The latest figures from Salzburg again show how much deaths from the latest wave of infections could be slowed down with a higher vaccination rate. And why there are currently hardly any people infected with the coronavirus in Pinzgau, Pongau and Lungau.
The latest numbers of people infected with the coronavirus and of patients who are required to be hospitalized prove the effectiveness of the vaccination, even if it cannot offer 100 percent security. Salzburg’s chief state statistician Gernot Filipp emphasizes that “the seven-day incidence of the vaccinated population is currently 58 and that of the unvaccinated people is 290, which is five times as high”.
The situation in the hospitals is similar. According to Uta Hoppe, spokeswoman for the corona expert committee at the Salzburg state clinics, around 20 percent of corona patients are vaccinated. On Thursday there were six out of 29 patients at the University Hospital Salzburg. Hoppe says there are virtually no vaccinated patient beds in the intensive care units. Most recently there were exceptional cases, “but other diseases die in the hospital and tested positive”. And what concerns the non-vaccinated corona cases on the normal wards, explains Ueber older patients and those with previous illnesses who would also have a poorer immune response and now the former would get the third sting. Basically, this finding also applies, as Die Coronamedikinerin says, to those cases that would now test positive despite the vaccination.
How crucial the vaccination rate is for the infection process is also shown by incidence values in the various age groups: the seven-day incidence at the age of five to 19 years is on average over 300, for 20 to 34-year-olds it is more than 200. After that, according to Filipp, the figure drops continuously to a level of around 50 for over 60-year-olds.
The incidence for the general population has fluctuated between 135 and 150 for a week, so the traffic light commission continued to rate Salzburg as orange on Thursday. It is striking that there are still very few corona infected people in Pongau, Lungau and Pinzgau (incidence values below 100). Filipp explains this with the fact that since the beginning of the fourth wave it has mainly been the larger cities that have been affected because most of those returning from the Balkans also live there. The high incidence values in Flachgau (220) are explained by the proximity and interdependence of work and leisure behavior with the city.
Slightly pessimistic addendum Filipps: So far in the different waves it has always been shown that with a delay, death also rose in the mountain regions. How things will develop in October remains exciting.