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Darias suggests wearing a mask once more due to rebounding covid

Spain begins the summer with a severe pandemic.

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Darias suggests wearing a mask once more due to rebounding covid

Spain begins the summer with a severe pandemic. The worrying trend of increasing hospitalizations and accumulated incidences is accompanied by an increase in infection among professionals. This forces them to take sick leaves or the ongoing collapse in healthcare in July and august, when vacations are scarcely covered. Doctors and nurses. This is why Carolina Darias, the Minister of Health, recommended that the mask be used as Catalonia Madrid, Castilla y Leon requested it, due to the rise in covid-19-related infections.

This protection element was no longer mandatory as of April 20. However, the worsening epidemiological situation has led Darias demand its "responsible usage", particularly in vulnerable populations where it is impossible to maintain a meter and half of safety distance or in areas with poor ventilation.

The minister also appealed for those who haven't received the booster vaccine to be inoculated. This dose is the third in people who received Moderna or Pfizer. She also reminded that the Vaccine Conference continues its evaluation of data from the pandemic to decide if it is time to perform the fourth puncture. During a visit at Santander's Valdecilla Hospital, she said that the Ministry would continue to work with experts.

Experts are currently recommending two options. One, they recommend the booster shot to stop the surge in infections and hospitalizations. Two, they suggest waiting for the arrival of new vaccines that have been adapted to the variants. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently in the analysis phase for the Spanish vaccine, developed by Hipra.

Contrary to the full guideline which reached 92.7% among people over 12 years old, booster doses are very low, particularly among the youngest. According to Health data, only 40.58% of those aged 20-29 years and 47.1% of those aged 30-39 years have had this third puncture. The index increases among those aged over 40, where it is 80.9%, and at 92.7% for those older than 60.

Coronavirus annual difference in Spain

For people over 60

Cumulative incidence*

2021

47.4

2022

996.3

800

1,000

0

200

400

600

*2021: Age group between 60-69 years. / 2022 : All people over 60

Hospitalized total

Patients with covidence at 1.94%

2021

2.357

2022

10,249

2,000

10,000

0

6,000

8.37% patients with covida

Total UCI

6.38%

2021

584

449

2022

5.06%

400

0

200

600

GRAPHIC:

L. CARVAJAL

Source: Ministry of Health

Coronavirus annual difference in Spain

For people over 60

Cumulative incidence*

Total UCI

Hospitalized total

8.37%

patients

covid

10,249

996.3

584

600

1,000

10,000

5.06%

6.38%

449

800

400

1.94%

patients

covid

600

6,000

400

200

2.357

200

2,000

47.4

0

0

0

2021

2022

2021

2022

2021

2022

*2021: Age group between 60-69 years old / 2022 : All people over 60

GRAPHIC: L. CARVAJAL

Source: Ministry of Health

Two years and four months later, the health emergency was declared. However, there was no indication that such a complex scenario would emerge. Many of the July 1 data from the Ministry of Health are objectively worse than those of the same day over the past two years. This Friday, the cumulative incidence for people over 60 years old, which is the only one measured in the "flu" phase, is at the threshold of 1,000 cases. It was 996.25 per 100,000 residents a year ago, 134.31, 47.39 among those aged 60-69, and 8.47 two years ago (after being in home confinement).

The numbers for hospitals have declined in the past twelve months. On Friday, there were 10,249 covid patients admitted. Of these, 449 were in ICU. This represents an occupancy of 8.37% (on Tuesday, it was 7.79%), and 5.06% intensive care ( 4.93%). This latest increase means that Spain moves up one step in the "covid traffic light" and is now 'controlled circulation' or 'low-risk'. Comparatively, 2 357 covid patients were admitted to hospital on July 1, 2021. This accounted for 1.94% and 584 (6.38%) respectively in the ICU (data for 2020 is not available).

Madrid has the highest number of cases per 100,000 people and Madrid is the most frequently visited. Madrid also has the highest rate of hospitalizations with 13.6% of its beds being occupied by covid patients. La Rioja, however, sets the national maximum pressure in ICU beds with 11.32%.

The Spanish Society of Emergency and Emergency Medicine warns that emergency services across the country are overloaded. This is due to an increase in demand, which has led to an increase of around 30% in charges in some areas. Covid infections are the main reason, but there are other factors that push health centers to their limits: an increase in respiratory diseases, a heat wave in June, or difficulties in Primary Care to provide appointments in short time frames, which forces patients to go straight to hospitals for emergency care.

The emergency physicians believe that the situation is "dynamited" by the shortage in doctors and the adjustment of resources due the summer holidays. They claim that Castilla-La Mancha is "saturated" with emergency personnel and that Asturias has a high number of consultations. Jose Antonio Garcia, president of Semes in Spain, says that these numbers have not been reached even during a pandemic. This is why the Valencian Community has offered more rest days to doctors who don't take vacations in July and August to help alleviate the situation.

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