Russian pulmonologists claim that the incidence of pneumonia in Russia has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels. Mortality statistics have also improved.
The mortality rate from pneumonia in Russia is at the pre-COVID level, the incidence is approaching pre-pandemic indicators, said the chief freelance pulmonologist of the Ministry of Health, director of the clinic of pulmonology and respiratory medicine of the First Moscow National Medical University named after. THEM. Sechenov .
According to him, in the first five months of 2023, the number of patients with pneumonia decreased slightly and amounted to 274 cases per 100 thousand population. Last year, the indicator was at the level of 280 cases per 100 thousand. At the end of the year, we should expect 400-500 cases per 100 thousand population, or 4-5 ppm, as was the case before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The trend in mortality is similar: the indicators are the same as in the period before the coronavirus pandemic,” Avdeev said.
He noted that smoking increases the risk of developing pneumonia by almost four times. “Smoking is not only a problem associated with the development of chronic respiratory diseases, but also a predisposing factor for acute diseases,” the expert emphasized.
Avdeev added that the percentage of clinical examination of patients with pneumonia on average in Russia exceeds 70%.