It only took 2 years?! Hospitals begin to start differentiating admissions due to COVID

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People across the nation are going into hospitals for “non-COVID reasons” and then are winding up being diagnosed with the virus while they are there, spurring necessary reporting changes and a closer examination of the reasons for patient admittance due to the Omicron variant.

In one major Florida hospital, almost half of the people hospitalized with COVID were admitted due to “non-COVID reasons” according to Newsmax.

“Jackson Health System hospitals currently have 471 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 249 patients – or 53% – are admitted to the hospital primarily for non-COVID reasons. Of the 471, 111 are vaccinated, 53 of whom are immunocompromised transplant patients.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) held a press conference on Monday, stating that the number of cases where COVID is a secondary ailment may comprise a large percentage of hospitalizations in Florida.

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) said the same thing in a separate press conference.

“Beginning tomorrow, we’re going to be asking all hospitals to break out for us how many people are being hospitalized because of COVID symptoms [and] how many people … happen to be testing positive,” Hochul proclaimed at a press conference at the State University at Rochester noting a difference between “from COVID” and “with COVID” when entering the hospital.

The number could be useful in determining the severity of the Omicron variant in New York. Preliminary research has found the variant to be a milder version of COVID, but more contagious.

“The cases are not presenting themselves as severely,” Hochul said during her briefing.

Even Dr. Fauci is now contending that hospitalization data should be questioned according to Business Insider. He remarked that children were being admitted for “a broken leg, or appendicitis, or something like that,” and then later were found to have COVID either being asymptomatic when they came in or contracting it once they were admitted.

The National Health Service in the UK reported that these types of hospitalizations comprised approximately a third of the 8,321 COVID cases in England on Dec. 28.

Roughly two-thirds of patients who have tested positive at hospitals that are run by the L.A. County Department of Health Services were admitted for something other than COVID, according to Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly.

Many “may have not known they were COVID-positive … but they’re in the hospital for something else,” Ghaly commented to the Los Angeles Times.

Texas is facing the same conundrum.

“We are counting those people who are admitted for COVID-related illness and people who are admitted for other illnesses who happen to test positive. This has been going on throughout the pandemic,” Dr. Desmar Walkes, the local health authority, declared in a joint Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners meeting Tuesday according to KXAN.

Mayor Steve Adler also told KXAN that hospital data used to be a better indicator of how inundated ICUs might eventually become with COVID patients. With so many people testing positive currently, he claims that’s not the case anymore.

“Those numbers of people that are in the hospital for a broken arm or something are showing up with a positive test without the associated ICU risk for someone who has COVID, so they’re taking a look at those numbers right now,” Adler said.

Mark Kline, who is the senior vice president of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, tweeted on Monday that almost 80% of children at six hospitals last summer were hospitalized “not just with, but because of COVID.”

He also remarked that “78% of 915 kids hospitalized last summer with COVID at 6 children’s hospitals were there not just with, but because of COVID; 1.5% (11/713) died, a death rate similar to some types of pediatric open-heart surgery. COVID in kids is not harmless. Let’s stop pretending it is.”

David Strain, who is a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter medical school, told The Guardian in an interview that COVID can significantly worsen other problems.

“We [have] seen many other people who have been otherwise stable [with] chronic diseases such as heart failure, ulcerative colitis, etc that caught COVID and had a rapid deterioration,” he asserted. “Although they are regarded as ‘incidental COVID’, this sudden deterioration in otherwise stable disease can be attributed to the virus.”

The change in reporting is long overdue and people want to know why it wasn’t done sooner:


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