PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS EXCESS RESPIRATORY ENCOUNTERS
The report is based on data collected from 5 March to 29 November 2020 (week 48 of 2020).
- In recent weeks respiratory hospitalisations in all ages have increased in Western Cape and Eastern Cape with some reductions in the last reporting week, likely related to delays in reporting.
- Outpatient general practitioner respiratory consultations spiked in early March, consistent with “worried well” health-seeking behaviour, then declined sharply across South African provinces and age groups, reflecting the impact of the lockdown.
- Outpatient emergency department consultations at private hospitals experienced a “worried well” spike in early March, though to a lesser degree than observed for general practitioner providers. Over the past few weeks there has been an increase in the Eastern Cape.