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Studies in UAE Suggest Vaccination Prevents Hospitalization by 93 Percent
A 40-year-old man is fighting for his life in Dubai after being hit by Covid-19 about three weeks ago. It’s not clear which strain of Covid-19 brought him down, but what was clear was that he hadn’t taken any of the vaccines.
MB, a businessman, gasped when he was rushed to a nearby hospital. He had a high fever for the past four days, but he didn’t go to a doctor because he thought he would be fine with a few Panadols, but what made it worse was his type 1 diabetes.
Speaking to Khaleej Times after being temporarily stabilized in hospital, MB said: “I wasn’t sure which Covid vaccine to take, so I took a wait and see approach, which was probably the biggest mistake of my life. I had heard several reviews about different vaccines, so I postponed taking the pictures, even though I knew it was dangerous for me as I often went outside and interacted with different people related to my work. I would not have been in such a sorry state if I had been vaccinated, I am told. I regret not taking the vaccination on time.” MB is on mechanical ventilation as his condition deteriorated rapidly.
UAE doctors, urging people to get vaccinated, revealed that most Covid complications and deaths are among those who have not been vaccinated.
“Take the Covid vaccine you can get, because that will protect you from death and hospitalization. If you delay this in hopes of getting a more effective vaccine or to see how the vaccine reacts to others, you are actually provoking problems, as the new strains of Covid are much stronger and easily transmissible. These can make someone seriously ill and also cause death,” said one of the doctors who treated MB.
Prasanna Kumar, an intensive care specialist and ICU in charge, said from the intensive care unit (ICU) of Medeor Hospital, Dubai, that all current patients in the hospital’s ICU are those who have not been vaccinated.
“This is why most of them are severely affected and their recovery process is very slow and delayed compared to the vaccinated patients we have seen before. I have noticed a significant difference in the way the virus affects the vaccinated and unvaccinated. One of the studies in the UAE suggests that vaccination prevents hospitalization by 93 percent, while the efficacy of vaccination in reducing the need for IC is 95 percent,” he said.
He added that the vaccination particularly helps the more vulnerable areas such as the elderly, as it has been shown to reduce the severity of the infection in them. “A 40-year-old unvaccinated man, who was admitted to our hospital a month ago with no known co-morbidities, has been transferred to the ICU and requires a lot of oxygen support. There is a possibility that this was due to the severe lung damage the virus caused to unvaccinated people,” he said.
He encouraged people to get vaccinated and concluded: “Vaccination is the best tool we have to overcome this pandemic. And don’t forget hand hygiene and social distancing. It is also our responsibility to get vaccinated.”
The daily number of cases in the UAE has remained below 1,600 in the past two weeks, thanks to the UAE’s vigorous vaccination campaign. More than 76 percent of UAE residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 66 percent have been fully vaccinated.
Echoing the sentiments of Dr. Prasanna, said the head of the ICU unit at Prime Hospital, Dubai, Dr. Adel Alsisi, that although the hospital has received a mix of Covid cases from vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated, the category affected was the most adversely affected by unvaccinated patients. “We saw a rapid progression of the disease in those who were not vaccinated, and many of them were fighting to survive the onslaught of the virus. Many of the unvaccinated suffered from organ dysfunction and had to be supported by ventilators, high dose medication and their ICU stay was also longer compared to those who had been vaccinated.”
dr. Alsisi, who is also the chief physician at Prime Hospital, added that the death rate was higher among those who had not been vaccinated. “I would advise everyone to ensure that they and their loved ones are vaccinated against this deadly virus and that one should not delay as it can actually save you from Covid complications and hospitalizations and also free up doctors by facilitating their work . load,” he said.
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