Covid: Re-infection rises to 8.4% in a week

Last week, the proportion of COVID-19 cases out of the total reported cases was 8.4%, an increase compared to the previous week (7.5%). This came through the expanded report published by the Higher Institute of Health in which it was confirmed that in the period from August 24, 2021 to June 22, 2022, 556,406 cases of infection were reported again, which is equivalent to 4.0% of the total reported cases. Analysis of reinfection risk as of December 6, 2021 (the reference date for the start of prevalence of the Omicron variant) highlights an increased risk in unvaccinated women, women and in younger age groups.

At this point in the Covid trend in Italy, which is characterized by the circulation of highly transmissible variables “there may have been a sharp increase in the number of people who became infected and were not notified to monitoring systems for reasons of non-diagnosis or ‘self’.” -Diagnostics. This could potentially It leads to an underestimation of the infection rate, and therefore the relative risks and efficacy of vaccination.”

Vaccine efficacy (reduced percentage of risk when vaccinated over unvaccinated) in the Omicron period (from January 3, 2022) in preventing Sars-CoV-2 infection is 54% in those who received a booster dose (40% in 90 days after the end of vaccination cycle, 31% between 91 and 120 days, and 46% after 120 days). For severe disease, it is 86% in booster-dose vaccination (69% in full-cycle vaccination for less than 90 days, 68% for 91 and 120 days, and 71% for more than 120 days).

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 406,177 cases of the population aged 0-19 years have been diagnosed and reported to the Integrated Surveillance System for COVID-19, of which 19,398 have been hospitalized, 428 are in intensive care, and 57 have died. The Higher Institute of Health notes this in the expanded report published today that incorporates weekly monitoring. Compared with the new surveillance data, the incidence and hospitalization rate are increasing across all age groups for this population “although – the ISS emphasizes – that data referring to the last week should be taken into account beforehand for standardization.” It is also low compared to the previous week, according to the ISS – the proportion of cases reported in the school-age population (13%) compared to the rest of the population. Picture shown In the past week, 19% of school-aged cases were diagnosed in children under five, 30% in the 5-11-year-old group, and 50% in the 12-19-year-old group.

Hope: the injured should stay at home
The bulk of the restrictions have been gradually overcome and reviews are not put on the agenda, the challenge is to focus on the responsibility of individuals, but those affected must stay at home: isolation is not discussed. In an interview with Republica, Health Minister Roberto Speranza emphasized the importance of individual behavior. Like a mask in some cases. The most vulnerable must always be protected, and the vaccination campaign will resume with the autumn calls, which will engage as much as possible local authorities – family doctors and pharmacies – and reopen some large centres.

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