The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry has said that there is “no doubt” that hospitals are under pressure due to Covid-19 while adding that 3,500 healthcare workers are out of work due to Covid-related illnesses.
In relation to Covid-19 hospitalisations, there are 500 people currently receiving treatment around the country which is an increase of 30 from yesterday.
Of the 500 hospitalisations, 93 of them are being treated in ICU, which is an increase of one from yesterday.
Dr. Henry spoke on RTÉ This Week where he stated that although cases are on the increase, it’s “somewhat reassuring” that the majority of them are not resulting in hospitalisation or death.
He said that the conversion rate for cases becoming harmful is half the level when compared to previous surges, which he attributed to the Covid-19 vaccination.
Although reassuring that Covid-19 is not harmful to children, he said that there is a danger of other viruses.
He referred to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other seasonal respiratory viruses which he said have put pressure on children’s hospitals.
He said that the HSE were also anxious for healthcare workers to get booster vaccines if there is evidence from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) to allow for quick progress upon entering a difficult winter.
Consultant in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at St. James’s Hospital Professor Clíona Ní Cheallaigh said that it will be “very hard” to keep the health service running with the current levels of sickness and absence as a result of Covid-19.
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