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COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to levels not seen since last winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden’s argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements. 

The cases — driven by the delta variant combined with resistance among some Americans to getting the vaccine — are concentrated mostly in the South. 

While one-time hot spots like Florida and Louisiana are improving, infection rates are soaring in Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee, fueled by children now back in school, loose mask restrictions and low vaccination levels.

The dire situation in some hospitals is starting to sound like January’s infection peak: Surgeries canceled in hospitals in Washington state and Utah. Severe staff shortages in Kentucky and Alabama. A lack of beds in Tennessee. Intensive care units at or over capacity in Texas.

The deteriorating picture nine months into the nation’s vaccination drive has angered and frustrated medical professionals who see the heartbreak as preventable. The vast majority of the dead and the hospitalized have been unvaccinated. That has proved to be a hard lesson for some families.

“The problem now is we have been trying to educate based on science, but I think most of the education that is happening now is based on tragedy, personal tragedy,” said Dr. Ryan Stanton, an emergency room physician in Lexington, Kentucky. 

In Kentucky, 70% of the state’s hospitals — 66 of 96 — are reporting critical staff shortages, the highest level yet during the pandemic, the governor said.

“Our hospitals are at the brink of collapse in many communities,” said Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s public health commissioner.

The U.S. is averaging over 1,800 COVID-19 deaths and 170,000 new cases per day, the highest levels respectively since early March and late January. And both figures have been on the rise over the past two weeks.

The nation is dispensing about 900,000 shots of the vaccine per day, well below the peak of 3.4 million a day in mid-April. On Friday, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will meet to discuss whether the U.S. should begin dispensing booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine to shore up people’s protection.

On a positive note, the number of people now in the hospital with COVID-19 appears to be leveling off or even declining at around 90,000, or about where things stood in February.

The outbreak in the U.S. topped out in January at an average of about 3,400 deaths and a quarter-million cases per day. That was just weeks into the nation’s vaccination drive. A precipitous drop followed, extending into the spring before creeping back up with the rise of the more contagious delta variant. 

Last week, the president ordered all employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or weekly tests, a measure affecting about 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated. 

“We read about and hear about and we see the stories of hospitalized people, people on their deathbeds among the unvaccinated over the past few weeks,” Biden said in announcing the rules. “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

The requirements have met with resistance and threats of lawsuits from Republicans.

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At this rate they need to begin prioritizing patients at hospitals that are at or near capacity. If you come in with a severe case of Covid, and the hospital only has a few beds left, you only get to go to the ICU if you're vaccinated. Others shouldn't die because idiots won't go get the vaccine and prevent their own suffering.

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JohnWayne92
8 minutes ago, FATCAT said:

At this rate they need to begin prioritizing patients at hospitals that are at or near capacity. If you come in with a severe case of Covid, and the hospital only has a few beds left, you only get to go to the ICU if you're vaccinated. Others shouldn't die because idiots won't go get the vaccine and prevent their own suffering.

Exactly. I’ve been saying this. 
 

if you aren’t vaccinated and catch Covid, you should be turned away 🤷🏼‍♂️ 

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WheresMy911Alice

My flop home state of Tennessee :billie:

It's actually really sad. No one close to me or whom I knew had COVID until recently. It really is creeping in and becoming more volatile. I just don't understand why people don't get vaccinated, and or continue to use caution AFTER getting vaccinated...

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It's upticking again locally with over 70% fully vaccinated. I'm shocked, mystified that we are going up in case counts again. So much for herd immunity.

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A lot of it is also pandemic fatigue. Humans in general just stopped caring. Does it make it right? No. Is it understandable. Yes. And again I’m not saying be irresponsible post-vaccination, but it feels like a never-ending struggle. Some experts believe the next strain or variant will come from the Delta line because the Lambda and Mu aren’t outcompeting it by any means right now.

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Just now, The Fame said:

Just one more visit to Daddy Pfizer and I'll be fully vaccinated. :pray:

but you still need to behave like you haven't been vaxx

wearing mask, not attending parties, washing yo hands, keeping distance, etc

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Just now, dojo said:

but you still need to behave like you haven't been vaxx

wearing mask, not attending parties, washing yo hands, keeping distance, etc

 

Where did I say I wasn't?

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Meanwhile in Florida, DeSantis is still trying to push a mandate saying schools can't require masks and now he's threatening to fine city and county governments that require their officials and employees to get vaccinated or tested. $5000 per "violation". He also has lower advisors pushing to make Ivermectin not only available, but to make doctors provide it to covid patients that request it :smh:

Some of these assholes are doing everything they can to help covid spread :smh:

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2 hours ago, PartySick said:

Meanwhile in Florida, DeSantis is still trying to push a mandate saying schools can't require masks and now he's threatening to fine city and county governments that require their officials and employees to get vaccinated or tested. $5000 per "violation". He also has lower advisors pushing to make Ivermectin not only available, but to make doctors provide it to covid patients that request it :smh:

Some of these assholes are doing everything they can to help covid spread :smh:

That’s because he’s got his pockets lined by the head of the pharmaceutical and vise-versa. I think it was confirmed that this CEO donated to DeSantis on multiple occasions. Ultimately they’re not worried about safety; just profiting off killing off their constituents. 

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27 minutes ago, Mister G said:

That’s because he’s got his pockets lined by the head of the pharmaceutical and vise-versa. I think it was confirmed that this CEO donated to DeSantis on multiple occasions. Ultimately they’re not worried about safety; just profiting off killing off their constituents. 

I didn't know this but it makes so much sense. :interestinga:

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