This is the rolling coronavirus story for Wednesday 27 October 2021

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Stats for the last 24 hours - 29 more cases and no more deaths

https://www.lavozdealmeria.com/noticia/3/provincia/224495/la-incidencia-del-covid-sube-en-almeria-pese-a-la-bajada-diaria-de-casos

Google translation:

The incidence of covid rises in Almería despite the daily drop in cases

The three health districts are still at medium risk and above rate 50

Despite the drop in diagnosed covid infections in Almería in the last 24 hours, 29 compared to 60 on Tuesday, the provincial cumulative incidence rate rises slightly again to 61.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days (compared to 61.1 the day before), and the three health districts continue to be above the 50 rate, which marks the low risk from the virus.

In this way, the Almería Health District has a rate of 65.0, 1.6 points lower than that of Tuesday, while in the capital it is 61.1; the Levante District falls to 56.1 (on Tuesday it was 58.8) and the Poniente, the area that until now was in the best situation, is the one that rises the most, from 55.8 to 59.6, with what in Currently, Levante-Alto Almanzora is the district with the lowest rate,

Although the accumulated incidence is one of the criteria used to establish the alert level of each district, it is only one more, and at present the province seems to continue to comply with the others, which are the incidence in people over 65 years of age in 14 days; the tests carried out; the percentages of traceability; the index of occupied ICU beds; the hospitalization rate and vaccination coverage. In this way, the territorial public health alert committee could keep the entire province at its meeting this Wednesday at the zero alert level before the covid, in which all of Andalusia is already present.

No deaths

Returning to the data from the last day, the best news is that the covid-19 has not claimed any death in Almería, although it has one in Andalusia, one in the province of Seville.

Regarding hospitalization data, in the last 24 hours three people with covid-19 have been admitted to the province, two of them in critical condition in an intensive care unit.

According to data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography, there have been 54 people who have overcome the infection, with which the active cases in Almería are now 564.

 

Psychology and the pandemic in Andalucía

https://www.lavozdealmeria.com/noticia/12/almeria/224455/los-almerienses-son-los-que-menos-miedo-tienen-a-contagiarse-de-covid

Google translation:

The people of Almeria are the least afraid of catching Covid

The Andalusian Studies Center presents a report on psychological repercussions

Almeria are among the Andalusians who are least afraid of catching coronavirus (Covid-19). This is revealed by a report from the Andalusian Studies Center Foundation (CENTRA), attached to the Ministry of the Presidency, Public Administration and the Interior of the Junta de Andalucía.

The study was presented this Tuesday morning in Seville, at the headquarters of the Official College of Psychology of Western Andalusia. The results of the report ‘Psychological repercussions of COVID-19 in Andalusia’, the first study with representative data from Andalusia that investigates the psychological consequences of the pandemic, have been made public. Based on a survey of a sample of 3,600 participants, over 18 years of age, it was conducted in the months of April and May 2021.

In the province of Almería, around 300 surveys have been carried out, as reported to this newspaper from unofficial sources.

In addition, the people of Almeria are among the Andalusians with lower levels of anxiety, depression and stress compared to the emotional state before the coronavirus pandemic.

In both variables. Almería and Huelva share parameters, that is, their citizens are the least afraid of contracting Covid-19 and those with the fewest episodes of anxiety.

Among the priority objectives of the study, are the analysis of the psychological impact of the pandemic and confinement in relation to a series of indicators such as levels of anxiety, depression, stress, general psychological discomfort, fear of infection, relationship problems and risk suicidal, among others; and the examination of attitudes towards vaccination in Andalusia.

The results of the report confirm the assessment of the Official College of Psychology of Western Andalusia on the importance of focusing on mental health and psychological treatments. The pandemic situation has generated its impact, aggravating existing psychological problems or causing them in people who did not suffer from them. Hence the importance of increasing the number of psychologists in the public health system, especially in Primary Care.

This study has been directed by the doctor in Psychology and director of the scientific journal 'Analysis and Modification of Behavior', Francisco Revuelta Pérez; in collaboration with Wenceslao Peñate Castro, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of La Laguna; the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Seville, Luis Rodríguez Franco; and the professor of Social, Evolutionary and Educational Psychology at the University of Huelva, Luisa Rodríguez Fernández.

Elevated levels of anxiety, depression, and stress

The results of the report detail that high levels of anxiety, depression and stress have been detected that exceed those of the circumstances prior to the pandemic. Specifically, the percentage of people who present some degree of anxiety is 38.78%; depression, 37.1%; and stress, 34.44%.

An interesting question in these three variables is that there have been three provincial groupings: in Almería and Huelva the levels have been lower; Jaén and Cádiz have been located at an intermediate level; while Malaga, Seville, Cordoba and Granada have consistently reached the highest values.

Although there are no statistically significant differences by sex or by age groups, those over 75 years of age are the ones with the highest levels in these three variables.

Given the above, it is not surprising that 53.94% of the total sample studied state that they feel greater general psychological discomfort at the time of the interview, in relation to before the pandemic occurred. 15.81% declare that they are the same, while another 30.25% affirm that they have less discomfort.

Fear of infection and self-perceived risk of contagion

When asked directly about the fear of contagion, 82.59% declared that they had some fear of contagion. Of them, 39.91% express fear to a lesser degree, compared to 25.72%, who express a lot and 16.96%, a lot. In this regard, specialists insist that a certain degree of fear makes the adoption of recommended health behaviors more likely, since it is a protective mechanism in certain situations.

From these results, three provincial groupings have been derived: Almería and Huelva concentrate the population that expresses - at the time of the survey - less fear of catching the coronavirus; Jaén, Cádiz and Seville are at an intermediate level; and Granada, Malaga and Córdoba, are the provinces where he was most afraid.

Regarding the size of the habitat, statistically significant differences have been found between the localities that have between 10,001 and 20,000 inhabitants, compared to all those included in this study.

Another variable within the scope of personal perception has been the risk of self-perceived contagion, that is, the individual belief that the individual has about their susceptibility to being infected with a disease, in this case, COVID-19. In the total sample, 78.79% of those interviewed are in the group of those who consider themselves to be at low risk of contagion, compared to 21.21% who are included in the high risk group.

Partner relationships and suicide risk

Among the participants in the sample who are in a relationship, 57.93% affirm that there were no problems during the pandemic and the confinement. Among those who give an affirmative answer, 30.32% declare that the problems were the usual ones; 7.97% had important problems, which were resolved; while 3.77% ended up separating, a fairly high rate according to the study authors.

In relation to the risk of suicide, it has been detected that the percentage is high, standing at 15.19% of the total sample, with 1.1% of people who had made an attempt. Faced with this serious mental health problem, the researchers warn in their report that, although the suicide risk increases with age - at 75 or more years it reaches 18.0% -, it is very striking and worrying that the rates of young people are also high.

Acceptance of vaccination

Regarding issues related to vaccines, it must be taken into account that, at the time of the study, the vaccination program was not as advanced as it is now. Of the 3,600 people interviewed, 2,469 had not yet received any doses.

Of the latter, only 11.3% stated that they would not be vaccinated. Among the most frequent reasons, insecurity is used, “They do not see them as safe” (60.9%); the “Doubts about its effectiveness” (48.5%) and that “They prefer to wait” (31.5%).

Together with the authors of the study, the director of the CENTRA Foundation, Tristán Pertíñez, and the dean of the Official College of Psychology of Western Andalusia, José Tenorio, have participated in this appointment, with the purpose of deepening the analysis of their results and in possible recommendations for action to improve mental health in Andalusia.

 

The daily coronavirus stats for El Ejido do not look good!

Almeria Province now has 61.3 cases (approximately 0 more than the last value) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)

Poniente Region now has 59.6  cases (approximately 3 more than the last value) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)

El Ejido now has 82.4 cases (approximately 8 more than the last value) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)

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For a second day in a row there are no changes in the vaccines stats that I report. So no details to publish today.