What the US government calls the pandemic of the unvaccinated ” unfolds in a painful way because some realize too late that they wish they had been vaccinated, while dOthers resist even as they suffer in hospital amid a nationwide wave of new Covid-19 infections, mostly caused by the Delta variant.
At least 99% of people in the United States who died from coronavirus in the past six months had not been vaccinated, said Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .
Meanwhile, immunization rates have slowed across the country and are particularly low in some of the more conservative southern regions of the country, despite more than 610,000 people in the United States dying from the virus since the pandemic struck in early 2020.
In places like Alabama , only 33% of peopleThose eligible for the vaccine had been fully immunized by July 20.
On Monday, a doctor at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, Brytney Cobia, said all of his Covid patients except one at Grandview Medical Center didn 't had not received the vaccine, with one expecting a full recovery after receiving oxygen, she told Birmingham News . Several more are dying.
"I admit young and healthy people with very serious Covid infections to the hospital Cobia wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
"One of the last things they do before they are intubated is me begging for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them I'm sorry, but it's too late, "she added, referring to the patients who must be put on a ventilator.
Alabama public health officials recently reported 96% of Alabamians who died from Covid since April were not fully vaccinated .
Among those succumbing to the fatal disease are those who increasingly contract the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is much more contagious than the original.
The variant is now 83% of new cases in the United States, according to Walensky.
" It s 'This is a dramatic increase, from 50% for the week of July 3, "she said.
To Louisi ana, only 36% of eligible people were vaccinated. Local pharmaceutical researcher Paula Johnson delayed vaccination and was sent to hospital in an ambulance with Covid -19.
Johnson, who had no comorbidities, told CBS News she was rushed to hospital in an ambulance showing symptoms of Covid-19. “I couldn't breathe. I just - all of a sudden my lungs just didn't work anymore, "she said, describing it as" hitting a wall ". Now she wants the vaccine.
According to the CDC , people who have had Covid-19 can still be vaccinated, but some may have to wait 90 days depending on the treatment they received.
Johnson is now urging others not to wait. "I would say fto vaccinate, to try your luck, it can't hurt, all it can do is alleviate some of the symptoms, even if that doesn't prevent you from having it - it will at least help you to overcome them " she said.
With infections, hospitalizations and deaths on the rise Joe Biden again urges unvaccinated Americans taking the "extremely important step " of getting the vaccine, when he spoke to CNN 's town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
The White House is debating whether to ask vaccinated Americans to wear masks again, especially in areas where the Delta variant is booming.Meanwhile, the CDC is considering updating its masking guidelines.
The Delta variant would spread two to three times faster than the original version of the virus.
Researchers from the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the variant grows faster in the respiratory tract of people and becomes infectious more quickly.
Recent virus outbreaks in the United States are convincing even those who have played down the impact of the pandemic to promote vaccinations.
Fox News is belatedly embarking on the adventure of convincing people to get vaccinated.
LaCable news station aired a blic service announcement on Wednesday to encourage viewers to get vaccinated. "America, we are in the same boat ", Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said in the announcement, while host Harris Faulkner said: "If you will. can, get vaccinated "before a screenshot of the CDC website appears.
Less than an hour after the public service announcement aired on Wednesday, and while the president was on live television begging people to get vaccinated, Fox News host Tucker Carlson hinted that the decision Fox's promotion of vaccines was bad, although he actually lambasted CNN.
Carlson said, "As a channel, CNN does should not have a position as to whether you should take medication or not, as this is an info channelrmation, this is not a health agency ”.
He later added, cryptically: "Why does a news channel do this?" Any news channel. Many of them are. "