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Monday, January 30, 2023

COVID-19 cases are on the rise, obliterating months of progress

The number of COVID-19 deaths and cases in the United States has returned to winter levels, erasing months of progress, and may support President Joe Biden’s argument for full implementation of the new vaccination requirements.

These cases-driven by delta variants and the resistance of some Americans to vaccination-are mainly concentrated in the South.

Although disposable hotspots such as Florida and Louisiana are improving, infection rates in Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee are soaring because children are now returning to school, mask restrictions are loosened, and vaccination levels are low.

The dire situation in some hospitals is starting to sound like a peak of infection in January: hospitals in Washington and Utah canceled operations. There is a severe shortage of employees in Kentucky and Alabama. Tennessee lacks beds. The capacity of the intensive care unit in Texas meets or exceeds capacity.

The deteriorating situation nine months after the national vaccination campaign angered and frustrated medical professionals who believed that heartbreak could be prevented. The vast majority of the dead and hospitalized were not vaccinated.

The governor said that in Kentucky, 70% of the state’s hospitals (66 out of 96) reported severe staff shortages, the highest level during the pandemic.

“Our hospitals are on the brink of collapse in many communities,” said Dr. Steven Stark, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Health.

There are an average of more than 1,800 COVID-19 deaths and 170,000 new cases in the United States every day, the highest levels since the beginning of March and the end of January, respectively. Both figures have been rising in the past two weeks.

The country distributes about 900,000 doses of vaccines every day, well below the peak of 3.4 million doses per day in mid-April. On Friday, an advisory group from the Food and Drug Administration will meet to discuss whether the United States should start distributing booster shots of Pfizer vaccine to enhance people’s protection.

On the positive side, the number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized seems to have stabilized, even dropping to around 90,000, or similar to the situation in February.

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