68% of residents of centers for the elderly in the Canary Islands have contracted COVID
There are currently 7,224 elderly people in residential centers for the elderly in the Canary Islands, of which 67.5%, or a total of 4,879 people, have already been infected with the coronavirus.According to data on the incidence of COVID in Spanish social health centers collected in the latest report prepared by IMERSO.
96.7% of seniors in the facility with confirmed infection have overcome the disease, while 3.3% died from the virus. Specific,
From the start of the health crisis to August 7, 161 people with confirmed infections diedWhile the other seven people died with symptoms favorable to COVID but without being diagnosed.
2,300 people have been infected in centers for the elderly since the withdrawal of anti-Covid measures
decrease in mortality rate
Since April, 35 people have died from the virus at home, representing a mortality rate of 1.5%.
Before the sixth wave, the death toll from Covid in nursing homes was 31.7%, that is, one in three infected died.
About half of those infected in nursing homes in the Canary Islands, in particular,
46% have been infected in the last four months, coincides with a relaxation of anti-Covid measures. Particularly during this period, 2,300 people were infected.
Between April and August, deaths from COVID among users of nursing homes in the archipelago were 1.5%Since then, 35 people have died out of 2,300 infected.
This rate is far from being recorded in this type of social health center in December 2021, before the sixth wave and the effects of the vaccines were widely seen. during this time,
Of the 293 people infected in the island’s nursing home, 93 died, i.e. the Kovid mortality among residents was 31.7%.
According to the head of the Epidemiology and Prevention Section of the General Directorate of Public Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Amos García Rojas, the fact is that almost half of the people living in centers for the elderly of the Canaries The islands are infected and remember that
The archipelago is the community that has recorded the fewest deaths in these social and health centersThe epidemiologist specifies: “In the vulnerable context such as the habitat, the number of deaths is very low and this testifies to the good functioning of the vaccines.”
The president of the Spanish Association of Vaccinology believes that,
Although the vaccine does not prevent infection, it reduces the risk of serious complications., which was appreciated during the last two waves in the habitats. “That’s when vaccines came in and the huge impact that infections had on the number of infections didn’t translate into increased mortality in the most vulnerable populations,” says -he.
In any case, he believes that the elderly remain the main victims of the virus. “Vulnerability to Sars-Cov-2 is linked to the age factor. The older you are, the higher your risk of serious complications. In fact, Garcia confirms that before the elderly were vaccinated against COVID, infected people died mainly of bilateral pneumonia. happened while
Deaths occur now because infection trumps previous illnesses,