“One in four” hospital admissions in Wolverhampton are at risk of “dying”, says the chief executive of Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust. This is a stark reminder of how deadly coronavirus can be.
This warning was delivered on Friday, November 27 regarding high mortality rates in hospitals .
David Loughton (the chief executive of Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust) said: “We said this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint, but I don’t think we knew how long it would be.
“On Saturday, March 7, I received a call to come into hospital following our first COVID-19 patient, who sadly died shortly after.
Speaking to Sky on Saturday, November 28, Dr Sarah Jarvis spoke about the benefits of vitamin D supplementation.
Those in the high-risk group are advised to take vitamin D supplements “all year round”.
“Everybody should consider a supplement during the winter,” said Dr Jarvis.
She explained: “Vitamin D is involved in the good, solid function of the immune system.”
She added that certain people are at risk of a vitamin D deficiency, which can negatively affect your immune system.
This includes several groups, such as:
- People who cover up for religious reasons
- Darker-skinned people
- Those with very pale skin
- Anyone who is generally unwell or housebound
Turning her attention to coronavirus infections, Dr Jarvis added: “There’s a lag between people being infected, hospital beds being filled, then people dying.”
“We need to remember not to take our foot off the pedal; we can’t be complacent,” she urged.
Knowing more about the virus (SARS-CoV-2) then we did back in March, Dr Jarvis stressed that “ventilation is key”.
Allowing air into the room will help transmission control, alongside washing hands and face masks.
Dr Jarvis advised to wear a face mask indoors “if meeting someone vulnerable” over the Christmas period.
SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) has released Christmas guidelines.
SAGE recommends: “Where possible, identify ways to move celebrations and observances outside.”
This is because “aerosol transmission risk is considered to be very low outdoors”.
Moreover, boardgames are to be swapped for quizzes and hugs are to be replaced by “hand-on-heart” gestures.
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