Coronavirus-related hospitalizations are increasing again in The United States has an increasing number of deaths due to older Americans. less than half of nursing home residents up to date COVID-19 vaccines

These warning signs indicate a tough winter for seniors. This worries an 81-year old. nursing home resident Bartley O’Hara, who said he is “vaccinated up to the eyeballs” Tracks coronavirus hospital trends and keeps them updated “zoom up” for older adults, but remain flat for younger folks.

“The sense of urgency is not universal,” said O’Hara of Washington, D.C. But “if you’re 21, you probably should worry about your granny. We’re all in this together.”

One troubling Seniors: Hospitalizations for people with COVID-19 rose More than 30% in Two weeks. Most of the increase is Dr. Rochelle Walsky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that older people and people with existing health issues are often driving. All people who test positive for any reason are included in the numbers.

Protecting seniors is what we do. “we’re doing a terrible job of that in this country,” Eric Topol, Scripps Research Translational Institute head, said:

As nursing Home leaders will intensify efforts to ensure residents and staff are given the latest vaccine version. now recommended for those 6 months and older, They face misinformation, complacency, and COVID-19 fatigue. They call on the White House to help them with an “all hands on deck” approach.

Clear messages about what the vaccine can do — and what it can’t — are needed, said Katie Smith Sloan, president of LeadingAge, which represents nonprofit nursing homes.

Breakthrough infections are not necessarily a sign that the vaccine has failed. However, it is difficult to overcome.

“We need to change our messaging to be accurate about what it does, which is prevent serious illness and hospitalization and death,” Sloan said. “This virus is insidious, and it just keeps popping up everywhere. We just need to be real about that.”

There are problems with unwarranted hesitance in prescribing the antiviral Pill Paxlovid quickly in Five major medical societies held a web-based educational session to help the elderly. “Vax & Pax: How to Keep Your Patients Safe This Winter.”

Reduced restrictions and a greater immunity in The general population and mixed message about whether there is a pandemic is The perception of danger felt by younger adults has been lessened in recent years. This may be a good thing for many, but it is not the best. into nursing homes in troubling ways.

Family consent to vaccinating nursing It is becoming more difficult for home residents to live at home. nursing Home leaders agree. Residents who are able to give their consent are refusing the shots. Only 23% nursing Home staff are current on COVID-19 vaccines.

Cissy Sanders from Austin, Texas faced multiple hurdles trying to get a booster her 73 year-old mother. is in A nursing home. There was no booster clinic. The facility told her they couldn’t find a vaccinator. So, she planned to take her mom to Walgreens later in this month.

“I’m concerned about the uptick in hospitalizations and deaths among seniors, and concerned about the lack of urgency at my mother’s nursing home in getting the residents and staff vaccinated” With the latest booster, she stated.

Potential entry points for staff and visitors include nursing homes For the virus. The best facilities employ a multilayered approach to protect residents. This includes temperature checks, screening questions, temperature checks, and masks.

“What we’ve learned during COVID is that the rate of spread is dependent on the community rate of spread,” Tina Sandri is the CEO of Forest Hills in D.C. nursing Home in the nation’s capital. “I feel safer in my building than anywhere else, including the grocery store.”

Topol reports that hospitals are experiencing an influx in senior patients. “pretty alarming.” According to statistics by the Department of Health and Human Services (NHS), the daily rate of hospitalizations for people aged 70 and over with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 rose to 12.1 per 100,000 persons on December 6, from 8.8 per 100,000. Topol reported that in California and New York, COVID-19-related hospitalizations have already outstripped those during the spring and summer micron waves.

Dr. Michael Phillips, NYU Langone Health’s chief hospital epidemiologist, said that a greater number of seniors are being admitted at his hospital with COVID-19. But the biggest increase he’s seen is in The emergency department “which is very, very busy” COVID-19 for both flu and patients

Houston Methodist pathologist, Dr. Wesley Long in Texas, said that the hospital also saw an increase. in COVID-19 admissions over the last couple of weeks — and many of the patients are seniors with other health problems. Some patients are admitted for other reasons and some test positive for COVID-19. in The hospital. The good news? “We haven’t seen an increase in ICU admissions,” He said.

The combination booster shot that targets both the original coronavirus and omicron, protects against BQ.1.1 which is one of the main omicron variants driving up cases. is Particularly adept at evading immunity

“But our booster rates among seniors are pathetically low,” Topol claimed that about a third of the shots were not given.

Houston Methodist health care providers long believed that boosters are encouraged by the hospital. “every chance we get.” But they don’t administer it to people hospitalized with COVID-19, who are generally told to wait three months after being infected to get it.

Phillips advises that people get boosters if they are at high risk for serious illness, or if they plan to spend time with someone who is. is. He stated that they have seen more people being admitted to hospital because of their inability to get vaccinated.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise.

The final worry is Seniors are more likely to die. As more people were protected from prior infections and vaccinations, the death rate fell overall last spring and summer. But the share of COVID-19–related deaths for the oldest old — adults 85 and older, who make up 2% of the population — grew to 40%.

1 person died during the pandemic. in 5 COVID-19-related deaths were among the many. in a long-term care facility.

Dr. Walid Michelen is chief medical officer of seven non-profit organizations nursing homes The Archdiocese of New York said that Americans should continue to take the pandemic very seriously.

“It’s not going away. It’s here to stay,” He said. “We’re going to get a new variant, and who knows how aggressive that variant is going to be? That keeps me up at night.”

—Nicky Forster contributed from New York