“Our staff is frustrated”said Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, who had to cancel elective surgeries and procedures after the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, mostly unvaccinated, rose to 134 across its two campuses, down from a low of 16 in mid-May.
“They are tired. They are thinking that this is like déjà vu, and there is some anger because we know that this is a largely preventable situation, because people are not taking advantage of vaccines ”, he claimed.
Throughout USAThe seven-day moving average of daily new cases rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, down from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Health authorities blame the spike on Delta variant and the slowdown in vaccination rates. Just 56.2% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“It’s like watching a car accident before it happens”said Dr. James Williams, associate professor of emergency clinical medicine at Texas Tech, who recently began treating more COVID-19 patients. “None of us want to go through this again.”
He said the patients are younger, many in their 20s and 40s, and most are not vaccinated.
“People were just begging for them to come,” said about vaccines. “And surprisingly they developed in a year, which was amazing. People don’t even appreciate it. In a year, we got vaccinations and now they’re thinking, ‘Hmm, I don’t know if I’ll get it.’
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