'We Talk': Can millions of Americans suffering from long COVID find support?
CGTN, 24 Nov 2022
According to the data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (#CDC), nearly 24 million adults in the U.S. suffer from #longCOVID. However, two years into the pandemic, burnout and staffing shortages make it harder for the U.S. healthcare system to meet the needs of long-term COVID patients. In a letter sent in March to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the American Hospital Association called the workforce shortage hospitals were experiencing a "national emergency." It projected that the overall shortage of nurses would reach 1.1 million by the end of 2022. #Coronavirus
Max Gavrich is an artist and educator who lives in the city of San Francisco. A year and a half ago, he contracted COVID-19 and began to experience symptoms of persistent fatigue. These long-term symptoms make life very difficult for Max, who has pre-existing congenital neurological diseases. Under the struggling U.S. healthcare system, it takes more than two months to secure an appointment to see a doctor. These encounters lead him to conclude that "the American medical system is really unable to meet the basic needs of the people."
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