‘Too early to tell’ - health experts nervous about Omicron’s effect on Australia’s hospitalisation rates


by Mostafa Rachwani and Josh Nicholas

20 December 2021


Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) president Dr Clare Skinner told the Guardian there is a nervousness among health experts as numbers continue to rise.


“It is too early to tell how Omicron will play out for the hospital system. We’re nervous, and we are treating the situation with caution.”


“We’re concerned about potential overload on already overcrowded emergency departments, and we welcome conversations with health decision makers on how to create the best systems for optimal patient care.”



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