Time December 7, 2021
Megan L Ranney, Joseph V Sakran

The latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron, is raising new fears—among policymakers, parents, educators, business owners and, well, just about everyone. And for good reason, as initial reports suggest that it is significantly more transmissible than prior variants. But for those of us engaged in clinical care and public health—we’re an emergency physician and trauma surgeon—there’s a different fear: with almost every part of our system already overtaxed, we are on the verge of a collapse that will leave us unable to provide even a basic standard of care. Even if Omicron ends up being mild, it could well be the straw that breaks our back.

Long before the pandemic started, American healthcare was stretched thin. This problem has only...

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Topics: Govt Agencies, Healthcare System, Patient / Consumer, Physician, Provider, Public Health / COVID
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