The third wave of the pandemic shatters records in Spain and the accelerated expansion of the coronavirus has put the health system on red alert again. Although the most widely used epidemic indicator now is that of cumulative incidence, the devastating increase in infections is leading hospital admissions and ICU bed occupancy to equally worrying levels. The positivity of diagnostic tests or daily deaths move in thresholds reminiscent of the first wave. The advantage, according to professionals, is that hospitals are better equipped and themselves better prepared to face the impact. Still, “the ravages” are still worse.