Trend in hospitalisations

21 07 2009

Another measure of the spread of the virus is the number of people who are sick in hospital with it. Since early July the Department of Health and Ageing has been reporting figures of the number of people in Australian hospitals each day with Swine Flu (and of these, the number who are in Intensive Care).

I’ve graphed these numbers below, they give an idea of the continued spread of the virus in Australia. The graph tells a simple story, more and more people are continuing to get sick with this. For example, the number of people currently in intensive care has tripled over the last week, from 32 on 14th July, to 96 today.

aust hospitalisations

Today’s Health and Ageing update reports that since the Swine Flu pandemic began, 1590 people have been hospitalised in Australia with it.




2 responses

22 07 2009
Linda Taylor

Thanks so much for breaking this all down for us. Someone told me that they are no longer testing for it as there are so many people with it now. Anyhow, keep up the good work. Linda

22 07 2009

Hi Linda. My pleasure. Yes – they are no longer testing as a matter of routine – so the new cases we get reported each day are not the whole story. That’s why I think hospitalisations due to Swine Flu will become an increasingly important statistic in tracking the progress of the disease. We’re all looking for the trend to change, and the daily number of people in hospital to start coming down. I fear, though, that that’s still quite a few weeks away. Cheers. Nick.

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