COVID hospitalizations are once again rising! The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in India is now responsible for about 58% of all COVID-19 cases in the US. Updated data from the CDC shows that the Delta Variant is responsible for 57.6% of all new COVID-19 cases nationwide from June 20 through July 3.
July is Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the estimated 3,610 new cases of bone and joint cancer to be diagnosed in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. The most common bone cancer for adults is chondrosarcoma, while osteosarcoma and Ewing tumors are more common in children and teens.
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2025, the number of people living with this disease is projected to rise to nearly 13 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are ways to reduce the risks of developing this disease.
New York State announced that most restrictions on businesses and social gatherings are now lifted. This decision was made as New York reached a milestone, more than 70 percent of adults in the state have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. This announcement, right at the start of the summer season, leaves everyone wondering: when and where do I need to continue taking COVID-19 safety precautions, especially if vaccinated?
We’re proud of our ACCESS Nursing team, many of whom represent many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. And we are standing in solidarity this month to celebrate Pride Month and our LGBTQ team members. ACCESS Nursing’s 36-year record of success and growth was built by a diverse employee team and a culture of acceptance and inclusion throughout our company. This compassionate, respectful culture of ours is one that we extend to all of our patients and clients, many who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Millions of people ages 65 and older fall each year, and one out of five falls cause serious harm, including broken bones or a head injury. Falls result in over 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year and is the leading cause of fatal injuries in older people. At least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures and 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling sideways.
It’s a fact! There are more jobs available in nursing than any other profession. More than 100,000 new RN, nursing aides and caregiver jobs are being added per year. And more than 500,000 RNs are predicted to retire by 2022. The bottom line… there will be a need for 1.1 million new nurses, as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for expansion and the replacement of retirees, and to avoid a nursing shortage.
There has been an increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since the start of the pandemic. Experts report that although some of these deaths can be attributed to COVID-19, most are due to an increase in social isolation.
Each year, 1 in 5 people are diagnosed with some form of a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, to promote awareness and fight its stigma, provide support and to offer helpful information to the public about mental illnesses. According to a Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 6 in 10 health care workers say the pandemic has burned them out.
ACCESS Nursing issued a powerful statement today about the CDC’s new guidance on wearing masks, following National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union of Registered Nurses in the U.S., issuing its statement on Saturday about the CDC’s announcement last week. The NNU has called on the CDC to “do the right thing” and revise its guidance, which allows people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop wearing masks and social distancing, both indoors and outdoors.