Given the surge in COVID cases, healthcare workers fear another winter surge – CBS Los Angeles
Los Angeles (CBSLA) – While many doctors feel the region is in a much better place than it was last year, the spike in COVID-19 cases has caused concern and serious warnings among health care workers.
“Even if we have an increase or an increase of 25 percent last winter, we have neither the spatial nor the personnel capacities to deal with it,” said Dr. Thomas Yadegar.
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Yadegar, who works at the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, has been treating patients suffering from the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. He has seen nurses and doctors across the country give up their jobs and find new careers.
“It is inconceivable to have to go through another winter in which one is overwhelmed and has so much death and misery around,” said Yadegar.
Health care bottlenecks linked to two highly contagious variants of COVID-19 – Omicron and Delta – have public health officials feared they could spread during holiday gatherings.
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“If you are inside, you should do any testing before you show up for this meeting,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Health Director. “(There are) 220 test sites across the county (and) there is now an increased range of these rapid test kits that you can order now or get in a drugstore.”
Elements Pharmacy in Studio City has seen an increase in testing as residents follow Ferrer’s advice.
âPeople wake up and don’t feel well, they have a sore throat, they have a stomach ache,â says pharmacist Sherri Cherman. “The first thing they think about is testing what is right.”
Parents are also cautious during holiday gatherings, as some schools require students to take a test before returning from the winter break.
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“As a parent, I decided two weeks ago that we would definitely do a basic test,” said Theresa Gaines. “And we’re in the process of making our appointments for the week before going back to school.”