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ECMO is the highest level of life support — beyond a ventilator, which pumps oxygen via a tube through the windpipe into the lungs. Instead, the ECMO process basically functions as a heart and lungs outside of the body — routing the blood via tubing to a machine that oxygenates it, then pumps it back into the patient. Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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Across The COVID-Ravaged South, High-Level Life Support Is Difficult To Find

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Hurricane Ida leaves downed power lines in its wake Monday in Metairie, La. The one-two punch of a natural disaster and the pandemic is complicating efforts to evacuate hospitals, seek shelter and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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An ambulance arrives at the emergency department at AdventHealth hospital in Orlando in late July. Florida is one of several states seeing disappearing hospital capacity as COVID-19 cases surge. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Serious cases of COVID-19 have grown in recent weeks in Americans 50 and younger. Tempura/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID 'Doesn't Discriminate By Age': Serious Cases On The Rise In Younger Adults

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Many hospitals, including Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., reported reaching capacity in their ICUs during the winter surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. These conditions, according to research, may have led to more deaths. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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As COVID-19 cases surge, the federal government is releasing data about hospital capacity at facilities around the country. Alex Edelman/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Data Release Shows Where Hospitals Around The Country Are Filling Up

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Health care workers in Houston, Texas, perform a procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit on Thanksgiving. This past week has seen continued steep growth in cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. Go Nakamura/Getty Images hide caption

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'Extraordinary Acceleration': Takeaways From The Pandemic Last Week

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Travelers self-test for the coronavirus at a mobile testing site at New York City's Penn Station in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. The U.S. is currently seeing record hospitalizations for COVID-19, and health experts fear more surges are on their way. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Medical staff prepare for an intubation procedure on a COVID-19 patient in a Houston intensive care unit. In some parts of the U.S., as hospitals get crowded, hospital leaders are worried they may need to implement crisis standards of care. Go Nakamura/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hit Record Highs. Where Are Hospitals Reaching Capacity?

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The ICU at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla., was 99% full this week, according to an internal report produced by the federal government. It's among numerous hospitals the report highlighted with ICUs filled to over 90% capacity. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden

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