Ómicron leaves more than 13,500 infections among healthcare professionals in 2021

Since there are records of cases in this group, 116,207 cases of Covid-19 have been reported.

Health professionals from the Vall d'Hebron Hospital attend to a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU).

It was on November 26 when a new variant of Covid-19 was detected in South Africa. A strain that would receive the name of omicron and that is characterized by its high transmissibility. So much so that it already leaves more than 13,500 infections among health personnel in Spain.

On November 26, the report of the Ministry of Health on the evolution of the pandemic counted a total of 102,683 cases of Covid among health professionals. A figure that has increased to 116,207 infections in just over a month.

That is, the number of infections among health personnel has increased by 13,524 in the aforementioned period and according to the figures provided by the Ministry of Health.

A health center.

A health center.

Specifically, it is the group of personnel from Health centers the one with the most Covid-19 cases. Since May 2020 (the month in which there began to be registrations), 73,620 professionals have been infected.

In the last month, 9,138 infections have been added. That is, six out of ten cases diagnosed between November 26 and December 30 have occurred in this group.

From behind, the health personnel who work in socio-health centers. Since November 26, almost 2,600 cases have been detected. Thus, since May 2020, more than 29,400 infections have accumulated in this group of health workers.

By autonomous communities, they are Valencian Community, Catalonia and Andalusia those that register the most cases of Covid-19 among their health personnel. Although it is Navarra the region that has reported the most infections in the last seven days: 1,170

Omicron spreads

“The omicron variant is taking up all the space and most of the cases that are diagnosed correspond to this strain ”, acknowledged on Wednesday the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias. In fact, two weeks ago, this new variant already accounted for 27% of the cases that were diagnosed.

The appearance of omicron has triggered infections in our country, which marks record cases day after day. The last was this Thursday, when the Ministry of Health notified 161,688 new infections that have increased the incidence up to 1,775 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Several people with masks next to the columns of the Cathedral of Seville

Several people with masks next to the columns of the Cathedral of Seville

The explosion of infections has to do with one of the characteristics of this strain detected at the end of November in South Africa: its discharge transmissibility. Many more cases, but milder.

A study carried out in Hong Kong suggests that the new form of the virus infects and multiplies 70 times faster than the delta variant in the bronchi. However, the infection that occurs in the lungs would be 10 times less, which would explain the lesser severity of the symptoms and the disease.

What’s more, the incubation period “is shorter”said this Wednesday the director of the Carlos III Health Institute, Cristóbal Belda.

“The period from when someone has a contact until symptoms appear was longer in previous waves. As the waves and strains have evolved, that incubation time has shortened in time ”.

Hence, the Public Health Commission agreed “unanimously” to reduce the quarantines of asymptomatic positives ten to seven days. A decision that was later ratified by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.