The fact that I am here now, I am furious with myself. Because I was not vaccinated. ... I have this feeling ... if I was vaccinated, I wouldn't be hospitalized. — Aimee Matzen
The fact that I am here now, I am furious with myself. Because I was not vaccinated. ... I have this feeling ... if I was vaccinated, I wouldn't be hospitalized. — Aimee Matzen
'I am furious with myself': Unvaccinated Covid patient describes the exhausting illness
"The fact that I am here now, I am furious with myself," she told CNN between deep, deliberate breaths. "Because I was not vaccinated."

Matzen, 44, finds herself in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. She is receiving oxygen treatments and hopes she stays well enough to avoid getting hooked up to a ventilator.

With Covid-19 surging in states across the country, Louisiana stands among those hardest hit by the most recent rise in cases, driven in large part by the Delta variant.

The state has the highest 7-day average of new cases per-capita in the country, at 77 cases reported per 100,000 residents each day over the past week, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

... Matzen told CNN she was not opposed to getting vaccinated -- she just hadn't gotten around to it. Every time she planned to get inoculated, "something would come up," she said.

"I have this feeling ... if I was vaccinated, I wouldn't be hospitalized," Matzen said.

... Asked what she would tell people who remain on the fence about the vaccine, Matzen said, "Jump off. Run. Bring your family with you, get to the clinics. There is no excuse anymore. This is real."

"I just don't want anyone else winding up like me," Matzen said, "especially when the vaccine is so easy to get now."
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