Córdoba received a large number of tourists on the first long weekend of the year. Photo: Télam
The rise in coronavirus cases in recent days has raised alarms across the country and the possibility of having them “Sanitary touch”, especially in the areas most affected by the virus. But what does that mean? For Gabriel Levy, head of infectology at Carlos Durán Hospital in Buenos Aires, the international scientific community does not use the term. However, he explained in a dialogue with TN.com.ar that it is about applying “specific circulation restrictions, for example at night”.
These measures, the expert said, “would tend to restrict certain activities, such as going out with the youngest, meetings in bars or indoors that could contribute to the spread of the infection.” Levy said that “An isolated measure is unlikely to succeed” in this context of increasing cases.
“If night activities are limited so there is no crowd, but during the day there are a lot of people who gather without a mask or with a mask under a pear, sharing a beer, then the effect of this measure will not give the desired result “, explained. He added: “I’m not saying I’m going back to quarantine, but having only night restrictions, without taking into account what happens during the day, is not ideal, most if we don’t understand even if infections occur more during the day than at night “.
Where does this term come from?
The first one we talked about “Sanitary touch” Enio José García was the chief adviser to the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health, for whom the measure “may be an option”.
“The World Health Organization recommends this because there is a general analysis that infections are related to young people, who return to their family circle and eventually infect older people as well. It is a big difficulty. If this measure is taken, it remains to be seen how to do it that it does not create violent situations, ask for cooperation between sectors working at night to help and understand that the activity will not be interrupted, but that they could continue to function, but within a range of less time, “the official said.
Last October, Maria Van Kerkhove, a doctor responsible for new diseases and zoonoses at the World Health Organization (WHO), said curfew could reduce the number of infections. “Measures established in some European countries that reduce the possibility of people meeting indoors can help reduce the transmission of the virus, but it all depends on us, so it is necessary to ensure that the one who is socialized has little risk,” he told a news conference. .
This Monday, President Alberto Fernández was again concerned about the rise in coronavirus cases and warned that “there is a risk that everything will stop again” to avoid a second wave of pandemics.
For Levy, it will be known next weekend or next Monday what is happening with the new appearance of the coronavirus. “After seven days of the New Year, we will see where the cases go. The rise in infections was very clear for the Christmas weekend. These are infections from previous meetings, and to that are added those on the eve of Christmas Eve. We should see a bigger increase now, ”he warned.
In that context, Chaca Governor Jorge Capitanich announced that new traffic restrictions would take effect from midnight Monday. As detailed on his Twitter account, Monday to Wednesday the health alarm will be set between 0 and 6. In the meantime, from Thursday to Sunday the working hours will be from 2 to 6. During these hours it will not be possible to circle the province while that public spaces will remain open until 22.