Coronavirus in Argentina: COFESA will meet this Tuesday and will analyze if the isolation period is shortened

Despite the fact that infections do not subside in Argentina, Carla Vizzotti assured that she will hold a meeting with experts and that on Tuesday she will meet with her provincial counterparts at the Federal Health Council (COFESA) to evaluate updates in the isolation protocols for contacts. narrow and positive cases.

“It is a pivotal moment, because we are defining whether we are entering the endemic state. Between now and tomorrow we will see to update the recommendations “, said the Minister of Health in dialogue with TN.

When will the peak of coronavirus cases arrive, according to Carla Vizzotti

With a number that seem to be exceeded week by week, the Minister of Health assured that it is still “impossible to predict” when Argentina will reach the peak of coronavirus infections. “It depends on multiple factors, not only on the virus, but also on social behavior and vaccination,” he said.

In any case, he assured that the province of Córdoba, where the Omicron variant outbreak began, would be the place chosen to assess the progression of the pandemic in the country.

“We are seeing in Córdoba, which was the first province to start the outbreak, in recent days the growth rate that is seen is much slower. But we still have a week to see the final trend, “explained Vizzotti.

At the same time he assured that “what happens in Córdoba gives us a lot of expectation”. “As this variant (by Ómicron) has a shorter incubation period and vaccinated people, which are many in Argentina, transmit less, this rapid increase in cases may be followed by a rapid decline as well,” he completed.

Why the Covid-19 Cases Increased in Argentina

Vizzotti also evaluated the reasons for the sharp increase in coronavirus cases that occurred in recent weeks. “A new variant emerged and changed the pandemic not only in Argentina, but also in the world,” said the minister in dialogue with TN.

“This exponential increase in cases is due to the fact that a variant that is extremely transmissible was added to all the planning, activities and actions that were being taken,” said the national official. In addition, he classified the pictures derived from this mutation as “between mild and moderate”.

As noted, this increase in the number of affected “does not have the impact and severity” in hospitalizations as the previous variants, especially in relation to “Delta, which was the one that most concerned us.”

Carla Vizzotti anticipated possible changes in the isolation times of close contacts and positive cases

The Minister of Health also announced that the changes announced on the isolation times of close contacts and the positive cases that were defined a few days ago, new ones could be added in the next few hours.

“The review is permanent,” warned the national official. In that sense, he announced that during the afternoon of this Monday he will hold a meeting with “experts and scientific societies” to discuss this situation and that on Tuesday morning he will meet with the provincial health ministers “to share the recommendations and be able to define if we can update the recommendations ”.

These modifications, as he explained, will be “taking into account the weeks of a very high number of cases and a slight increase in hospitalizations with different characteristics of the disease, with less severity and need for oxygen, and the number of daily deaths remains stable. ”.

“We are going to try to reach a consensus on this aspect because this has a very important impact, mainly, in health services that are isolated that impact care, then other essential services, and also the economic impact that they may have. the isolates, “he added.

While he assured that these measures will be defined “between today and tomorrow.” Likewise, he assured that these modifications are proposed “by common sense” and not by the claim of any sector.

Endemic and self-test: what Carla Vizzotti said

In addition, the Minister of Health warned that the characteristics of this Ómicron would be driving changes in the pandemic. “In Spain they are already talking about rethinking the strategy and considering it as a common flu,” he explained.

“We are at a pivotal moment, because we are defining whether we are entering the endemic and it is a very large paradigm shift for the population and the media,” said the national official and stressed that it will be a “very great challenge” to change the “dynamic of care ”that was present before the Delta variant.

As he pointed out, the “transition to endemic disease will lead to no need for an exhaustive count and much less testing of all cases and that isolation will lose value in order to control the disease. Every measure we take is because we have a goal and now, knowing that we have this situation, the idea is to try to resume and sustain activities without health risk ”.

Finally, the minister assured that this Tuesday they will issue a ministerial resolution on self-tests so that these diagnostic tests have three roles: the individual, where the person through an application has to report if it is positive, negative that they did not use it; that the private sector use it for its employees, who will have to report cases; and that jurisdictions “can acquire it for some role in management”, in addition to the fact that it can be adopted for the school year, since “it can have an interesting role.”

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