You’ve done everything right when dealing with COVID. When it was time to isolate, you took care of things without complaining. You are wearing your mask, getting vaccinated, and eating right.
Despite all those efforts, the Delta variant caused a higher 7-day COVID average in 2021 than we experienced during the summer peak in 2020.
Figures Topped 72,790 Cases Per Day in August 2021
At the height of the 2020 pandemic months, the United States averaged about 69,000 new cases per day. In 2021, that number rose to almost 73,000 cases.
Although the daily average quickly dropped from 72,790 to 68,326 in the rolling average, the peak number shows how problematic the Delta variant is for the unvaccinated population.
Johns Hopkins disagrees with the data, showing that the seven-day average rose to nearly 80,000 in August.
What is even more remarkable about the numbers is that Texas and Florida were responsible for one-third of the new cases.
High Case Numbers Create Few Open ICU Beds
The United States has about 80,000 staffed ICU beds in hospitals around the country. Although the spikes in COVID cases have caused local or regional shortages, the overall availability has remained relatively consistent since August 2020.
The majority of ICU beds are occupied by non-COVID patients.
Although a spike in January 2021 and another in September altered the ratio, the national availability was still viable.
What does that mean for someone who is sick? They’ll need to go elsewhere if every ICU bed is occupied. In a life-threatening situation, there might not be time to get that individual care.
That’s why it is up to all of us to do our part to stay safe and healthy.