Dr. Megan Ranney, associate professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, explains how crisis standards of care are triggered in emergency medicine. The US has averaged approximately 1,926 Covid-19 fatalities per day since early March.
Injustice And Unacceptability Of Covid-19 Cases, Expert Argues
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that most Americans must be vaccinated to contain the virus. At the same time, the CDC reports that just 54% of the population is completely vaccinated.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 80 percent of ICU beds are filled, including almost 30 percent for Covid-19 patients. Ranney said that our healthcare professionals would have to watch individuals die that they could usually take care of. He further said that it is not fair to those physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and EMS professionals.
Some patients will not receive hospital beds as long as hospital systems are in crisis.
Ranney adds that patients who would otherwise be hospitalized may be sent home with loved ones who would be frightened and not fully capable of caring for them because there aren’t enough beds and nurses.
Gov. Andy Beshear stated Thursday that roughly 85% of Covid-19 fatalities were in part or unvaccinated individuals. He noted that the unvaccinated or partly vaccinated made up over 85% of Covid-19 cases and almost 90% of hospitalizations.
Fauci said recovered individuals have significant protection and do not need a vaccine for those already infected.
However, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday, the duration of that protection is unknown. He added that they are protected. Aside from that, we do not know how long the protection will last and whether it will withstand future versions.
Ranney thinks previously infected individuals should be required to be vaccinated since the level of protection offered by past infections varies, and there is no way to prove someone has recovered.
Ranney also said that for now, presenting your (vaccine) card is enough to prove immunity, Booster doses have been discussed a lot, but they are not the top priority right now, Fauci told NBC Sunday.
Jack Kingsley R.N. attends to a Covid-19 patient in the MICU at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.
On Friday, FDA advisors recommended an emergency use permit for a booster dose of Pfizer’s vaccine six months after complete immunization — but only for individuals 65 and older at high risk of severe disease.
In another statement issued by Ranney, they made that conclusion because the FDA determined that the objective of immunization is to avoid serious illness, hospitalization, and death, and we have only shown that two doses do not accomplish that.
Though Fauci believes that all Americans will ultimately need a booster dosage, he emphasized that the FDA did not mistake its recommendations. Ranney, on the other hand, agrees with their choice. He says that data will continue to flow in, and he thinks this process will evolve over the next weeks and months.