Experts call for more restrictive measures: “A tsunami of cases is coming and we must restrict capacity” | Day by day

The Public Health expert, José Martínez Olmos, believes that we must wait for the publication of the Royal Decree on the mandatory nature of outdoor masks to know in which specific cases they should be worn and in which not to assess the extent of their effectiveness of face to stop the advance of the pandemic; although he values ​​the fact that the message that you have to protect yourself with a mask is reinforced. The Council of Ministers approved the measure this morning.

“I missed that the communities proposed their own restriction measures according to the degree of incidence that marks the traffic light approved in the Interterritorial Council. The communities have lost an opportunity to stop contagions,” he explained.

Martínez Olmos believes that the current measures fall short: “A tsunami of cases is coming and we must restrict capacity in cinemas, theaters, bars and also schedules. Without forgetting the celebrations that are approaching such as parades or bells.” The Public Health expert explained in ‘Hoy por hoy’ that more measures are necessary in addition to reinforcing vaccination and primary care

At this time 17 territories are at very high risk of transmission, and at least 11 autonomous communities with their ICUs in the very high risk indicator. Spain has registered in the last day more than 60,041 infections, after accounting for almost 50,000 on Tuesday, in a context of a sharp increase in coronavirus transmission.

Martínez Olmos believes that the fact that vaccinated close contacts are not obliged to keep quarantine does not contribute to avoiding contagion in society. “The fundamental thing is that there is a collapse in primary care and the communities have to add reinforcements. I am left with the fact that every 10 days the Conference of Presidents will meet again and probably restrictions will have to be adopted,” he insists.

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“You have to know how to use and interpret the tests”

“Antigen tests are a good measure, but you have to know how to use and interpret them.” In the last week the pressure in the ICU has risen by 20% and it must also be taken into account that the collapse in primary care affects many pathologies, patients with chronic diseases “, he explains.

Martínez Olmos is in favor of having a technical committee capable of proposing measures from a scientific point of view and then having a political debate to adopt measures according to the incidence of the virus.

“In the ICU 50% are not vaccinated”

The head of the Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology Service of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Antoni Trilla, has explained in ‘Hoy por hoy’ that right now in the ICU, 20 of the 60 beds are occupied by COVID patients and that 50% of them were not vaccinated. “There are 50% unvaccinated and they are younger. The rest have the complete vaccination schedule, including the booster one, but they are people who have some risk factor.”

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Trilla believes that although the scientific evidence indicates that the mask outdoors if there is social distance is not necessary, it is important to convey the message to the population that the mask is an effective measure in general.

The epidemiologist thinks like Martínez Olmos that the measures approved by the Conference of Presidents fall short: “It could have been tried to reduce the capacity of establishments and try to ensure that all people are vaccinated. It does not reduce the risk to zero, but the vaccine continues to protect against to serious illness “.

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