The Covid19 lockdowns during the pandemic haven’t stopped those in Britain from getting all sorts of bizarre injuries and medical issues that required hospital treatment during 2020 to 2021.
The Hospital Data Analysis
The NHS patient admission, attendance and appointment data in England for the period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 was analysed by the MailOnline. The NHS presents this data in an anonymous format to maintain confidentiality, omitting any personal information about patients aside from age and gender. It basically tells you basic details of who was admitted or treated and for what general reason, but the how and the outcome parts of the equation are missing.
Bizarre Reasons Hospital Care Was Needed
The analysis pulled out some rather unusual findings. Who would have thought that a 90 year-old woman would have been hospitalised after being “bitten or struck by a crocodile or alligator”?
If you’ve had to have hospital treatment or admissions during this time, at least it’s unlikely to be for one of the below reasons, which may just make you feel a little better!
Let’s have a look at the rather darkly disturbing and simply bizarre reasons hospital treatment or admission was required during Britain’s early pandemic years of 2020/21.
Life & Light Disasters
- Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela gets the most lightning strikes in the world, with up to 40,000 strikes in a single night. Britain doesn’t get as many lightning victims as some countries, so any instance seems like a rare one. Nonetheless, 19 Brits were struck by lightening during 2020-21, the outcomes for which are unknown.
- Somehow, 5 individuals were reported as being hit by volcanic eruptions. That’s quite the feat when there are no volcanoes in the UK! It appears this must have happened abroad, and either they were included in the reporting because they were from the UK, or they were brought here for treatment.
- A firework being incorrectly set off landed a 94-year-old lady in hospital after being hit by it. We can only hope this care home resident was successfully treated after this harrowing ordeal. Fireworks are a much-loved tradition, but their dangers and the need for caution for all ages should not be underestimated.
- Don’t take for granted a children’s playground being safe either. 10 over 80s, perhaps while playing with their grandchildren, had to get hospital treatment after injuries from playground equipment.
- Meanwhile, 62 people were left requiring treatment for ingesting toxic mushrooms. It seems taking to the great outdoors to avoid Covid in the supermarkets wasn’t always the safest option.
- If like me you thought anthrax came in the post and wasn’t a current-day disease, you’d be wrong. There were 8 treated cases of anthrax, though thankfully none of them inhaled spores as that’s the most lethal form of this disease. One man in his 30s caught it through an open wound, seven caught anthrax sepsis with spores entering the blood stream directly, but it’s often caught through working with contaminated animals or related products. Fortunately, our modern day medicine can usually successfully treat this worrying infection.
- If you also thought the Black Death plague was ancient history, you’d be wrong again, just like I was. There were 21 plague cases reported within the data for England, most of which were pneumonic plague.
- Ocular myiasis is a condition that leads to flies laying maggots in one or both eyes, which is enough to make your bones itch with the mere thought of it. 35 very unfortunate people developed this, though the ‘how’ is not reported.
- Two children had apparently required treatment for “war operations involving biological weapons”, something many of us probably can’t recall having ever made the news headlines.
Encounters Of A Sexual Kind
- Then comes the curious cases of “Excessive sexual drive”. So-called ‘sex addiction’ can be a life-altering thing to live with, but how it presents as an emergency requiring immediate hospital attention is not something this data alludes to, though it does spark the imagination. 27 admissions were noted for excessive sexual drive, and 5 of these were people over 85 years of age.
- Two 40-year-old men sought hospital treatment for voyeurism. I’m not sure how peeping on those having sex or getting dressed led them to hospital rather than a police station, but there you go. Likewise, 12 men were given treatment for exhibitionism, a typically illegal fetish when done in public where the person gets sexual pleasure or arousal from flashing their naked parts to others.
- Of the foreign object variety of sexual medical emergencies, perhaps pandemic boredom can explain how over 2,000 people ended up needing hospital treatment for foreign objects up their nether regions. It’s bizarre but not uncommon by the look of the data for people to put things where the sun doesn’t shine. 1,097 people stuck something up their bottoms and needed medical assistance, and three quarters of those were men. 233 stuck items in their urethra, and 907 got something stuck in their vagina. It seems humans like to stick things where they shouldn’t, going full circle from shoving toy cars up noses as toddlers, to putting the strangest thing you can think of up nether regions as adults.