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The Unvaccinated Pandemic

It is the unvaccinated who are ending up in the hospital and dying.

The latest growth spurt in COVID-19 cases and deaths is coming from regions of the United States that have a relatively low vaccination rate. In the last two weeks nationally, the “new case” rate has jumped 135 percent and deaths have jumped 27 percent.

The age group getting sick and going to the hospitals has also dropped considerably since a higher proportion of older people have chosen to get vaccinated.

Those who end up in the hospital sometimes have regrets about not being vaccinated and avoiding being vaccinated, and still others refuse to believe that a vaccination could have helped them.

Puzzling to me are the health-care workers who refuse to be vaccinated. I read where one thought the vaccine development was rushed. Has she read about how long RNA vaccines have been in development and why a COVID-19 vaccine became available so soon? Likely not.

The Holdemans are still being very careful. When shopping, we wear masks. We have dined indoors only once. We are still not attending church for a number of reasons — singing for one, as well as the higher case rate for the county we live in.

And then there is the delta variant. While I might not end up in the hospital or be dead, I still don’t want to catch the virus if I can help it.

On the illness side, there are symptoms that persist in a variety of forms for those people who fell ill and have recovered. It is called long-haul COVID-19.

The other long haul COVID-19 we need to concern ourselves with is the duration of the pandemic, which is being prolonged by misguided people who refuse to be vaccinated.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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