US ration healthcare, global cases rebound


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Western US states continue to be hit hard by the Delta COVID variant, with large hospitals starting to ration the services they provide as patients infected with the virus occupy multiple floors and soldiers are brought to support the staff.

In Idaho, public health officials have announced statewide rationing of healthcare services, with only emergency treatment available. Similar measures are in place in individual hospital areas in Alaska and Montana. Across the world, South Korea is grappling with a massive wave of COVID, China has vaccinated more than a billion of its citizens, and several European countries are introducing COVID passes.

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Man left with $ 80,000 hospital bill after COVID treatment

Jim Sweeney spent over 130 days in the hospital and ended up with the astronomical bill – despite having medical insurance.

The 63-year-old, from Nevada, tested positive for COVID-19 last November and was admitted to St. Rose’s Dominican Hospital, Siena campus in Henderson, before being promptly transferred to intensive care and placed on a ventilator, according to a fundraiser started by her son, Scott Sweeney. Jim Sweeney was on a ventilator until mid-February and remained in hospital and in a rehabilitation center until April.

His son claims that even though the hospital in which he was treated was covered by the insurance plan, the doctors he was treated by were not in the network, although he had no choice from who to see it.

WHOLE STORY : Man with insurance left with $ 80,000 hospital bill after COVID battle

FDA experts to decide on Pfizer booster injections

Scientists inside and outside government have been divided in recent days over the need for reminders and who should get them, and the World Health Organization has strongly opposed what rich countries distribute a third round of vaccines when the poorest countries do not have enough vaccine. for their first.

The panel, made up of outside experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration, will debate research that suggests that immunity levels in those who have been vaccinated decline over time and that boosters may reverse this trend.

They are due to vote on this question on Friday: Does the evidence show that a Pfizer recall would be safe and effective for people 16 and older? In the event of a yes vote, the FDA should quickly approve the boosters for Pfizer’s shot.

India vaccinates record number to mark Prime Minister’s birthday

More than 20 million doses of the COVID vaccine were administered today as part of a massive vaccination campaign to coincide with Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday.

India has been struggling with the rollout since the country was hit by waves of COVID variants – particularly Delta – earlier this year.

But now, more than half of those eligible have received at least one dose and 20% are fully vaccinated.

Sarah Palin is not vaccinated because she is a “white, common sense conservative”

The former vice-presidential candidate revealed on Thursday that she had not been vaccinated against the virus and highlighted the immunity gained from previously having the disease.

Palin, who was the Republican Governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, appeared on Fox News’ Gutfeld! and discussed his immunization status during a conversation with CNN host Don Lemon, who said it was time to “start shaming” unvaccinated people.

One, because the waitress never came back to ask me if I’m ready for this. But two, because I believe in the science and the falconry of the time was, if you had COVID – I had COVID – well, Mother Nature was creating immunity.

Frenchman fined 10,000 euros for representing Emmanuel Macron as Hitler

Michel-Ange Flori, 62, was found guilty of “insulting” the French president during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions in the country in July.

He was fined the equivalent of $ 12,000 and said he showed “an obvious will to do harm” by showing Macron in a Nazi uniform.

France officially abolished “insulting the president” laws in 2013, but the head of state is still protected from “insults”, although cases are rarely tried.

In case you missed it – key Friday morning moments

WHO boss warns of health ‘brain drain’ in Lebanon amid COVID

Seeking to highlight the “serious situation” in the country, which is facing a viral crisis.

Health workers leave, nurses leave, doctors leave. This is very serious.

Dr Tedros warned patients are not getting the drugs they need, with medical professionals forced to search pharmacies for leftover supplies.

There is a shortage of drugs – even the doctors we saw couldn’t get the drugs in town.

WHO chiefs hold press conference amid warnings over vaccination rates

Only 21 intensive care beds left in Columbus, Ohio

The critical situation is forcing hospital leaders to sound the alarm again over the surge in COVID-19 infections as units in the Columbus area reach “critical capacity”.

Emergency care centers are also overwhelmed and hundreds of patients wait in emergency departments for beds to open before they can be admitted, wrote Lorraine Lutton, CEO of Mount Carmel, Dr Steve Markovich, CEO of Mount Carmel. OhioHealth, Tim Robinson, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Dr. Andrew Thomas, Clinical Director of Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.

In Franklin County alone, only 10 of 562 intensive care beds were available yesterday and 11 of the county’s 2,276 general practice or surgical beds were open, said Jeff Klingler, president and CEO of Central Ohio Hospital. Council.

These figures are really sobering. They are unlike anything I have ever seen before.

COVID passes through Wales from October

Residents of Wales will need to present a Covid-19 pass to confirm their vaccine status, or a negative test, to enter nightclubs and attend big events, the Welsh government has just announced.

It comes as neighboring England has abandoned plans to implement the same ‘passport to vaccines’ program despite infection rates remaining high across the UK.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has previously said this is something the government is seriously considering for big events, but added that there were “a lot of practical and ethical issues to think about”.

Floridian, 24, encourages people to get vaccinated after emergency surgery

In March, Blake Bargatze contracted COVID after attending a concert in his home state of Florida, he told Maryland-based WBAL-TV news channel. He was not vaccinated and although he was wearing a mask, he had not anticipated the large crowds.

There were too many [people] and I got really hot, so I took [my mask] off, which probably wasn’t the wisest decision on my part. I had a really big headache and body aches and after that I started having a really high fever – went from 102 to 103 and up to 104 [degrees].

He was admitted to hospital on April 10, where he was intubated. His mother, Cheryl Nuclo, then had him airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta, where she lived. Doctors told him that his prognosis was not good.

WHOLE STORY : Double lung transplant option or death after severe COVID diagnosis at age 24

Long COVID rarely lasts beyond 12 weeks in children and teens – new research

The results of a new study from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Australia suggest that the debilitating disease, which makes people have trouble breathing, is of less concern in younger people than in adults.

The review found that existing studies of Long COVID in children and adolescents have major limitations, with some showing no difference in symptoms between those who have been infected with the virus and those who have not.

New Zealand extends Australia travel restrictions until November

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pursuing her government’s zero COVID strategy by further suspending non-quarantine travel.

15 new cases were announced yesterday – much lower than most days last month but still too high for the government to ease restrictions.

“We have made great strides in containing our current outbreak and are working hard to ease restrictions next week. Reopening quarantine-free travel with Australia at this point could put those gains at risk,” the Minister said. COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins, in a statement. .

‘An exceptionally difficult time’: Scottish hospitals and care homes face COVID outbreak

These are exceptionally difficult times for # nursing homes in Scotland. We have the greatest number of #Covid epidemics since February and unfortunately the highest number of deaths since March. Please do all you can to support the residents and workforce of your local nursing home.

– Donald Macaskill (@DrDMacaskill) September 17, 2021

10 states facing rationing of healthcare in the coming weeks

Intensive care unit beds are filling between 90 and 100% of their capacity in some places and many hospitals are forced to consider adopting ‘standards of care in crisis’, seen as a system of last resort. to prioritize patients most likely to survive a disaster and to ration shrinking hospital resources.

Idaho is so far the only state to adopt statewide “crisis standards of care” – but Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Arkansas all have 10% or less of their critical care beds available.

READ MORE: Hospitals in 10 states are at or near crisis levels since Delta variant increase

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Several US states are moving to ration healthcare starting next week as the number of COVID patients exceeds their capacity to provide other services. Elsewhere, thousands of military personnel across the country are now assisting hospital staff.

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