One of the senior health officials in the United States (US) said that the surge in cases of the corona virus in the United States that had now exceeded the health care capacity of several hospitals in several states.
Speaking on CBS television’s “Face the Nation” program, Sunday (26/9), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said “the health care systems in some states’ hospitals are in trouble.”
“They ran out of beds,” he said. “And when we look at that, we worry that there will be people who cannot be admitted to hospitalization and receiving appropriate treatment if they have a traffic accident or have a heart attack.”
“That’s why we are working very hard in areas where the COVID-19 disease rate is quite high,” to get people to be vaccinated, he explained. He underlined that people who had not been vaccinated were ten times more likely to be hospitalized than those who had been vaccinated.
“Hospitals are now packed with people who haven’t been vaccinated.”
In addition, Walensky said people who had not been vaccinated were eleven times more likely to die than those who had been vaccinated.
Three months ago America was almost under control of the coronavirus, but the widespread spread of the Delta variant has led to a spike in new cases, with the number of new cases reaching 120,000–160,000 per day in recent months, and about 2,000 deaths per day.
Although more than 183 million Americans are fully vaccinated, there are still 70 million who have not, for a variety of reasons. Some said they were skeptical about the safety of the injection, and others said they didn’t think they would get sick.
According to Johns Hopkins University, America currently has 43 million cases of the coronavirus, while the death toll has reached 700,000. The number of cases and death tolls in the US is the highest in the world. (em / jm)