pediatric admissions are doubled. “Too many do-it-yourself tampons, underestimated numbers”

Driving virusin Italy it flies Omicron. The circulation of the SarsCoV2 virus in Italy has increased in the last week and the spread of the sub-variant is growing Omicron BA.5 more contagious. And the effects in terms of pressure on hospitals are already being felt: In fact, the decline in admissions is stopping, and the curve is now significantly flat, while admissions among children have more than doubled in 7 days. This picture is accompanied by the concern associated with the still low percentage, which stands at 27%, of fragile subjects who have received the fourth recommended dose of the anti-Covid vaccine. The weekly report from the Italian Association of Health and Hospital Services (Fiaso) confirms the trend reversal that has been going on for several days. The Covid admission curve is flat, Fiaso explains, and “after the gradual slowdown in the decline in admissions in previous weeks, the June 21 study of on-call hospitals shows a stop to this reduction and significant stability”.

Omicron, more hospital admissions than a year ago and pediatric admissions doubled in 7 days

Among those admitted to Covid Intensive Care or with respiratory and pulmonary syndromes, 37% are unvaccinated; among those vaccinated, on the other hand, almost all for over 4 months now, have 100% other pathologies. “The increase in the circulation of the virus with the new variant has caused a setback in the reduction of hospital admissions, which we must closely monitor – comments the President of Fiaso, Giovanni Migliore – at the moment, however, the numbers are still low and cause no concern. It should be noted, however, that there are still 10 million Italians who have not taken the third dose, even lower figures for the fourth booster dose for the elderly and the most vulnerable: only 27% were vaccinated. “and as evidence of this, there is data from our resuscitations:” Almost all patients consist of subjects suffering from other diseases who should have received the fourth dose. ” In the pediatric age groups, on the other hand, a rather sharp increase is observed. Although the recordings are limited, they have more than doubled. The patients are mostly very young children (infants between 0 and 6 months, which in a week is almost tripled from 5 to 14), against whom, Fiaso clarifies that hospitalization is due to excessive caution, without necessarily u increase in severity of the syndromes. In addition, for the first time in five weeks, there is a pediatric intensive care unit for Covid. Meanwhile, according to data from the Ministry of Health’s daily bulletin, there are 53,905 new infections within the last 24 hours (yesterday 62,704), and the victims are 50, down from 62 yesterday. A total of 246,512 inoculations were performed with the positivity rate of 21.8%, stable compared to 21.4% yesterday. On the other hand, 216 patients are admitted to intensive care, 10 fewer than yesterday, and 4,947 patients are admitted to general wards or 144 more. Not just Covid, though.

Omicron 5, symptoms of fever to sore throat. Pregliasco: “An infected person can infect 17 other people”

In light of the coming winter, seasonal flu is also worrying, as in the southern hemisphere of the world it is reappearing “in an overwhelming way”, also due to the reduction of measures against Covid, such as distancing and masks. And this “may be an indicator of what will also happen to us in the next autumn / winter”, warns virologist Fabrizio Pregliasco. These days, he explains, the Australian surveillance system is discovering a growth trend of the epidemic curve “extremely accelerated, ahead of the normal trend”. There seems to be the same situation in Argentina. These data “should warn us in advance not to arrive unprepared”, comments Pregliasco, who highlights the need to push for the flu vaccination campaign to avoid, especially in the fragile, lung complications due to influenza or an overlap with Covid.

THE LAST 7 DAYS – The monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation reveals in the week from 15 to 21 June “an increase in new cases (255,442) in all Italian regions: + 58.9% in 7 days”. There was also an increase in ordinary admissions (+ 14.4%) and in intensive care (+ 12.6%), but the number of deaths decreased (-19%). “We are witnessing a sharp increase in new weekly cases (+ 58.9% compared to the previous week) – says Nino Cartabellotta, President of the Gimbe Foundation – which amounts to around 255 thousand with a 7-day moving average that exceeds 36 thousand cases a day “. According to the report, the percentage increase of new cases in the week of 15-21 June is recorded in all regions: from + 31.3% in Valle D’Aosta to + 91.5% in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. “The progressive spread of the BA.4 and BA.5 variants has contributed to a clear recovery of viral circulation throughout the country with already clear effects also in hospitals: Especially in the medical field, where in 10 days there is an increase of over 700 beds occupied by Covid patients, “says Cartabellotta. Therefore, the Gimbe Foundation invites you to caution for at least three reasons. First of all, the number of positives (about 600 thousand) is largely underestimated due to the massive use of do-it-yourself cotton swabs with partial announcement of positive tests; secondly, it is impossible to assess the extent of this early summer rise and the time of reaching the peak; finally – he concludes – the stalemate in it vaccination campaign it has generated a population that is currently susceptible to very widespread infections: 4.03 million unvaccinated, 5.51 million without a third dose and 4.05 million vulnerable people without a fourth dose ”.

ANDREONI – “The increase in infections was inevitable and expected. It is true that today we are dealing with a virus with reduced pathogenicity, but it has a very high capacity to spread” and with the risk that it will soon reach 100 thousand cases a day, yesterday almost 54 thousand infections, “it is very likely with this circulation and with less attention to contrast measures”. Thus, Massimo Andreoni, head of infectious diseases at the Tor Vergata outpatient clinic in Rome and scientific director of the Italian Society for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases (Simit), comments on Adnkronos Salute about the sharp rise in infections last week. Regarding the increase in hospital admissions, Andreoni specifies that “it is not only frail elderly people who end up in the hospital for Covid, clearly today those most at risk with Omicron 5, but also young people. Sometimes the disease can have a particularly virulent course, one can have a high fever. Here – he explains – why we still have to be careful ». The infection specialist agrees with those who, like the Lazio region’s health councilor Alessio D’Amato, drew attention to the use of the mask if there are overcrowded conditions or indoors: “The councilor is right, the basket will continue to rise and therefore we must again go back to being careful and – Andreoni concludes – using the protective device when necessary ».

Omicron and reinfections, those who have taken 1, are poorly protected by BA subvariants 4 and 5

BASSETTI AND THE FLAME – “We have also shown in connection with this summer bonfire of Covid an absolute immaturity as an Italian system, the criticism does not go so much to the Ministry of Health as to my colleagues who make an excessive alarmism typical of those who are not on the field and have not stood against the infection, but that is only theory “. Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa, highlights this at Adnkronos Salute. “The current situation I refer to Liguria where I work and a region with many elderly people – analyzes Bassetti – Today we have a very high circulation of the virus and Omicron 5, we follow many positive people at home with antiviral drugs and yes many citizens arrive at the hospital but they do not have Covid, they have a positive swab and so other pathologies.Until those who have Covid pneumonia and those who have a high peak and a positive swab diversify, we will not get out of it. ” “I have been saying for some time that the bulletins should be adapted to the situation,” he continues, “we must also take a clean break from the inoculations that were performed during hospitalization. Then we will have to organize hospitals in a different way in order to evaluate who died of Covid and with Covid.Of all the countries that have had a Covid flare-up in the summer, we seem to be worse off.This is because in Italy everyone speaks, everyone says their opinion, but they have never seen a patient. “

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