Incidental Covid-19 infections in UK hospitals shouldn’t be dismissed

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Statistics for covid-19 in hospitals aren’t overblown, because even if people are in hospital for something else, adding covid-19 into the equation puts an extra burden on health services 



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5 April 2022

Pedestrians walk past images of workers of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) fixed to hoardings outside a temporary field hospital, set up in the grounds of St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London on January 5, 2022. - Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) is struggling with staff forced to stay at home after testing positive, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised action to plug staffing gaps in the worst-hit areas. The reactivation of emergency "Nightingale" clinics, along with the drafting of medical volunteers backed by army support, meant the NHS was back on a "war footing", he told a news conference on Tuesday. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Images of NHS staff outside St George’s Hospital, London

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

The UK is currently experiencing a surge in covid-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, in common with many countries. Inevitably, the number of people in UK hospitals with the illness is also rising, and reached 2509 people admitted on 28 March – just over half the daily admissions seen at the highest peak of the pandemic in the UK in January 2021, when it reached more than 4500 per day.

In the current wave, covid-19 is causing less severe illness than in previous …



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