London – Fed up with the mutant strain of Kovid-19, the epidemic is spreading in Britain and the country’s health care workers are paying a heavy price for it.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the virus has already killed more than 76,000 people in the UK – the worst death in Europe and the fifth worst in the world. Hospitalization numbers are reaching new heights.
Another 68,053 confirmed cases were announced by the government on Friday – the highest single-day figure ever – making it the eleventh consecutive day with more than 50,000 new cases reported.
“It’s been completely insane,” said Ben Shikha, a paramedic with eight years of experience, who works in and around London and has been on the frontline of the epidemic since March.
Shikha, 39, said that people have confirmed or suspected that Kovid-19 has “exploded faster” than it did a week or two ago.
Shikha said that she has seen patients waiting in ambulances for hours until there was enough room for them in the hospital. He said that a patient waited six hours outside a hospital the previous day.
“It’s just an example of what’s going on at the moment. And it’s the same everywhere – London, Kent, Essex,” Shikha said, referring to the counties in southeast England, which were among the hardest hit Are one. “It has become like a war zone again.”
Reports of worsening crisis and new tensions are taking a psychological toll. The thought that he would take the virus home to his family plagues him. “You just don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.
England and Scotland entered new national lockdowns to prevent the spread of mutant stress and the UK’s beloved, taxpayer-funded National Health Service from collapsing on Monday.
Announcing the new restrictions, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “Our hospitals are under more pressure than Kovid-19 at any time since the onset of the epidemic.”
As of Friday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident” in the capital’s hospitals and admitted that health services were “at risk of being overwhelmed.” He said that until the virus spreads, hospitals will be out of bed in two weeks.
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Anesthesiologist Dr to help handle Kovid-19 patients in the intensive care unit at Whittington Hospital, North London. John Williamson said, “Everyone is very dilated. Hospitals are very busy.”
With a unit full of Kovid-19 patients, he said, the latest wave is similar to what was seen in March; Patients come very ill and require high-level care.
“There is constant pressure on intensive care,” said Williamson, who – with hospital permission – is documenting the Kovid-19 crisis with his camera and posting the results on his Instagram account.
He said that if he and his colleagues get out of bed, they are able to manage the situation by transferring serious patients to other hospitals. But he is worried about what could happen in the coming weeks, when hospitalization and death cases are skyrocketing.
“You’ll suddenly reach a point where they all fail together, and the whole system will suddenly reach capacity,” he said. “The system has not failed yet, but it is incredibly dispersed.”
On Monday, UK medical chiefs said that substantial numbers of Kovid-19 patients in hospitals and many parts of the health care system were under extreme pressure with intensive care.
“We do not believe the NHS can handle further continued growth in cases,” he said in a statement. “Without further action, the NHS is at risk in many areas over the next 21 days.”
It is not concerned about other people’s health.
According to data compiled in July by Amnesty International, during the previous spring, more than Kovid-19 health care workers died in the UK, according to data compiled in July. The Sentinel Agency received more than 540 health care and social worker deaths in England and Wales – behind only Russia.
According to a survey released last week by the British Medical Association, about 60 per cent of doctors suffer from some form of anxiety or depression, with 46 per cent saying their condition has worsened since the onset of the epidemic.
About 70 percent said that their level of fatigue and exhaustion is higher than normal as they deal with record daily case numbers and an increasing backlog of care.
The NHS is facing a heavy workload and staff burnout, with the association’s council president Drs. Chand Nagpal warned on Monday.
“The doctors are desperate,” he said.
A spokesman for NHS England said in an email statement on Monday that the increasing number of Kovid-19 cases across the country meant that all hospitals were “extremely busy”.
Dr. Rachel Clarke, a palliative care specialist at a hospital in Oxfordshire, northwest, a county in London, is horrified by images coming out of New York City in April and people outside in hospitals are being treated.
“I think to some extent now that we are settled in that world,” said 48-year-old Clark, “we don’t have patients in tents, but we have patients who are trapped in ambulances sitting outside the hospital because We cannot physically bring them inside the hospital. “
Clarke said that staff members at her hospital are distressed and tired, experiencing many post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms from the first wave.
“They are in the same position again,” she said. “You are seeing a patient with the same symptoms, the same disease, again and again. And sometimes you are talking to them knowing that there is a very real chance that they may be dead in the morning. It is very painful to be like this. The second time around. “
Dr. Julia Grace Patterson, a psychiatrist who runs a doctor-led advocacy organization EveryDoctor, said she is concerned about the mental health of first responders who are relieving the trauma of the early days of the epidemic.
“There hasn’t really been a period of ability to release or release anything or process anything,” Patterson said.
Health care workers never really rested among the peaks of the epidemic because they were holding onto delayed or canceled operations and appointments during the first wave. “There really was no break for them,” she said.
Clarke said adding another layer of distress is the amount of misinformation, which is about tweets being regularly seen on the front lines.
“Saying to people that you’re a liar, it’s a ‘scam,’ it’s not real and you’re an insult,” she said. “I received threats of death and rape and asked to stand up for how serious Kovid-19 is.”
But despite being tired and desperate for different things, she said, health care workers still pull on their scrubs and put patients first – repeatedly.
“They are giving to all patients,” Clarke said.