Expansion of COVID-19: what doctors say about isolation measures in BH – Gerais


Infectologist Estevo Urbano warns that Belo Horizonte lives a dangerous scenario about the increase in cases (photo: Leandro Couri / EM / DA Press)

Even with the option of keeping the open trade in Belo Horizonte, the infectologists who are part of the Coping Committee to Coronavrus in the capital again appeal to people to follow the isolation measures oriented at the beginning of the pandemic. Based on the municipality’s indications (rates of transmission per infected person and bed occupancy), the city chose to keep its activities flexible, although it warned that it could close the city at any time – maintaining only essential services.

The PBH has authorized the trade to operate in the next three Sundays to benefit from the purchases of the Black Friday and also Christmas. But the doctor Estevo Urbano warns that Belo Horizonte lives a dangerous scenario about the growth of cases and deaths.

“This opening is precisely to dilute purchases, so that people do not crowd and obviously reduce the chance of cross-transmission in the trade. Now, on the other hand, we are living in a decisive moment regarding the possibility or not of having to adopt strict measures, including Belo Horizonte has to defend a legacy built during the pandemic of being one of the capitals with the lowest number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants “, says the infectologist.

He reiterates that the committee will adopt the measures that are necessary to preserve life from Belo Horizonte: “The pandemic continues and science remains the mayor’s flagship in terms of conduct guidance. The committee will not give up recommending measures that value life in the first place.”

Carlos Starling drew the attention of people who have already had the virus, but who no longer care for the disease: “I have been saying for a long time that the pandemic is not for sprintists. It is for marathoners, that is, for the long term. which is to exercise everything we did: distance, isolation, hygiene, fundamentally wearing masks. And one aspect that we didn’t count on and not good news: the possibility of a new infection. We do not know the extent of this problem, but it has certainly been proven. After three months, the chain of antibodies in the bloodstream gradually decreases and we do not know the role of cellular immunity in protection “.

Collapsing health

Una Tupynambs recalled that the expansion of COVID-19 occurs simultaneously with increase in other diseases, which bring collapse to the health system: “This moment is more tense than the first phase in March. We have seen pressure on the health system of other chronic non-communicable diseases. Diabetes, hypertension, kidney and people with lung diseases. With the pandemic, the control of these diseases is impaired. And now these diseases are charging, with a greater risk for them. This all increased during the second semester. and chikungunya. And the traffic is almost normal. It has an almost normal impact on accidents. SUS is being bombarded by several diseases “.

According to him, the closing activities may be the solution for controlling bed occupancy rates and health in general in the city: “The population is tired. It has become commonplace and has lost its fear, which has increased the rate of transmission. Many young people do not impact assistance, but they take the disease to the elderly. It starts to have an impact. Action has to be quick. In a week, the system collapses. In the matter of closure, it can be tomorrow. We can start with these places of more intense transmission , like boutiques, bars, restaurants, churches and gyms “.

Without political vision

Estevo Urbano recalled that the opening or closing of the city is not related to the election period. He assured that, if the city had an increase in cases and deaths out of the ordinary, the committee would not be afraid to adopt a more energetic measure: “The committee is absolutely technical, without political connotation. The contagion increased a day or two before the elections. It was it is just a coincidence. If we had to call this meeting before the election, there would be no impediment to the loss of A, B or C. Flexibilities, travel, holidays and the fatigue of the population coincided with the increase in cases across the country ” .

The municipal secretary of Sade, Jackson Machado Pinto, completed Urbano’s thought: “Science cannot be influenced by political, ideological, partisan or religious thoughts. None of us has a vision in this regard.”

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