COVID-19 deaths and cases in the United States have returned to levels not seen since last winter, eradicating months of progress and supporting President Joe Biden’s drastic claims of new vaccination requirements. There is a possibility.
Cases caused by delta mutations combined with resistance to vaccination by some Americans are predominantly concentrated in the south.
While former hotspots like Florida and Louisiana are improving, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee are infected by children returning to school, relaxed mask restrictions and low levels of vaccination. The rate is skyrocketing.
The dire situation in some hospitals is beginning to sound like the peak of infection in January. Surgery was canceled at hospitals in Washington and Utah. Serious staff shortages in Kentucky and Alabama. Shortage of beds in Tennessee. Intensive care unit over capacity in Texas.
The worsening situation nine months after the country’s vaccination drive angered and frustrated medical professionals who considered broken heart preventable. The vast majority of dead and inpatients are unvaccinated, which has proven to be a difficult lesson for some families.
Dr. Ryan Stanton, MD, a physician in the emergency room in Lexington, Kentucky, said:
In Kentucky, 70% of state hospitals (66 out of 96) report a serious staff shortage, which the governor says is the highest level during a pandemic.
“Our hospital is on the verge of collapse in many communities,” said Dr. Steven Stack, a public health commissioner in Kentucky.
In the United States, there are an average of more than 1,800 COVID-19 deaths and 170,000 new cases per day, the highest levels since early March and late January, respectively. And both numbers have risen over the last two weeks.
The country is still well below the horrific peak reached in January. It averaged about 3,400 deaths and 250,000 cases per day.
The United States has been vaccinated about 900,000 times a day, starting from a high of 3.4 million times a day in mid-April. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Board will meet to discuss whether the United States should start giving booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine.
Positively, the number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 appears to be around 90,000, or flat or declining for the February situation.
Last week, the president ordered all employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or weekly inspections. This is a measure that affects about 80 million Americans. Approximately 17 million workers in federal Medicare or Medicaid medical facilities also need to be fully vaccinated.
“For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading and listening to people in the hospital and those on the deathbed of unvaccinated people,” Biden said in a statement. “This is an unvaccinated pandemic.”
The requirements are met with litigation resistance and threats from Republicans.
Arizona reported 117 deaths on Tuesday, the highest number of days since February last year. Tennessee is currently ranked number one in the United States in terms of new cases per capita. Hundreds of students there are forced to quarantine. Some schools were closed due to lack of staff. Others have asked to switch to distance learning.
However, measures aimed at containing the virus ran into the opposite. A high school student in Tennessee, who spoke to the school board last week in favor of Maskman Date, was plagued by adults while talking about her grandmother’s death from the virus.
Stanton, an ER doctor in Kentucky, said he admitted families whose delta variants had been wiped out for generations, especially if older members were not vaccinated.
“Currently in Kentucky, one-third of new cases are under the age of 18,” he said. Some children took it home from the summer camp and spread it to their families, but now “there are a lot of exposures such as nursery schools, schools, school activities, and friendships.”
In Alabama, hundreds of COVID-19 patients filled the intensive care unit, one hospital contacted 43 other hospitals in three states, and found a cardiac ICU bed dedicated to Ray Martin Demonia. That wasn’t enough right away. The 73-year-old died on September 1.
“In honor of Ray, get vaccinated if not vaccinated to free up resources for non-COVID-related emergencies,” his family complained in an obituary. ..
In Hidalgo County, Texas, along the Mexican border, about 50 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on a particular day in July. By early August, that number had skyrocketed to over 600.
“Returning to July, we were almost celebrating. We knew very little,” said Ivan Melendez, public health official in Hidalgo County. As of Monday, just under 300 people were in the hospital, improving, but the ICU is still above 90%, Melendez said.
Virginia Tech professor Linsey Marr said the biggest surge in summer occurred in low-immunization states, especially in the south, where many people rely on air conditioning and breathe recirculated air. She said the northern states could see a rise as the onset of the cold sent people indoors.
Vaccination rates are not very low in some northern states, but “there are still many people who have not been vaccinated. Delta will find them,” Ma said.
COVID-19 cases rise, wipe out months of progress
COVID-19 cases rise, wipe out months of progress
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