As vaccinations rise in some states, those areas are seeing less and less hospitalizations for COVID-19, and hospitals see more of the unvaccinated filling up their intensive care units.
Wyoming, Missouri, Arkansas and Idaho currently have the highest percentage of COVID-19 patients on average in their ICUs; those states all have vaccinated less than 40% of their population.
Medical centers say there's also an obvious change in the age of their sickest patients, as older people are much more likely to be vaccinated than younger.
"We're all seeing the same thing – when someone does get sick and comes to the hospital, they're much more likely to be young and unvaccinated," Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco told USA Today.
Among children 11 and younger, who can’t yet get the vaccine, having vaccinated family members is keeping them out of the hospital since those family members are less likely to bring the virus home with them.
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