Coronavirus in Brittany: Transfers of patients from other regions accelerate
Two patients in resuscitation at the Bastia hospital center will be supported at Brest CHU © Pascal Pochar-Casabiana / AFP The two patients left Bastia Airport this Wednesday to reach that of Brest. SOLIDARITY - Two patients in resuscitation at the Bastia hospital center will be supported at the Brest CHU less affected than other regions by the epidemic of Coronavirus in previous waves, Brittany had hosted patients who came Other regions.
Hospital if it is much more contagious than the delta variant, Omicron causes less symptoms of respiratory distress and therefore sends fewer patients in services critical care. © AFP.com/sebastien Bozon A patient with COVID-19 is elongated at the Hospital Pasteur in Colmar, in eastern France, April 22, 2021
the first estimates of OMICRON and intensive care passages seem to be confirmed with time. Patients with COVID-19 remain shorter in the hospital and are less sent in resuscitation when they are infected with a variant detected in November in South Africa, which has become large majority in France in recent weeks, reported on Monday the Minister of the Health, Olivier Véran. Compared to its predecessors, Omicron "gives less respiratory distress, so it sends less patients in resuscitation," the minister said at a hearing before senators.
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hospital appeared late 2021, Omicron caused an explosion of COVID cases in France, as in many other countries, because of a much higher contagiousness than the previous incarnations of the virus. But it is also clearly less dangerous, although it is still difficult to determine with certainty why - this variant confronting populations already vaccinated or infected, and therefore partially protected - and to what extent that specity will offset the explosion Cases.
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Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) has studied the share of Variant Delta and Omicron Variant in the new hospitalized patients in its services for COVID-19 On 1 December and 4 January in critical care and conventional hospitalization. These data concern 3112 patients: 491 hospitalized critical care patients and 2621 patients supported in conventional hospitalization.
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fewer hospital stays, fewer serious cases
"Omicron infected patients remain very minority in critical care, with, on average on the last week of 2021, about 19% daily entrants with Omicron in critical care and 54% in conventional hospitalization, "then confirm in a statement published Monday the Paris hospitals.
On the graphs below, the red corresponds to the Omicron variant, the blue to the delta variant, and the green is used for the positive patients for which the variant could not be determined.
Moreover, their study confirms that stays are less long at the hospital when patients are infected with the discovered variant in South Africa. "For patients in conventional hospitalization, short-term stays account for 19% of Delta-infected incoming patients and 43% for incoming patients infected with Omicron", continues the AP-HP. Read also >> Covid-19: Should we believe on the arrival of a new variant called "deltacron"?
thus, "for this patient population, and for the period studied, the probability of using critical care (either directly or after a conventional hospitalization) is three times higher in patients infected with the Variant delta only by the Omicron variant, "says the study.
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Omicron still causes "fairly strong influenza syndromes" and causes, as previous versions of the virus, "a significant increase in hospitalizations", warned Olivier Véran, with serious and even lethal forms. But "we know with sufficiently step back now (that the stays are) shorter than with the previous variants," he noted, noticing that odron seems rather affecting the upper parts of the respiratory tract (and therefore touch less the lungs that other variants). Patients hospitalized "will have three-four-day oxygen requirements and (...) Then will be able to go out," detailed the minister.
The duration of Covid hospitalizations is a crucial issue to measure how much the health system may be saturated while the wave of Omicron does not give for the time not a sign of accalmia in France. On this plan, Olivier Véran refrained from advancing on the date of a potential peak but noted that encouraging signs from the United Kingdom, where Omicron spread before France. "In the London region, where he struck first, he dropped," said the minister asked also South Africa, one of the first countries where Omicron was spotted, and where the wave related to the variant seems now passed.
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