Pyrrho wrote: ↑Mon Jan 10, 2022 3:31 pm
I have no idea, really. All I can do is the best I can with the information I have at the time. I can't keep up with conspiracy theories and AHA!!! takes on any of this.
As Dr. X reminded me in another thread, the term "hospitalized covid patients" is vague because it includes both people hospitalized "for" covid and those hospitalized "with" covid.
It is abundantly clear now that being vaccinated doesn't mean you won't catch the virus anymore. However, it does still mean that your likelihood of having severe covid is reduced. In the omicron wave, a growing proportion of those hospitalized "with" covid are people who were hospitalized for other reasons, but who test positive (because they have to test everyone who they admit).
The information is sometimes buried deep in stories with alarming headlines focused on the total numbers:
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/ ... 155390002/
Many hospitalized patients who have COVID were admitted to the hospital because of other medical conditions. Of the 6,075 currently hospitalized with COVID, 2,963 of them — about 49% — are hospitalized primarily because of their COVID diagnosis. The rest were hospitalized for other reasons, and then tested positive for COVID in the hospital.
On the downside, this influx of patients also coincides with a shortage of staff, who must stay home for 5 days if they test positive.
But those with COVID who are hospitalized for other illnesses still pose a complication for hospitals, since they must be isolated in COVID-only parts of the hospital, away from other patients. In addition, COVID becomes a condition that could exacerbate their principal diagnosis, Persichilli said.
Among those hospitalized are 82 children with COVID, though the virus was the primary diagnosis for 27 of them, Persichilli said.
Even as they must deal with growing numbers of patients, hospitals are also grappling with serious staff depletions due to COVID. On Sunday, there were 340 new infections among staff, who must then isolate at home for five days. That comes on the heels of 469 new cases Saturday, and 586, 853 and 851 new cases in the previous days.