On December 30, 2021, soldiers transport patients at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday that he will have six teams of military medical personnel in overwhelming hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Michigan and New Mexico, according to White House officials.
As the number of patients infected with highly contagious mutants surges, nurses and other healthcare professionals call for illness from Omicron, and hospitals are working on staff shortages, so deployment begins.
Hospitalization with Covid-19 is higher than last winter’s peak before the vaccine was widely distributed. As of Wednesday, more than 152,000 people in the United States were hospitalized in Covid, an increase of 18% from last week, according to data tracked by the Department of Health and Human Services.
According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the United States reported nearly 900,000 new infections on Wednesday, resulting in an average of more than 786,000 new cases per day over a seven-day period. ..
According to HHS data, an average of over 1,000 hospitals nationwide are currently reporting significant staff shortages. However, as of Wednesday, many hospitals have not reported status and may be underestimated.
Dr. Gillian Schmitz, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said the burden on frontline workers was worse than at any other time in the pandemic.
“Many places across the country have come to the point where even backup staff are sick,” Schmitz told CNBC Wednesday. “Currently, I feel a surge in this incident, where the entire country is affecting staffing.”
Biden announced plans to deploy 1,000 military health workers to assist the hospital in December as Omicron was rapidly overtaking the Delta type. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also provides additional hospital bends and dispatches ambulances and EMS teams to assist in the transportation of patients.
“That’s not enough,” Schmitz told CNBC on Wednesday. “We all know that we are trying to help as much as we can, but we have limited resources within the structure of the country.”
Epidemiologists warn that the magnitude of Omicron infections can still overwhelm hospitals in patients, even if the variants are generally less severe than Delta.
In this week’s study, infectious disease experts found that patients with Omicron in Southern California, Kaiser Permanente, were 74% less likely to require intensive treatment than those who caught the delta variant, and died of the virus. We have found that it is 91% less likely to do so. Studies have shown that none of the Omicron patients required a ventilator.
Studies show that the overall risk of hospitalization was 52% lower in Omicron patients compared to those who had Delta. The length of hospital stay for Omicron patients was also about 3 days shorter than that for Delta patients.
Kaiser Permanente Southern California provides care to more than 4.7 million people. This study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, analyzed more than 52,000 cases of Omicron and nearly 17,000 cases of Delta.
Doctors and nurses have been warning about staff shortages for months. In September, the American Nurses Association called on the Biden administration to declare the shortage of nurses a national crisis.
“Nurses are tired and frustrated because the country’s health care delivery system is overwhelming and this lasting pandemic is endless,” said ANA President Ernest Grant at the time. rice field. “Nurses alone can’t solve this long-standing problem, and it’s not our burden to carry it,” Grant said.
Dr. Janet Woodcock, Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs, told lawmakers Tuesday that hospitals and other important services should not collapse when people complain of illness.
“It’s hard to handle what’s really happening right now. Most people will get infected with Covid,” Woodcock testified in front of the Senate Health Commission on Tuesday. “What we have to do is keep the hospital functioning and uninterrupted transportation and other important services.”
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