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Hospitals Take Up Unfair Practices with Covid-19

Covid-19 cases have stretched many hospitals across the US due to the emergence of the Delta variety and low vaccination rates, which one expert described as “unfair and unacceptable.” Montana’s health-care system is under strain, particularly St. Peter’s Health in Helena, which is providing emergency care. Dr. Megan Ranney, associate professor of emergency medicine and associate dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, explained how crisis standards of care are activated in emergency medicine when there are mass casualty events, such as after a mass shooting or large fire, and medical professionals must ration their care.

The US has averaged roughly 1,926 Covid-19 fatalities per day in the last week, the highest level since early March. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that the “overwhelming majority” of Americans will need to be vaccinated in order to control the virus, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that only 54% of the population is fully vaccinated. According to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of ICU beds in the country are in use, with roughly 30 percent of those occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Some patients will not be able to get hospital beds as long as hospital systems are in such a catastrophic position, according to Ranney. Others will be unable to receive treatment. Gov. Andy Beshear stated Thursday that roughly 85 percent of Covid-19 deaths in Kentucky occurred in people who were either partially or completely unvaccinated. He stated that the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated accounted for more than 87 percent of Covid-19 cases and 92 percent of hospitalizations.

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