MANAUS – Roraima has entered a critical state when it comes to the bed occupancy rate of Covid-19, reaching a percentage of 82%, according to the Covid-19 report of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), published on Wednesday, 8. According to the document, the state has few beds available for the disease.
According to infectologist Nelson Barbosa, this number is the result of a series of factors. “We need to analyze the vaccination issue in the state, besides seeing how much of the population has taken the first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which has been the biggest weapon to fight the virus”, he highlighted.
Nelson also reported that the coverage with the second dose is low. “This further entails the increase in the occupation of these beds, because the vaccine doesn’t make you not catch it, it just won’t make the person have severe symptoms, so it is important to complete the vaccination cycle, to thus ensure immunization”, he explained.
The infectologist also warned about the advance of the Delta variant. “Besides the vaccination coverage there is still the issue of the Delta variant advance that has been having a very large increase and leaving experts increasingly on alert”, he warned.
The report also points out that in the other states of the country, it is already possible to see an improvement in the occupancy of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, with more than 90% of the states and 85% of the capitals already out of alert. Rio de Janeiro, which was also in a critical state in the bed occupancy rate, had a drop from 72% to 66%, which left the place in intermediate alert.
“The simultaneous and proportional reduction of these indicators shows that the vaccination campaign is achieving the goal of protecting the population from the impact of the disease. However, the still high rate of positivity in tests and the high lethality rate of the disease (currently at 3%) reveals that the transmission of the virus is intense and several asymptomatic or unconfirmed cases may be occurring, without registration in the information systems”, say researchers from the Observatory.
They also state that there is a need to interrupt the chain of transmission of the virus, but that can only be achieved with the advance of vaccination, which extends the vaccination coverage to adolescents 12 to 17 years old, and the booster dose for the elderly, people with chronic diseases, and immunosuppressed people.
Among the vaccination that takes place in Roraima, more than 366 thousand doses were applied in the state, with 274,328 people who took the first dose, more than 82 thousand completed the vaccination cycle and more than 9 thousand were immunized with a single dose. Comparing the vaccineable population with the population that took the first dose of vaccine, the percentage is 55% and comparing the total population with those who completed the vaccination cycle the percentage is only 12%.
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