Thursday, October 28

ICU beds occupied by COVID patients are now less than 5% and the incidence falls to 40 cases

The incidence stands this Thursday at 40.52 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, for the first time since the end of July 2020. The figures for the pandemic continue to decline, and on this day Health notifies an ICU occupancy rate below the 5%.

The age group that registers the highest cumulative incidence and that falls within the vaccination campaign is that of people between 40 and 49 years of age, with 45.15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; while those who report a lower rate are those aged 12 to 19, with 28.11 cases. The stratum that continues to present a higher incidence are people under 12 years of age, who have not yet received any anti-COVID dose, with 55.99 cases.

The Ministry of Health has notified 1,932 new infections this Thursday, making a total of 4,982,138 positive since the start of the pandemic. It represents a decrease with respect to the previous day of this Wednesday, when 2,758 infections were reported since Monday.

Catalunya, which adds 464 new cases; Madrid, with 305 new positives; and Andalusia, with 228 are the regions with the highest number of new cases.

Hospitalizations continue with a downward trend and this Thursday 1,854 hospitalizations were reported. On the other hand, ICU occupancy drops to 4.98%, and COVID patient bed occupancy is 1.52%.

In addition, 48 deaths have been registered, representing a total of 86,917 deaths since the beginning of the health crisis due to COVID-19. It is a slight rise compared to this Wednesday, when Health reported 42 deaths since the beginning of the week.

The greatest risk of exposure to the coronavirus in hospitals is not in the rooms but in the corridors

The greatest risk of coronavirus infection in a hospital can occur in areas that are not directly exposed to infected patients. A study based on the measurement of the air inside the Son Espases hospital (Mallorca) and published in the magazine Environmental Research has yielded a surprising result: the RNA of the virus is present outside the rooms of the infected and, in addition, the concentration is higher in the corridors than inside.

After this finding, researchers from the Institute for Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA-CSIC) warn that it is urgent to improve ventilation in these common areas of the COVID-19 wings of hospitals and remind that it is important that the staff is protected also outside the rooms to avoid nosocomial infection in the toilets.

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