Santiago. – Health authorities in Chile Thursday reported a “drastic change” in the age of patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) in relation to the first wave of Corona VirusA: They are now under 39 and over 70.
Besides reporting a new daily record of infection (8,195) and the number of patients admitted to UCIS (3,44), assistance networks agent, Alfredo Dujnac, said the trend is to change the age of those who are now hospitalized. Covid-19 He had already been standardized.
“There is a steady decline in the number of patients over the age of 70 and the stability of patients between the ages of 60 and 70. Of concern, however, is the continuing rise in groups under the age of 59. Even the group under the age of 39 exceeds those over the age of 39. At the age of 70, “said Dujnac.
He added, “This means that more patients under the age of 39 and over the age of 70 are entering intensive care units, which represents a fundamental change in relation to the first wave.”
This change can be explained by two factors. Firstly, due to the effect of mass vaccination, which was launched by Chile on February 3, which has already reached 7.2 million people with at least one dose, and secondly, due to the emergence of new types of the virus.
A comprehensive vaccination program has begun for those over the age of 90. To date, the vaccine has received 2 million 932,000 907 people over the age of 60.
The government’s goal is to vaccinate 15.2 million people (80% of the country’s total population) before June 30.
A first study on vaccination effectiveness, conducted by the University of Chile, identified the combined use of the two vaccines from the American Pzifer and the Chinese Sinovac laboratory – which are both used in Chile – to have an infection prevention efficacy of 56.5% 14 days after the second dose was applied.
However, the progress of vaccination is occurring in parallel with a new spike in infections, which prompted the authorities to impose quarantines practically across the country and close the borders since Monday.
During this day, 183 deaths were reported.
In total, Chile has one million 51,270 injured and 23,979 confirmed deaths.
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