Fiocruz: almost 70% of cases of severe respiratory syndrome in Brazil are due to Covid

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Covid-19 cases continue on a growth curve in Brazil. New data from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), released by the InfoGripe Bulletin this Thursday (9), show that almost 70% of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) episodes in the last four weeks were cases of coronavirus infection. In the previous edition, published on June 1, the proportion was 59.6%.

The document also highlights that 92.22% of deaths due to respiratory viruses, between May 29 and June 4, were caused by the virus that causes Covid-19. During this period, the researchers estimate an average of 7,700 SARS cases in the country.

At the national level, the study points to a scenario of growth in the number of weekly cases of severe respiratory syndrome associated with Covid-19 in all age groups of the adult population.

In the general population, the estimate shows a growth of 39.5% in the moving average of weekly SARS cases in the comparison between the first and last week of May. In the population aged 18 and over, the estimate is that this growth has been 88.7%.

Coordinator of InfoGripe, researcher Marcelo Gomes said that children are still part of the profile of patients with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and the other age groups continue with relevant positivity in tests for Covid-19.

“Laboratory data indicate that, in the group aged between zero and four years, cases are fundamentally associated with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), although there is also a relevant presence of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), rhinovirus and metapneumovirus. In the other age groups, the occurrences of SARS-CoV-2 predominate,″ he says.

The researcher also highlighted the importance of the booster dose against Covid-19 and the return of the use of masks in this epidemiological scenario. For him, it is necessary for the population to resume protective measures against the virus, especially in places of greater agglomeration.

“It is essential that the population resume certain simple and effective measures, such as the use of masks, especially in public transport, whether collective or individual – such as buses, trains, subways, ferries, taxis and apps. And those who haven’t taken the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, you need to take it. Vaccination is simply essential”, warns Gomes.

The country has 22 capitals with growth in the long-term trend of severe acute respiratory syndrome: Aracaju (SE), Belém (PA), Belo Horizonte (MG), Boa Vista (RR), pilot plan and surroundings in Brasília (DF), Campo Grande (MS), Cuiabá (MT), Curitiba (PR), Florianópolis (SC), Fortaleza (CE), Goiânia (GO), João Pessoa (PB), Macapá (AP), Maceió (AL), Natal (RN) ) Porto Alegre (RS), Porto Velho (RO), Rio Branco (AC), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Salvador (BA), São Luís (MA) and São Paulo (SP).

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Source: CNN Brasil

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