Bed occupancy low, but doctors sound caution

The sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Telangana in the past two days has made people ponder the safety precautions they need to take. Doctors in state and corporate hospitals track COVID recordings on all wards as well as outpatient consultations.

Currently, the number of COVID admissions in most corporate hospitals in Hyderabad is low, the highest being around 20. However, all are cautious.

The number of ICU, oxygen, and general beds occupied by COVID patients is an indicator to measure the severity of the virus spread. The oxygen consumption is also tracked.

The occupancy of intensive care beds and oxygen beds in all state and private hospitals in the state has been in the same range for the last month and a half – 400 and 500 respectively. 425 intensive care beds and 509 oxygen beds were also occupied on Wednesday, which indicates an unchanged occupancy.

Before the surge, people worried about how Omicron would affect them. Doctors at the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) had said that although the current group of people using Omicron is either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, the behavior of the variant is being studied in people with serious medical conditions such as chronic kidney disease, cancer, etc.

K. Hari Prasad, President of the Apollo Group of Hospitals, explained that infection with Omicron causes relatively milder symptoms and is very often dismissed as the common cold. “When you’re actually infected and don’t know it’s COVID infection from Omicron, they tend to move like normal people and infect numerous people in the community,” said Dr. Hari Prasad.

Healthcare professionals have emphasized the need to wear masks, avoid unnecessary gatherings, keep your distance and get vaccinated against COVID as cases are expected to continue to increase.

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