As the infection with the new coronavirus spreads, private companies that visit doctors at night and on holidays are flooded with requests from patients with fever during the four consecutive holidays, and more than 4,000 consultations have been received. I found out.
At companies that visit doctors at night or on holidays in collaboration with multiple medical institutions, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area, registered doctors visit patients' homes to see doctors and prescribe medicines when they receive a request by telephone. If infection with the new corona is suspected, a PCR test will also be performed.
According to the company, the number of home visits received from patients who had a fever during the four consecutive holidays from 22nd to 25th of this month is more than 4000 nationwide, and about 2500 in 1 metropolitan area and 3 prefectures alone. is.
The number of cases per day exceeded the year-end and New Year holidays in the 3rd wave and the long holidays in May in the 4th wave, and the doctors handed out the patients who judged that they needed a home visit by telephone interview. is.
In addition, when the virus of patients in the metropolitan area who underwent PCR testing was examined, the proportion of the mutant virus "Delta strain" confirmed in India was 19% for the week until 27th last month, but 4th this month. Up to 24%, 33% until the 11th of this month, and 55% in the week until the 18th of this month, which is more than half, and the replacement is progressing rapidly.
Ryo Kikuchi, a doctor who started this company and also visits himself, is conspicuous in cases where patients in their 40s and 50s are becoming more serious about the recent tendency of infected people, and it is clear that they have dinner etc. He said that he felt the infectivity of the Delta strain was felt in multiple cases of infection even though he did not take risk actions.
Dr. Kikuchi analyzed that the flood of consultations for home visits was "the number of infected people is increasing, and the number of cases of low-grade fever is increasing due to anxiety about the infection situation." "It's a time when the Olympics have begun and it's easy to relax, but the number of infected people is expected to continue, and I would like to ask you to take thorough measures against infection."
Medical treatment for home recuperators
This company also provides medical care for home recuperators infected with the new coronavirus on behalf of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
On the night of the 23rd, when the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was held, I visited the home of a couple in their 50s in Tokyo who are continuing their home recuperation.
The husband developed the disease five days ago, and the next day, the wife also developed the disease and the infection was confirmed. When the doctor arrived, he changed into protective clothing and entered the room.
Then, as a result of examining the value of the "pulse oximeter" that looks at the state of oxygen in the blood and the state of the lungs, it was judged that the possibility of pneumonia was low, although fever continued, and it was decided to follow up. ..