Infections are now increasing at the same rate as last January. However, the threats are smaller as fewer and fewer people need hospital treatment.
The metropolitan area the corona situation has clearly deteriorated in recent weeks. Infection curves now compare to developments in late January and last fall.
The increase in infections that began after Midsummer now clearly affects young adults.
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Mass exposures are by far the most common in bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Last week, in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (Hus) area, about 40 percent of the exposure occurred in nightlife.
“Young people celebrate and take off the warmth of warm weather.”
Husin chief infectious disease physician Asko Järvisen according to the development is based on the celebration of young people.
“Young people celebrate and take pleasure in warm weather. This was not an unexpected trend, ”Järvinen commented.
However, tracing the infection at these exposures is cumbersome, as few people can name all the people present. For this reason, statistics underestimate, for example, infections in restaurants or larger private events.
More than 35 percent of those quarantined this week are between the ages of 20 and 29. The next most quarantined are 10-19 year olds.
Young and the age group of young adults is favorable for the spread of the coronavirus, as vaccine coverage is not yet at the level of the older population.
In Helsinki, for example, only 23 per cent of 16–19-year-olds and 12–15-year-olds at risk had been vaccinated by Wednesday.
Järvinen reminds that the delta variant of the coronavirus can also be spread among those who received their first vaccination dose.
Instead, the vaccine helps to control the severe cases caused by the delta variant. Fewer and fewer people end up in hospital.
Although the rise in infections is now at the same level as in January, we are not on the same trough.
“This means something other than what it has been in the past during the epidemic. The dipstick has changed, ”says Järvinen.
Infections that spread among young people do not burden health care in the same way as they have been used to seeing.
Thus, social carrying capacity does not appear to be under threat, even if infection rates still rise from this.
Last over the weeks, the debate has hinted at possible tightening of restrictions. Minister of Family and Basic Services Krista Kiuru (sd) said on Friday that areas in the acceleration phase would be blackmailed into opening hours for restaurants, for example.
The restrictions would correspond to Uusimaa’s current opening hours.
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According to Husin Järvinen, tightening restrictions is not as straightforward at this stage of the epidemic as before. The question at the moment is how infection figures should be read.
“Can it be said that some level is acceptable?”
Järvinen cannot give a direct answer. The world is also showing a two-pronged response: Britain is lifting restrictions in the face of an accelerating contagion situation, while the Netherlands is tightening them.
According to Järvinen, it is not fully known at the moment what kind of line will be taken from now on.
Key to normalize the situation are vaccinations.
There are currently more infections in those who receive the first dose of the vaccine, and there is therefore pressure to provide more comprehensive protection for the population with two doses of the vaccine.
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has already relaxed its recommended vaccination interval, allowing municipalities a faster vaccination schedule. Many cities are now also experimenting with unscheduled vaccination services to reach completely unvaccinated citizens.
On Friday, Minister Kiuru also sparked a possible unscheduled walk-in-style alternative to taking the booster vaccine.
The proposal was considered in the municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area possible.
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