Monoclonal antibody treatment: A one-time IV or injection to help give you antibody protection while your body works to produce its own antibodies.
- Oral antiviral pills: These pills are taken daily for five days to help stop the virus from replicating. This reduces the amount of virus in your body.
As always, the best way to prevent yourself from contracting COVID is by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask in crowded spaces and social distancing.