Health experts have issued another warning to remain vigilant for Covid-19 as hospitals prepare for things to go downhill.
Health experts have issued another warning to remain vigilant for Covid-19 as hospitals brace for a surge in admissions.
Experts predict that the number of hospitalizations due to the current BA.5 variant will peak at the same level as the initial wave of the Omicron strain in January.
There are currently more than 40,000 Covid cases in the country daily, with thousands in hospitals and more than 100 people in intensive care.
Australian Medical Association Vice President Chris Moy, who regularly warns against loosening Covid restrictions, said hospitals “are facing a really big threat.”
“I haven’t heard health authorities be so worried behind the scenes in quite some time because we are very concerned that we will be faced with the BA.4 and 5 Omicron variants, which are more contagious and cause more reinfections,” Dr. Moy told ABC. . on Monday.
“More people are entering hospitals just when our hospitals are absolutely overwhelmed because they have been neglected for so long. We are about to enter a much worse phase.”
The AHPPC said the new subvariants could evade immunity more easily and would likely cause an increase in reinfection rates among those who were previously infected and those who were fully vaccinated.
It will also be harder to stop these variants because previous covid infections or vaccinations are reportedly not as effective in preventing their spread as compared to previous strains.
“We are very concerned about the meeting with BA. Sub-options 4 and 5 omicrons, which are more contagious, cause more re-infections and severe illness because it looks like they are more likely to get into your lungs,” continued Dr. Moy.
NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant warned last week that the state is “at the start of the third wave of Covid-19 Omicron and expects a significant rise in cases” and said the outbreak could peak in July or early August.
“This photo worries me and I urge the community to do a few things to protect themselves and each other,” she said.
“Isolate if you are sick and get tested, wear a mask indoors and around other people, and find out if antivirals are recommended for you,” Dr. Chant said.
“Therefore, please wear a mask indoors around other people outside your home, including on public transport, pharmacies and shops. Masks, while protecting themselves, can protect other people.”
It comes after CEO Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said global cases have jumped nearly 30 percent worldwide in the past two weeks.
The Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, first detected in South Africa last November, are largely responsible for the outbreaks in Europe and the US, where most of the new cases have been reported.
Testing for Covid-19 has fallen off a cliff around the world, and the WHO doesn’t have a clear picture of the true number of cases.
Dr. Tedros added that new oral antivirals are not reaching low- and middle-income countries.
And as the virus develops, the effectiveness of vaccines will decline.
Dr Tedros said that while vaccines are “still really effective in preventing serious illness and death,” the protection provided by vaccines will wane as new options become available.
“The decline in immunity highlights the importance of revaccination, especially for at-risk groups,” he said.
The death toll from Covid in Australia has surpassed 10,000.
Originally published as Covid-19: Hospitals expect surge in admissions as BA.5 option takes hold