Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S. Top 50,000 for First Time Since February

Critical care workers insert an endotracheal tube into a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

The surge of Covid-19 fueled by the Delta variant and low vaccination rates is sending the country backward in the pandemic, with hospitalizations reaching wintertime levels.

For the first time since February 27, more than 50,000 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Monday, according to new data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The 50,625 hospitalizations on the HHS dashboard is more than triple the number from one month ago, when about 16,000 patients were hospitalized.

At this point, it might not be possible to reach herd immunity, the director of the National Institutes of Health said.

“The idea that we could get actually 80% of the public completely unable to harbor this virus, maybe that’s not going to be achievable with the Delta variant,” NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said Tuesday.

“But we could still get to a place where this becomes a nuisance instead of a threat to your life.”

Full vaccination is the best way to mitigate the pandemic, Collins told CNN.

“If you are vaccinated, your likelihood of getting infected and spreading this virus is greatly reduced,” he said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Holly Yan and Madeline Holcombe

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