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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Seventh Covid wave already puts ER in “critical condition”

Iria Miguens Blanco and Jose Polo García.

Warning from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) rise in covid cases Due to the proliferation of omicron sublineages (BA.4 and BA.5.), it is already A reality in hospital centers and primary care Spanish. Both health levels have detected an increase in demand for health care linked to COVID in this last week, which leaves Emergency in a “critical” situation, meanwhile he The first level of care does not enter a “collapse”” for now.

“We have seen increase in casesespecially in the last week, Also, any increase is already Critical For us because emergencies are very stressful. Iria Miguens Blanco, a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Society of Emergency and Emergency Medicine (SEMS), says, “With some professionals we have a great care load who are exhausted because they are not able to rest between one thing and another. Huh.” ,

The expert assured that with the advent of BA.4 and BA.5 in Spain, the demand for healthcare due to COVID has been increasing progressively over the past month. “It is noted that we are under a demand for assistance much older than a fortnight ago And more than a month ago. It’s been a progressive climb and now it’s a Critical moment for the ER”Details Minguens Blanco, who also recalls that we must “believe” that the diagnosis of COVID is low because many patients are not being tested.

Increased demand in primary, but without saturation

Primary care doctors have also discovered that the seventh wave of Kovid is already in Spain. “it is us again seeing a rise in cases, The demand for care has increased and it should be kept in mind that only symptomatic or suspected patients are tested by the protocol. In that sense, we are looking at a Increased requests from patients with symptoms”Assures Jose Polo García, president of the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (Semergen).

The expert recalls that the situation in primary care has not been good for a long time and with the expectation of summer due to lack of replacement and sick leave, it is worse, however, he assures that “at the moment” the demand is for the care of COVID patients. For “It’s not overcrowding in health centers.”

mild but more severe symptoms

The trend that health professionals have been finding so far in the pandemic wave is patients with mild symptoms, but they have been shown to be more intense than what they experienced in the last wave of Covid.

“The symptoms we’re looking for areThey are lightweight. However, it seems that the symptoms are worse than in the last wave. Symptoms are mild, but show more clearly, In addition, we are seeing that many patients are people who have already had covid”, explains Polo García.

Miguens Blanco is in the same vein: “Symptoms are mild, but in a patient profile that is neither elderly nor immunosuppressed as this is not the case in these patients. In these we have to focus on the presence of severity as symptoms of pneumonia.” keep appearing.The rest, in general, are mildly clinical Catarrhal picture, fever, sore throat or gastrointestinal pain”,

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