Aimee Matzen, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one of the US states most affected by the Coronavirus in the last month, described to CNN how complicated it is to live with the infection: “The fact that I am here now makes me furious with me. itself. It is because I have not been vaccinated ”. However, she specifies: “I’m not against the vaccine, I just haven’t been able to do it yet.”
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Sitting in her hospital room in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aimee Matzen struggles to breathe as she describes how exhausting it is to have Covid-19. “The fact that I’m here now makes me furious with myself. It’s because I haven’t been vaccinated,” she told CNN with obvious difficulty in breathing. Matzen, 44, finds himself in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at ‘Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’ in Baton Rouge. With the increase in Covid-19 cases across the US, Louisiana is among those most affected by the most recent increase in infected, largely driven by the Delta variant.
“Too many” unvaccinated people in the US
“It’s a kick in the stomach because we feel like we’ve actually lost six or seven months of progress,” Louisiana State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. Kanter attributed the new wave to a “perfect storm” of factors, including the Delta variant, which is believed to be more transmissible, and “unacceptably low vaccination coverage.” The vaccination rate in Louisiana is among the lowest in the country, with only 37 percent of residents fully inoculated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s largest healthcare system, Ochsner Health, has seen a 700% increase in Covid-19 patients in the past month and a 75% growth in the past week, officials explained at a press conference on Wednesday.
“If I had had the vaccine you are now at home”
The vast majority of those patients – 88 percent, according to Ochsner Health CEO Warner Thomas – are not vaccinated. “Unvaccinated people are absolutely disproportionately affected,” said Thomas. Matzen added on CNN that she is not averse to getting the vaccine: she simply failed to do so. Whenever she planned to be inoculated, “something came out,” she said. “I have this feeling… if I had been vaccinated, I would not have been hospitalized,” Matzen said.
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