Paris Doctors Warn Of Catastrophic Overload Of Virus Cases
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Critical care doctors in Paris say surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm their ability to care for the sick, possibly forcing them to choose which patients they have the resources to save. The sobering warnings were delivered signed by dozens of Paris-region doctors.

Writing in Le Journal du Dimanche, 41 Paris-region hospital doctors said: “We have never known such a situation, even during the worst (terror) attacks” that targeted the French capital, notably assaults by Islamic State extremists in 2015 that killed 130 people and filled Paris emergency wards with the wounded.

The doctors predicted that softer new restrictions imposed this month on Paris and some other regions won't quickly bring the resurgent epidemic under control. They warned that hospital resources won't be able to keep pace with needs, forcing them to practice “catastrophe medicine" in the coming weeks as cases peak.

Another group of nine critical-care doctors writing in the newspaper Le Monde also warned that intensive care units in Paris may have to refuse patients. The current situation is tending toward prioritization, also called ‘triage,’” they wrote. “When just one ICU bed is available but two patients could benefit from it, it consists of deciding which of them will be admitted and which will not be admitted. This is where we are heading.”

They also accused Emmanuel Macron's government of hypocrisy “by compelling health care workers to decide which patient should live and which should die, without stating so clearly.” Macron remains adamant that not locking France down again this year, like some other European countries, was sound government policy, even as more than 2,000 deaths per week push the country ever closer to the milestone of 100,000 people lost to the pandemic.

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