The General Council of Medical Colleges asks that the Interterritorial Health Council take the lead and a unique voice in this new covid scenario after the new epidemic wave in China
A woman leaving a fever clinic in Shanghai (China). EFE/EPA/ALEX PLAVEVSKI
The epidemic wave of COVID-19 in the People’s Republic of China is cause for concern all over the world, doctors begin a statement in which they call for unity in the coordination of covid control measures in Spain.
The lack of transparency and the relaxation of the Public Health policies of the Chinese authorities (end of Covid-0) justify this concern; in addition, the coincidence with the beginning of the pandemic three years ago from Wuhan creates a certain social alarm.
Experts endorse caution, although not alarmsince in Europe and particularly in Spain, immunization by vaccination or by having suffered the disease creates a protection that would make it practically impossible to repeat the traumatic experience of the first wave, points out the General Council of Official Medical Associations (CGCOM).
However, there is a logical concern about the situation in China: the prospect of hundreds of thousands, or perhaps millions of cases of SARS-COV-2 in a population with a low level of immunity, anticipates a morbidity and mortality that may be dramatic, as well as an overflow of its care resources; but it also means giving opportunities to the coronavirus to generate new variants or sub-variants that can spread globally.
What is predictable is that virus mutations increase their contagiousness, but reduce their severity and lethality; However, the principles of preparedness and prudence oblige to take measures to anticipate a possible new wave.
For these purposes, it is important that the World Health Organization, as an international health authority, has the capacity and power to develop its role of global epidemiological surveillance, and monitor the evolution of the pandemic in China.
The European Union should also coordinate active surveillance measures to control the possible spread of COVID-19.
Situation in Spain: doctors ask for unity in the control of covid
Border control measures have already been considered in Spain (test and vaccination certificates with vaccines authorized by the WHO for passengers coming from China), active surveillance and sequencing of samples to analyze the appearance of variants, and stimulus to the COVID vaccination in the Spanish population (particularly in the age groups where a certain delay in revaccination has been objectified).
The CGCOM considers that in the current context the entry of citizens from China must count on the double negative PCR test condition, as well as the COVID vaccination certificate.
Coordination between central and regional health authorities is essential, and it is necessary to prevent this situation from becoming a reason for a new political controversy: the SNS has an institutional and organizational framework to make decisions whose core, the Interterritorial Council should take the lead and have a single voice in this scenario.
Recently, the General Council of Doctors has called for the use of masks to be maintained, even if it is not mandatory, in a series of situations, so that the population with the greatest risk is protected, and so that we all collaborate in protect the most vulnerable.
These respiratory and microbiological hygiene habits can end up being very useful in modulating the spread of respiratory viral diseases, which is essential in a situation of saturation of health services, adds the Collegiate Medical Organization.