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Byron Shire
September 23, 2021

Hospitals full – unvaccinated by choice

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‘The US is averaging about 124,000 new COVID-19 cases a day and the hospitals are once again filled with COVID-19 patients, most of whom are unvaccinated by choice. This new surge is centered in the Southeast, which has some of the lowest community vaccination rates in the country. Hospitals in this region are being crushed by a wave of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

‘Several states, including Mississippi and Arkansas, are running out of ICU beds. Hospitals in Florida and Alabama are reporting difficulty getting enough oxygen to support the number of patients who need it. The crisis is being driven by a severe shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers such as respiratory therapists. Several states are turning to the federal government and its military healthcare systems for help. Children are also being hospitalized in record numbers as Delta has coincided with the reopening of schools.’

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  1. For some reason I’m on the censored list. I’d really like to know why. If anyone’s interested in what I was adding to this letter perhaps Google, “ Dr. Brytney Cobia, Alabama doctor, Facebook post goes viral”.

    • Hi Liz, you are not on the censored list.
      It is the moderator’s job to check all the comments, which includes all the information IN the comments.
      I simply do not have the time to follow all the links that people are posting – I am happy to hear all opinions but dozens of comments every day, which are full of links to other people’s opinions, are just too much for me to keep up with.
      I like to hear YOUR opinion, not the opinion of the people you read somewhere else. If THEY want to comment here, they are welcome.
      So, when it is my turn to moderate, I am not approving post comments FROM ANYONE that have links in them.

      • Thanks for the explanation, Eve and I can understand your time pressures.

        I think the blanket rule on links is a bit problematic though.

        For many topics, and this one in particular, uninformed opinion from amateurs is a real worry. I agree that the point is that people should express their own ideas and not just post links, but when their perspective is based on supposed reading/examples it seems only fair to verify that they haven’t just made it up.

        Links also gives people whose interest is piqued by the post, the chance to get a fuller picture. Unfortunately those whose opinions, around the world or locally, have real authority and detail, are unlikely to contribute them to these pages.

        Most people commenting on the pandemic are basing their opinions based on something they have read somewhere. Citing these can give others an idea of the credibility and quality of the sources.

        I’ve read and contributed to other blogs that happily publish copious links. These have introduced me to some really interesting reading that I wouldn’t otherwise have found.

        I think it’s great that the Echo goes to the bother of running a local blog and enjoy both reading the range of perspectives out there and, often, adding my own. So thanks for all involved! 👍

      • Scientific debate can not happen without providing the information source to help the reader gauge the quality of the claims – any decent science needs evidence, sources and methods to be transparent – whereas faith needs no proof, hence the wildfire spread of stupid claims on the internet.

  2. Thank you Ian for giving us this timely information on the emerging indications of the difference that vaccination is making.

    Another perspective that Dr. Brytney Cobia, an Alabama doctor, offered in a Facebook post went viral: “ I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” Cobia said. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

    Cobia went on to write what happens days later after one of those patients dies.
    “I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same,” Cobia wrote. “They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine.”

    It seems the message needs to get through from people on the front line. Our own stories are starting to emerge from Sydney’s ICUs.


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