Almost 40,000 Styrians fell ill – 5 minutes

Posted January 2, 2024, 3:03 pm
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Currently, the Austrian Health Insurance Fund (ÖGK) estimates that many Styrians suffer from runny noses or fevers.

Van Julia Waldhauser

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Comparing calendar weeks 51 and 52 between 2022 and 2023 in Styria shows clear changes in health indicators and sick leave.

Number of illnesses at 51 and 52 weeks in 2022

In the 52nd week of 2022, 15,789 flu-like infections, 1,211 true flu and 1,872 covid cases were registered in Styria, resulting in a total 39,909 diseased leaves At the helm. A week ago, in week 51, the numbers were higher: 25,555 flu cases, 1,442 true flu and 2,338 Covid cases, totaling 55.083 Sick leave.

51 and 52 weeks of Styria in 2023

In 2023, there was a significant decrease in week 52: 7,186 flu infections, 230 true flu and 3,160 Covid cases, total 29,445 diseased leaves At the helm. There were fewer sick days in the 51st week of 2023 compared to the previous year: 13,810 flu-like infections, 237 true flu and 5,913 Covid cases, resulting in a total 43,908 diseased leaves At the helm.

Covid cases are on the rise again

However, the increase in Covid cases in Styria, especially in the 52nd week of 2023 compared to the previous year, makes it clear that new variants or external factors may continue to play a role in the health situation.

Increased prevention is needed

Dr. Andreas Kratter, Chief Physician of the Austrian Health Insurance Fund, emphasizing the relevance of preventive measures. He calls for targeted vaccination, especially for vulnerable groups such as the chronically ill and the over-60s, and urges the wearing of masks during health activities and in busy areas.

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