One of Malta’s top virus experts has clarified the difference the COVID-19 vaccine has on entry rates into hospital.
Discussing whether the island’s health authorities should continue reporting the daily number of new cases, Chris Barbara wanted to make a point about patients who need to receive intensive care in Mater Dei hospital due to the virus.
“A lot of people are speaking about the vaccine – the people currently in the ITU are people who didn’t take the vaccine unfortunately,” Barbara said while being interviewed by Andrew Azzopardi on Radio 103.
“And we say, jaħasra if only they had listened, then they wouldn’t be in the ITU today.”
As it stands, there are currently 115 people being treated for the virus in Mater Dei Hospital, with seven patients receiving intensive case.
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Barbara went on to break down the difference in rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated people as far as hospital admissions go.
“If you look at the people who took one dose of the vaccine, and you look at them two weeks later, 52 out of 100 will not end up in hospital. But if they’ve taken three doses, and let two weeks pass, 88% don’t even enter hospital,” he said.
He also briefly addressed issues people are having when it comes to their ears.
“Interestingly, we are seeing cases of people having issues with their ears – the virus is remaining in the upper areas,” he said.
What do you make of the fact that only unvaccinated people require intensive care after catching COVID-19?