Epidemic Features of COVID-19 and Potential Impact of Hospital Strain During the Omicron Wave - Australia, 2022

Jingli Yang, Hannah McClymont, Liping Wang, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Wenbiao Hu

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Abstract

WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN ABOUT THIS TOPIC?: Hospitals have experienced a surge in admissions due to the increasing number of Omicron cases. Understanding the epidemiological features of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the strain it places on hospitals will provide scientific evidence to help policymakers better prepare for and respond to future outbreaks.

WHAT IS ADDED BY THIS REPORT?: The case fatality rate of COVID-19 was 1.4 per 1,000 persons during the Omicron wave. Over 90% of COVID-19-related deaths occurred in individuals aged 60 years or older, with pre-existing chronic conditions such as cardiac conditions and dementia, particularly among males aged 80 years or older.

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE?: Public health policy is essential for preparing and preserving medical resource capacity, as well as recruiting additional clinicians and front-line staff in hospitals to address the increased demand. High-risk individuals should be prioritized for healthcare, vaccines, and targeted interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalChina CDC weekly
Volume5
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2023
Externally publishedYes

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