Some doctors have reported observing atypical symptoms in senior citizens with severe COVID-19 infections, such as falling down, vomiting, low-grade fever, and cognitive issues.
The COVID-19 situation in Taiwan continues to worsen. Some doctors recently shared their clinical experiences, saying they observed four major atypical symptoms in senior citizens infected with COVID-19. They are a low fever under 38 degrees Celsius, vomiting or diarrhea, cognitive problems such as delirium, and falling. Many of the patients suffered falls, went to get medical treatment, and were found to have COVID-19.
Li Chien-chang, Attending Physician, Dept. of Emer. Med., NTU Hospital: “Some fell and fractured their hips. They were sent to surgery. Before the operation took place, they were found to be infected with COVID-19. It was actually COVID-19 that caused the fall. The muscles of elderly people are weaker, so they get tired easily and become powerless. The elderly end up falling and injuring their hips. The four major symptoms are low-grade fever, vomiting or diarrhea, delirium, and falling. ”
Any senior citizen with these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention to ensure they can get medication if they are positive. Many people have voluntarily curtailed their activities due to the severe epidemic situation, so the number of cases has not risen significantly. Doctors warn that the epidemic situation is not improving and there could be a new wave around the Dragon Boat Festival. At present, conditions for herd immunity have not yet been reached.
Huang Li-min, Infectious Disease Doctor: “Experiences in other countries show one wave typically peaks after infecting 30 to 50 percent. It's difficult to infect over 50 percent. Seventy to 80 percent is needed for herd immunity, so further observation is needed before we can determine if herd immunity can be reached.”
Hung Tzu-jen, Dep. Superintendent, Shin Kong Memorial Hospital: “It could be that the number of cases in the greater Taipei area decreases, but the number of cases in the central and southern regions increases. If one goes up and the other goes down, then the total number of cases in Taiwan will remain at this plateau for some time. ”
An increase in unreported cases is accompanying the increase in the number of reported cases. The number of reported cases announced no longer reflects the actual situation. The people at the highest risk during this wave are senior citizens, chronic disease sufferers, and unvaccinated people.