Overburden Hospital Systems: According to the Oregon Health Authority, hospitals in Oregon are still struggling to cope with an increase in a variety of respiratory infections. This increase is only likely to become more severe after New Year’s Eve celebrations because it is the most recent in a string of holidays that are typically marked by get-togethers.
New Year Parties Might Overburden Hospital Systems Overwhelmed By Respiratory Infections
According to Dr. Paul Cieslak, the medical director for the OHA’s communicable illness section, hospitals in the region has been at capacity for weeks. Since Thanksgiving, there have been over 300 patients in need of hospital beds across the state of Oregon who has been unable to be accommodated due to a lack of space. They had no choice but to be examined at the emergency rooms instead.
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According to Cieslak, the number of reported instances of the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is finally starting to decrease. On the other hand, there has been an increase in the number of cases of influenza and COVID-19. He suggests that those who are getting together to celebrate New Year’s Eve cover their faces whenever it is feasible.
Because there is such a shortage of bed space in hospitals, “we had an increase of 100 patients who were being boarded in emergency departments after the Thanksgiving holiday,” Cieslak said. “We had an increase of 100 patients who were being boarded in emergency departments after the Thanksgiving holiday.”
The so-called “tripledemic” of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19, and influenza is showing no signs of abating. According to those in charge of public health, all three of these viruses that spread via the air are extremely infectious among both children and adults.
Cieslak is afraid that hospitals will continue to be overrun with patients despite the fact that all three diseases are circulating at such high rates since people plan to assemble for New Year’s Eve when the diseases are circulating at such high rates.
According to Cieslak, in the most recent week, 11% of individuals who were tested for RSV came back positive for the virus. “Twenty-four percent of those who are tested for the flu come back positive,” Cieslak added. “Approximately 8-12% of patients are testing positive for COVID.”
According to Cieslak, there is a possibility that such percentages of positive would rise following the New Year’s celebrations. And when these viruses travel freely throughout the population, they also attack the medical personnel that is required to treat patients. This results in even larger staffing shortages in a healthcare system that is already operating at its maximum capacity.
“The fact that all of these patients are being boarded in emergency departments attests to the fact that we are out of hospital capacity,” Cieslak continued, “and if you go to an emergency department, you can expect to wait many hours unless you are critically ill.” [Cieslak] “The fact that all of these patients are being boarded in emergency departments attests to the fact that we are out of hospital capacity.”
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A populace that has lived through three years of the COVID-19 epidemic will find the guidance that Cieslak offered to be all too familiar.
“Avoid huge gatherings, maybe you can have a calmer New Year’s, and if you’re going to be in an enclosed room with a lot of people, use a mask,” he said. “You never know who could be carrying the virus.”
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In addition, Cieslak strongly recommended that individuals who are suffering signs of illness remain at home and get up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19 and the flu.
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