■ at the Roman Hospital, between September 25 and October 3, 84 patients were rapidly tested for the detection of the SARS COV 2 virus, 12 being confirmed positive ■ at Pediatrics, the number of children tested was 43, and 3 were diagnosed with Covid 19
According to the information provided by the spokesperson of the Romanian Municipal Emergency Hospital, Andreea Trifan, during the period 25.09.2023 – 03.10.2023, within the CPU, 84 patients were tested for the detection of the Covid 19 virus. Of these, 12 were confirmed positive . In Pediatrics, during the same period, there were 43 tests on children, three of which were infected.
“Today, October 3, within the Roman SMU wards, 11 adult patients, tested positive for Covid-19, are hospitalized. And in the Pediatrics department, a minor who tested positive for Covid is admitted,” Andreea Trifan said. According to information provided by the World Health Organization, a new subvariant, which derives from the Omicron variant, is called XBB.1.5 and appears to be the most contagious to date.
At the end of December last year, according to the WHO, 41% of confirmed Covid cases in the United States were due to the variant also nicknamed “Kraken”, after the legendary sea monster. “At the beginning of December, only 2% of US COVID patients were infected with the XBB.1.5 variant. At the beginning of January, more than 50% is registered. This is an amazing growth.
Probably XBB.1.5. it will become the dominant variant in Europe as well, possibly by the end of January next year”, says Paul Hunter, epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain, who also claims that the virus is now able to bypass immunity. The new strain is particularly resistant to antibodies.
It takes longer for the body’s defense system to decide what type of antibodies to produce to prevent the virus from multiplying in the body. It is important because the evolution of the disease depends on the amount of virus circulating in the body. According to early indications, XBB.1.5 is no more dangerous than previous Omicron subvariants, however, experts fear that the rapid spread of the new strain could lead to an increase in the number of people with serious symptoms.
These are similar to other variants of Omicron, according to epidemiologist Michael Head, the new sub-variant comes at an inopportune time for health systems around the world. Infectious disease experts believe that humanity will not get rid of COVID-19 anytime soon, which means that other subvariants will always emerge. “In the long term, we need a second-generation vaccine, which protects against infections and diseases caused by all variants of the Coronavirus”, the specialists also claim.
In 2023, after several months of very low infection rates, infectious disease doctors noticed that the transmission of the disease caused by the SARS Cov 2 virus (COVID-19) began to increase in some countries, both in the European space and in the rest of the countries. Specialists also say that so far the severity of the disease does not seem to reach the levels of the pandemic.
But globally, vulnerable people with multiple diseases, immunosuppression, infants or the elderly over 65 can develop more severe forms of the disease. The percentages specific to this group of coronaviruses have exceeded 50% in several European countries. In Austria it is spread 70%, in Belgium 62%, Denmark 65%, France 56%, Germany 61%, Iceland 52%, Ireland 63%, Italy 52%, Netherlands 61%, Portugal 64% % and Sweden 53%.
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