President Biden made a personal call to the crowded Pennsylvania hospital on behalf of a friend’s ailing wife

President Joe Biden approached a Pennsylvania hospital emergency room to ask about the wait time for a friend’s wife to receive care for apparent symptoms of COVID-19, he said Thursday during a speech urging vaccination. in Illinois.

Biden was at the Clayco construction site in Elk Grove yesterday to push for more Americans to get vaccinated before winter. Last year, the holiday season brought an increase in hospitalizations and deaths before the wide availability of vaccines.

During his speaks, Biden spoke about the stresses facing hospitals in the US and mentioned his experience making a phone call to an unnamed Pennsylvania hospital. His friend’s wife had gone to the emergency room with worsening symptoms, but was having trouble getting a room.

“She was having trouble breathing, she had a high fever and she really couldn’t catch her breath. And they took her to the hospital, but the waiting room was so crowded, things were so jammed that they couldn’t even get her to turn around.” seen initially, “Biden said.

Concerned for the woman’s well-being, Biden picked up the phone.

“I called the front desk, the receiving nurse, and asked her what the situation was and if there was anyone even, and by the way, I wasn’t complaining, because they’re kicking them out, by the way,” Biden said. “Doctors and nurses, some of them are just … drying off. I mean it. They are kicking them like hell, sometimes physically. And to make a long story short, it took a while because all, not all, the vast majority of emergency rooms and doctors were busy caring for COVID patients. “

Biden did not say whether his efforts accelerated health care for women, but said the experience is shared by many Americans.

“I bet each of you can name someone who was sent to the hospital with something other than COVID and couldn’t fix it. How many people do you know, I know, who have had to postpone elective surgery – surgery that needs to be done – but Couldn’t they get a room at the hospital? ”Biden said.

The president’s speech addressed the federal government’s new vaccine mandates, which will require a large portion of the American workforce to be vaccinated. They come in addition to private organizations that have independently required employees to be vaccinated. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is developing the details and requirements of the federal mandate.

As of Thursday, 56% of the US population is fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases have been trending down after a sudden summer surge driven by the delta variant.

Daily Cases of COVID-19 in the US fell below 100,000 this week for the first time since early August, falling from a recent peak of 172,500 average daily cases on September 13.

Hospitalizations and deaths have also decreased in the last month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that about 69,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, up from about 104,000 on Sept. 1.

The nation’s average daily deaths, which stood at around 1,680 over the past week, has dropped sharply from an average of around 2,050 deaths per day as recent as the week of September 22.

The pandemic has seen peaks and valleys before, but the combination of the delta variant and widespread vaccination has made the current state of the country, and what lies ahead, more difficult to measure.

The declining case count is a positive sign, but infection rates are still higher now than they were at this time last year, before winter’s deadly spike. Even in June, before the delta variant accelerated transmission, the US had averaged just 11,400 new cases per day.

After last year’s holiday season, daily new cases jumped to about 250,000 per day in early January 2021, and deaths in the US peaked at around 3,400 per day.

How well the country does this winter will depend on several factors. The most favorable is that 84% of people over 65 are now fully vaccinated and 95% have received at least one dose, greatly reducing the chance of serious infections and death among the most vulnerable group of Americans. .

exist reasons for both optimism and pessimism In the months to come, much will depend on whether unvaccinated Americans choose to get vaccinated and how much involvement there will be among parents in vaccinating children under 12 once they are eligible, which is expected soon. Furthermore, the possibility of a new variant emerging remains a constant threat.

Biden said he believes the situation is improving, but that the nation’s best strategy remains vaccination. He defended the federal mandate in the works and highlighted that the evidence from public and private organizations shows that the vaccine requirements work.

“Reports show that vaccination requirements have broad public support,” Biden said. “Yes, some object, and some object very strongly, and some are making a political statement on this issue. But a strong bipartisan majority of Americans support vaccines. They know it is not about politics. It is about life and death.”

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