In the plan presented by Raquel Duarte’s team, the opposing strategies adopted by Israel and the United Kingdom are compared, with the second receiving a negative note from the researchers.
The data were released at the meeting that took place this week and that brought together government and public health experts.
With the level of vaccination rising at a steady pace, with infections in moderate numbers and with hospitals far from the saturation they experienced in January, it was time for Portugal to start preparing the last stages of the pandemic.
In this sense, a plan was proposed — Reduction Plan for Restrictive Control Measures to Covid-19 — by the pulmonologist Rachel Duarte and his team, responsible for preparing the forecasts that help the Government to make decisions related to the management of the pandemic.
At the same meeting, the experts made a point of remembering which factors that can influence the transition to a more advanced stage of the plan, or a setback, giving as an example what happened in other countries, such as Israel, for example Good, and the United Kingdom, for example want to.
In the proposed plan presented, cited by Diário de Notícias, it can be read that “Israel is taking a more cautious position than the UK“. Despite having a very high percentage of the vaccinated population, the use of the digital certificate for access to public places and social events, as well as other measures that avoid large concentrations of people and over-broadcast events.
There is also a measure in force that provides for the mandatory use of mask indoors, 24-hour quarantines or conducting a test for newcomers to the country. Individuals arriving in the country from countries with high incidence have to do quarantine even if they are vaccinated.
The UK, in turn, opted for suspend all restrictive measures, including the use of a mask, admitting that infections are taken for granted, but that vaccines will be an effective weapon to prevent large numbers of fatalities.
However, for the team Rachel Duarte, coordinator of the Northern Regional Administration research unit and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, this policy has various inherent risks: lethality, although it is now reduced due to vaccination; that of infections and the risk of short and long-term consequences of the sequelae left by the disease, the so-called long covid, Where extended covid.
As the News Diary, Boris Johnson’s government assumed the creation of “infection reservoirs” during the vacation period, which may speed up transmission at the beginning of the school year and resumption of post-holiday work. There is still another risk that has been admitted by political authorities, that of the emergence of new variants of the virus and the overload of the health system.
To the same newspaper, Raquel Duarte said this week that Portugal, at a turning point in the pandemic, should look “around” and “learn from what others are doing“, stressing that it is necessary to maintain the “vaccination rhythm” and that people continue to be responsible, that is, that they comply with “the rules of individual protection”.
According to the Covid-19 Restrictive Control Measures Reduction Plan, it is necessary to consider the risk-reducing factors, namely full vaccination, not going to public spaces with crowds of people and especially going to open spaces with few people.
In addition to these, having a small social circle, regularly keeping measurements away from other people, using the mask regularly and minimizing contact with people with symptoms suggestive of covid-19 are factors that reduce the risk of contagion.
In the opposite direction, the factors that increase the risk they consist of incomplete vaccination, regular contact with children and/or unvaccinated people, frequency of crowded spaces and having risk factors for severe forms of covid disease-19.
This Thursday, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, the prime minister, António Costa, presented the three phases that will dictate the gradual lifting of measures to combat the pandemic in the coming months. The first phase starts this Sunday, August 1st.
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