‘We thought we saw the light at the end of the tunnel.’ Anxiety and pandemic fatigue are spiking amid latest COVID surge.

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“We thought we saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kyle Hopwood, 29, of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, who has a master’s degree in public health. “Now we’re back to square one.”

“We thought we saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kyle Hopwood, 29, of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, who has a master’s degree in public health. “Now we’re back to square one.”

Struggles and worries abound during this latest surge, which has temporarily shut down many schools, filled hospitals to near-capacity and spurred a wave of new local vaccine mandates for restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters and other indoor public venues.

»While she’s planning her wedding for later this year, she said “it’s hard to get excited with so much uncertainty.”“You’re not alone in feeling what you’re feeling, if you are feeling angry or anxious,” she said. “Your feelings are valid. I think we’re all frustrated.”

Roughly four dozen readers shared with the Tribune their struggles and worries during this latest COVID-19 surge, which has temporarily shut down many schools, filled hospitals to near capacity and spurred a wave of new localCOVID vaccine mandatesfor restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters and other indoor public venues.

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This is really only in Chicago and Cook County. The rest of Illinois is basically back to normal and has been for some time. No Kyle. Some of us still living our life.

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LA County reports another 34,448 cases of COVID-19The county has seen more than 200,000 confirmed COVID cases over the past 7 days, the highest number in one week since the beginning of the pandemic. 🇺🇸 01.08.2022 ✅ Americans Vaccinated AGAINST COVID19 🥇 246,447,823 = ONE Vaccine Shot ⬆️ 74.2% 🥇 207,452,448 = FULLY Vaccinated ⬆️ 62.5% 🥇 74,617,848 = BOOSTER Shot ⬆️ 36% ========== 🚨 Americans NOT Vaccinated: 🔴 87,005,267 🖥️ | CDCgov LA has more cases than Uttar Pradesh an urban area around the same population as the US. I wonder what they sent all their citizens for early treatment that's being kept secret. O yea they have around 34 cases of Omicron lmao 😂

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[Don't miss] Lost Lake, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed bars, to close for good » While she’s planning her wedding for later this year, she said “it’s hard to get excited with so much uncertainty.at 11:49 AM The number of children needing hospitalization for COVID-19 has roughly tripled over the last month at Advocate Children’s Hospital, doctors said Thursday, as Illinois continues to see record numbers of cases.More News Videos The Food and Drug Administration gave its OK for Pfizer booster shots for children as young as 12.CHICAGO (WLS) -- The pandemic has been less than kind to the restaurant industry, especially small businesses.

” “You’re not alone in feeling what you’re feeling, if you are feeling angry or anxious,” she said. “Your feelings are valid. Osorio / Chicago Tribune) Chicago-area children’s hospitals are seeing dramatic spikes in the numbers of children needing hospitalization for COVID-19, with most of those kids unvaccinated and many younger than 5, doctors say. I think we’re all frustrated. In a series of tweets last week, Dr.” Roughly four dozen readers shared with the Tribune their struggles and worries during this latest COVID-19 surge, which has temporarily shut down many schools, filled hospitals to near capacity and spurred a wave of new local COVID vaccine mandates for restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters and other indoor public venues. The increase in hospitalizations among children comes as Illinois sees record numbers of COVID-19 cases. Some expressed dismay at the unpredictable nature of the virus, citing uncertainty about how cases might ebb or spike, as well as bewilderment amid ever-changing public health guidelines.

Others described exhaustion due to the duration of the pandemic, wondering when it will finally end. Larry Kociolek, medical director of infection prevention and control at Lurie. In addition, every time a health care worker enters a room with a COVID-19 positive patient, they must be wearing full PPE, which in turn, prolongs wait times for many patients. Many reported heightened anxiety and fatigue as the pandemic stretches into its third year, once again upending so many aspects of daily life. [Don't miss] COVID-19 vaccine mandate starts Monday, but how will Chicago restaurants enforce it? Here’s what to know. Most of those children were hospitalized specifically for COVID-19, with 20% to 25% admitted for other reasons but also found to have COVID-19. » “I’ve been home with my 8-year-old for one and a half years due to her heart condition,” said one parent who responded to a Tribune survey about the surge. "People are in the ER for hours and days, creating gridlock for new patients that need emergency services every day," said Dr. “Was hoping she’d be able to go back to school now that she’s vaccinated, but due to the surge — and only 30% of 5-to-11-year-olds being vaccinated, which means 2 out of 3 are NOT vaccinated — we are going to wait. Frank Belmonte, the hospital’s chief medical officer, during a news conference.

Her health and safety are number one.” “I am the (human resources) manager for a company of 370 people and I feel like I am in a pressure cooker and have been for the past two years,” one woman responded. At University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, the number has also roughly tripled since September, to about 20 kids in the hospital with COVID-19 on a daily basis, said Dr. At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, hospital officials told ABC News that they have seen their COVID-19 positive patient totals"skyrocket" in recent weeks. “Feels like whatever I do I’m fighting people and with this new surge it’s constant. You have to deal with the ignorant people who don’t want to mask up or get vaccinated and think this is a joke, and it’s infuriating as you see people around you getting sick. More than half of the kids hospitalized with COVID-19 at Comer are there because of illness while the others are there for other reasons, but happened to also test positive for COVID-19, she said. What happened to being considerate of others?” Rubi Carmona, 21, shows nail swatches to a client at Mermaid Spa in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood on Jan. Having cancer, heart issues, appendicitis, and COVID is never a good thing," one hospital representative said.

7, 2022. Nekaiya Jacobs, a pediatric critical care physician at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Carmona and her mother, Nereida Aparicio, opened the spa in January 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. “We almost feel like we’re going back to step one, and it’s forcing us to think about what we would do next,” Carmona said.” Children younger than 5 make up about half of the hospitalized children at Advocate, more than half at Lurie, and about one-third at Comer. "I am worried we don't have enough health care workers to care for patients flooding hospitals," said Bhatt. “Will we survive?” (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune) “I am so dismayed by the readiness with which our leaders have chucked out these essential workers who helped us get through the pandemic,” said a local social worker, referencing workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates , and adding in the survey that she recently lost her job after refusing to get vaccinated. “Most recently, many have been banned from public places, leaving them to wonder where they will get their social interaction. Belmonte, with Advocate, said that this latest omicron variant seems to be affecting children younger than 5 in a slightly different way than past variants, sometimes causing upper respiratory issues with croup-like symptoms.

” As local COVID-19 case counts continue to set pandemic records, here are the experiences of a few more Chicago-area workers, parents and business owners, as told to Tribune reporters." As of January 2022, there have been at least 819,000 coronavirus cases among health care personnel, and more than 3,100 virus-related deaths. ‘Inevitable’ . Others had prior health problems, though those can include common issues among kids in Chicago, such as obesity and asthma, said Dr.