Respiratory infections increase by 6.5% in Catalonia and the flu is the virus that spreads the most


All of the acute respiratory infections (ARI) continue to grow in Catalonia. Last week they raised a 6.5% more. The flu is the virus that grows the most, while respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the one that causes bronchiolitis, it has already reached its peak. For its part, the covid-19 recorded a slight decrease.

According to the weekly report of the Information System for the Surveillance of Infections in Catalonia (SIVIC) of this Tuesday, in the week of November 28 to December 4 the incidence of ARIs as a whole is up 6.5% from the previous week, and although still in low epidemic levels, with a rate of 907 affected per 100,000 inhabitants against 851 the previous week, it is now very close to the moderate level. A total of 69,654 ARI cases were recorded, compared to 65,402 the previous week.

Among the respiratory viruses circulating at that time, the most common is now the flu (24.3% of samples), followed by RSV (16.1%), rhino virus, what causes the common cold and who topped the list last week (15.4%), and the SARS-CoV-2 (13.3%).

According to this weekly report, the incidence of influenza increases “drastically”, that of RSV has, as expected, initiated the first decrease in the epidemic peak and incidence of rhinoviruses and covid is “slightly down”.

Global weekly covid-19 rate estimate is 121 from 139 the previous week and variant omicron represents almost 100% sequential samples, with a predominance of the BQ.1 subvariant.

increase number of people admitted with covid in conventional beds, since there are currently 900, or 139 more than the previous week. 82% of this income comes from people over 60. The Admission to intensive care they remain practically stable: 29 against 28 last week.

flu on the rise

The estimated incidence of influenza it continues to increase, from 139 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 220 (184-257), exceeding the reference epidemic level, and the increase is recorded at all ages.

The calculated rate of bronchiolitis It remains high, although decreasing (from 23 to 20 affected per 100,000 inhabitants), still remaining above the very high epidemic threshold.

The decrease is also seen in the less than a year, where the incidence is still very high (2,016 per 100,000 inhabitants against 2,244 the previous week).

Overall, the rate under 4 years old It is also very high, going from 564 to 481 affected per 100,000 inhabitants, and the impact of care remains significant in the field of paediatrics.

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