“60% of those admitted to our ICU are not vaccinated”


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The head of the ICU at Hospital Donostia has explained that, although only 10% of those over 12 years of age are not vaccinated, they occupy most of the intensive care beds.

The FIA they find each other better than in the first wave thanks to vaccination, but the infections are increasing and the situation is getting worse. Currently, more than 6 out of 10 patients treated in the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Donostia are not vaccinated, despite the fact that this group, that of the unvaccinated, only represents 10% of the population over 12 years of age, according to the head of the ICU of the Donostia Hospital, Félix Zubia, in Euskadi Irratia.

Zubia explained that “the situation is critical, incidence level is the same as in spring 2020, and then we all end up at home. Hospitals were filled, ICUs were filled, there were many deaths in nursing homes … Now, thanks to vaccination, the situation is better, but it is bad, and it is seriously affecting the health system. Today, only emergency and cancer-related interventions are carried out. “

ICUs are at 150%We have the possibility of opening more beds, but that means leaving other patients, because all staff are used for covid, such as operating room staff. The situation is not as bad as in March 2020, but it is bad and we have to do something, “he reflected. Thus, he remarked that the first measure is convince those who have not been vaccinated to do so, providing data: “Being vaccinated cuts virus transmission by around 50%, and in case of contagion it helps to overcome the disease well. In our ICU, fewer than 40% are vaccinated and more than 60% are not vaccinated. You are more at risk not getting vaccinated than getting vaccinated. “

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He has also warned that the current incidence is collapsing primary care: “In a single day, 3,200 cases have been exceeded in Hego Euskal Herria. Similar monitoring cannot be carried out.”

The intensivist doctor has once again asked citizens to take precautions, do not meet in closed places, put aside group meals and meetings, do not remove the mask in closed places and ventilate these well.

He has also asked the authorities to take measures because “the later they are taken, the worse it will be.”

Regarding the covid passportZubia has said that he understands it more as an element to promote vaccination than to avoid infections and believes that “it is better to convince with data.”

You have warned that the omicron variant It will spread quickly, but it is not yet known if it will be milder or more lethal than the previous ones and has called for compliance with the measures now that delta is hitting hard and the new variant will be joined very soon. “We will take four to six weeks to know what consequences omicron will have,” he predicted.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate spaces, keep a safe distance, and wash hands.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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