Local ER doctor on why hospital workers are upset about the public’s behavior during COVID

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Registered nurse Erika Aguilar, 31, attends to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, U.S., November 19, 2020. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.

Many people are feeling COVID fatigue. They’re fed up with having to stay inside and perhaps giving up their holidays with friends and family. People working in hospitals have a different kind of fatigue. 

Mark Morocco, an LA-based physician and professor of emergency medicine, recently penned an LA Times op-ed titled “On the COVID frontlines, we’re tired of hearing lame excuses for risky behavior.” 

He tells KCRW, “If you don’t have a bed to land in an ICU unit, you’re going to be in big trouble. And that’s why we need to get a handle on this and keep it down below the levels until our treatments and vaccines can kick in. And the next six weeks, we think, is going to be a critical moment.”