Dr Ian Kingston, GP Mullumbimby
Here is an extract from a regular medical journal, UNIVADIS Medscape, Family Medicine, that I receive.
‘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.’