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As patients stream into Mississippi hospitals one by one, doctors and nurses are becoming too accustomed to denial and misinformation about COVID-19 in the least-vaccinated country in the US
People who deny the severity of their illness or the virus itself, as visitors frequently attempt to enter hospitals without masks. The painful recognition look on patients’ faces when they realize they’ve made a mistake by not getting vaccinated. Constant misinformation about the coronavirus that they discuss with medical staff.
“There’s no point in making judgments in this situation. There’s no point in telling them, ‘You should have gotten vaccinated or you wouldn’t be here,'” said Dr. Risa Moriarity, executive vice president at the University of Mississippi in the Emergency Department at UMMC Medical Center. we do that. We try not to preach to them and lecture them. Some of them are so sick that they can barely talk to us.”
Mississippi’s low vaccination rate, where about 38 percent of the state’s three million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, is driving an increase in cases and hospitalizations that are confusing medical workers. Workers are angry and overwhelmed by the workload and the population has refused to adopt the vaccine.
Doctors at UMMC, the only Level 1 trauma center in all of Mississippi, care for the state’s sickest patients.
The emergency room and intensive care unit are overstretched, and almost all of them have COVID-19 patients. It’s like a “stalemate” with beds in the corridors and patients being treated in triage rooms, Moriaritti said. Paramedics are late in responding to new calls because they have to wait with patients who need care.
Moriarity said it is hard to describe in words the fatigue she and her colleagues are feeling. She said that going to work every day became stressful and heartbreaking.
“Most of us still have enough emotional reserve to be compassionate, but you leave work at the end of the day exhausted because of the effort it takes to numb that empathy to people who don’t care about themselves and the people around them,” she said.
As the virus spreads, hospital officials are pleading with residents to get vaccinated. UMMC announced in July that it would authorize its 10,000 staff and 3,000 students to vaccinate or wear an N95 mask on campus. By the end of August, leaders have revised that policy, and vaccination is the only option.
At Children’s Hospital Medical Center, emergency room nurse Anne Sinclair said she’s tired of the constant misinformation she’s hearing, that children can’t get very sick from COVID.
“I’ve seen kids dying in my unit from COVID, COVID complications, and that’s something you absolutely can’t forget,” she said.
“It’s concerning,” said Sinclair, a mother of two children aged two and five who is concerned about their safety. “I just wish people could move beyond politics and think about their families and children.”
What’s happening all over Canada
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What is happening around the world
As of Sunday, more than 220.4 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll has reached more than 4.5 million.
In the AmericasArgentina walked off the field on Sunday, just seven minutes after their World Cup qualifying match against hosts Brazil, after health officials took to the field following coronavirus concerns about three Argentine players. Antonio Barra Torres, head of Brazil’s health agency, said four Argentine players will be fined and deported for not following the country’s COVID-19 protocols.
in a Africa, 42 of the continent’s 54 countries may not reach the World Health Organization’s target of vaccinating 10 percent of their population by September due to “vaccine hoarding,” according to Dr Machidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa. Moeti noted that “only 2 percent of the more than five billion doses given globally” went to Africa.
in a EuropeGermany’s disease control agency says more than four million people have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak began. Meanwhile, Russia says the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has exceeded seven million.
in a Asia PacificAustralia has reported 1,684 new cases as authorities advance vaccinations in a bid to end lockdowns on the densely populated southeast coast. More than 15 million people in the state of Victoria, neighboring New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are under stay-at-home orders.
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