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Overwhelmed Hospitals Belie U.S. Illusion of a Defanged Pandemic

  • Contrast to U.K., where the death count didn’t soar with cases
  • ‘Underestimation of how penetrant delta could be’: one expert
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Delta Overwhelms Morgues, Hospitals as U.S. Covid Cases Soar

The fast-spreading delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It’s killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many Covid-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.

This harsh reality, likely fueled by a failure to adequately vaccinate the most vulnerable, has undercut the best efforts of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other Republican leaders to simply move past Covid.