Covid Italy, bulletin of June 17, 2022: 35,427 new cases 41 deaths

There are 35,427 new infections from Covid recorded in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Yesterday there were 36,573. The victims are instead 41, down from 64 yesterday. A total of 185,819 swabs were performed, including antigenic and molecular, with the positivity rate at 19%, stable compared to 18.7% yesterday.
191 patients are hospitalized in intensive care, 1 less than yesterday. Daily admissions are 24. There are 4,320 hospitalized in ordinary wards, or 17 more than yesterday.

Iss, increasing cases detected through onset of symptoms

The percentage of cases detected through contact tracing activity is stable (10% vs 10% last week). The percentage of cases detected through the appearance of symptoms increased (44% vs 42%), while the percentage of cases diagnosed through screening activities decreased (47% vs 49%). This is what the data of the weekly monitoring of the control room, disseminated by the ISS, reveal.

Andreoni, “we do not remove the mask where it is needed”

“The sub-variant Omicron Ba.5 or Omicron 5 is comparing itself to other variants and is growing, perhaps slower than expected and slower than the first Omicron with Delta. But we see the rise in incidence. it is proof that there is an Omicron 5 wave. The fact that there has been a slowdown in the fall in the number of cases is also proof that we are facing a variant with high transmissibility. There is also a fact, this The last variant has a greater resistance to the immune response. So I advise not to remove the mask where it is needed and to still be very careful in behaviors “. This was stated by Massimo Andreoni, head of infectious disease at the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in Rome and scientific director of the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Simit).

Less risk of long Covid with Omicron than with Delta

The Omicron variant of the Sars-Cov2 virus is less likely to cause long Covid than the Delta variant of the same virus. To say this is the analysis by researchers at King’s College London of the ZOE COVID Symptom study, published today in The Lancet. This is the first peer-reviewed study on the risk of long Covid and the Omicron variant. Long Covid is defined by NICE guidelines as the presence of new or ongoing symptoms for more than four weeks after the onset of the disease. The latter include fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of concentration and joint pain. Symptoms can negatively affect daily activities and in some cases can be severely limiting.

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