Many hospitals in the southern states of the United States are experiencing a lack of oxygen due to the increasing number of hospitalized with COVID-19, CNN reports.
In particular, we are talking about some hospitals in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana.
As Donna Cross, senior director of equipment at Premier, a company engaged in improving the efficiency of medical care, told the TV channel, due to the continued increase in cases of COVID-19, the demand for oxygen supply in hospitals has increased, and medical institutions cannot meet these needs in time.
“What is happening now is that the oxygen in hospitals is reduced to about 10-20%, which is a reserve for one or two days… This is a very critical situation,” Cross said.
According to employees of health authorities and consultants of medical institutions, some of the mentioned hospitals risk using their reserve oxygen supply or may be left without it soon.
The United States leads the world in the number of people infected with coronavirus and fatal cases. According to the latest data from Hopkins University, more than 38.7 million people have already been infected in the country; more than 637 thousand have died.
The most serious situation is observed in the US state of Florida, where, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an anti-record for the daily number of infected people was registered in August-27,584 people.