Pulmonologist Dr.Ijlal Babar has warned about the plight of health systems and providers in Mississippi.
“I would like the country to know that we are stretched to the breaking point, that we need help,” said Babar, director of critical care for Sing to Salute Fiume in Mississippi.
“We are stretched so far, our ICU beds are full. We will be boarding a significant number of patients in ER.”
In Mississippi many schools have already been forced to move to distance learning while Covid homes and hospitals are growing across the state. According to data from Johns Hopkins, median daily visits have increased by 45% over the last week, while hospitalizations have grown by 40% over the same period of time, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. State officials have asked the Biden administration send a military hospital ship to take pressure the overvalued health care system.
Babar told “The News with Shepard Smith” that he sees more younger patients compared to the growth of cases last year.
“The average age is under 50, their lungs are sicker or sicker than they were in previous surgeries,” 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 people in Mississippi are fully vaccinated, the second lowest percentage in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Babar said he advises patients to get vaccinated, but that he has received a return.
“One patient, a very young patient, told me she would rather die than get the vaccination, so that’s what we see.”
Babar added that of the few patients with Covid he saw who were vaccinated, “no one needs to be on a ventilator, and almost everyone is discharged.”