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This Covid Surge Feels Different

The Daily

The New York Times

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4.597.8K Ratings

🗓️ 11 January 2022

⏱️ 25 minutes

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Summary

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has a reputation for causing mild illness, yet it’s fueling a staggering rise in hospitalizations across the country. In some of the early hot spots for the variant, emergency rooms are filling up, hospitals are being flooded with new patients and there aren’t enough staff to care for all of them. We explore why the Omicron surge is leading to hospitalizations and hear from doctors about what they are seeing, and why this surge feels different from the ones that came before.

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0:45.5

Today, despite its reputation for mild illness, the Omicron variant is fueling a staggering

0:52.1

rise in hospitalizations around the country.

0:56.1

I spoke with my colleague, Emily Anthis, about why doctors and nurses inside those hospitals

1:02.4

say that this phase of the pandemic feels so different.

1:08.2

It's Tuesday, January 11th.

1:14.8

So Emily, you've been reporting on hospitals across the US and the challenge that they're

1:19.3

facing at this particular moment in the pandemic.

1:24.0

Can you tell us about what you've been hearing?

1:26.8

Absolutely.

1:27.8

So, cases have been skyrocketing in recent weeks.

1:32.1

If you look at graphs of cases, they're basically vertical and the highest case numbers

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