Tens of thousands of Americans are reported to suffer from partial or total blindness after watching yesterday’s solar eclipse on television.
According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 12,000 people were hospitalized because of cecity over the last 24 hours in the state alone.
According to the department’s spokesman, Warren Harris, many hospitals across the state are literally submerged by victims of the eclipse.
“We are talking about 5,000 victims in the Los Angeles area, and somewhere around 3,000 in San Francisco. Many emergency rooms are completely overcrowded, but the doctors and employees in all our hospitals are doing everything they can to help the victims.”
According to Mr. Harris, the precise cause of these numerous cases of blindness remains unclear, but a new model of Ultra-HD television could be involved.
“These new televisions use a larger light spectrum that normal TVs, and are capable of producing Infrared and Ultraviolet lights. Watching an eclipse on such a tv is as dangerous as staring directly at the sun.”
Mr. Harris claims that the state of emergency may be declared if the number of victims continues to increase.
The Californian Department of Public Health held a press conference this morning in order to inform the public about the crisis and reassure the population.
More than 30,000 cases of cecity have already been reported across the country, and many experts believe that the number of victims could reach over 50,000 over the next few days.
A thorough investigation into the incident will be conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services, in order to determine the cause of all these cases of blindness.
If televisions are determined, some types of technologies could be taken off the market for safety reasons.
The investigation is expected to take at least three to six months, so the results probably won’t be available until 2018.