Staffing shortages are developing as hospitals across the United States deal with a record number of Covid-19 hospitalizations nearly two years after the pandemic began. As a result, healthcare workers face the risk of chronic exposure.
Experts are urging Americans to remain careful and attempt to avoid Covid-19 since the weeks ahead are expected to be difficult.
Because increases in hospitalizations tend to lag spikes in overall cases, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, warns that “the next three, four weeks are going to be hard” for the country. Already there are more than 156,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data released Sunday by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
According to Jha, who spoke on Fox Sunday on Sunday “I expect those numbers to get substantially higher. The problem is we are running out of health care workforce, we don’t have the staffing. So that is going to be a challenge for many weeks ahead.”
As hospitals across the United States deal with record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations nearly two years after the pandemic, staffing shortages are growing. Available intensive care beds are becoming increasingly scarce in some states. Experts are urging Americans to remain vigilant and avoid Covid-19 as difficult weeks lie ahead.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average daily number of new Covid-19 cases reached 750,000 for the seventh consecutive day on Sunday. During the pandemic, Americans are exposed to unprecedented levels of risk at work, school, and elsewhere. According to JHU data, the United States has had an average of 1,796 Covid-19 deaths every day for the past week.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, said on Sunday that the benefit of avoiding this spike for patients at higher risk of a severe disease means they would be better able to battle the virus as the year progresses.
“I would much rather have my reckoning with Covid after I’ve been vaccinated a number of times, after there’s orally available drugs widely accessible to treat this infection, after there’s monoclonal antibodies widely accessible to treat it, after diagnostic testing is stockpiled,” Gottlieb told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“And those realities will be truth come this fall, certainly come this summer. So I think people will be in a much better position to grapple with this next fall. I think we should remain vigilant for the next several weeks, try to avoid this infection if you can,” he said.
In a recent battle with a teachers union that voted in favor of virtual learning, Chicago Public Schools suspended classes for days before resuming in-person instruction this week after promising to enhance Covid-19 testing and issue higher-quality KN95 masks.
Experts say more instruments are available now than in the past to assist keep schools running during a pandemic. Masks are one of the most effective ways to combat the spread of Covid-19. Despite an executive order from the newly elected governor, at least two school districts in Virginia will continue to enforce the use of masks.
The Biden administration urges people to be wary of Covid-19 test frauds and is taking additional steps to increase access.
Americans will be able to order free Covid-19 testing through a federal website, covidtests.gov, starting on Wednesday.
A total of one billion tests will be available, with each home limited to four trials at first.
According to Murthy, 50 million tests have been distributed to community health centers. Additionally, consumers with private insurance can now receive up to eight tests every month.
However, due to a lack of testing in some places, scammers have taken advantage of individuals in need.
The high demand for Covid-19 testing “brings bad actors and some businesses trying to make a quick buck out from the shadows,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Wednesday.
“Be cautious about pop-up testing sites that charge out-of-pocket fees, do not display logos, do not disclose the laboratory performing the test, are not affiliated with a known organization, or that ask for sensitive information, like social security numbers, that is not necessary for insurance,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum advised.
People infected with Covid-19 can cease their quarantine after five days if they don’t have symptoms. Still, they must wear a mask for at least another five days, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current recommendations.
The optimum strategy for someone who has access to the test, according to CDC guidelines, is to utilize it towards the end of their five-day quarantine, but taking the test is not required.
However, according to a new study on the infectivity of the Omicron type, many persons are still considered contagious five days after the initial infection is identified, implying that a renal approach may be more significant.
Researchers examined 10,324 Covid-19 test results from 537 NBA players and others involved with the league and discovered 97 verified and suspected Omicron cases.
The study discovered that 52 percent of the 27 people who tested positive one or less days after a previous negative test were still infectious five days later. And, five days after the virus was identified, 39 percent of the 70 patients who tested positive two days or more after a previous negative test remained contagious.
One of the researchers, Nathan Grubaugh of the Yale School of Public Health, commented on the study’s findings, saying, “Ending isolation at day 5 should include a negative rapid antigen test, otherwise isolation needs to be extended.”