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Opinion: Even during the surge, hospitals must ensure immigrant patients have family support

Voice of OC, Jan. 26, 2022

January 26, 2022

Opinion: Even during the surge, hospitals must ensure immigrant patients have family support

“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.