Hungarian Medical Chamber drops piece of information on vaccination status of Covid patients in intensive care units

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Relevant local authorities continue to keep information to themselves or even deny having it on the immunization status of those admitted to hospital with coronavirus infection, requiring intensive care, including mechanical ventilation, and ending up by dying.

Besides the fact that the data is there and that it would only take a little more effort than pressing a few keys on the right keyboard, we can be sure from international examples that the local statistics would also back up. the fact: COVID-19 vaccines effectively prevent serious illness and death.

As the cabinet continues to rely heavily (almost exclusively) on vaccinations, it is incomprehensible why this data is being kept out of public reach. However, this perfectly reflects the official position on everything related to Covid: Don’t bother with those intricate figures, we’ve got it!

The Hungarian Medical Chamber on Friday shared at least some data on the number of vaccinated and unvaccinated patients among 125 of them currently being treated in intensive care units.

Of the 125 patients in intensive care

  • 70 are intubated (invasive ventilation);
  • 35 are on non-invasive ventilation (NIV); and
  • 20 receive oxygen through a face mask.

Regarding their vaccination status:

  • 87 are not vaccinated;
  • 31 received their full vaccination more than four months ago;
  • 7 were fully vaccinated within four months; and
  • 2 of the latter group received three doses.

These numbers don’t tell us much except that vaccination is important. Percentages should not be used to draw far-reaching conclusions other than this: Vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness and death. Period. You should also be aware that their effectiveness decreases over time. If you received your second vaccine (or only if you were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson single dose COVID-19 vaccine) more than four months ago, you had better get a third (booster) dose as soon as you can, unless you have a medical reason not to. If you want to stay out of the hospital, don’t like having a tube down your throat, or want to avoid dying a little longer, that is.

The figures above show that 56% of people in intensive care are ventilated during (invasive) intubation, 28% are in NIV, and 20 receive oxygen through a face mask.

As for the percentages in the vaccination status of patients, 70% are not vaccinated, 25% had their last vaccine more than four months ago, 6% were fully vaccinated within four months, including 2% of the total who had received their reminder, too.

Without having an age distribution or comorbidities of these patients, the numbers and percentages should be taken as a rough guide.

The MOK said that “many” of the 87 unvaccinated patients are in their 30s, while those who have been vaccinated are typically between 70 and 90 years old.

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Laura T. Thrasher