Three days consecutively, the number of patients treated with intensive care by covid-19 decreased. On Friday morning, 395 patients were treated at IVA for this disease, compared to 417 patients on Tuesday. A small, but clear, reduction in percentage.
In several of the regions that recently had the most patients within IVA in relation to their population, decreases are visible, such as in Gävleborg, Dalarna and Örebro.
However, intensive care physician Johnny Hillgren, in charge of the intensive care unit, thinks it’s a little too early to talk about a trend break.
– It has fluctuated before. In addition, there is a lot of variation. Some regions are on the rise, while others are still on the decline. But it is very positive that it does not continue to increase at the national level, he says.
However, the situation in health care is still very tense. Several regions, such as Uppsala, have warned that they have reached their maximum capacity or are very close in terms of intensive care, and as recently as yesterday, Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren (S) called a press conference where she called on everyone on to better adhere to current advice and restrictions.
If the decline turns out to be a trend break, then it follows almost exactly the same pattern as last year. On April 25-26, 2020, the vast majority of covid patients were cared for in intensive care because of covid-19. According to the intensive care unit, a total of 558 patients received intensive care for this disease at the same time. Thereafter, the curve turned downwards, a decline that continued until the beginning of September, when the number of admitted patients began to rise again before the so-called second wave.
Does the same thing apply again? Nobody knows. But for the first time in a long time, a change to the positive is seen.
According to Karin Tegmark Wisell, head of the Swedish public health bureau, the spread of infection has slowed somewhat, although the bureau is very cautious and believes it is too early to call the decline a real reduction.
– If you look at the number of reported cases, about which we have a fairly direct report, we can state that the number of reported cases in the first three days this week was less than the first three days last week . We can also state that we have two weeks in a row because we do not have an increase but are on a plateau at the national level. So there are some glimmers of light, says Karin Tegmark Wisell to TT.
According to the previous scenario of the Public Health Agency, the spread of infection would be at its highest at the end of April and then decrease.
Johan Nilsson / TT
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