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Sweden: MASSIVE surge in intensive care patients due to corona virus

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Figures from Sweden shows that the number of patients admitted to intensive care with corona virus is much higher than the numbers of people being admitted with the flu.

The number of patients having been admitted for intensive care due to corona virus is 281. However this is being counted as 343 intensive care admissions, as some of these patients have been moved between different intensive care departments, and each time a patient is moved between departments it is counted as another admission.

The data shows that the large majority of the patients are men, with 73.7% of the patients needing intensive care being male.

In comparison, the number of intensive care admissions due to regular influenza this season is only 194. For influenza type A, there has been 156 admissions and for influenza type B, there has been 38 admissions.

Keep in mind that these figures are for the whole 2019/2020 season, ranging from November 2019 to March 2020.

Meanwhile the corona virus only really started spreading in the end of February, roughly 1 month ago.

In just over a month, there has been 343 intensive care admissions in Sweden for corona virus, compared with only 194 intensive care admissions for influenza in the last 5 months.

Graph from the Swedish Intensive Care Registry. The blue and red is admissions due to influenza. The yellow is corona virus.

To put this into comparison, there has been 1.27 intensive care admissions per day for influenza, and a whopping 10 intensive care admissions per day for corona virus.

Even more worrying is the fact that 22.4% of those admitted to intensive care for corona virus in Sweden has no underlying health issues, meaning there are healthy people that are experiencing severe symptoms.

33.8% of those admitted to intensive care for corona virus in Sweden had high blood pressure, the most common underlying health problem of those admitted.

No patients admitted to intensive care over age of 80 last few days.

One very interesting statistic is that since the 27th of March, there has been 0 admissions to intensive care of people aged 80+.

However, 61 people aged 20-79 have been admitted into intensive care during the same time period.

There is no information that Sweden is doing this as of yet, but we know from other countries like Italy that they have left patients over the age of 80 to die because hospitals were overwhelmed.

As of the writing of this article, Sweden has 3 700 infected and 110 deaths, bringing the death rate to 3%.

However, Sweden is only testing those who are sick, and even health care workers haven’t been able to get tested in some regions, even if they have been sick with cold like symptoms. So the real numbers in Sweden are likely different.

Read our LIVE reporting on the corona virus pandemic HERE.

The source for this article is the Swedish Intensive Care Registry, SIR.

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Peter Imanuelsen
Peter Imanuelsen
Swedish journalist and political commentator. Founder and Editor-in-chief at Times of Sweden. Peter Imanuelsen has been reporting on the situation in Sweden for years and is more commonly known as PeterSweden on social media.

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