Covid and flu in the UK

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Herainestold
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Re: Covid and flu in the UK

Post by Herainestold » Mon Apr 11, 2022 3:16 pm

Brutal Easter in store for NHS
Health chiefs want Britons to follow a string of new Covid measures to fight record infection rates in the UK and ease pressure on the NHS.

NHS Confederation accused No10 of 'abandoning any interest in Covid whatsoever', warning that hospitals are set to deal with a 'brutal Easter as bad as any winter'.

The group, which acts as a representative for hospitals and ambulance trusts, called for 'mitigating actions' to stop the spread of the virus, such as not meeting people indoors and wearing masks in crowded spaces.
The easing of rules has coincided with infection rates spiralling to the highest levels seen throughout the pandemic, with one in 13 people estimated to be infected at the start of the month.

Health bosses say the situation — fuelled by rising Covid rates and staff sickness — is impacting its ability to tackle the record backlog of patients needing care.

Millions of patients have already been told to stay away from busy A&E units unless they are genuinely dying, while ambulance services have urged some to make their own way to hospital.

The number of virus-infected patients in hospital last week breached 20,000 — the highest since February 2021. Although, figures also show thousands aren't primarily ill with the virus.
This whole sad situation was so predictable from the easing of restrictions.

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Re: Covid and flu in the UK

Post by headshot » Tue Apr 12, 2022 11:49 am

The number of virus-infected patients in hospital last week breached 20,000 — the highest since February 2021. Although, figures also show thousands aren't primarily ill with the virus.
So…🤷🏻

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Re: Covid and flu in the UK

Post by OffTheRock » Tue Apr 12, 2022 11:47 pm

headshot wrote:
Tue Apr 12, 2022 11:49 am
The number of virus-infected patients in hospital last week breached 20,000 — the highest since February 2021. Although, figures also show thousands aren't primarily ill with the virus.
So…🤷🏻
So just because they weren't primarily in for covid, doesn't mean that the covid itself isn't causing them issues. Or that they would be admitted to hospital if they didn't have covid. The not primarily ill with covid is also quite likely to include people who have complications of covid. It's a bit of a fuzzy distinction. In addition, attempting to use the sort of infection control measures you'd use for flu or noro is closing down wards left, right and centre in addition to the ones that are 'hot wards'. A trust only had 1/3 of it's beds available for non-covid patients a few weeks ago. We're basically on a 'forget routine/elective stuff, don't admit anybody unless you have to, discharge as many as possible' plan. It'll be interesting to see what the re-admission within 48hrs stats look like for the country when they are released.

Hospitals are totally f.cked right now. I don't remember it ever being this bad and certainly not in f.cking April.

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Re: Covid and flu in the UK

Post by Chris Preston » Thu May 05, 2022 11:13 pm

We had our first flurona death this week (someone infected with both SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses). We have had a large surge in cases, many in children, following borders opening and school starting. Roughly 25% of the population has now recorded a positive test. The coarse death rate has now settled to about 1 in 1000 cases, but that is still more than 10 times the rate for influenza. COVID-19 is going to remain more than just another virus for some time yet.

I got my flu vaccine yesterday. I remain leery of catching SARS-CoV-2, but don't want to have influenza at the same time.
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