Caruana: “In ten days, covid beds increased from 2% to 16%”

Argentina started in 2022 with the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, which could have been delayed by the massive vaccination of its population. In Rosario, infections increased exponentially in the last ten days and the percentage of occupied covid beds went from 2% to 16% of the total number of places.

“The 2% of beds (as of January 3) is not the same as the 16% we had yesterday,” said the municipal health secretary, Leonardo Caruana, on Radio 2 on Thursday.

“There is still a percentage of people who are not having a good time and need to be admitted, especially in general wards and not so much in intensive care,” explained the official.

Caruana clarified that “this percentage has nothing to do with the first and second waves” but pointed out that the large number of infected (with peaks of more than three thousand new positives detected per day) generates “a scenario of tension in the guards and in health centers ”.

The local secretary spoke of “anxiety and uncertainty” and even “fear” but asked “to be calm.” And he warned about the current health crisis: “It is an epidemic more of swabs than of disease.”

In addition, Caruana clarified: “only accessing the swab by the swab itself does not make sense, in addition you are in close contact with other people in the queue”; in any case it is better to isolate yourself. And he asked to leave those places for “people at risk or pregnant women who need it more” and may have a serious illness (in general they are older adults with comorbidities and those who are not vaccinated).

Caruana stated that “for 90% of those infected the symptoms are much milder” and are similar to a flu. “But we do not know how far the infections are going to go and we have isolated personnel who delay the swabbing processes,” he clarified about saturation in the health system.

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