Although infections are detected in young age groups, they will increase the need for hospitalization over time, hospital districts are being assessed.
Coronary infections The highest numbers are now found in the hospital districts of Helsinki and Uusimaa (Hus), Varsinais-Suomi (VSSHP) and Pirkanmaa (PSHP).
On Tuesday, the Helsinki metropolitan area and Southwest Finland and Pirkanmaa entered the worst phase of the coronavirus epidemic.
The same trends are repeated in coronary patients in hospital care in Hus, Southwest Finland and Pirkanmaa. First, coronary patients are younger than before. Second, the majority of patients requiring hospitalization do not even have a first coronavirus vaccine.
On Wednesday In Finland, there were a total of 95 corona patients in hospital care, of which 15 were in intensive care.
The highest number of patients was in hospitals in the Hus area. There were 24 of them on Wednesday, compared to 13 last Friday, says Husin vs. chief medical officer Teppo Heikkilä. On Wednesday, there were two coronary patients in Hus intensive care.
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According to Heikkilä, the increase in the need for hospital care has been predictable, and the figures are a logical consequence of the deteriorating epidemic situation. Younger age groups are also now highlighted in Hus coronary patients. Half of them, or 12, were under 50 years old.
Of Husin’s 24 patients requiring hospitalization, 18 were unvaccinated. One vaccine was given to five and the full vaccination series to one patient. All patients under 40 years of age were unvaccinated.
On Wednesday A record number of corona infections were diagnosed in Finland, a total of 872. Infections are currently most common in young age groups, especially those aged 20–29.
Although infection rates have increased, the serious consequences of the epidemic have diminished. Thanks to coronary vaccinations, for example, there are clearly fewer deaths than before.
Teppo Heikkilä states that the epidemic situation is nevertheless serious.
“Increasing vaccine coverage is changing the situation, so it’s hard to judge whether it’s more serious or less serious than in the spring. In that sense, we are facing a new one. However, we are concerned about the situation, ”says Heikkilä.
According to Heikkilä, the growing number of infections will soon be reflected in the need for hospital care in the Hus area.
“Even though there are infections in young people and they are more resistant to them, this disease is not harmless for young people either.”
Heikkilä emphasizes that although corona vaccinations are reflected in the need for hospital treatment, the current vaccine coverage of two doses is not yet sufficient due to the more contagious delta variant of the virus.
According to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), 36 per cent of the total population in Finland had received two coronavirus vaccines on Friday.
Turku there were 10 coronary patients at the central university hospital (tyks) on wednesday, none of whom were in intensive care.
In the last week, there have been a total of 15 patients, nine of whom are under 50 years of age.
Chief Infectious Disease Esa Rintala says seven of these 15 patients are completely unvaccinated. Four patients have received a full series of vaccines and one has received a single dose of vaccine. No vaccination data are available for three patients.
“It can be seen here that basic health can also be hospitalized and in poor condition,” says Rintala.
Rintalan according to Tyks, the capacity is not currently being tested, but increased infection rates create a reasonable fear of the burden of hospitalization.
“Disease rates are so high that they are inevitably reflected in hospital care,” Rintala says.
60% of infections in Turku are diagnosed in people aged 20–29. Only about half of them have received the first dose of the vaccine.
“We have no reason to think they are safe from hospitalization. It is possible that the hospital situation will deteriorate very quickly, ”says Rintala.
At the moment, Rintala says that he is watching the music festivals in Turku with horror.
“After all, no one really thinks they won’t get infections.”
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In Turku according to Rintala, the main problem is burdened infection tracing. About half of the infections in the area are currently traceable, up from about 80 percent in the past.
“All in all, there are so many people infected that no infection tracking mechanism can keep up.”
In addition to the holiday season, tracing is hampered by, among other things, vaccinations and maintaining border health security.
“The situation is pretty bad: healthcare workers are torn everywhere,” Rintala says.
Rintala states that when risk groups are largely vaccinated, the number of infections alone is no longer an essential indicator of the disease situation. He stresses the need to take into account the increased hospital burden and poorly functioning infection tracking. The proportion of positive tests has also risen from 3.6 per cent to 5.1.
“Here, all the gauges are red at the moment,” Rintala says.
Tampere A dozen coronary patients were treated at the University Hospital (Tays) on Wednesday, says the chief infection specialist Jaana Syrjänen. According to him, the figure varies from day to day. According to Syrjänen, there were “some patients” in intensive care, but he does not specify the figure on the grounds of privacy.
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Of the 30 coronary patients hospitalized in Pirkanmaa in June-July, 16 were aged 20–39. There were eight patients aged 40 to 59 years, and the remaining six patients were aged 60 to 79 years.
“The situation has changed during June – July and the beginning of August. Those in need of hospital care are younger than before, ”says Syrjänen. He encourages even younger age groups to apply for a coronary vaccine as soon as possible.
Also in Pirkanmaa, the majority of coronary patients who have recently been hospitalized have been unvaccinated. Of the patients in need of hospitalization in June – July, 23 were unvaccinated. One dose of vaccine has been given to five and a full series of vaccinations to two hospitalized coronary patients.
Syrjänen said in the media information of the regional pandemic group held on Tuesday that last week in Pirkanmaa more than 70 percent of the infections could be traced. Infected and exposed have been contacted in less than a day.
“Tracing has really thrown jobs,” Syrjänen said.
“There is probably no possibility of much greater work efficiency here.”