“I would like the country to know that we are running out of steam, that we need help,” said Babar, director of intensive care at Singing River Health in Mississippi.
“We are currently at full capacity, our intensive care beds are full, we have to take care of a large number of emergency patients. “
In Mississippi, several schools have already been forced to switch to distance learning as Covid cases and hospitalizations increase statewide. Average daily cases have increased 45% over the past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins, while hospitalizations have increased 40% during the same period, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. State officials have called on the Biden administration to send a military hospital ship to alleviate the overwhelmed health care system.
Babar told “The News with Shepard Smith” that he is seeing more younger patients than the increase in the number of cases last year.
“The average age is under 50, their lungs are as sick or sicker than they were in previous outbreaks,” Babar said. “So last year we saw people’s kidneys and livers collapse and we don’t see it this time, but the lungs are terrible. “
35.4% of Mississippi residents are fully vaccinated, the second lowest rate in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Babar said he was advising patients to get vaccinated, but was rejected.
“One patient, a very young patient, told me that she would rather die than be vaccinated, so that’s what we see. ”
Babar added that among the few Covid patients he saw who got vaccinated, “no one needed to be on a ventilator, and almost everyone is released from the hospital.”