What the US government calls “the pandemic of the unvaccinated” is playing out in a painful fashion, as some realize too late that they wish they had been vaccinated, while others resist even though they are suffering in hospital in the midst of death. ‘a nationwide wave of new Covid -19 infections, mostly caused by the Delta variant.
In the United States, at least 99% of people who died from coronavirus in the past six months had not been vaccinated, said Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Meanwhile, vaccination rates have slowed nationwide and are particularly low in some of the more conservative southern regions, despite the fact that more than 610,000 people in the United States have died from the virus since the pandemic struck in early 2020.
In places like Alabama, only 33% of people who could receive the vaccine had been fully immunized, as of July 20.
Birmingham, Ala. Hospital doctor Brytney Cobia said on Monday that all of his Covid patients except one at Grandview Medical Center had not received the vaccine, with one expected to make a full recovery after being given oxygen, she told Birmingham News. Several others die.
“I am admitting young, healthy people with very serious Covid infections to the hospital,” Cobia wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“One of the last things they do before they are intubated is begging me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them I’m sorry, but it’s too late, ”she added, referring to the patients who need to be put on a ventilator.
Alabama public health officials recently reported that 96% of Alabamians who have died from Covid since April were not fully vaccinated.
Among those who succumb to the deadly disease, there are those who are increasingly catching the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is much more contagious than the original.
The variant now accounts for 83% of new cases in the United States, according to Walensky.
“This is a dramatic increase, up from 50% for the week of July 3,” she said.
In Louisiana, only 36% of eligible people have been vaccinated.
Local pharmaceutical researcher Paula Johnson delayed getting the vaccine and was sent to hospital in an ambulance with Covid-19.
Johnson, who had no comorbidities, told CBS News she was rushed to hospital in an ambulance with symptoms of Covid-19. “I couldn’t breathe. I just – all of a sudden my lungs just didn’t work anymore, ”she said, describing it as“ hitting a wall ”. Now she wants the vaccine.
According to the CDC, people who have had Covid-19 can still get the vaccine, but some may have to wait 90 days depending on the treatment they received.
Johnson is now urging others not to wait. “I would say get the shot, take a chance, it can’t hurt, all he can do is alleviate some of the symptoms, even if that doesn’t stop you from doing it – it does. will at least help get through that, ”she said.
With the rise in infections, hospitalizations and deaths, Joe Biden once again urged unvaccinated Americans to take the “gigantic step” of getting vaccinated, when he spoke to CNN town hall on Wednesday evening at Cincinnati.
The White House is currently debating whether to ask vaccinated Americans to wear masks again, especially in areas where the Delta variant is booming. Meanwhile, the CDC is considering updating its masking guidelines.
The Delta variant is said to spread two to three times faster than the original version of the virus.
Researchers from the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the variant grows faster in people’s airways and becomes infectious more quickly.
The recent virus outbreaks in the United States are even convincing some who have played down the impact of the pandemic to promote vaccinations.
Fox News belatedly jumps on board to convince people to get vaccinated.
The cable news channel on Wednesday aired a public service announcement encouraging viewers to get the vaccine. “America, we’re in the same boat,” Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said in the ad, while host Harris Faulkner said, “If you can, do you. vaccinate “before a screenshot of the CDC website appears.
Less than an hour after the PSA aired on Wednesday, and as the US president was on live television begging people to get vaccinated, Fox News host Tucker Carlson hinted that Fox’s decision to promote vaccines was wrong, despite going after CNN. .
Carlson said that “as a channel, CNN shouldn’t have a position as to whether or not you should take medication because it’s a news channel, it’s not a health agency.” .
He later added, cryptically: “Why is a news channel doing this? Any news channel. Many of them are.