Latest data, looking good

Full summary in the first few minutes of this video, its good news

examination of the 166 patients admitted since the Omicron variant arrived

snapshot of the clinical profile of 42 patients

currently in the COVID wards at SB

The majority of hospital admissions are for diagnoses unrelated to COVID-19.

The SARS-CoV-2 positivity is an incidental finding in these patients and is largely driven by hospital policy requiring testing of all patients requiring admission to the hospital.

76% of patients are incidental COVID admissions.

This very unusual picture is also occurring at other hospitals in Gauteng.

The high proportion of COVID incidental admissions
may reflect higher rates of community transmission compared to previous waves (variants)

that is not translating into higher admission rates for a primary COVID-19 diagnosis.

Tshwane District Omicron Variant Patient Profile – Early Features

4th December

There has been a significant rise in new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the Gauteng Province in the last four weeks

which has been attributed to Omicron variant announced on 24 November 2021

The first cases of Omicron were detected in the Tshwane District

The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality is the metropolitan municipality that forms the local government of northern Gauteng Province, South Africa

The Metropolitan area is centred on the city of Pretoria with surrounding towns and localities

population of 2,708,702 people

This is where the 4th wave started

Tshwane has been the global epicentre of the Omicron Outbreak

cases rising exponentially over several weeks

41,921 cases by 3 December

29 November to 3 December 2021

Cases + 9,929 reported in Tshwane

Steve Biko/Tshwane District Hospital Complex in Pretoria

in the heart of the Tshwane District

statistics presented by the Gauteng Department of Health on 2 December 2021

for the province as a whole,

and with admissions across all public and private hospitals in Tshwane

we have seen a sharp rise in admissions

Between 14th and 29th November 2021

166 new admissions

Patient information presented here only represents the first two weeks of the Omicron wave in Tshwane

The clinical profile of admitted patients could change significantly over the next two weeks,

by which time we can draw conclusions about the severity of disease with greater precision.

The main observation that we have made over the last two weeks is that the majority of patients in the COVID wards have not been oxygen dependent.

SARS-CoV-2 has been an incidental finding in patients that were admitted to the hospital for another medical, surgical or obstetric reason.

A snapshot of 42 patients in the ward on 2 December

29 (70%) are not oxygen dependent

These patients are saturating well on room air,

and do not present with any respiratory symptoms.

‘incidental COVID admissions’

having had another medical or surgical reason for admission.

Thirteen (13) patients are dependent on supplemental oxygen

of which nine (21%) have a diagnosis of COVID-19 pneumonia

All are being prescribed steroids as the mainstay of therapy.

The remaining 4 patients are on oxygen for other medical reasons

This is a picture that has not been seen in previous waves.

Past 3 waves

only been a sprinkling of patients on room air in the COVID ward

The numbers of patients in high care on double oxygen, High Flow Nasal Oxygen or non-invasive ventilation (NIV) were noticeably higher in previous waves.

This is anecdotal but confirmed by numerous clinicians who have previously worked in the COVID wards in the hospital complex.

Of 38 adults in the COVID wards on 2 December

6 were vaccinated

24 were unvaccinated

8 had unknown vaccination status

Of 9 patients with COVID pneumonia

8 are unvaccinated

1 is a child

Only a single patient on oxygen was fully vaccinated but the reason for the oxygen was Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

An analysis of 166 patients admitted 14 -29 November 2021

80% of admissions were below the age of 50 years

19% were children aged 0-9 years

28% of total admissions, 30-39 years

In-hospital death rate

10 deaths in the SBAH/TDH cohort in the past two weeks,

making up 6.6% of the 166 admissions.

Four deaths were in adults aged 26 – 36

Five deaths were in adults over 60

One death was in a child in whom the cause of deaths was unrelated to COVID.

There were no COVID related deaths among 34 admissions in the paediatric COVID wards over the last two weeks.

Gauteng Province as a whole

Level of care

There were only 2 patients in the COVID ICU in the last 14 days,

neither of whom had a primary diagnosis of COVID pneumonia.

Much shorter average length of stay

2.8 days for SARS-CoV-2 positive patients admitted to the COVID wards over the last two weeks

compared to an average length of stay of 8.5 days for the past 18 months

Written by Dr. John Campbell

Hello Everyone,My name is John Campbell and I am a retired Nurse Teacher and A and E nurse based in England. I also do some teaching in Asia and Africa when time permits. These videos are to help students to learn the background to all forms of health care. My PhD focused on the development of open learning resources for nurses nationally and internationally.


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  1. It doesn’t matter really. The government will twist and use it against the people to run for jabs and boosters in Europe. Guaranteed.
    Excuses will range from its deadly in old people , very transmittable and some thing to do with the difference in climate in SA and Europe . All lies and bullshit

  2. The third wave is not deffinetiv of the vaccine working it shows proportional deaths in the hight of the 1. and the 2. wawe. Let's hope that in February all this turmoil is behind us. I do see it comming 😊

  3. Great presentation, really enjoy it. Just a few notes on the English pronunciation of the Tshwane district and Gauteng province.
    Tshwane is pronounced chwa-ne and Gauteng is pronounced like gow-teng, where the 'gow' is pronounced like in gower.

  4. Thank you Dr. Campbell! You have consistently been one of the few sane & courageous voices in this insane Covid debate! With your factual.presentation of the actual facts on the ground, devoid of the paranoiac hype that's being whipped up by vested interests from certain quarters, you have helped ensure that this planet has not been consumed by the 'paranoiavirus'!

  5. FYI. Omicron rearranged spells…..moronic. Pretty much the direction covid rules and restrictions are going. Freedom is choice. Vote no to mandates

  6. Interesting information. Thank you.
    One (critical) question – how do you know we'll build up herd immunity to Omikron ?

    Does an individual build up any long standing immunity after catching it ? Can we get more than one strain at once ?

    Surely no one knows the answers to these questions so comments about herd immunity are just a guess?

  7. Basically, Since we in the west have declared war on COVID, its going to get more lockdowns and loss of personal rights despite the data. This is going to sound harsh: Don't be fat get fit, Get the sleep you need, not what you allow yourself, get sunshine as much as possible, take vitamin supplements and do not have any other 20 something comorbidities easily found on the web and tell your Governor to stop violating your rights to freedom. Just because it is a state that has declared an emergency without end or review by the populace, it should never over-ride our basic and amended rights of the Constitution just because it is called civil law another way of killing the Constitution. No matter what country you live in. Tell your doctor to stop giving you meds that they never want you to leave behind.

  8. First Woke Horse/Force…
    Simultaneous—4 Horses Ride/Writhe at Same Time

    1st Woke Horse/Evil Force: Predicted Fake Awakening. Government Threatening people 
    2nd Horse/Evil Force is Red as in Bloodshed 
    3rd Horse/Evil Force is Poverty. Experts are Perplexed !!!!
    4th Horse/Evil Force: Plagues/Pandemics over the World 

    2nd White Horse Ends The Apocalypse: True Awakening.
    Author of Bible Book Of Revelation COMES with Believers, including Raptured.

  9. There is no good news in the EU/U.S.. we’re all screwed if the central banks have anything to say. I’m just waiting on my 4th booster just to go to the store for my family.

  10. herd immunity? i thought we had this omicron issue because of the mass spread issue. not to mention spread and mutation in immune compromised. seems to me if it spreads more, faster , the mutation possibilitybis greater. into another variant that is

  11. Always pushing the jabz, Nurse Campbell. Tsk tsk. I challenge you to bring on the doctors and epidemiologists from the F.eL. Ccc alliance. You're doing no favors by pushing these toxic pokes. You're doing harm.

  12. Do you have copies of actual data for the isolations from actual patients that died from/ of covid 19 and Sars Corona 2. Not data from computer models or modelling. Or from claims it was replicated in a lab.

  13. i know you guys arent doctors but i missed my second shot and im currently 6 months passed the time i was supposed to get it. If i wanted to protect myself with the vax aside from Vit D and zinc. How does that work? My current Doc seemed confused as what to do, start over or just a booster.

  14. Funny if you read articles on the mainstream histeria media they omit the fact that no one is getting seriously ill from omnicron. If they do mention it they put it down to a young population in South Africa. They also fail to mention that the WHO are telling people there is no reason to panic or have any restrictions because it’s a mild illness.

  15. The preliminary reports are indeed promising. Thanks. It does raise some questions, though. Why this increase in hospital admissions, although 76% of admissions were unrelated to Omikron and only detected as a consequence of mandatory Covid testing? . Another vital question (for me) is : Can a person contract both the Delta and the Omikron strain at the same time, or does the Omikron strain give immunity against the (apparently) more serious Delta strain?

  16. There is a very serious pandemic going on: a pandemic of healthy individuals lining up for infinite tests and doses.
    There is no respect for all those individuals who are perfectly healthy, never took a medicine in their life and don't want to participate to this mental shit-show. It's been two years now (two years!) of this "pandemic". Sometimes, it's like we don't have any better form of going through a deadly pandemic other than reading stupid data and chasing healthy people.

  17. Are there a vaccine more suitable for the new omicron variant such as Chinese type, Sputnik, or else ? Cause Moderna said they vaccine don't work with the new variant, and we know that Pfizer and moderna are the same mRNA type.

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