Hotels in the United States are still reeling from the Ebola outbreak, with some hotels refusing to book guests and others refusing to take the risk of paying the high rates charged to their guests.
The virus has forced hotel owners to take extra measures to keep their guests safe.
The hotel industry, which has long faced a number of health threats, including the pandemic, has had to adapt to the new threats in an effort to protect its clients, the Times of Indian reported.
Some hotels in Atlanta, the city in which many of the most well-known hotels are located, have been forced to close because of the virus.
And the Dallas-based Marriott International, which is the largest hotel chain in the US, is struggling to stay afloat after closing down the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York City, which had a capacity of more than 400,000.
It’s not just hotels that are struggling to keep guests safe from the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Ebola pandemic is also affecting many healthcare workers, with the WHO warning that hospitals in the countries hardest hit by the outbreak are struggling with overcrowding and staff shortages.
“Healthcare workers have been particularly affected by the Ebola crisis,” said Dr. Yolande Boudreaux, a WHO spokesman in Geneva.
“They have been hit by extreme shortages of health workers.
This has led to a huge burden on healthcare workers and has had a significant impact on their ability to care for patients.”
Boudreault told reporters on Thursday that the health crisis has forced hospitals in some countries to close for several days, with many not having beds for all their patients.
“We are also seeing that in some of the hardest hit countries, especially Liberia, the health systems are not being able to handle the volume of patients coming in, particularly for the elderly,” Boudres said.
“As a result, healthcare workers are increasingly forced to leave the hospital, which puts a strain on health systems across the globe.”
In some of these countries, hospital emergency departments are unable to care on their own, meaning patients can stay in isolation.
Hospitals in some African countries have reported shortages of healthcare staff, as well.
“The [Ebola] virus pandemic has had an impact on healthcare systems across Africa, especially in the region of the Middle East and North Africa,” Bodreaux said.
“The challenges for health systems and the healthcare workforce in the affected countries are huge.”
Healthcare organizations have been struggling to find ways to cope, as they try to keep up with the surge in the number of people coming into the country and the need for more beds.
In the United Arab Emirates, a hospital was forced to cut its staffing levels in response to the outbreak, and it is reported that in Tunisia, which hosts the second largest hotel in the country, patients have been queuing up for days in long lines at health centers, with queues stretching for several kilometres, Reuters reported.
The WHO is warning that the epidemic will continue to grow in the coming weeks, with countries across the continent reporting a “significant” increase in the spread of the disease.
“This outbreak has become a global health crisis, which we are increasingly seeing in all regions of the world,” Boutreaux told reporters.
“As more and more people in countries are infected, more and bigger outbreaks are occurring, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, in South-East Asia and in Central and Eastern Europe.
We are seeing more and larger outbreaks of the Ebola infection.”
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has also issued a dire warning, warning that up to half a million people could die from the pandemics outbreak in the next two to three months.
The Ebola virus, first diagnosed in 1976, has been found in more than 90 countries worldwide, including more than half of the countries in West Africa.