May 26, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Covid-19 pneumonia deaths sharply down in fourth wave, say Western Cape researchers

A comparison of Covid-19-related deaths in the third and fourth waves of the pandemic has confirmed that the virus is killing fewer patients, even during the last wave fueled by Omicron.

More deaths are occurring instead in Covid-19 patients with conditions such as diabetes, stroke, tuberculosis and cancer.

Scientists from the Western Cape who analyzed the first 50 deaths in each wave in patients admitted to public hospitals with SARS . The CoV-2 infection said its results were consistent with anecdotal reports from doctors and lower oxygen consumption by hospitals during the fourth wave.

This is what Masudah Paleker and her co-authors from the Western Cape’s Ministry of Health said all in one Pre-print of their results: “While there is a lower proportion of Covid-19 pneumonia in wave four, there is an increasing number of Covid-associated deaths in which Covid-19 does not occur with pneumonia, but possibly with acute admission already ill patients or could be completely inci dental. ”

The researchers examined health records of 50 deaths that occurred within five days at the start of the third delta-driven wave and the same number in the fourth wave which accumulated within 12 days.

“In the fourth wave, 50% of Covid-19 deaths occurred in people with signs of Covid-19 Pneumonia, compared with 78% in the third wave; while 24% and 2% of Covid-19 deaths in the fourth and third waves, respectively, were considered Covid-associated, “they said.

” While most health officials continue to ‘Covid-19 deaths ‘will report. like all deaths in patients with a positive Covid-19 test, these must be appropriately interpreted in the context of increasing SARS-CoV-2 endemic and immune flight, widespread tests of admitted and deceased patients and a high SARS-CoV-2 prevalence Wave peaks. “

The Western Cape results coincided with a report by the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) showing the number of excessive deaths from natural causes declining for the third straight week.

However, the number of deaths from natural causes for the week ending January 8 in every province except Gauteng was higher than the projected number based on historical trends.

The SAMRC team, The weekly reports of excessive deaths said the number of deaths from natural causes increased in the Western Cape, Mpum., on to Alanga and the Eastern Cape.

The national excess mortality rate since the beginning the pandemic was 488 per 100,000 population, bringing the total Covid-19-related deaths to 290,000, only more than three times the official record on Jan. 8.

The Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape has the highest death rates when the per capita figures are standardized according to the age of their population, with the Western Cape and Gauteng registering the lowest.