In the last thirty days, there appears to be rising COVID numbers throughout the US and globally. On July 29, the Japanese officials sounded the alarm as Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases since the Olympics.

Google and Facebook told their US employees to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated soon after both The Washington Post and Morgan Stanley reported. Goldman Sachs is simply saying, “Let us know if you have been vaccinated.” When it comes to the airlines, Delta and United and airlines are adding the vaccine mandate to their new employee onboarding. If you are wondering if employers can legally require employees to get vaccinated, yes, they can. Here’s a URL: 

The Biden administration is planning to announce a vaccine requirement for about 2 million federal employees. 

Why are we at this point after seventeen months of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic? Why aren’t people getting vaccinated?

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner stated, “If you are not vaccinated right now in the United States, you should not go into a bar; you should probably not eat at a restaurant. You are at great risk of becoming infected.” 

Is this real? 

World-renowned St. Jude children’s hospital tells employees: Get vaccinated or get fired. 

On Monday, nearly 60 medical groups issued a joint statement, including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, urging every health facility to require workers to get vaccinated.

What do they know that we do not know? 

If they are not getting the vaccine, how can we encourage the general public to get vaccinated?

Other questions being asked include, “As long as people are not getting vaccinated, does it make a difference if those of us who are vaccinated get a booster? Until others get vaccinated, won’t we remain in a cycle?”

The vaccines are good for up to six months. Many of us are reaching our sixth month. Now what? Especially if there is not a vaccine booster available?

Gail gets the answers, but before she does, Gail begins with sharing the latest CDC stats, which says, “More than 97% of Americans currently being hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, according to the CDC.” 

Also, from the White House, “The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases, the White House confirmed on Monday.” 

Dr. Anthony Fauci said over the weekend that the CDC is actively considering changing mask guidance as cases of the Delta variant continue to soar in the U.S., which were introduced on Wednesday. Establishments such as Macy’s department store have new signage on the windows now recommending masks.

In this special COVID podcast, Gail speaks with Jackiethia Butsh, a licensed community health worker and a community paramedic working for The Ohio State University Medical Wexner Center in the department of population health. She proudly coordinates the OSU community partner program.

Gail also speaks with Nicholas E. Kman, MD, FACEP a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC).  Dr. Kman’s clinical interest is in Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness. He serves as one of the Medical Managers for Ohio Task Force 1, Ohio’s FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team and has deployed to Hurricane Harvey (2017), Hurricane Dorian (2019), and Hurricane Laura (2020). Dr. Kman and the Ohio State Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) are working on a 1.8 million dollar grant to teach Mass Casualty Triage to First Responders in Virtual Reality. Most recently, he published a systematic review on the Allocation of Scarce Resources in Disasters and has worked on the Ohio Crisis Standards of Care Plan.

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