Dr. Stephen Parodi, director of Kaiser Permanente's Nationwide Covid Response, warned that new coronavirus cases are imminent unless Americans change their behavior during a Tuesday night interview on "The News with Shepard Smith".
"If we don't make the choice now to change the future, I worry that we will see Christmas Day and a New Year wave in January, and hospitals will be beyond the breaking point of what we really see," said Parodi.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, the US broke coronavirus records again this week. Wednesday marked the second deadliest day of coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic began, and on Thursday the country hit record hospital stays of 117,000 people in hospitals due to Covid. The virus is spiraling out of control in California. Nearly 19,000 people are being hospitalized because of the pandemic, and patients are being taken to the corridors of intensive care units. That's one in six people hospitalized across the country.
Parodi told host Shepard Smith he was concerned about his employees who continue to work overtime and are exhausted. Parodi said his staff were frustrated that the current surge in cases could have been prevented, but instead they are now grappling with it after Thanksgiving.
Air traffic in the United States exceeded 1 million passengers a day on the weekend before Christmas, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Parodi said he hoped the general public would prove the evidence of another surge in false cases and stay home this year.
"This year we have to make the sacrifice," urged Parodi. "What I tell my patients is that this Christmas has to be different so that next year all the people we like to meet will be here next year."