Hospital officials said Monday that the fourth wave of COVID-19 is boosting hospitalization in Washington, D.C., with young patients making up the bulk of their workload, with some suffering from more serious illnesses than the earlier epidemic.
“We see younger patients than what we saw on earlier channels. “Patients in their 30s, 40s and 50s have been hospitalized,” said Tom Debord, chief executive of Belloway Overlake Medical Center, during a news briefing in Washington. Association of State Hospitals.
In terms of regional health in the Skagit Valley, “people in the hospital are mostly 40-50 years old,” said Dr. Connie Davis, the organisation’s chief medical officer, adding that patients between the ages of 20 and three had recently been transferred for treatment. Oxygenation of the extracorporeal membrane – advanced life support.
Davis said younger patients often have general obesity, which is associated with severe COVID-19.
Earlier last week, more than 90 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in all hospitals in Virginia Mason Francisco, according to infectious disease physician Chris Baliga.
“40% of our cases were under the age of 40, which is worrying for me. “We have never seen it before during an epidemic,” Baliga said, adding that younger patients are more likely to be ill than before.
UW Medicine is currently treating 55 COVID-19 patients at its four hospitals, more than at any time during last summer’s concussions, said spokeswoman Susan Gregg. The UW system also has a tendency to hospitalize young age groups.
But the picture is not the same in Washington. For example, Pullman Regional Hospital did not see any progress in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and positive test levels continued to decline, said spokeswoman Alison Wigley.
In the community, total COVID-19 hospitalization has risen to about 350 in the past five weeks, says WSHA President Casey Sauer.
This sign has increased to և 600 hospitalizations. “A series we haven’t seen in months,” Sauer said, adding that “this seemed to be the same trajectory we saw in November.”
It is not entirely clear what drives these trends.
The state of Washington prioritizes the availability of vaccines to people over the age of 65 in the winter, so older people are protected from the coronavirus.
“It proves that the vaccine is still effective,” Baliga said.
But hospital officials also suspect that the spread of coronavirus variants and COVID-19 fatigue in young adults may play a role. Doctors have also expressed concern over the demand for vaccines for older adults.
Baliga said the increase in B.1.1.7, first found in the UK, և other versions of the coronavirus are likely to stimulate transmission in younger age groups և may be responsible for serious illness.
“I think that’s what drives a lot of what we’re seeing in a younger population,” Baliga said, adding that he considers it the “most important” factor that drives the numbers.
Although it is becoming increasingly clear that the version found in the UK is up to 50% more transmissible than the original strains of the virus, the evidence for a more serious disease remains mixed. Large population-based analyzes in the UK suggest that mortality rates are higher among people infected with the new variant. But a more recent study of hospitalized patients found that the viral load was higher in humans, but there was no indication that the mutant virus was infecting them.
Improper maintenance of protective equipment in Washington, such as masking, distance-limiting interactions is also a potential factor in the growing number of infections.
“COVID fatigue has settled into this group, they are losing control,” Debord said of the older adults. “We have a group of people who are not yet vaccinated; they are less likely to back down.”
Vaccine demand has begun to ease across Washington, D.C., even in places like Seattle, where thousands of vaccine prescriptions were available Monday afternoon.
“We need to increase those numbers as much as possible,” Baliga said, helping to limit the spread of those who are unable or unwilling to receive a shot.
Skagit Regional Health doctor osh osh Grigs added: “It is your civic duty.”