A graph tracking hospitalizations shows a clear spike in the proportion of elderly patients towards mid- to late-April.
The proportion of people aged 60 and over admitted to hospital in New South Wales increased from late April to May.Source: NSW Health sauce: SBS News / Source: NSW Health
Just under half of NSW hospitalizations in the week ending 26 February were over the age of 60, up to around 66% in the week ending 30 July.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazard told SBS News that the current winter wave has seen more people aged 65 and over compared to the early summer wave caused by variants BA.1 and BA.2. He said the proportion of people infected is increasing.
It is definitely affecting older people more than previous waves.
Prof. Peter Collignon
About 16,823 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the week ending July 30, compared with 4,174 in March.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazard says the latest wave of COVID is affecting older people more than previous waves. sauce: AAP
Some of the difference may be related to younger people being less likely to report a positive test result, but Hazard said more older people were infected. increase.
“They should do everything possible to get vaccine doses.”
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In contrast, many older Australians at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 continued to limit contact and were more cautious, making them less likely to become infected.
At the same time, many Australians are easing mask use, social distancing and indoor socializing.
Once infected, older people are also more likely to be hospitalized for serious illness.
Immunizations may also play a role
This means that the January wave was “overwhelmingly a youth epidemic,” as COVID-19 was spreading primarily among young people.
Young people may have better immunity to COVID after being infected earlier this year. sauce: Getty
In recent months, booster vaccination coverage has declined.
Only 63% of people over the age of 65 received a second booster, according to Federal Health Service figures released this week.
COVID vaccination coverage among those 65 and older is declining, with red dots showing the percentage of those who received the fourth dose. sauce: SBS News
Vaccination offers some protection against infection, but its main benefit is reducing the risk of serious illness and death.
“Think about it, everyone. We’ve all been through it… I don’t think this virus will give up easily.
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