Spanish Covid 19 Average Age Drops
While Spain has been put back on the UK quarantine list, due to a rise in the numbers of infection, the situation is not as dire as it appears. Because the average age of those infected has dropped significantly and with more hospital beds available to care for the more seriously affected, the mortality rate has decreased immensely. The difference in data taken on June 21, 2020, which was the beginning of the ‘new normal’, is of stark contrast to present figures. On that date, those who passed away due to confirmed Covd19 infection was 9.07 per 100 people. Over 7 weeks later, that figure is now at 0.31. This represents a 96% drop in fatalities in Spain from Covid19.
What has changed?
Isolating confirmed cases and observing potential cases has contributed to the change in the course of the disease. In the absence of new mutations of Covid19, more vigorous testing, which ultimately affects the ratio, the average age of those infected is lower, with younger people appearing to be less impacted by the virus in general.
Salvador Illa, the Spanish Minister for Health has declared that the average age of infections in Spain is now 40, whereas in the worst stage of the pandemic, it was in excess of 60 years old.
Hospitals no longer overwhelmed
With the reduction in serious cases more hospital beds are available to care for those who are in need of specialist care for Covid19 complications.
No rise in excess deaths
The Mortality Monitoring System in Spain performed a deaths study through the Carlos III Health Institute which showed that Spain has had no excess deaths in comparison to other, years since mid-May 2020. As can be expected, death rates fluctuate between regions and local lockdowns mean that different areas can be monitored to observe progression of the infection rate and keep it contained.
Official data provided by the Spanish Health Ministry, combined with information furnished by governments of the regions of Spain, show the reduction in the amount of new infections across the country on average. June 21st 2020 saw an end to the de-escalation measures and the beginning of the new normal. At that time the average rate of infection for the country as a whole was 524 per 100,000 people.
By August 13, the average had fallen to 194. Every region had a reduction in rates except Aragón which rose from 450 to 1,055 in under two months. Others dropped marginally, ie Catalonia 394, Navarre 369, Valencia 313. However there were those that dropped even further than the average, among them Galicia 53 and the Canary Islands 37.
Less hospital cases
Admittance to hospitals is now, thankfully, vastly reduced from the 50% of Covid 19 infections that were serious enough to be hospitalised. The current average is 4.5%, thanks to the tracing of asymptomatic infections and of course to the reduction in average age of those infected. The challenge now is to keep the trend going in a downward direction!!
With vigilant police patrols, ensuring social distancing is observed and masks worn both inside and outside, fines are being issued for breach of rules to stop the spread of Covid 19. Visitors to and residents of Orihuela Costa and surrounding areas are saying that they feel safer in Spain in the fight against the pandemic.