Children’s hospital admissions have increased by 41%, and there is a new protocol for curative respiratory infections.

After a meeting of the Medical Technician and Ethics Committee (SMS) of the Municipal Health Department, which carefully evaluated the research data for the treatment of respiratory symptoms in the city, including children, prepared a protocol (list below) with secretariat arrangements. Prevention of infectious acute respiratory infections.

“Listed actions are the responsibility of every citizen and business organization and service provider. Health is playing its part, restructuring services and providing guidance, but everyone needs to take preventative measures, “said Beatrice Batistella, the municipal health secretary.

SMS data shows a 41% increase in the number of pediatric hospital admissions in March this year compared to the same period in 2021. In March 2022, SUS admitted 1,961 children aged 0 to 9 years to the hospital, compared to 1,391 hospitalized in the same period last year.

The number of pediatric hospital admissions is among the average recorded before the epidemic: in March 2019, two thousand hospital admissions were made. But two years after the coronavirus’s absolute dominance, other respiratory viruses have returned to circulation and are competing for space.

At this time of year, it is common for the virus to be transmitted that respiratory infections increase, which mainly affects children. This increase has also been noticed in the Emergency Care Unit (UPA). As of January, 19% of 93,248 counselors were for children. Of the 82,541 visits in April, 34% were for children.

According to observations from the Epidemiology Center, the movement was already expected, especially with the arrival of autumn and winter. “At the height of the epidemic, we have already warned that when Kovid-19 returns, other viruses will spread again, we did not know which one. This, associated with the city’s climate profile, favors the illness of a large number of people, especially children who have spent long periods at home, “explained Beatriz.

According to the Influenza Epidemiological Surveillance Information System (Sivep), the main performing respiratory viruses are Sars-CoV-2, Syncytial, Rhinovirus and Influenza.

Health services have already been restructured to absorb this increase in respiratory symptoms care. Since April 30, Central 3350-9000 has been strengthened and 11 health units have started operating as emergency services for people with respiratory symptoms.

When to wear a mask
In Curitiba, the use of face masks is mandatory in all health services and for people with respiratory symptoms, regardless of whether they are positive for Covid-19 or other viruses.

“We have already seen the ability to use masks to prevent respiratory diseases. In order for this education to be here, we must be accustomed to using this protection. Another habit we should adopt in our life is constant hand hygiene, “said Beatriz.

Another important step is to continue testing, not to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, to adapt to the symptoms of shortness of breath, to stay in isolation and to be tested.

Curitiba residents should opt for teleconsultation by calling 3350-9000 for mild respiratory symptoms. The call center is open from Sunday to Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. If necessary the person can go through telephone consultation with nurses and doctors. The center may also issue isolation terms and prescriptions if required.

What does the protocol say?
– The use of masks is mandatory for admission and stay in all health services in Curitiba.

– People with symptoms of shortness of breath should wear a mask no matter what type of installation they do frequently.

– Keep the vaccination calendar up to date, that is, with all doses up to date.

– Maintain breathing etiquette – Cover face and nose with your arm or tissue when coughing and sneezing.

– Whenever you touch your nose, mouth and eyes, clean your hands with 70% alcohol gel or water and liquid soap when touching potentially contaminated surfaces and objects.

– Do not share personal items (cutlery, towels, plates, cups and bottles).

– 70% gel alcohol is available at various points of the organization, especially at the entrance for use by customers and employees.

– Always keep the environment well ventilated and well ventilated. When using air conditioning equipment, components must be kept clean and preventive maintenance must be up to date.

– Maintain cleanliness of the interior and exterior, especially on surfaces that are heavily touched, with appropriate regular products such as bleach.

– Patients who have symptoms of shortness of breath or have confirmed Covid-19 and / or influenza should be in isolation.

– Those who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and influenza must adhere to isolation time.

– Avoid crowds, especially in closed environments. If being in such an environment is essential, it is advisable to use a mask.

– Tendency jet type drinkers must adapt so that it is possible to drink water using only cups or other containers for personal use.

– Sanitize children’s toys frequently and do not share personal items (cutlery, towels, plates, cups and bottles).

– Children who have symptoms of shortness of breath should not go to school until they have improved.

– If the child shows signs of symptoms at school, he should be taken to a reserved room to wait for a parent or guardian to pick him up.

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