If this virus was a visible enemy we would be at war with it, and we would be armed with vaccines to fight it. Instead we have the apathy of millions of adults, who refuse to be vaccinated, and they are crushing our healthcare system.
In just a month’s time from my last column; the situation has gotten worse. The number of people with COVID in the U.S. has skyrocketed. In one January day America had 1.35 million patients with COVID (more than any other nation during all of the pandemic). Out of those millions of people with COVID, the hospitals have seen an 83% increase in hospitalizations.
The situation has gotten so extreme with the unvaccinated population that even some of the top scientists are giving up. People assume that these scientists now think COVID does not require the strict guidelines as we originally thought; this is not accurate. It means we are at a point where, sadly, these scientists are surrendering to the fact that people will have to die or get very sick. Is that really the choice we want to make when we have other options that work?
If this is the path we choose as a nation – let people die and get sick, instead of wearing a mask and getting vaccinated, we still have other consequences to face. Due to the trauma of two years of COVID and the added disregard for hospital staff, we have pushed droves of healthcare workers out of the hospitals. If we continue to shun our healthcare system by refusing to follow guidelines and then expect our healthcare workers to take care of us (the numbers are massive) when we get COVID, the system will collapse. Why?
Charlotte Michos is a clinical nurse specialist who values personal-centered care and serves as a Healthcare Consultant in helping others make informed decisions. For more information, email her or call (845) 548-5980.
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