I’m old and hospitals have always filled up in the winter – always. Older folks have their insurance and most are so afraid of dying they are put in a hospital room, often preemptively and unnecessarily. Short-handed Nurses rightfully complain – but the Hospitals, admitting Doctors, Druggists, Ambulance Services, Etc will get the billings they all need to survive. Every year. I’m pretty sure my departed MIL had an annual reservation – whether she needed it or not.
Now blend in millions of hypochondriacs and nellies fed by BS media fear factories who head to the ER for the sniffles, convinced they are infected with a fatal condition that is impossible to treat on their own, like most do with colds and flu -and there’s your overcrowded facilities.