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.