The ‘flu of covid agreed by the Public Health Commission comes into force this March 28
The ‘flu’ of the covid in Spain arrives this Monday. The Minister of Health, José María Vergeles, explained on Wednesday the novelties of the surveillance system approved at the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System on the situation of the covid-19 pandemic in Spain. “What changes is the metric, not the interest,” Vergeles anticipated.
The main measure is considered a definitive step to ‘flu’ the monitoring and surveillance of the coronavirus. From Monday, those infected with asymptomatic or mild symptoms will no longer have to quarantine, as approved last Tuesday in the document that lays the foundations for surveillance and control against covid from now on.
People who test positive for coronavirus on or after March 28 but are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms will not have to quarantine.
However, those who have tested positive for coronavirus and do not have to isolate themselves must follow a series of recommendations, in order to avoid spreading the infection. In this sense, it must be remembered that Extremadura reaches this new step with an incidence of 888 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days, 80 patients admitted and nine deaths in the last week.
If a person has mild respiratory symptoms, is not at high risk, and does not belong to a vulnerable group, they will not require any diagnostic testing or isolation for the disease. However, Vergeles insisted that asymptomatic patients and mild cases act with caution.
“If the symptoms allow him to develop his normal life, he will develop it, but for ten days he will try as much as possible to protect vulnerable people, just as if we had another respiratory infection. Just like when we have a cold or the flu,” explained Vergeles. “We have to reduce social interactions and extreme the use of the mask between 7 and 10 days,” he added.
What happens if the person has mild symptoms of covid and works in a risk area, such as a nursing home? In this case, they must go to the health system and diagnostic tests will be carried out. If the result is positive, you will not be able to go to work for five days.
Tests will also be carried out on those infected with mild symptoms who are part of a vulnerable group (those who are over 65 years of age, have low defenses, are institutionalized or are pregnant). If the positive is confirmed, it is recommended that you inform your close contacts, even though they should not be quarantined or undergo diagnostic tests.
If instead of mild symptoms they are serious, you should go to a health center where, in addition to a diagnostic test, your clinical situation will be evaluated in case you need hospital admission.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.