COVID-19 Hospitalizations in the United States Have Surpassed 100,000 for the First Time Since January

The numbers paint a bleak picture, with 25,000 patients in intensive care and 364 people dying every day.

The number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 has grown to 100,000, the greatest number since the pandemic peaked in the US in January, as the Delta strain of the coronavirus spreads across the country.

According to data compiled by The Washington Post newspaper and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 25,000 individuals are currently in intensive care and daily deaths have reached an average of 364 across the country (CDC).

In areas like Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, and Arkansas, where the risk of infection is high and vaccination rates are low, a crush of patients with severe cases of COVID-19 has filled intensive care units (ICUs) to capacity.

Despite the US government’s tremendous drive to vaccinate all adult Americans, the CDC reports that 39 percent of US residents have yet to receive their first vaccination.

According to data compiled by the Axios news outlet, hospital personnel throughout the country are beginning to feel the burden of the resurgent virus, with more than 77 percent of ICU beds already occupied in the US. According to the CDC, hospitals are admitting 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

US public officials and private sector leaders are increasingly imposing vaccine requirements on employees. More than 800 US colleges and universities and more than 200 healthcare employers and private businesses, many state and local governments have adopted vaccination requirements, a White House official said.

“Together these vaccination requirements add up to make a big difference helping protect tens of millions Americans at school, in healthcare settings and at sporting events,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zeints said on Friday.

Vaccination rates are increasing in the US as 1.1 million people per day are getting vaccinated, said Zeints, who cited “a real acceleration of first doses that we’ve seen across” the last several weeks that is “very encouraging”.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Thursday required everyone to wear masks indoors and mandated vaccines for all public school university teachers and administrators.

The surge in infections is being caused by the Delta variant and the vast majority of hospitalisations and deaths in the state are among unvaccinated people, Pritzker said at a news conference announcing the new requirements.

“You don’t need to be an epidemiologist to understand what’s going on here. This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Pritzker said.

Following evidence that vaccine-induced illness resistance fades with time, US health officials have recommended that patients get supplemental shots.

The Wall Street Journal stated that regulators could authorize a third COVID-19 shot for adults starting at least six months after full vaccination, rather than the previously announced eight-month interval.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the resurrection of COVID-19 is beginning to undermine President Joe Biden’s political reputation among Americans.

According to Reuters, Biden’s net approval among independents – a critical demographic Democrats need to hold seats in Congress in 2022 – has declined by 14 percentage points overall since June, and by 19 percentage points for his handling of the coronavirus.

The US suffered 633,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic started and is projected to see 50,000 to 100,000 more deaths over the next three months, depending on vaccination acceptance, social distancing practices and mask-wearing, according to the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium.

Source: AL JAZEERA

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