Omicron cases in the United States threaten to collapse health care systems

The increase in cases due to the Omicron variant is endangering lives. In the United States, the new variant is causing fear. Hospitals a...

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  • The increase in cases due to the Omicron variant is endangering lives.
  • In the United States, the new variant is causing fear.
  • Hospitals are running out of supplies and staff.

OMICRON BECOMING US TERROR. Almost two years after the start of the pandemic, the appearance of the new Omicron variant has generated fear among Americans. This is primarily due to the fact that it is even more contagious than the past variants. For this reason, given the increase in positive cases, authorities fear the worst.

In various cities and states across the country, health care providers are beginning to have serious problems with cases of COVID-19. One of the major difficulties they face is the shortage of available beds in hospitals. The city of New York, which is experiencing a second surge of cases is a glaring example of this.

FEAR IN THE UNITED STATES

THE FEAR OF THE UNITED STATES
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After spread of the virus had settled down for a period of time when people began getting vaccinated, another wave of infections has taken hold in various parts of the country. The new variant, known as Omicron, has caused more havoc than expected across the nation. Hospitals are running out of supplies and staff which is making it difficult for them to treat the influx of new patients.

Kansas is a clear example of the madness that is happening around the country, where ambulances are being turned away from hospitals because they are full. In New York, a shortage of employees has caused delays in garbage and subway services. They are also experiencing a shortage of firefighters and emergency workers, according to the AP. It’s not only hospitals, basic services have also been affected.

What is happening?

Increase in Ómicron cases January: What is happening?
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Since December, there have been an unusually large number of flights canceled due to lack of personnel and everything seems to indicate that the situation isn’t getting better. Airport officials have closed security checkpoints at Phoenix’s largest terminal and schools across the country are scrambling to find teachers for their classrooms, the AP noted.

The appearance of Omicron in the United States is causing a collapse of basic functions and services. It’s the latest illustration of how COVID-19 continues to change lives more than two years after the pandemic started, reports The Associated Press. For this reason, measures to combat the virus have become a constant fight every day. Filed Under: Increase Omicron Cases January

Will the events of 2020 be repeated?

Increase in cases Ómicron January: Do the events of 2020 repeat themselves?
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Tom Cotter, director of emergency response and preparedness at the nonprofit organization, global health Project HOPE explained in an interview that the appearance of Omicron and the interruptions it has caused in various aspects of normal life, are reminiscent of the beginning of the pandemic. Most nations began feeling the initial effects of Covid in March 2020. So far, the best way to combat the spread of the virus is by getting vaccinated and consistently wearing masks.

“I think this really reminds everyone of when COVID-19 first appeared and there were huge disruptions in all aspects of our normal lives,” said Tom Cotter. Filed Under: Increase Omicron Cases January

Could Deaths Be Prevented?

Omicron January Cases Rise: Could Deaths Be Prevented?
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The director of emergency response and preparedness for PROJECT HOPE, stated that getting everyone vaccinated is the only way he believes it’s possible to avoid further increases in Covid due to the Omicron variant. When the majority of citizens get vaccinated and comply with other health measures, then that cases may begin to drop considerably.

“And the unfortunate reality is that there is no way to predict what will happen next until we increase our vaccination numbers, globally,” Tom Cotter told The Associated Press. The fear of the Omicron variant and the increase in cases have leaders around the world on high alert. They are encouraging their citizens to get vaccinated and get the booster shot as soon as possible. Filed Under: Increase Omicron Cases January

A Worrying Situation for Kansas?

Omicron January Cases Rise: A Worrying Situation for Kansas?
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In recent weeks, the state of Kansas has been overcome by a frightening wave of infections. This has led to  first responders having to do double shifts to reach all the residents who need them. Johnson County is one of the most affected areas and, without a doubt, reflects alarming numbers of infections every day.

Ambulances have often been forced to change course when the hospitals they are heading to tell them they are too overwhelmed to take new patients. When ambulances arrive at hospitals, some of their emergency patients end up in waiting rooms because there are no beds, AP reported. This is one of the many problems that have popped up in the country. Filed Under: Increase Omicron Cases January

“No hospitals available”

"No hospitals available"
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One of the most frightening things to consider is that the number of patients with COVID-19 in Kansas has increased worryingly for the hospitals that have been fighting the virus. This situation has caused more than 900 employees to become infected so hospitals don’t have enough personnel to treat patients.

The number of COVID-19 patients at the University of Kansas Hospital increased from 40 on December 1 to 139 on Friday. At the same time, more than 900 employees have become ill with COVID-19 or are awaiting test results – 7% of the hospital’s 13,500-person workforce, the AP noted.

Does Omicron spread more easily?

Easier to spread?
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While in mid-2021, the appearance of the Delta variant caused fear but wasn’t completely overwhelming. This new variant has managed to scare health authorities worldwide. The Omicron variant spreads even more easily than other coronavirus strains and has already become dominant in many countries. It also more easily infects those who have been vaccinated or previously infected by earlier versions of the virus, the AP noted.

However, early studies show that Omicron is less likely to cause serious illness than the earlier Delta variant, and vaccines and booster doses still offer strong protection against serious illness, hospitalizations and death, The Associated Press noted. For that reason, the booster shot is important for those who have both doses of the vaccine.

A danger to New York?

A danger to New York?
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Most of the states in the country have reported situations similar to that of Kansas and are announcing they lack the personnel to care for COVID-19 patients in their hospitals. New York City is one of the places that is the most concerning because it is a tourist spot and still continues to receive millions of foreign tourists.

But, tourists are not the only problem for New York. Officials have had to delay or reduce garbage and subway services due to a virus-fueled staff shortages. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that about a fifth of their train operators and bus drivers (1,300 people) have been absent in recent days, AP noted.

Are schools having problems?

Do they register problems in schools?
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The lack of personnel, vaccines, hospital beds and basic services are not the only problems in the United States. For example, in Chicago, a tense standoff between the school district and the teachers union over remote learning and COVID-19 safety protocols has led classes to be canceled for the past three days, the AP reported.

Chicago is not the only place with problems in its schools. In Hawaii, 1,600 teachers and staff were absent Wednesday due to illness, vacations or prearranged absences. The state teachers union criticized education officials for not preparing better, The Associated Press reported.

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