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Kuipers optimistic about summer: vaccinations and seasonal effect do their job

The National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) is optimistic about next summer. According to chairman Ernst Kuipers, the number of corona patients admitted will be “very low” in the coming months. He said that this afternoon at his last scheduled press conference.

Next summer the picture will be similar to last summer, said Kuipers. The LCPS estimates that an average of twenty corona patients will be in intensive care units at the same time. In terms of admissions to the regular wards and the intensive care units, this would involve about a hundred corona patients.

Kuipers also foresees positive developments for the rest of the month. “If the current trend continues, we will be around 500 admitted Covid patients by June,” he said. About 200 of them would then be in intensive care units; there are still between 400 and 500. “A very sharp decrease”, said Kuipers. Last Saturday, for the first time in a long time, more non-covid than covid patients were in ICUs.

Vaccinations and seasonal effect

According to Kuipers, the fact that the admission figures have been declining steadily lately is mainly due to the vaccines. Many elderly people have now been fully vaccinated. “The over-80s have not experienced the third wave, if we look at the recordings,” he said. At the same time, there is also a seasonal effect: the virus does not thrive as well in warm temperatures.

Compared to last year, we are three weeks behind, said Kuipers. This has to do with the colder weather, but also because we have adhered less well to the corona measures.

Kuipers optimistic about summer: vaccinations and seasonal effect do their job
Source link Kuipers optimistic about summer: vaccinations and seasonal effect do their job

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