Beds can be reopened, but pandemic must be controlled, says researcher

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According to a technical note from the Covid-19 Observatory, released today (26) by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), six states and the Federal District have 80% or more of the ICU beds for Covid-19 occupied.

“Beds need to be increased, as necessary, but it is also important to control the pandemic”, highlighted Fiocruz researcher, Margareth Portela, in an interview with CNN.

According to the Fiocruz bulletin, the most alarming situation is in the Federal District, where 98% of ICU beds for people with Covid are occupied.

The researcher explains that, despite the increase in the rate causing apprehension, the number of beds for Covid-19 activated at this time is much lower than at other times of the pandemic in the country.

“It is still worrying, because it is an indicator that the pandemic is spreading. Vaccination makes a difference. People who are on a booster dose have a very small risk of needing a hospital stay,” he said.

Omicron breakthrough

Yesterday the country recorded the eighth consecutive record of the moving average of daily cases of Covid-19 in seven days, with 157,060 infections – the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.

“This spread of the Ômicron is being treated with a certain negligence, as if it were in fact a “little flu”, and it is not. We are still in a pandemic”, warned Portela.

Among the sanitary measures necessary at this time, the researcher defended the advance of vaccination, the use of masks and the vaccination passport.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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