ERs are overwhelmed as omicron continues to flood them with patients


People and cars line up outside of Boston Medical Center near the emergency room where COVID-19 testing was taking place during the Omicron surge in Boston on Jan. 3, 2022.

Omicron may cause milder disease but the sheer number of patients make this wave far worse for the health care system. With packed emergency rooms, patients can wait days to get moved to a bed.

(Image credit: Stan Grossfeld/Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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