Arizona hospitals getting fuller as COVID-19 patients getting younger

Dr. Murtaza Akhter, a clinical assistant professor in emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix.

By Peter Samore | KTAR

An Arizona emergency medicine doctor has seen a domino effect happening in the state as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

“COVID units are getting so filled up that a lot of patients — even ones there for other conditions — are getting backed up in emergency departments,” said Dr. Murtaza Akhter, a clinical assistant professor in emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix.

He also says younger patients might think they’re immune to COVID-19 and not protect themselves.

“There’s a heavy, heavy caseload of respiratory cases — cough, fever, body aches, trouble breathing, and that’s concerning because a lot of them do end up having COVID,” Akhter said.

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