Covid, omicron pneumonia: the case

The increase in Covid-19 infections is once again worrying. From a health services management point of view more than purely clinical. If on the one hand, in fact, with the increase in infection, there is also a slight increase in forms PneumoniaOn the other hand, lethality appears to have abated.

Numbers

71,947 cases of coronavirus were recorded in Italy as of July 3, 2022, according to Covid figures and data – region by region – in the bulletin of Civil Protection and the Ministry of Health. 57 deaths recorded. One million current positives have been crossed in Italy: in total 1,009,943. Cases were identified on 262,557 swabs with a 27.4% positivity rate. The Covid patients admitted to hospital wards are 7,212 (+177). In intensive care, there are 291 patients (+16).

Pneumonia, situation

“There is a slight increase in Covid pneumonia in these weeks of ‘high infection curve’ but it is very mild forms, which resolve within a few days and few patients require resuscitation.” So in Adnkronos Salute Massimo AndreoniHead of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in Rome and Scientific Director of the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT), where he assessed the case of hospitalization with Covid.

“On average, we find this pneumonia in old and frail people, even in vaccinated people, but that’s normal today because we’re now more than 90% of Italians who are vaccinated and cured,” Andreoni recalls. on the growth of infectionFeeling that the immunity conferred by the vaccine and re-infection provides an excellent protective “booster”Suppose everyone who has been vaccinated and tested positive has this little solace,” concludes the chief medical officer.

“Today, of the 10 people hospitalized, as many as 8-9 have no symptoms compatible with SARS-CoV-2 infection.” So in Adnkronos Salute Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the San Martino Clinic in Genoa, while Italy records an increase in COVID infections, also driven by the Omicron 5 variant, and an increase in hospitalizations. 80-90% of hospitalizations are positive, but asymptomatic or few. Therefore, patients so far who develop interstitial or bilateral pneumonia, with a difficult picture, are less than 10-15%,” says Bassetti.

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