Darias advances that work is being done to distinguish between hospitalized with and by Covid




The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has announced that “progress and work” are being made in distinguish between hospitalized with and for Covid-19 in daily data reports.

“We are moving forward and working, although not yet profiled, to see if we can distinguish between hospitalized with Covid-19 and by Covid-19, which is an issue that in many hospitals and in some autonomous communities they are already doing, but we have to move forward, ”he explained this Thursday in his appearance before the Health and Consumption Commission of the Congress of Deputies.

The minister has pointed out that “there are many people who enter for Covid-19 and others who enter to have an operation are given the corresponding PCR and it turns out that it is positive and asymptomatic.”

“We have to continue advancing in this consideration,” he stressed. Once the hospitalized are separated, it could also be done in the deceased, Darias specified.

For example, in the Community of Madrid, its Deputy Minister of Public Health and Healthcare, Antonio Zapatero, explained last Tuesday that 38 percent of adult admissions are with Covid-19, that is, they do so for other diseases and not for pathologies associated with the coronavirus. In Pediatrics they are 46 percent and in intensive care units (ICU) 37.7 percent.

new surveillance system

The minister has defended the need to “start working, from reflection, calm and sharing” the adapting to a new surveillance system and control of Covid-19, once the sixth wave is over. «We have been recovering normality in our social relations. And we have to continue adapting our strategic responses to the epidemiological situation at all times. In accordance with the evidence that is being generated, with the international response, with the lessons learned and in a joint and coordinated manner,” he argued.

It is a process of evaluating a possible modification of the strategies that have already been initiated by the experts of the SNS Interterritorial Council Alert Report, and whose debate is being promoted by Spain in the context of the European Union, “with the aim of determining the best options to deal with a pandemic disease that little little by little it is acquiring endemic characteristics, at least in our environment».

Thus, the minister has called for a reflection on the changes that are progressively taking place in the epidemiology of Covid-19, given the current situation compared to previous waves, both due to the high vaccination coverage, the increasingly widespread presence, of the Ómicron variant (which already represents between 73 and 95 percent of the cases sequenced in Spain), as well as the incidents recorded during the pandemic, with 7.5 million reported cases.

In line, and despite this sixth wave, Darias has argued that Spain is “in a situation that is not the same as previous waves, due to high vaccination coverage or the characteristics of the Omicron variant. “After two years of the pandemic, we are determined to continue looking for horizons from co-governance and joint action at the European level, moving from emergency surveillance to one of higher quality,” he explained.

In this sense, Darias has detailed that thanks to the high vaccination coverage, the probability of hospitalization has been reduced by 7 since last year (6.5% in 2021 compared to 0.9% in 2022), the probability of admission to ICU and death is 12 times lower than in 2021 (0.9% vs. 0.07% for both indicators).

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