The hospitalization toll is increasing again in France with a risk of reporting over 1,000 people hospitalized per day in January. Intensive care units could be quickly overwhelmed, crowded with patients who are mostly not vaccinated.
As a matter of fact, according to a study issued by Santé Publique France and corroborated by the Board of Research, Studies, Assessment and Statistics (DREES), people who are not vaccinated are 12 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care.
“If one is not vaccinated, the risk of being hospitalized and going to ICU is 12 times higher than for vaccinees. This is the reality of what is happening in France, and we need to repeat it to try and convince those who are not vaccinated yet”, Pr. Alain Fischer claimed on Europe 1, quoting the Santé Publique France study.
The scientist encourages the French to get protected against the virus, insisting on the fact that without vaccination, “there will be dozens of thousands of extra deaths, and it would be the umpteenth lockdown with the economic consequences it leads to. The health system would be under pressure in a chronic fashion… It would be dramatic”.
A Drees report issued on November 19 reports similar risks to those pointed out by Santé Publique France. Data reported by the Drees for the first week of November show the number of non-vaccinated people at the hospital and in ICU is increasing. “It stands at 32 for 1 million non-vaccinated people aged 20+ (against 29 for 1 million the week before). The latter represents 48% of admissions in intensive care units and 42% of conventional hospitalization admissions”, the organization explains.
According to the institute’s calculations, risks for non-vaccinated people are slightly less high than those reported by Santé Publique France: “there are about 8 times more admissions in intensive care units among people aged 20+ who are non-vaccinated than those fully vaccinated”. These risks yet remain major.
The weekly hospitalization toll in people aged 75+ has dropped, yet, vulnerable people are still more at risk against Covid-19 and more severe effects.