As a result of agglomerations registered in the interior of São Paulo, the total number of younger patients admitted to ICUs (Intensive Care Units) and wards of the HC (Hospital das Clínicas) in Ribeirão Preto practically tripled in June.
At the beginning of the year, patients with Covid-19 aged up to 49 years represented 16.6% of the total number of hospital admissions, the main health reference within a 200 km radius, a rate that reached 47.3% in the first week of June. Another 30.8% of those admitted are aged between 50 and 59 years.
As the number of ICU beds in the hospital has been increasing since the beginning of the year, this means that the absolute number of hospitalized young people has also increased.
This Wednesday (9), the 78 exclusive ICU beds for patients with the new coronavirus on campus and emergency units are occupied. In the wards, 84.1% of the 44 places were in use.
HC Superintendent, Benedito Carlos Maciel said he believes that the admission of younger people is linked to the vaccination of the elderly and to the aggressiveness of the Brazilian Covid-19 strain.
“It is possible that this is related to the vaccination of the older population, so they would be a little more protected in severe cases, and the second aspect is that this new strain may have characteristics of greater clinical severity, so much so that the total number of patients needing CTI was much higher,” he said.
The region of Ribeirão Preto has registered dozens of clandestine parties in recent weeks, attended mainly by young people. Therefore, municipalities came to decree the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages.
This is the case of Batatais, a city in the metropolitan region, which has 100% occupancy in ICU and infirmary beds for nearly three months.
The city faced 16 days of lockdown, until the 31st, which closed supermarkets and banned the sale of alcoholic beverages even through delivery in order to avoid clandestine parties.
Last Monday (7), a new decree came into effect, which made some activities more flexible, but maintained the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 4:00 pm to 7:00 am on weekdays and holidays and weekends (all day).
According to the superintendent, younger patients have greater resistance and “fight” against the virus more forcefully, which also means a reduction in the turnover of hospital beds.
“What we have observed is that many of these young people end up being hospitalized for a long time,” he said.
In addition to Batatais, Altinópolis also banned the sale of beverages in the last week of May.
In Ribeirão Preto, a clandestine party with the participation of 300 people and which included three live shows was closed by inspection teams.
The teams found those present — mostly young people — without masks. And, as seen in events of this type, without any distancing.