Expert: ‘Pandemic among the unvaccinated’ could lead to worst winter surge yet

Health experts call it “a pandemic among the unvaccinated” and as the winter months approach, some fear that could cause the worst surge yet.  

“I am worried about the way the winter is going to go and I am worried about the people who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, a pulmonary critical care physician at IU Health and associate professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

This week, Bosslet tweeted a warning to Hoosiers.

“Looks like this winter may be the worst surge yet,” his post read. “The only patients I have cared for in the ICU in the past weeks have been unvaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, now is the time. If you are due for a 3rd shot, get it now.” 

“If people would just get vaccinated, 95 percent of the people I meet in the intensive care unit, I would not meet. Things would be normal. So it is hard because I don’t know what else to do to make people understand what this is like,” Bosslet said.  

Since August, hospitals have been in “surge mode” with cases climbing.  

Data from across IU Health shows, in August, there were 107 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The hospital system reached its peak in September with 425 patients. As of Tuesday, they had 328.  

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