The British Minister of Health Matt Hancock said that the authorities are considering recovering Covid-19 patients as a “backup plan” for hotels. This is the latest news. This is due to the recent surge in infections to hospitals. huge stress.
Since the start of the pandemic on Tuesday, the UK has ushered in its second deadliest day, resulting in 1,243 new coronavirus-related deaths. It also reported 45,533 new cases, bringing the total to 3,117,882.
England entered its third national lockdown last week when the country was fighting against a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus. The British government and senior health officials have warned that many hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed.
In a press conference on Monday, Hancock said that the variant “is being launched on the NHS [National Health Service] It’s a lot of pressure.” The number of hospitalizations related to Covid has increased by only 22% from the previous week.
The study-which has not been peer-reviewed-was published by researchers at King̵
Although nearly 60% of respondents said they were healthy, the study found that almost half of ICU staff reported symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of PTSD, severe depression or anxiety, or drinking difficulties.
In the past two weeks, almost one-seventh (13.4%) of ICU staff said they often thought that they would get better or would hurt themselves.
Approximately 45% of respondents reached the possible clinical significance threshold by at least one of the following measures: severe depression (6.3%), PTSD (39.5%), severe anxiety disorder (11.3%) or drinking problems (7.2%).
Researchers found that nurses are more likely to report higher levels of distress than doctors or other clinical staff. Almost half of those who completed the survey were nurses, while only more than 40% were doctors. Researchers found that the health status reported by doctors is consistently better than nurses.
The study, led by Neil Greenberg of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, was published online in the journal Occupational Medicine.
The study said: “Our results show that Covid-19 has a potentially profound impact on the mental health of frontline employees in the UK.”
“The possible incidence of PTSD we report is about nine times that of the general population, and twice that of recent combat veterans.”
The researchers pointed out that the staff in the intensive care unit experienced a lot of stress during the pandemic, including staff shortages, fear of contracting the virus and endangering loved ones, concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment, and the pain of killing patients despite their best condition. Hard work.
The findings of this study will only increase concerns about the pressure on the British NHS staff as they are working to treat a record number of Covid-19 patients.
Hancock said on Wednesday that the country’s authorities would treat Covid patients in hotels as a “backup plan,” but “obviously not what I want to do”.
Hancock told the BBC: “We are considering all options and this is not a measure we are actively taking. However, I would say that this will only happen if it is clinically appropriate for any patient. .”
He added: “There is a certain lag from the number of cases to the number of hospitalizations. Therefore, we know that the pressure on the NHS will continue to increase in the coming weeks.”
Hancock said that in the first wave of the pandemic, the Nightingale Hospital established by the British National Health Service (NHS) was the back-up hospital there.
When asked what kind of patients will be sent to the hotel, the Minister of Health said: “This will be for patients who have been discharged from the hospital or those who have been hospitalized and no longer need comprehensive hospital treatment but are not ready to go. Home.”
London and the southeast of England are among the areas most affected by the new variant, although it has spread in the UK and has been found in at least 50 countries, including the severely affected Ireland.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Friday that due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and the increase in Covid-19 cases in hospitals, a “major incident” has occurred in the British capital, which puts the NHS at risk of being overwhelmed. . “
The British government hopes to control this crisis through a large-scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
Hancock said at a press conference on Downing Street on Monday: “So far, in the UK, we have given 2.3 million people 2.6 million doses of the vaccine, and the number of people protected by vaccination exceeds the sum of all countries in Europe. “
Hancock said the UK is expected to provide the first dose of vaccine to “everyone of the top four groups” by February 15th, who account for 88% of Covid-19-related deaths. These groups include residents and staff of all nursing homes aged 70 and above, as well as frontline health and social care workers.
Hancock said that as of Monday, more than two-eighths of the elderly and nearly a quarter of nursing home residents have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
CNN’s Martin Goillandeau, Duarte Mendonca and Niamh Kennedy contributed to this report.