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The Delta Surge Keeps Getting Worse. What Happens When Hospitals Fill Up

The Delta Surge Keeps Getting Worse. What Happens When Hospitals Fill Up

Update: 2021-09-024
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Some states in the south are have more people in the hospital than at any point during the pandemic — fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant and low vaccination rates.

Dr. David Kimberlin, co-division director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, tells NPR the hospital system is Alabama is on the verge of collapse. He spoke to reporter Pien Huang.

So what happens — for patients and the people who treat them — when hospitals are full? NPR put that question to two people in charge of hospitals: Dr. Aharon Sareli, Chief of Critical Medicine with the Memorial Healthcare System near Miami; and Dr. Adriano Goffi, a medical director at Altus Lumberton Hospital east of Houston.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.
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alli lent

unvaccinated people with no outstanding circumstances should be last on the priority list when it comes to getting beds. this was so preventable. they swear up and down it only affects themselves so let's not let it affect others.

Sep 3rd
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The Delta Surge Keeps Getting Worse. What Happens When Hospitals Fill Up

The Delta Surge Keeps Getting Worse. What Happens When Hospitals Fill Up

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