The drug industry hopes to add regulation as public health professionals issue strong COVID-19 warnings.

U.S health officials again warn of a harsh winter with a stressed health system and rising death rates as hospitals continue to increase capacity between record COVID-19 cases and hospital stays.

“The Thanksgiving problem hasn’t emerged yet, so we’re getting an impressive number of new cases and hospitalizations before we even feel the worst part of the Thanksgiving holiday,” warned Anthony Fauci, Pandemic Response Officer, at the Milken Institute summit on Monday about the future of health.

What’s even more worrying are the many holiday events scheduled to take place in December, Fauci said. He said, “Go past Christmas Day in Hanukkah, pass the week between Christmas and New Year, and have another New Year’s celebration that extends the infirmary two or three times.”

New York on Monday ordered public hospitals to increase their bed capacity by 25% and urged retired doctors and nurses to resume services if they can.

The New York implementation, called Surge and Flex, also instructs hospitals to balance the patient load in their systems and instructs private hospitals to move patients between them as needed.

“None of this has been done before,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference. “It was very destructive to the hospital management system, but we introduced it in the spring, it worked quite well and now we have gained more experience.

Other states have been monitoring hospital stays, which again topped 100,000 on Monday, to varying degrees. California uses critical care capacity metrics to determine when and where home support missions will be deployed. However, there are less stringent public restrictions in other regions of the country.

Fauci described California’s actions as cautious. “They said if we keep moving at the rate we are getting, our hospital system and our public health system will be maximized very soon,” he said. “Now is the time to ask for a wait, not to quit indefinitely, but only for a long time to make the hospital more resilient. Otherwise, you could get into big trouble.”

Meanwhile, HHS on Monday released a large dataset and the existing state-wide COVID-19 score. Federal government data collection during the outbreak is controversial, but nongovernmental organizations say they believe the data collection is reliable. 

Some of the data come from Tele Tracking, others that received a $ 10 million grant in April to implement a new HHS program that replaces a well-approved system from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the time, public health officials criticized the change.

HHS staff said in a blog post-Monday that the new data is critical to the response to the disease, but also “complicated” as part of a change effort. They wrote, “Unprecedented disease today requires real-time data sharing between government, departments and the public,” “HHS is firmly responding to this call to make it work and open access to it. Information everywhere we take advantage of the data beyond the risks involved. “

Coronavirus drug reports provided a nice spot. British officials said Tuesday that the facility’s first occupants had recently received a national vaccine approved by Pfizer and BioNTech.

In the United States, the FDA will meet this week to review the Pfizer vaccine, which could be used in an emergency and sent to hospitals and long-term care facilities by the middle of this month.

However, health officials fear Americans will be reluctant to get vaccinated upon registration. Online misinformation will be a big deal, former CDC director Tom Frieden told the US forum on digital health and consumer experience with health insurance plans on Monday.

“These things are complex and once again the tools we have are understanding and communication,” he told the insurance conference.

Moving forward, daily quotes from public health experts can help, “so that we can walk the path of discovery as they navigate the path of discovery,” Frieden added.

Healthcare workers will be among the first to receive approved vaccinations along with hospitals outlining their current plans to bring staff with amazing vaccinations.