Proof of the arrival of the 9th wave of Covid in the Pyrénées-Orientales, the constant increase in hospitalizations in Perpignan. Consequence of a vaccination that marks time.
“The curve shows a regular increase. The incidence rate and the number of hospitalizations have been increasing for three weeks. This progression heralds a complicated period during the celebration of the end of the year”. The head of the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Perpignan Hospital confirms the concern that returned to the Covid front in early December.
“Today, December 7, there are 19 Covid patients admitted to SMIT, 4 treated in intensive care and more than 20 Covid patients admitted for another pathology. Severe forms are reappearing, especially in elderly patients. Unfortunately, we have all the ingredients for a situation that will become more tense at the end of the year holidays and their mixing of populations”, he adds.
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With the strike of the analysis laboratories, the thermometer of the epidemic remained sluggish for a few days, but now the test results increase the incidence. It is more than 400 per 100,000 inhabitants in the department, when it flirts with 900 in Hautes-Pyrénées.
“Vaccination is far behind now”, regrets Hugues Aumaître. “Don’t hesitate, a booster dose is needed six months after the last one. The elderly and the most frail will make it through their 4th.e or 5e dose according to their vaccination schedule. We offer double Covid-19 vaccinations. It is now. Especially since the peak of the flu epidemic is expected in mid-January.
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Finally, the specialist specifies that with the new variant of Omicron, BQ1.1: “The monoclonal antibodies that are in use are no longer effective. It is therefore more than ever necessary to protect immunocompromised people. The most effective means is vaccination of the person and his entourage”.