This yr, I spent New Yr’s Eve within the Emergency Room.
Extra precisely, within the ER car parking zone behind the hospital — Covid protocols solely enable the affected person searching for care into the ER (not household). Safety very politely escorted me outdoors to impatiently await an replace.
My spouse was on antibiotics for an an infection for a couple of days, however because of her prior antibiotic regime (Lyme) this bug was resistant. Her ache had elevated all week to the purpose that by New Yr’s Eve it was insufferable, and so off we went to a non-trauma hospital ER.
That turned out to be a fortuitous selection. The hospitals round us had been filling up with Covid sufferers. Regardless of 80.6% of New Yorkers being totally vaccinated, the state’s 24-hour positivity charge that day was 22.24%. Estimates of Omicron’s regional prevalence are working between 92-99%. It appears to evade prior vaccinations (however with far milder outcomes). It’s sending extra kids to the hospital. We heard plenty of tales of different main hospitals the place there have been no beds accessible.
She was certainly one of two sufferers within the ER (Northwell continues to impress as a non-public hospital). She was taken care of shortly and effectively, regardless of the NYE/Covid circumstances.
With an IV bag of antibiotics and painkillers dripping into her arm, she texted me “Completely satisfied New Yr” from her hospital mattress. I appeared on the dashboard clock of her automotive, snapped a pic + texted it again to her. About 2 hours later they launched her, and we went dwelling to crash.
Omicron presents the starkest warning but about mutations. The excellent news is individuals who catch it are at a 70% decrease danger of extreme sickness in comparison with Delta. The dangerous information is it’s wildly virulent, at the very least 4X Delta’s an infection charge; Prior Covid-19 infections present little in the way in which of safety; these recovering unvaxxed are 10X extra possible to catch Omicron than prior variants.
Unvaccinated individuals all over the world have change into mutation factories. Its real-time evolution of an aggressive, iterative adaption by way of countless variations. Virii don’t require intelligence; they don’t seem to be purposeful; like all infectious pathogens, the replicate course of is strictly an adaptive evolutionary health take a look at. Because of this the anti-Vaxx crowd is so pernicious — they’re serving to to create situations resulting in future variants — and these will not be as survivable as Omicron has been.
Perhaps we dodged a bullet. In lots of elements of the nation, not solely is elective surgical procedure getting canceled, however emergency medical care is turning into unavailable. We had been fortunate to search out an ER that would take us (all the time good to keep away from sepsis shock). Others haven’t been as lucky. There have been too many information tales of individuals getting turned away from ERs to die at dwelling from treatable situations. Hospitalizations as a result of Omicron are working 95%+ unvaccinated throughout the nation. Manufactured ignorance is resulting in horrible medical outcomes for individuals who have chosen to stay in danger, and for all the medical system straining beneath avoidable hospitalizations. My spouse is okay. She ran her course of remedy and totally recovered. Others will not be so lucky.
In the event you select to stay unvaccinated you not solely danger your personal well being, however you set others at grave danger as properly.
If we’re fortunate, Omicron will spike mid-January, and quickly burn itself out. (To repeat: If we’re fortunate). However this will not defend us from future variants, a few of which is likely to be much more harmful.
This isn’t how we wished to ring within the new yr.
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