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U.S. Surgeon General Makes Personal COVID Plea as Wife Admitted to Hospital: ‘What You Do Matters’


U.S. #Surgeon #General #Jerome #Adams made a personal plea urging #Americans to take COVID-19 seriously on #New #Year’s #Eve, after announcing that his wife was admitted to a hospital due to cancer complications.

“#My wife is being admitted to the hospital due to complications w/ her cancer treatment. I’m not allowed to see her due to #COVID19 restrictions, & I’m hoping she doesn’t have to spend #New #Year’s in a hallway because the beds are full. #What you do matters, even beyond COVID…,” #Adams wrote on #Twitter #Thursday.

#Along with his statement, #Adams shared a cartoon image of a masked heart that said: “#Wearing is caring.”

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#Adams’ message comes as U.S. hospitals have reported overwhelming surges of virus patients, and in some areas, have reached full capacity.

#Last week, nearly one-fifth of hospitals with intensive care units (ICUs) across the country reported that at least 95 percent of the their emergency beds were in use. #In total, 78 percent of intensive care hospital beds were occupied.

The situation has become so dire in some areas that hospitals have been forced to set up makeshift tents and see patients in hallways and waiting rooms. #In parts of #Los #Angeles #County, the hardest-hit county in the U.S., hospitals have even had to turn away ambulances seeking to drop off new patients.

US #Surgeon #General #Jerome #Adams urged #Americans to take COVID-19 seriously on #New #Years #Eve amid soaring hospitalizations. #Here, #Adams speaks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the #Eisenhower #Executive #Office #Building in #Washington, DC, #December 18, 2020.
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#Health care experts have warned that the situation could get even worse as 2020 comes to a close, and new cases are reported amid #Christmas and #New #Year’s celebrations.

“#We are seeing a rise in cases and mortalities above what we expected,” #Dr. #Ali #Mokdad, a member of the #Institute for #Health #Metrics and #Evaluation (IHME) senior faculty and a former official at the U.S. #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention (CDC), previously told #Newsweek.

#Mokdad added that he is most concerned that #New #Year’s #Eve celebrations will lead to a surge of virus cases, since it’s usually spent with friends outside of an immediate household.

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#Dr. #Anthony #Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, previously told #Newsweek that the start of the new year will likely see the worst levels of coronavirus cases yet.

“#January is going to be terrible,” he said, before adding that “you’re going to have the #Thanksgiving surge super-imposed upon the #Christmas surge. #So it’s entirely conceivable that #January could be the worst.”

#As of #Thursday, the U.S. has had over 19.8 million coronavirus cases and 344,030 deaths, according to #Johns #Hopkins #University.

#This #New #Year’s #Eve marks one year since the #World #Health #Organization (WHO) first announced the mysterious illness discovered in #China, which was later identified as COVID-19.

#Newsweek reached out to #Adams and the #Department of #Health and #Human #Services (HHS) for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.





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