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Alabama Doctors Worry Over Surge In Coronavirus Cases

COVID-19 cases continue to pile up, although the frequency has not been as alarming compared to its initial outbreak. Particularly in Alabama, some individuals may or may not require hospitalization. This depends on the level of infection but some are over their usual capacity. Aside from that, attending physicians can also do so much, people who are putting their lives on the line. Some are coping up but there are people like Dr. David Thrasher who revealed that they can only do so much.

“We’re working very, very long hours. Emotionally, it’s very, very stressful for everyone. We will do what it takes. We’re not going to give up. But there is a limit to what the human body can do,” Thrasher said via the Alabama Reporter.

Thrasher and a couple of his partners have notably attended to critically-ill COVID-19 patients. These are the ones who require ventilators. Aside from that, the team also handles some normal cases and such provides a glimpse on how even doctors and health professionals are working twice as hard to make sure that all patients are well-cared for.

However, Thrasher and company can do only so much. In the past week, Alabama confirmed at least 5,000 cases. Aside from them, Montgomery is also dealing with an increase in cases. At least 68 people have died in the county, 28 of which occurred in the past two weeks. Butler and Lowndes are not far behind, having the second and third highest per capita number of deaths in the past weeks.

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Thrasher rues that hospitals are near capacity, something most regions are trying to avoid. Most know how things were when the pandemic started. Experiencing the same discomfort could be detrimental, possibly leading to more lives being lost. Hence, the best Thrasher can do is make a simple request to anyone who plans to go out to take the basic guidelines to keep themselves protected seriously. This includes wearing masks and avoid going out unless they need to.

“COVID-19 spreads quickly and your actions affect others. More than ever since the pandemic began, we need people to social distance, wear face coverings in public, and practice good respiratory hygiene,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “With ongoing community transmission, it is safer to be at home.”