Many hospitals in South America report a lack of oxygen supply because COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase.
The affected hospitals are in the states of Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana. According to state health officials and hospital advisers, some are at risk of having to use up their reserve supply or running out of oxygen.
According to Donna Cross, the senior director of facilities and construction for Premier – a health performance development company: “With the continuous increase in cases, there is an increased demand for oxygen supply and hospitals are unable to meet those needs.”
“Typically, an oxygen tank is 90% full and will allow suppliers to reach the remaining 30-40% recharge level in their tank, giving them a three to five day supply buffer,” he said. “What’s happening now is that hospitals are running about 10-20%, which is available for a day or two, before they can be restarted.”
Even if refilled, it would only be about 50% of the partial supply, Cross said. “This is a very critical situation.”
According to federal health officials and Johns Hopkins University data, 75 patients per 100,000 hospital residents were infected with the virus at Florida’s highest coronavirus hospital rate on Saturday.
Portable Morks for Central Florida
Furthermore, the increase in deaths from COVID-19 has led to the Federal Florida Disaster Medical Alliance, a federally funded non-profit organization that helps prepare the health system response, purchasing 14 portable mortuaries per 12 deaths.
Lynn Trawdy, director of the Executive Coalition, said the organization had promised to visit hospitals in the region to find out what their needs were.
Hospitals said the lack of capacity had given priority to more space in the morgue over the past week and delays in funeral rites to pick up the dead.
Dr. Ahmed Elhadat, an intensive care unit doctor in Florida, said Saturday that he was “tired of seeing people dying and suffering because they have not been vaccinated.”
“We see patients dying faster with this (delta) variant,” said Elhadat, who is the medical director of the ICU at Jupiter Medical Center.
“This time we see younger patients (30, 40, 50 years old), they are suffering. They are starving to death for oxygen. Unfortunately, this time they are dying fast,” he said.
The government’s leading epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fossie told CNN’s Jack Tapper that the United States could see an additional 100,000 deaths from Covit-19 by December, as predicted by a model from the University of Washington.
“What is happening now is completely predictable, but completely preventable. You know we have vaccines to prevent this,” said Fouci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Nationwide, CDC data show that as of Saturday, 52.1% of the population had been fully vaccinated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the analysis was being done The new variant of the corona virus was baptized as Mu or P.1621, It was first identified in Colombia.
In its weekly epidemiological report on the epidemic, the WHO stated that Mu, which is classified as a “variant of interest”, contains a galaxy of mutations that “indicate potential immune escape properties.”
“Preliminary data show a reduction in the neutralization potential of the virus in cured and vaccinated patients, as happened in the beta variant, but this needs to be confirmed by further studies,” he pointed out.
According to a report RT in Spanish, System rates While the variant of the virus is of “interest”, when it contains risk factors, it is resistant to infection or vaccine.. Following that, in-depth studies are carried out to determine whether they are more aggressive or contagious. If so, it is classified as a “variant of anxiety”.
High incidence in Colombia and Ecuador
Since it was first identified in Colombia, in January 2021, according to the agency, there have been occasional reports of cases of Mu variation and some major eruptions in countries in South America and Europe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that “although the global incidence of variance in the number of cases is currently less than 0.1%, its prevalence is steadily increasing in Colombia (39%) and Ecuador (13%).”
In particular, As of August 29, the variant had been detected in more than 4,500 genetic sequences from 39 countries uploaded to GISAID., SARS-CoV-2 mutation screening database.
The WHO decided to assign types of concern and interest with letters of the Greek alphabet to avoid associating viral strains with specific countries.
In this way, it has already classified four “anxiety” types – alpha, beta, gamma and delta – there are now five “interest” types – eda, lotta, kappa, lambda and mu -.
(With information from agencies)