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snacking can mean that pieces get stuck under mike's denture. but super poligrip gives him a tight seal. to help block out food particles. so he can enjoy the game. super poligrip. good to be back with you. i'm katy tur, we begin out west where california is bracing for an omicron strain will that will once again strain the weary
health care system. the steepest rise is in los angeles county which has reported at least 6500 new cases every day for the last week. that includes over 9,000 infections on tuesday alone. but that increase has not yet translated into a comparable rise in hospitalizations. which remain a fraction of what they were at this time last year. it is also unclear how many of those recent hospitalizations are due to omicron or the still present delta variant as the cdc revised its earlier counts. and cdc director rochelle wallinski goes on to clarify why they shortened the covid isolation guidelines. >> many of those cases are mildly symptomatic, if not asymptomatic and among those who have vaccinated and what will people do when people need to get back to work. >> so from what you're saying it sounds like this decision had just as much to do as it did
with the science? >> well, so it really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate. >> well that guidance relaxes more colleges across the country are reinstating virtual learning before students return from the holiday break at a fear of a future spread. joining me now is antonia hilton, in massachusetts, we're also joined by emergency medical physician dr. mario ramirez, he is the former pandemic and emerging threats coordinator in the office of global affairs during the obama administration. but let us start in los angeles where steve patterson is at a testing site outside of los angeles international airport. steve, what are you seeing? >> reporter: yeah, katy, i'm at l.a.x., part of the travel nightmare that so many passengers are going through and part of that is because the new variant which is spiking here in california and it is specifically in los angeles county. to help mitigate that, the airport is set up as you see, testing center right here.
it is been going on for quite sometime. but theres have v been more people day by day as the demand for testing becomes greater. one gentleman said he waited for about an hour, almost had to miss his flight because so many people were in line. but they need this because, again, the testing is so great. the need is so great. and that is because the cases again are spiking up 200% over the last 14 days as far as the case count goes, the hospitalizations now starting to grow as well. 25% over december 20th, 43% when you're looking specifically again just at l.a. county. so people want to know their status, especially if their heading anywhere, either out of the country to hawaii, which requires testing or just to see friends and family for their holiday plans. which has been so difficult because of the back-ups, the delays, the cancellations, here at an airport like l.a.x. and across the country, just want to give you one look at the line. take a look at this. people have been standing here
for quite sometime. and this is been going on for a while. it has been pretty efficient. they have pcr tests and rapid pcr and antigen and anything you could need or required to get tested either with your employer, hopping on a flight or trying to feel safe and doing it right here at l.a.x. >> it is amazing, i've been walking around new york city and there are vans everywhere that are mobile testing sites every single one of them has a line. antonio, let's talk about colleges and schoolsch colleges saying we want to be careful. we're going back to virtual learning for the first week or two of the school year to get everybody tested and in some cases to make sure that everybody who is coming back is now also boosted if they can be boosted. what are you seeing at harvard? >> all of that is right, katy. here at harvard they're tackle this at a couple of different points. they are going grab and go only for dining halls for people still on campus, virtual for the entire january winter sem echter
called j term here and then requiring boosters of students and faculty alike. but really what we're seeing nationally is a patch work of policies. and this is as administrators are scrambling to use the january weeks to get ahead of omicron as best they can so they could try to preverve some normal student life for the rest of the spring semester. so at princeton, they're going to stagger the days at which students could come back to campus, and then once kids are there, they're going to be required to stay within the county limits. so they can't travel to hang out with family or go on trips until about early february and they're saying that could possibly be extended as well. then there are schools like university of michigan, that are telling kids they'll come back and have classes in person as normal but they are requiring booster shots of everyone. i spoke to a bunch of students about this who are kind of reacting to the virtual policies that are either already in effect now or that have been talked about on the campuses. take a listen. >> i was expecting to be in
cambridge, in with the classroom, i've since canceled my flight. harvard, we have to be vaccinated. so i think there is a maybe a bit of hub russ that that is not going to effect us. that was wrong. as i told you, i actually caught the virus in a trip with some of my harvard friends. >> as kids head back to campus, are you worried about catching the omicron variant? >> um, i'm. i think the university buildings are the safest place to be. it is where the covid policies are enforced. >> katy, the first student you heard from, she caught covid right before christmas and couldn't spend time with family and then found out that her january semester was going virtual. so she's in classed 9:00 to 5:00 and fighting on the internet bandwidth and it is a reminder while people are thinking about the health concerns as omicron
spreads, they're also looking at a psychological readjustment for students who thought this would be a much more normal semester and now facing a reality in which in some cases they're going backwards and in having to look at life as an earlier stage of quarentine and earlier stage of this pandemic, katy. >> don't underestimate the psychological toll. dr. ramirez, let's talk about the practicality of this and whether it is a good idea. what do you think of this going back to virtual learning for a few weeks to get everybody tested? i mean, is that going to mean that it is safe to go back to the classroom? >> well, what it looks like is that we're probably in store for at least four weeks, maybe even longer, of a significant surge in cases here in the united states. and what the data shows is that if you're vaccinated, you're very well protected and you may be infected but unlikely to have a bad outcome. and if you're boosted, those odds are even better. so for a lot of the universities, you know, i actually question whether or not this is a right idea. because what the sort of
nonpharmaceutical intervention shows us, the distancing and the masks and the hand washing they work when you produce the outcome that you want. and we've been watching western europe and if those folks have locked down and stay true to the other distancing measures, we haven't seen any change in the case curves. and the real outcome is whether or not people are ending up in the hospitals and as you said sat the top of the hour, those counts are still pretty flat in terms of hospitalizations. and so, i actually question whether we could control the spread of omicron. i don't think we can. i think it is too ubiquitous and infectious. i wonder if whether or not keeping people virtual will -- >> this is the question that i have. because we're talking about case loads an the numbers are wild. but you can't uncouple them from the hospitalizations. the hospitalizations just do not match it. and i understand that it is going to take maybe a week or two to really see how the hospitalizations rise. but we are in a different place. we have the vaccines. and initially this pandemic we
were told to stay put and lockdown and wait for the hospitals to get through this. wait for the vaccines. and now we're being told, you have a vaccine but you still got to take all of these precautions. i just wonder, at what point do we say we have to live with this. because if everybody is going to get it if they want to have any inter action in society, what exactly are we doing here? >> well i think you're right to ask that question. and i think we're in the process of making that shift right now. the public health field is split on this a little bit, about whether or not we've reached the truly endemic phase of this and i myself believe we probably are in that phase and this is something that we're just going to have to live with. because we are in a different place now. we have vaccinations and as we get into q1 and q2, we'll have good oral anti-viral medicines an the second generation of vaccines. but i think you're right and the cdc policy about quarantining for five days after an exposure is probably the right balance to strike as we make this transition. we know that people are most
infectious for the two days before they develop symptoms and three days after that. but beyond that, it is not really clear that there is any improvement in the case counts sort of beyond that, if we continue to quarentine for day six through 11. so it is really worth trying to tailor those interventions where we could have what looked like normal life and adapt to what is an infectious virus. >> let me ask you this question because it is somewhat personal for me. i have two kids, both under five and neither one could get a vaccine yet. they're perfectly healthy kids. how much risk should you be taking when you have people at home who cannot be vaccinated? is it still okay to live your life as normal right now or should you be isolating yourself and closing your door and staying home and trying not to even go to work right now if you are in a house hold like that? >> well, you're making a great point. and i think people who have kids at home that are unvaccinated
are in a different risk category than children who are vaccinated. most americans have chosen not to vaccinated their kids. but for those persons with kids underage five, that is a different risk calculus. but there are things that we could do to help make the workplace safer for parents, if kids of that age and that includes a good testing regime to make sure when you're coming into the office you're around other people who are testing negative or making sure that people are using masks and washing their hands in the workplace. those things could still matter but it is important for every parent to make that decision in light of their own circumstances. but recognize that this is a higher risk category. >> but doctor ramirez, when we look at the way this efgts children, we're seeing a rise in hospitalizations, the numbers were so low to begin with. so 4% might sound scare but it is not a big number of kids who are being hospitalized with this. and i just wonder if this is a bit over the top for most
families? >> it is a great question to ask, katy. and i have kids myself and what i would say is that these things are all in the abstract until it is your own child. >> yeah. >> and i think every parent knows what that feels like. and i think the best advice that we could continue to give parents, right, is to say if you vaccinated your family, the risk continues to decrease and my hope in the next year we'll develop a vaccine for kids as young as six months and that will continue to make things safer. but it is a gradual process. it is great if we have vaccines for kids that young already and say this is over. but we're not there yet but we'll keep making progress and get there eventually. >> it is all abstract until it is your own kid. thank you so much for answering all of these questions. let's bring in now a physician on the front lines, dr. rob davidson from michigan and the executive director for the committee to protect medicare.
thanks for being here. just take off from what i was talking about with dr. ramirez, what are you seeing, what is the reality of what is happening inside of hospitals right now? >> well, i'll tell you here in michigan, we are still stuck in this delta wave, we're seeing more cases of omicron pop up, but hospitalizations from this virus tend to last a very long time. and so, we're about week six or seven now of this surge, around christmas we had a slight dip in our number of hospitalized covid patients and it is back up again. our positivity rate is around 22%, 23% test positive rate. some of that is omicron. still quite a bit of delta. and i'm working in an area that is only about 45% vaccinated. so the conversations about omicron and how deadly or how sick people will get, most of those have occurred in places where vaccine rates are a lot higher than that. we still don't know what that means and we're bracing. the other reality is i have a
work overnight last night and i saw several influenza patients, none of whom were sick enough to be admitted but flu is starting and making a resurgence that we didn't see last year. and if you put that on top of coronavirus and the usual number of flu cases that get hospitalized, we're all sort of a bit stressed out about what the next month or so may bring. >> let me ask you, when you're seeing hospitals or patients come in, are they vaccinated, unvaccinated, what is the ratio. >> the vast majority, personally i have not seen a single person fully vaccinated that had to be hospitalized. we've had a few so-called break-throughs for me personally and in our department, but most of those have been in people who have a couple of doses fts mrna or one dose of the johnson and johnson more than six months ago so they could have had the subsequent dose and we shouldn't
be calling that fully vaccinated any more. so, yeah, it is still the tale of two pandemics, folks who have vaccine protection and folks who don't and the folks who don't are rolling the dice. they're going to end up getting it at some point and we hope to hell that they are peep that dent get hospitalized and dying from this. but i don't think that is a risk anyone should be taking. >> how are you doing with staffing? >> staffing is tough. now the nursing shortage has been a reality rolling on for decades. the pandemic has accelerated that shortage. weaver dealing with travel nurses, they are a finite supply and whether you have surgeries in various areas happening at a different time, the travel nursing contingent could move around and cover those surges. the problem with omicron being so contagious and even if it is less deadly and less likely to result in hospitalization, if you have so many numbers, you're going to have more areas, particularly low vaccine areas
that are going to be surging all at once. that will continue to be a challenge. and so, yeah, we just keep holding on and hoping we could get through it. >> and you're bracing for what could be a rise in the number of hospitalizations in the next one to two weeks. and how hospitalizations before you feel like you just can't take on any more patients? >> well, i mean, we're there now still. i worked last night and we're holding -- and i work in a small department of only about 20 beds, at night we depress down to about 12 and we had four people sitting all night waiting for beds that didn't exist when i left this morning and we're waiting for people to be discharged from our hospital in the next few hours to get them into in-patient beds. but i found doing a lot of hospital medicine that i haven't done as practicing as a emergency physician. we're leaning on other staff members virtually so we could have people with expertise in that kind of medicine make sure
that the patients are getting the care they need. but it is stressing out the nurses and we're all just trying to do our best. >> and it is not just people that come in with covid that have emergencies out there that need to be hospitalized. there are other emergency situations that could overwhelming an e.r. or put strain on an e.r. already filled up to capacity with covid. doctor, thank you so much for joining us and good luck to you, sir. still ahead, the parent of a 14-year-old girl is calling for justice. and joe biden has a long to-do list. could he get it done before the 2022 midterms. my friend jake sherman is here. and what coach turned broadcaster john madden meant to the game. all of fame classmate harry carson will join me. carson will join me.
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madden is. the iconic nfl coach and emmy award winning broadcaster died on tuesday at the age of 85. nbc's sam brock has more on the life of a legend. sam? >> reporter: good afternoon and good to be with you. if john madden's life was a book, there could be three distinct chapters, coaching, broadcasting and then pop culture icon and his impact on all of those things was his big as his personality. he never played as a professional football player because of a bad injury which was a incredible gift to the world. on the side lines as an nfl head coach. and for decades as a broadcaster. >> it is just super football. i love these kinds of games. >> reporter: john madden left a larger than life footprint on the nfl. >> he makes a twist there and pivot and boom the ball is there. >> reporter: with the winningest record in league history for any coach with 100 or more games, a
super bowl ring with the then oakland raiders and madden-isms, madden teamed up with pat someral becoming one of the most beloved broadcasts in history. and later he shared with al mikeles and said he transcended the sport. >> a lot of it had to do with john traveling for all of those years in a bus. couldn't get on a plane. he was claustrophobic. he would see parts of the country that everyone else in this business never sees. >> something with madden just clicked for americans. whether it was beer commercials, snl hosting gigs in the '80s, movie cameos in the 2000s, or for many younger people, it was
the video game with his name and likeness that kept generations of gamers glued to their screens. the nfl today mourning a once in a lifetime figure with many players including tom brady paying tribute to a legend of the game. the raiders writing, few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as coach madden whose impact on the game on and off the field was immeasurable. >> and he loved the game like nobody has ever loved the game of football. and you knew it. and i don't think they'll be anybody like that in the history of broadcasting as far as i'm concerned, at least in my lifetime. >> reporter: but it was clear from his hall of fame speech, madden was always a team first kind of guy. >> i arrived on the shoulders of hundreds of friends, coaches, players, colleagues, family and i just say this, i thank you all very much and this has been the
sweetest ride of them all. >> reporter: and one more anecdote to share from al mikeles about how john madden never stood on ceremony. they would print a credential to get into the stadium. everybody knows who john madden is but just in case, he could take it and tie it to the loop of his belt and it would be flapping around during the games. that essentially is the dna of john madden. cait katy, back to you. >> thank you so much. let' bring in bill rodden, writer at large by espn and linebacker harry carson who joins john madden as part of the hall of fame class of 2006. gentlemen, welcome. may we all have a obit that makes you smile and laugh. i love that beer commercial. what are a remarkable guy. harry, i want to ask you, you joined him in the hall of fame, what do you think about today? >> you know, i'm saddened with his loss. but you know, i'm so honored
that i was a part of a class with a guy who everybody loved. i mean, he didn't hold himself above anyone else. he was a coach, he took his coaching skills to television, everybody was able to relate to him as a result of him being a coach and being able to telestraight his ways through plays and so forth. so i'm saddened, but i'm happy that i had the opportunity to know this man at least for a short period of time. the other thing is, and i don't think anybody is going to say anything about this during the course of today, super bowl xxi, when the giants played the denver broncos, i appreciated he tele-straighted up in the box where the gatorade was going to
be coming from. and nobody talks about that. but the reality is, that whole gatorade thing, it was the best free publicity that anybody could have gotten. so, gatorade really should be happy for john madden and him, you know, tele-straighting where the gatorade was going to be coming from. i don't think anybody probably said anything about that today in his passing. but i will remember him for that. >> i just think it is an amazing thing to talk about somebody and for everybody talking about him, to be smiling and laughing and remembering the person as the larger than life character that they were. bill, i never met john madden, i'm sorry to say, not a huge football fan. but i know who john madden is. i know boom, i know the video game, i know his voice, if he was walking down the street, he wouldn't need to be wearing his credential like sam said.
would you know who he was immediately. when we think about him today, as we send him off, what is the thought that pops into your mind first? >> there is so many thoughts and it is a great day when i'm on the stage with harry carson. i run a sports and recreation program at my church and what the kids aring today, 13, 14, 15-year-olds, they know him and they didn't know any of the stuff we talk about today, about the coaching and all of that. what they know him about is madden. they know him from madden, being the guy that madden was the name for. then you go back, i met coach madden when i was 20 years old. harry and i share hbcu roots, i played in morgan state and we had a great tight end by the name of raymond chester. and what i remember is that
madden, they were going to draft ray on the first round, and what i remember is like it was yesterday, madden had flown in to baltimore because he wanted to meet with ray and i remember walking out to practice and there was madden with the short sleeve and all of that and sitting down at the 50 yard line like they were having a picnic and they were just talking. he wanted to get to know him. and i can't get that image out of my mind. they subsequently drafted ray in the first round and i think that the thing that i became a raiders fan that day because they had a whole lot of hbcu people on the team. and from then to the broadcast booth, what stands out to me about madden is that he was just a good guy and a fair guy. you know, and that is a lot to say about somebody. he was just a fair person.
you know, that came across in everything that you're going to hear today, is the down to earth-ness and just being a fair person. some people have to work hard to be fair, you know. but madden was just, that is just his dna. that is just who he was. and i really think today if you're here, you're right, katzi, it is really, we talk about celebrating somebody's life and that is what you're going to hear today, a celebration for all of the different, you know, points ever culture that he hit. >> it is hard to go through your career being liked and he managed to do it. i'm not so sure about the legacy of the tur-duck- en. >> it was a great scory. thank you for helping us celebrate a larger than life plan today. we appreciate it. coming up next. from build back better to the january 6 investigation, it is
close, the focus in washington shifts to legislative and investigative agendas leading up to the midterm elections. with me now is jake sherman, he's also an msnbc political contributor. so jake, we're running like an antelope out of control until the end of the year. and then we are in quite a maze for the next year. will we find our way out of it? >> we're bobbing on the surface and i think there is a couple of things to look forward to, katy, a few important things to keep an if eye on. number one, is what happens to biden's agenda. that is on top of the to-do list for the next quarter, i would say. the build back better act is, i would say, not on life support but it is pretty close. joe biden and joe manchin have some serious negotiating to do when they get back to washington in the next couple of weeks and i think that is where much of the focus is going to be. but i think also we have to keep in mind that the january 6 commission, which is a house centric exercise, a house
commission only, house committee technically, is going to shift much of the work to the public sphere. they're going to hold hearings, they're going to release some information, they're going to release as you have on the screen an interim support by the final before the midterms. we'll have to see where the courts end up. there are serious court battles here that are -- that have caught this entire investigation in a big maze as you say. and i really do believe that it is going to be difficult to get some finality in the next, i would say couple of months with all of these court cases going on. >> let's not talk about build back better. manchin through a big wrench into it. killed it maybe. what are we expecting to see in the new year in terms of a deal that could potentially be made between manchin and senate democrats and this white house to potentially revive it? >> well, what they need to do is they need to come to the table
and they need to figure out, hate to say this and i get in trouble every time i say this, but the only way to figure this out is to figure out what joe manchin wants and what the rest of the senate democratic caucus and house democratic caucus could stomach. because we've seen that joe manchin has the keys to joe biden agenda and whatever he's willing to accept is what end game is and i would say that that is the top order of business. and i think joe biden said yesterday, told the pool yesterday he has not spoken to joe manchin is recent days and i don't know if that is troubling but i think that is where we need to start. start with what is the universe of things that joe manchin is willing to support and how do they figure out how much he's willing to spend and what the time line is and what the froe gams are and how long he's willing to extend the programs for. that is the top order of business in the first quarter of 2022. and would you say, katy, the longer this dragged into 2022, the more difficult it will be because maps will start getting finalized and people will get
more cautious. when this comes out of the senate, it needs to go back to the house of representatives where democrats are a big underdog to keep the chamber to say the least. so, they need to figure this out and figure it out quite quickly. >> any surprises, anything that we might not expect? >> in build back better, i think everything will be a surprise? >> i'm talking about beyond build back better. next year, is there anything that we should be watching out for next year. >> a couple of things. member versus member primaries is going to drive the political calculus. we're seeing this across the country. we see fred upton and bill high zynga will be drawn into the same district in that state. fred upton has been watched for retirement, he's been in congress for a long time. number two, i really do think that the house majority will put legislation on the floor to politically protected a lot of their members. that is what majorities do in election years.
would you say they're going to move legislation that has to do with supply chain disruption. i think you'll see a lot of that. after they move off of build back better, they're trial to move some political pieces of legislation that might not have a chance of being signed into law but help people's prospects back home. >> isn't it stupendous living in this tube. jake sherman, thank you so much. coming up, police in hong kong crack down on a pro-democracy news outlet and freezing assets. first up though, the latest on a story raising questions about the lapd tactics and an gent girl, 14 years old, shot dead in a police encounter gone wrong. . e cancers can be cured. strokes can be reversed. joints can be 3-d printed. and there isn't one definition of what well feels like. there are millions.
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suspect accused of assault with a deadly weapon in a mall store. one of the bullets police fired ricochetted off the ground and through a wall, fatally striking the teen. nbc news correspondent emily acada has the story. >> reporter: just an utter tragedy. we're told the 14-year-old had just recently moved to the united states. her parents saying she had big dreams, but now will never be realized. newly released video shows police making their way through a busy department store just two days before christmas. guns drawn. officers rush in, responding to a radio call for an assault with a deadly weapon in progress, according to los angeles police. >> she's bleeding. >> reporter: finding the suspect in front of a fitting room before opening fire. at least one round killing the man police say attacked other customers. but another ricochetting off the ground and piercing a wall on
the other side, 14-year-old valentina peralta is fatally hit. her mother speaking through tears tuesday. she said her teenage daughter died in her arms while trying on a dress for upcoming christmas party. >> never should this 14-year-old girl end up as collateral damage at a shopping plaza. >> 911, what is the emergency. >> i hava cust in my store attacking customers. >> reporter: the moments leading up to tense exchange captured on body camera footage released by lapd. >> he's wrecking things. >> reporter: authorities say 24-year-old daniel lopez attacked multiple women in the north hollywood department store. alana lopez seen beating one person with a heavy duty bike lock. employees trying to warn shoppers inside. >> customers, evacuate.
>> but the young girl and her mother caught in the cross fire. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: her family now asking for justice amid increases scrutiny surrounding police tactics that led to the deadly accident. the l.a. police chief calling the incident chaotic and committed to conductk a thorough and complete investigation into the circumstances that led up to this tragedy. and the police tactic expert we spoke with cautions againsting to conclusions, it is so early in the investigation describing how complicated these situations could be. we're also hearing from lapd that this investigation could take up to a year to complete. in the meantime, the police officer who fired the deadly shots has been placed on administrative leave. katy. >> absolutely awful. up next, a pro-democracy news outlet in hong kong is raided by police and seven on the staff are arrested.
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and arrested seven current and former members of its senior staff on the grounds of sedition. the arrests are also just the latest in a series of crackdowns against pro-democracy media outlets in hong kong. with me, bureau chief ali arusy. this is -- i guess there is one way to describe it. this is chilling. >> that's right, kate. it is very chilling. stand news is the latest victim in a crackdown on independent press in hong kong. and on the mainland, beijing clearly doesn't want anybody going off the narrative that they have set. the message is, if you criticize beijing you will be criticized, raided, you will be shut down, your employees will be arrested and charged and your assets will be frozen. this has obviously set off a lot of alarm bells among a lot of people in hong kong, least of
all activists there who are saying this is a hare binger of things to come in the very near future. that the once very vibrant, independent press scene in hong kong is all over now, and that beijing really has no interest in a one-country, two policies hear the. the policy in hong kong very clearly has to mirror that of beijing. and that if you don't toe the party line, if you dare criticize the ruling party in beijing, the consequences are going to be very severe. they are sending out a message the all independent, democratic press and activists in hong kong that this is a case of things to come if you don't fall in line. chilling, as you said, are the words to describe it. >> is there or has there been a reaction from hong kong's citizens to this? i know there were huge protests in the lead up to mainland china take over hong kong. what has been -- has there been
any reaction to this? >> there has been one of dismay and fear. they have come down very hard on these people, kate, and they are sending a message out. look, the last outlet they did this to was called "apple daily". in the same way. they raided their office with 200 policemen. the owner of the paper was charged. his sons were charged. his own personal assets were frozen. so the message is that we are going to come down hard. even if people don't like what we are doing, this is what is going to happen. same policy in beijing as in hong kong. >> thank you very much. there was plenty of pain at the gas pump and greshry store for many americans this year with cargo ship log jams leading to empty shelves. customers could still see shortages deep into the new year. carry sanders has more. >> reporter: these are some of the shortages we experienced in 2021. >> paper.
they have seen it spike 60% in value. >> the great ketchup shortage of 2021. >> an issue could that put a damper on your family's thanksgiving day plans. >> reporter: it used to be easy to fine folks, drivers who wanted to sit in this seat. >> reporter: shortages unfortunately will be with us again in 2022. we are seen travel shortages in the air. if you are thinking of driving, be ready for pain at the pump. on average a gallon of gas is more than $1 higher than it was this time last year with more americans on the road now than at any other point during the pandemic. >> the consumer should get used to paying in excess of $3 a gallon as economies around the world continue to recover and demand increases. >> reporter: many shortages in the grocery aisle, from meat to cereal, and syrup have been resolved as supply chain issues cleared and production ramped up. while some staples like cream
cheese have been harder to come by. but in some places, we may have reason to hope there are shortages, as in a shortage of snow. why? not enough snow plow drivers. and few are lining up for the jobs. >> we are not sure why we are not getting people that we used to, and why we are not getting the drivers that want to do it. >> reporter: economists blame employee shortages from cooks to wait staffs to housekeeping at hotels on the so-called great resignation of 2021. americans foregoing low paying jobs are finding better positions as well as older americans reassessing what's important to them and retiring early. it hit all segments of society. retiring police, leaving some cities like washington, d.c. with officers still on the job exhausted. >> sometimes their days off are canceled. sometimes they are working weeks at a time without a day off. >> this is approaching catastrophic levels. >> reporter: as hospitals, no
shortage of covid patients, has resulted in a full-on shortage of nurses. >> many of the nurses have been dealing with this the last two years have decided to call it quits. >> reporter: one supply chain shortage impacting all others -- computer chips. and that's slowing products of new cars, clothes dryers, even electric toothbrushes: what i am hear from companies is that around the midway point of the year this could start easing up, but it will take a while. >> reporter: and some shortages are of our own making. right now the u.s. mint says there are plenty of coins in america but there is a shortage in circulation. why? even though americans are getting back out there -- look at the holiday crowds at airports for proof of that. experts day the covid effect has left many of us reluctant to touch snun that is it for me. i will be back tomorrow, covid willing. "deadline: white house" starts right now, after this quick break. ouse" starts right now, after this quick
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