United States: The number of people getting admitted to the health care centre of Florida has increased by 25 percent in the previous four weeks to over 4,400 patients as BA.5 has started exerting its dominance in the state.
At West Boca Medical Center, Dr Cory Harlow observes infected patients coming into the emergency department with most of the similar symptoms they raised during the early days of COVID in Florida, including high fever and shortness of breath and pneumonia.
He mentioned in the statement, “COVID hospitalizations were trending down and then with this strain, they took a left turn.”
Along with this, after a spring lull, the COVID floors at many hospitals reopen to serve two distinct patient populations. According to Florida statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the first category consists of patients whose COVID symptoms cannot be controlled at home. These people are primarily seniors over 70, with a huge majority over 80.
Few are really ill and require acute care, despite the fact that most have co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses. COVID patients occupied only 7% of the state’s intensive-care beds as of Friday.
The President & Chief Executive Officer of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Mark Doyle, stated, “Ventilators are only used in severe cases, and they are a fraction of what they were before.”
Even those who are hospitalized for COVID spend just three to four days to treat their symptoms, down from seven or more just a few months ago, according to Doyle.
Furthermore, the majority of COVID complications patients who were hospitalized in previous rounds lacked vaccination. However, in this outbreak, not even immunizations that have been shown to be quite successful at avoiding serious disease are keeping everyone out of the hospital.