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OC hospitals wrestle with high number of COVID patients as fourth surge might be peaking

Voice of OC, Jan. 26, 2022

January 26, 2022

OC hospitals wrestle with high number of COVID patients as fourth surge might be peaking

“At this point it does look like we’re peaking and we’re headed in a downward trend. But of course one could never be completely sure until the surge actually passes,” said UC Irvine epidemiologist and public health expert, Sanghyuk Shin [associate professor of nursing]. … Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease physician at UCI Medical Center [and HS Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Medicine], said COVID exacerbates chronic health conditions in some fully vaccinated people. … But, Gohil said, the majority of virus patients are unvaccinated. “That’s the group that’s getting super sick,” she said.