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Inside a COVID-19 ward in California

A son and daughter embrace their father, a COVID-19 patient in the ICU ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A son and daughter embrace their father, a COVID-19 patient in the ICU ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A son and daughter embrace their father, a COVID-19 patient in the ICU ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Registered nurses prepare their personal protective equipment gear to enter the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurses prepare their personal protective equipment gear to enter the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurses prepare their personal protective equipment gear to enter the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Registered nurses prepare their PPE gear to enter the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurses prepare their PPE gear to enter the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Registered nurses prepare their PPE gear to enter the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A registered nurse sanitizes her hands inside the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A registered nurse sanitizes her hands inside the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A registered nurse sanitizes her hands inside the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Medical staff look down while treating a coronavirus patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff look down while treating a coronavirus patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff look down while treating a coronavirus patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Medical staff treat a COVID-19 patient in the ICU at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A son embraces his father, a COVID-19 patient on the ICU ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A son embraces his father, a COVID-19 patient on the ICU ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A son embraces his father, a COVID-19 patient on the ICU ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, January 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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