Mediclinic: 25% of hospitalised patients who have COVID are not of concern

The private health group said due to the overall number of adults vaccinated, it showed that the current vaccines gave some protection from the Omicron variant.

FILE: For now, it appears the majority of those who are infected only show mild symptoms, but scientists are still studying the data. Picture: 123rf.com

JOHANNESBURG - Mediclinic South Africa on Thursday said 25% of its COVID-19 patients currently admitted in hospital are vaccinated against the virus. But its chief clinical officer said this percentage was not of concern as they show mild symptoms and their admissions were not COVID-related. Their COVID-19 positive tests are showing up as a result of visiting the hospital for other reasons.

The private health group said due to the overall number of adults vaccinated, it showed that the current vaccines gave some protection from the Omicron variant.

For now, it appears the majority of those who are infected only show mild symptoms, but scientists are still studying the data.

Chief clinical officer at Medicliniic Gerrit de Villiers said: “Most of the cases at the moment have a coincidental finding of COVID whereas in the past, patients were admitted specifically for COVID-19, so we now have a slightly different picture than before.”

Meanwhile, Netcare chief executive officer Richard Friedland said 90% of its current COVID-19 admissions don't need medical oxygen, which is in stark contrast to the previous three waves.

“The pandemic is not over; it is very early days. This trend is encouraging in that sense that it is yet to demonstrate that it is causing severe disease.”

During the third wave driven by the Delta variant earlier this year, patients at Netcare facilities were desperately ill and in need of oxygen.

Friedland said only 10% of COVID-related admissions this time around need oxygen support: “We can’t emphasise enough how important it is to get vaccinated and to get boosters and what research shows unequivocally is the importance of wearing a mask.”