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391 - Covid late 2022

UnknownWe appear to have moved to a position in which we pretend that Covid no longer exists. Yet people still go down with it, are absent from work becasue of it and remain not quite well for a long time afterwards.

We remain at around the 4% mark in England and Wales, 5% in Scotland and 6% in Northern Ireland, on figures to the last week of July. That's 2.3 million Brits recognised as having Covid from the ONS survey.        By the second week of September, ONS thinks we're at 1 in 70 in Eng, 1 in 95 in Wales and about 1 in 50 in the other two nations. That's from the report for the end of August.

 It seems to me that this is an issue which the general public may view as belonging in hospital. If so, I'm quite sure that this has horrid consequences for anyone working within the NHS. Having 11,000 cases in hospital with covid at the last measure is appalling and implies that covid is being spread within the NHS. Thus the staff are significantly at risk and this is going to do nothiing good for staff recruitment or retention.

I found the count of covid patients in hospital: on 220220730 there were 10,529 in England. [Source 4] after a recent peak of 13,840 on 20220717. I struggled to find how many patients there are in hospital irrespective of covid. The weekly covid admissions and beds publication Weekly Admissions and Beds 11 August 2022 (XLSX, 1.9MB) says that, on 17th July there were 73189 non-covid patients (Adult G&A occupied) and 12161 of the same but with covid. That's very close to a seventh of the total G&A beds with covid patients. Note how that doesn't entirely agree with the 13840 figure, where the difference are not adults, or occupying a more extreme bed such as with a ventilator. For the 0730 date the figures are 9468 and 77034, making just under 11% of those G&A adult beds. For 20220809, 7696 and 70945, 9.8%. But that is still more than twice the percentage rate in the general English population.

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[1]   https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/  dashboard for the date, 202208... The link is going to be more up to date than my screen dump.

[2]   Go to Covid dashboard @ Guardian  for the current position. 

[2a] update page (a possible example of link rot) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/01/covid-19-uk-cases-deaths-vaccinations-latest-numbers-coronavirus-national-data

[3] ONS:  https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronaviruscovid19infectionsurveypilot/5august2022


[4] https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/healthcare

[5]  Weekly Admissions and Beds 11 August 2022 (XLSX, 1.9MB) 

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