What Actually Worries U.S. Doctors About Omicron

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. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Long before the pandemic started, American healthcare was stretched thin. This problem has only gotten worse over the past 20 months. Despite the federal support received by healthcare systems during the pandemic, healthcare facilities are facing catastrophic shortages of resources, ranging from basic medications, to operating room staff, to ability to find cooks for nursing homes. Each is vital to allow for the delivery of high-quality care to trauma patients, critically ill diabetics, or those with surgical emergencies, much less nursing home patients and those with behavioral health problems. The reasons for the shortages are manifold. The breakdown in our supply chain—the same factors slowing the shipping of microchips and holiday gifts—is part of it. The sim...
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  What is the link between addiction and mental illness? Is addiction a choice? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss whether addiction should be classified as a disease and whether or not it should require medical treatment. Gabe also shares his personal story of addiction and how it tied in with his bipolar disorder. What’s your take? Tune in for an in-depth discussion which covers every angle of this often controversial topic. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We Love Written Reviews!  About The Not Crazy podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning...
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