This pandemic is our World War II. An up-close look at how a Florida hospital fights to save Covid-19 patients – CNN

The procedure must be precise, yet time is of the essence.

A couple of minutes after intubation, there are signs of progress: The woman’s heart rate and vital signs improve.

For the patient, who is 75 years old, there’s a chance for survival.

Yet thousands of others across the nation are also hospitalized, and the prognosis for many is equally in question as they face the debilitating effects of Covid-19.

More than 101,000 people in the US are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to HHS data as of Thursday, and nearly 26,000 are in ICUs.

“We’ve seen overwhelming numbers of Covid patients,” Hoo told CNN. “This is one of the worst waves that I’ve experienced. Things are as bad with Covid as they’ve ever been in Florida.”

Dr. Warren Abel, a critical care physician at St. Anthony’s, said the majority of Covid-19 patients there are younger than 65, with some as young as 20. “This pandemic is our World War II,” he told CNN.

‘Spend a day with me. You’ll see we’re not OK.’

With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant driving a new wave of infections over the last two months, hospitals have strained to handle an influx of patients.
Florida is one of a handful of states with ICU bed capacity at less than 10%, according to data from HHS. The national average is at around 20% availability as of Thursday.
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