The most pressing problem right now is that the rapidly increasing number of critically ill patients do not have a place to receive immediate treatment. There are close to 1,000 patients who have not been assigned a bed for more than a day, and there is no immediate solution.
This is Cho Dong-chan, a medical reporter.
65-year-old Mo Park was diagnosed with COVID-19 two days ago.
I was informed that I would be hospitalized if there was no guardian living with me because I was old, and that was the end of it.
[65세 확진 병상 대기자 : 전화하는 곳마다 다 안 받고 통화 중이고 전화가 안 돼요. 내가 고함을 질렀어요. 선생님 제가 지금 죽게 생겼는데 자꾸 전화만 어떻게 하고 있느냐고, 해결을 해달라고….]
However, the only answer was to wait.
[65세 확진 병상 대기자 : 지금 김치밖에 없는데 그러면 나가서 가서 두부라도 사올까 해서요 그랬더니 다니면 안 된대요. 딸이 두유 같은 거 두부 같은 거 해서 어제 문 앞에 놓고 갔어요.]
It is said that he did not even receive a kit for home treatment, such as a thermometer and oxygen saturation machine to check the patient’s condition.
[65세 확진 병상 대기자 : 체온계를 어제 딸이 사줘서 체온계는 지금 재고 있고, 산소포화도 기계, 그런 거는 없어요.]
There were 2,256 people waiting for bed assignment, and 940 people waiting for more than a day until the afternoon, an increase of 162 people in one day.
If they are classified as hospitalized, they are excluded from home treatment, making it difficult to deal with emergency situations.
A government quarantine advisory member said that he had to live with his gums instead of this until the middle of next month.
According to the previous executive order, tertiary hospitals and general hospitals are preparing additional beds.
Until then, there is an urgent need to slow the rate of increase in the number of elderly people aged 60 years and older with severe severe disease.
The key is also booster vaccinations.
Until September, the severity of symptoms was 1.6%, and 16 out of 1,000 confirmed cases were in critical condition, but now it has risen to 2.6%.
He said that even if 10,000 people are confirmed, the critically ill can be handled only if the severity of the disease is lowered to 1.6% with additional vaccinations.