Photograph of rows of hospital iPads used for end-of-life visits in the middle of a pandemic

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A photograph of rows of iPads in a hospital has revealed the reality of the isolation COVID-19 patients are exposed to in hospitals in the U.S.

The image posted by Twitter user Roto_tudor has been shared thousands of times in social media.

” It is about iPad stations that are prepared by a palliative physician I know for a virtual visit to the intensive care unit at the end of life,” the user wrote next to the picture.

The risk of corona virus transmission means that hospital patients in the intensive care unit have to talk to friends and family via iPads instead of seeing them in person.

The image has been retweeted more than 24,000 times and has attracted 101,000 likes.

Some social media users have come up with stories about the need to communicate online with relatives and loved ones.

“On Monday my friend said goodbye to his mother on an iPad. He didn’t get one last hug or just hold her hand,” one person wrote.

These are iPad stations that are prepared by a palliative physician I know for virtual visits to the intensive care unit at the end of life. Jesus. pic.twitter.com/lIgbg0FhaL

– i cant drive, n95 (@roto_tudor) December 3, 2020

“He sat behind glass and held an iPad in his hand to avoid having to say the same farewell to his older father. I have anger. I can’t even be sad because I’m just so angry”.

Another said: “I just had to talk to my grandma in her nursing room by visiting her iPad. We can’t see her and I hate that.”

“Did the same thing with my mom on Thanksgiving Day. The pain of losing her is almost unbearable and it was so unnecessary,” commented another.

According to the latest New York Times data, there are now more than 14 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, and at least 276,300 have died as a result of the virus.

The rising infection rates of COVID-19 have prompted cities and states to take more drastic measures to contain the spread, including the closure of non-essential businesses and curfews.

California has presented plans to issue regional orders to stay in institutions for areas of the state where intensive care units are expected to be overburdened.

To date, the state has reported more than 1.2 million cases of COVID-19 and over 19,400 deaths.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the new restrictions on Thursday as cases in the state reached the highest level since the pandemic began.

The house arrest order will include restrictions on business and meeting rooms, which means gymnasiums, church interiors and playgrounds will have to be closed. Restaurants will also have to close, unless they are for collection or delivery.

“The bottom line is that our hospital system will be overwhelmed if we don’t act now,” Newsom said, “If we don’t act now, our mortality rate will continue to rise.

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