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What you can do to help overcrowded hospitals

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still near the top of everyone’s mind, and it is still impacting the people we love and us.

As there continue to be cases, some local healthcare facilities are struggling to accommodate everyone. Not only is there a limit to physical beds in local hospitals, but there is also a finite amount of healthcare personnel to support ongoing patient needs.

Here’s what you can do to prevent hospital overcrowding during this global emergency.

Assess what level of care you need

While there are vaccines available, there is currently no cure for COVID-19, but that does not mean everyone who has symptoms needs to be in the hospital. Consider whether you have extreme symptoms, including:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe dehydration
  • Extreme fever

With many hospitals dealing with overcrowding, staff must decide who receives care first based on who has symptoms that cannot be treated at home. If the care you would receive at the hospital is something you can do at home, there is a chance hospital personnel could turn you away from the emergency room.

Visit with caution

The more exposure you have to sick people, the more likely you are to become ill yourself. If your loved one is in the hospital during this time, consider only visiting if:

  • They are a vulnerable person, and you are their advocate
  • You are part of their advanced directive or living will

Some hospitals are still limiting or banning visitors from patient rooms to slow the spread of COVID-19. While your loved one may appreciate your company and support, it is essential to do what you can to prevent further spread.