The United States records the highest level of hospitalizations for Covid in 8 months

Onda de casos da Covid-19 preocupam autoridades dos EUA

The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 has more than doubled in the past month. Over the past week, more than 500 people with Covid have been hospitalized every hour on average, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

(Reuters) – The number of Covid-19 patients in US hospitals rose from 100,000 on Thursday, the highest level in eight months, according to the health ministry, as the resurgence of Covid-19 cases led by the highly contagious variant Delta puts pressure on the country. health care system.

The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 has more than doubled in the past month. Over the past week, more than 500 people with Covid have been hospitalized every hour on average, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The United States reached its historic peak in hospital admissions on January 6, when there were 132,051 coronavirus patients in hospital beds, according to a Reuters tally.

In early 2021, as the vaccination campaign expanded rapidly, the number of hospitalizations declined, reaching its lowest level for the year on June 28 at 13,843.

But hospital admissions of Covid-19 suddenly increased in July, when the delta type became the dominant strain. The American South has been the epicenter of the recent outbreak, but hospitalizations are on the rise across the country.

Florida has the largest number of hospitalized coronavirus patients, followed by Texas and California, according to Department of Health data, and more than 95% of ICU beds in Alabama, Florida and Georgia are currently occupied.

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The delta variant, which is spreading rapidly mostly among the unvaccinated population, is also sending a record number of children to hospitals: There are currently more than 2,000 confirmed and suspected cases in children’s hospitals for Covid-19, according to the Department of Health.

California, Florida and Texas account for about 32% of all confirmed and suspected pediatric hospital admissions for Covid-19 in the country.

Currently, children account for about 2.3% of national hospitalizations for Covid-19 – and those under the age of 12 are not allowed to receive the vaccines.

The state is preparing to obtain a permit for vaccinations for young children through fall with Pfizer’s own immunization agent.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said this week that the nation could have Covid-19 under control by early next year if vaccination speeds up.

The United States has given at least one dose of the vaccine to about 61 percent of its population, according to the CDC.

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