Tuesday, November 29, 2022

COVID response and flu outbreak will mark health autumn

A technician controls the equipment installed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up at the HUCA gym. , ida garcia

Experts emphasize the need to vaccinate the population against both pathologies, but disagree with the return of masks indoors

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“The pandemic is not over. In the fall we will return to the interior and there will be more transitions. “More than Covid, I’m worried about the flu, because we’ve had the immune system protected against it for two years.” Both are expert views. From both epidemiologists. The first corresponds to Daniel López-Acuna, the former director of the World Health Organization (WHO). Second, to Pedro Arcos, director of the Emergency Research Unit of the University of Oviedo. Despite the clear distinction between the two conditions, two experts describe what would be the problems of declining health in Asturias: a covid thrush that has not yet been eliminated and a flu virus that has crashed into a mask for two years. .

A protection that, for the time being, neither the Ministry of Health nor the communities including the principality, beyond the current restrictions seems mandatory again: public transport, health and social health centers and pharmacies. “And I don’t think it is necessary to reapply,” defends Arcos López-Acuna against the position, “at a personal level we should think about protecting this autumn-winter.”

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  • 3,104 deaths from Kovid in Asturias
    Since the start of the pandemic, in early 2020. This means that the death rate per 100,000 inhabitants is 304.89. It is the fourth highest in the country after Aragon (390.18), Castilla y León (381.22), Castilla-La Mancha (380.90) and the Basque Country (325.11).

Mediating between the two positions also appear to be Maria de Ona, virologist and member of the committee of experts who has advised the principality during the pandemic, and José Antonio Vidal, neurologist and, since this summer, the medical union. (CIMPA) General Secretary. ,

For the first, “what will happen” is difficult to predict, due to the fact that “infection is not as rigorously monitored as before, because self-diagnosis due to antigen tests means that there are many more than reported There are more infections”. With these precautions, virologists believe that “the return to the interior suggests a new wave in which the incidence is higher.”

expert opinion


Daniel Lopez-Acuna

“The pandemic is not over. In the autumn we will return to the interior and there will be more transitions »

Peter Arches


“More than Covid, I am worried about the flu. We’ve had a secure immune system for two years.”


maria d’ona

“Strains with high associated mortality should not be ruled out. Hence the need for monitoring »


Jose Antonio Vidal

« The seventh wave reached its peak in mid-July with 400 admissions. We expect a replica in September»

Jose Antonio Vidal is more rigid. “The Ministry of Health has just concluded the pandemic. This is somewhat hasty and more hype than real, ”he says. And this data provides: «The seventh wave reached its peak in mid-July with 400 admissions. We expect a new aftershock, more More around 10 and 12 September ».

vaccination key

What to do for both the arrival of a new wave and the flu? There the agreement of experts is total: «Vaccination». Archos says the vaccine that matters this year from Vidal’s “I don’t know what they’re waiting for” is “the one who has the flu”. For López-Acuna, a vaccine against COVID is “essential”, because, as d’Ona summarizes, “the vaccines have proven their effectiveness.” Of course, it’s also committed to a double vaccine “against Covid and against the flu” for vulnerable groups, and Archos says, “for those who have more contact with the public.”

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