New growth for Covid-19 makes Europe suspend classes and intensify social isolation

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Brazil recorded 749 deaths by covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to a bulletin from the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) this Wednesday (14). In number of new cases, the entity registered another 27,235 new patients in the period – bringing the total to 5,140,863 infected people since the outbreak began in March. Also today, France, Spain and Portugal enacted new restriction measures, after, in the last few days, registering an increase in contamination cases.

(photo roque de sá – senadofederal)

Brazil now has 151,747 killed by the new coronavirus. This, without counting the recognized underreporting – scientists point out that, in reality, there are already more than 200 thousand deaths by covid-19 in national territory. The country is the third in the world in number of patients, behind the United States and India. In addition, it is the second in death, behind only the Americans.

Ten months after the first recorded cases, in mid-December, in Wuhan, China, the scenario remains worrying. In Europe, “second waves” of contagion start to frighten the whole continent again, where the numbers of cases have been skyrocketing since a month ago. This, after months of reduction in the contagion and death curve, conquered by strict measures of distancing and social isolation.

In particular, Spain began to record higher numbers than in the most lethal period of the disease. In March, the days with the most cases detected had about 9 thousand. Now, between September and October, the numbers have reached around 30 thousand in the most aggressive days.

The scenario is now repeated in other members of the European community, such as Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. The latter has the worst rate of contagion per 100,000 inhabitants across the continent. During the summer, all of these countries relaxed social isolation measures, suspended punctual lockdowns and even resumed face-to-face classes.

Now, reality is in force and the European community is already suspending classes and intensifying social isolation again. In the Czech Republic, signs of collapse in the healthcare system. Hospitals are already beginning to suspend non-urgent operations to open beds of special attention for the covid-19. In the Netherlands, bars and restaurants have since closed again.

Until last month, European political leaders resisted the return of isolation measures, as the number of deaths was not rising, despite records of new patients. This is due especially to the development of medical procedures and the change in the age group of those infected. Now, young people are driving the pandemic. More resistant, they die less, but remain vectors of transmission.

In the past two weeks, 19 of the 34 countries in the European community have seen the number of cases rise in the elderly as well. The number of deaths has also started to rise significantly, especially in Spain, which serves as a thermometer for anticipating the trend on the continent.

Curve of cases and deaths in Spain. Second wave of contagion evident in both

Unethical

Earlier this week, WHO regretted postures as adopted by Brazil. “Herd immunity is a scientific and ethically problematic approach,” said the entity’s director general, Tedros Adhanom.

Without a vaccine to prevent deaths, the strategy of letting the virus circulate necessarily implies more deaths. And preventable deaths, like thousands in Brazil. “Leaving covid-19 out of control means allowing infections, suffering and unnecessary deaths,” he added.

“Herd immunity is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a virus if a vaccination limit is reached. In other words, collective immunity is achieved by protecting people and not exposing them to the infectious agent, ”said Tedros.

Finally, the scientist harshly criticized the neglect of the population. “Never in the history of public health has collective immunity been used as a strategy to respond to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic (…) Allowing a dangerous virus that we don’t fully understand to run free is simply unethical. It is not an option ”.(Yes RBA)

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