About 85% of the state’s 39 million residents are affected. The measures were triggered after the intensive care unit capacity in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley fell below 15% — a new requirement issued by Governor Gavin Newsom last week. Six Bay Area governments decided not to wait for ICU capacity to fall below that threshold, placing almost 6 million people under lockdown.
“Our hospitals are already at the brink,” said CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen, a former Baltimore City health commissioner. “And they are just at the brink of becoming so overwhelmed that patients are going to get less than ideal care.”
The epidemic is still growing exponentially in the US. It took almost 100 days for the US to reach 1 million infections after the first cases were confirmed on January 20. But in the first five days of this month, from Tuesday to Saturday, 1,000,882 cases were reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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- Britain’s health care providers are gearing up to start giving out the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, less than a week after the UK became the first Western nation to approve a Covid-19 shot.
- A 14-day quarantine is still best before seeing loved ones for the holidays, according to CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen.
- A few hours of flu-like symptoms were “absolutely” worth it for this woman who took part in the Covid-19 vaccine trial.
- A 104-year-old World War II veteran from Alabama has survived Covid-19.
- Some hospitals are stocking enough iPads to rival a modest Apple store. But the reason for this reflects a grim reality: They’re being used to connect Covid-19 patients with their families — sometimes for the last conversation they’ll ever have.
- NBA players will be prohibited from going to bars or clubs, according to new Covid-19 safety protocols.
- The Navajo Nation has extended its lockdown for three more weeks.
How to keep hope in bleak circumstances
For many, that means acknowledging how widespread and deadly the pandemic is, while also believing that vaccines will eventually be widely available and we will get through it.
One of the best ways to seek perspectives, Collins explained, is by grounding yourself in reading about past crises, and contextualizing this moment as just part of the arc of a longer lifetime.
“The quicker you get the overwhelming majority of people vaccinated, the quicker you’re gonna have an umbrella of herd immunity.” — Dr. Anthony Fauci