The third coronavirus pandemic in Belgium has flooded the intensive care unit with beds, but the average age of patients has dropped to middle age.
Nicolas Ottermans, a medical technician in the intensive care unit of Brussels’ Ixelles Hospital, told AFP: “We will never see our grandparents anymore. Now the parents are in the hospital. , People in the sixties.”
There are signs that in Belgium, the total number of cases of the third coronavirus pandemic may have decreased, but more serious cases are increasing and hospitals are full.
Health authorities have ordered hospitals to set aside 60% of the beds in the intensive care unit for coronavirus cases, which means that 15 of the 23 locations in Ixelles have forced healthcare professionals to cancel other procedures.
On Tuesday, in a country of 11.5 million people, 3,053 people were hospitalized for coronavirus, and 865 of them were in intensive care. This number has doubled in the past month.
Government virologist Steven Van Gucht told reporters: “At this rate, we will reach the threshold of 1,000 intensive care units within a week.”
Contrary to the previous two waves, this time many of the oldest and most vulnerable residents have been vaccinated, so middle-aged adults are now the most affected by the disease, and their chances of death are smaller, but they can still suffer On dangerous diseases.
According to Ottermans, although the likelihood of survival is greater, young people usually require longer treatment periods, and the hospital team is overwhelmed a year after the pandemic.
Altmans said: “We are tired. The third wave is really tired.”
“In January and February, we still hope it won’t be that bad, but now we are indeed in the third wave. The number of cases has not increased exponentially, but the burden of the pandemic is getting heavier and recovery is slow,” he added Up.
There may still be a beam of light at the end of the tunnel. The average daily number of infections in Belgium dropped by 10% last week to about 4,300, indicating that the number of hospitalizations will drop within two weeks.
Altmans warned: “But due to the large number of people infected, we will remain in the’red’ state for four to six weeks.”
At the same time, outside the hospital, the young Belgian began to violate restrictive measures. Last week, the police used water cannons to disperse the April Fools’ Day rally in Brussels Park.
Ottermans sends a simple message to students and teenagers who want to entertain.
Altmans concluded: “Beware! In the first wave, your grandparents were sick. Now it is your parents who put on respirators. It is foolish for young people to infect their parents,” Altmans concluded.