Spain wants to treat the corona virus as a normal flu, a persistent local disease. A new strategy will be devised after the end of the sixth wave of epidemics.
In an interview with Radio Cadena, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed that his strategy to fight the corona virus would be “no longer an epidemic, but a local one.” “This requires new tools and we need to hold this debate at the European level as well,” he said.
In this new health environment, the next step is to start managing Kovit closely with the flu. That is, no longer counting each case, and no longer seeking a slight symptom test. The goal is to treat another respiratory illness, such as goiter. Spanish health officials have been working on this change for several months already to go step by step with the so-called “sentinel” monitoring.
Govt has been compared to the flu since the onset of the epidemic. But with the deterioration of health conditions and the resurgence across Europe, the outlook for the corona virus has changed. But according to an official at the National Influenza Center in Spain, “over time, Kovit should be normalized and monitored, and sentinel primary care physicians diagnosing clinical symptoms; continuing to study PCR in hospital patients to see how the virus changes.” Especially since the flu is not neutral.
For example, in France in 2018, 275,000 new flu cases were detected in the first week of January. The 2016-2017 influenza pandemic caused the deaths of 14,000 patients, almost all over the age of 75. In 2018, the flu epidemic was at an exceptional level, the Ministry of Health reported at the time.
Instituto de Salud Carlos III points out that in Spain, during the 2017-2018 season, the flu directly or indirectly caused about 15,000 deaths in Spain. This represents an average of 41 deaths per day from a disease that has not restored the lives of citizens in the last 100 years.
This is why Spain has chosen to reconsider its strategy. As the sixth wave in the country rages, it has reduced its anti-Govt arsenal in recent months. In the spring of 2020, when one of the most severe prisons in Europe was established, the situation was completely opposite. However, this winter, restrictions on wearing the mask inside and outside are limited. Some autonomous regions, such as Catalonia, have either created health passes for restaurants or decided to close nightclubs. But as the isolation of the positive test takers is also relaxed, the steps will generally be easier.