Bologna, the doctor of Sant’Orsola: “Out of 9 hospitalizations in intensive care, 8 are not vaccinated”
“If there were no vaccine, we would have triple the number of hospitalizations, given the contagiousness of the Delta variant. Nine out of ten patients are not vaccinated: something will mean no? ”, like this Andrea Zanoni director of Covid Intensive Care, Covid intensive care in pavilion 25 of Sant’Orsola in Bologna, in an interview with the local edition of Corriere della Sera.
In the Emilian hospital, where 42 people are currently hospitalized and 10 in intensive care, the situation has worsened compared to a year ago, explains the doctor. “Admissions have increased a lot compared to August last year. We opened two inpatient wards instead of a half-empty one last summer. In intensive care I have 10 patients, up from 3-4 last year. In short, there is greater pressure, still nothing dramatic is clear, but the situation is more demanding ”, says Zanoni.
Compared to August 2020, there are more young patients among the patients. “In the ICU we also had a 23 year old boy, without comorbidities, which was intubated and then extubated. The average age has therefore dropped a lot even in ordinary hospitalizations where, however, lighter forms of disease arrive. There are very few elderly people, as well as the unvaccinated ”, says the expert. And with regard to intensive care, the Sant’Orsola doctor explains that the 9 hospitalized for bilateral pneumonia “are all unvaccinated, apart from one”.
“If we didn’t have the vaccines, we would have three times as many patients. The vaccines then do not cover 100% but 98%, so there is always that 2% chance of developing the disease which, however, is not a mild, short, light form. It is also true that vaccinated people can be contagious, but studies show that the time of contagion is reduced to a quarter, therefore with less chance of circulating the virus.Unless new variants the vaccine works. We are protecting the rich parts of the world, where a vaccination campaign has not been carried out and where there is a wide circulation of the virus, the probability of other variants developing is high, ”explains Zanoni.