In a five minute video comparing the spread of the new coronavirus in Travis County to the Titanic, the Travis County Medical Society warned that if the county and its residents do not do more to slow the spread of the disease, the area will soon be overrun with cases.
"The [Titanic's] crew's effort to slow and turn the ship were futile. We all know what happened next," said John Abikhaled, the president of TCMS. "If COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to double at the current rate, in less than three weeks, our health care system's capacity to care for patients will be exceeded."
Abikhaled said, "If the surge continues," there will be a shortage of trained health care workers, medicine to treat patients will be depleted, and hospitals will run out of room for new patients.
"Once our hospitals are overwhelmed, the best possible care can no longer be provided to each patient," Abikhaled said. "Terrible decisions will have to be made about who receives care, and who does not. None of us in the medical community want to be forced to make those decisions."
Experts and elected officials for Travis County and Austin have warned in recent days that the city is nearing its Stage 5 COVID-19 response, which holds the most drastic set of recommendations for shutting down businesses and banning large gatherings.
"Texas is on a collision course with a viral iceberg, but we don't have to sink," Abikhaled said.
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🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway