Omicron It is being the new act of the pandemic that no one expected at this point in 2022, with the majority of the Spanish population vaccinated and a relative normality already installed in society. “Again”, “is the never ending story …”, are some of the most repeated phrases these days in which the new variant has put Christmas in check and also the Primary Care services.
Because Ómicron’s problem is not its high lethality, luckily, but its high transmission. We arrive to record contagion figures in Spain, with more than 100,000 cases detected per day, and an incidence of about 2,000 points.
Figures that a year ago would have meant a new confinement and stoppage of many economic activities, but which today they cannot be sustained because the Spanish economy cannot hold, and less with sky-high inflation driven by energy prices.
Therefore, this new script twist of the pandemic is bringing important novelties in the protocols, which have more to do with economics than with health and social issues.
Yes, although some did not want it, the economy prevails.
Shorter quarantines, self-diagnosis …
Ómicron is putting the health services to the limit, which are not enough to attend to a flood of patients in the middle of the Christmas holidays. In addition, with the addition that many health workers have had to unsubscribe again when they were infected.
But this collapse of the sanitary is having its reflection in the economic and business system. Because it is causing many companies to stay in the box by having the large part of their workers confined. In fact, many bars, shops and even theaters they have had to close down by not having enough healthy personnel.
Even the Football League is suffering from these problems, with a multitude of infected players, putting the resumption of the competition in danger. UK, where the numbers have been even higher, even had to suspend the postal service and the cleaning of the streets.
Therefore, the Government has had no choice but to take a drastic and difficult to imagine measure a few weeks ago: shorten quarantines from 10 to 7 days for people without symptoms. That is to say, for almost all of them, since after 7 days the disease is usually almost overcome in mild cases, especially with Ómicron.
Even if does not have a sufficient scientific basis, there has been no other, because the economic reality is what it is. But not only that, because health protocols have also changed.
Now They only take care of you if you are serious. And they don’t do PCR on you either: you should be the one to make your own diagnosis with the antigen tests that are sold in pharmacies (in many places out of stock) and, if you test positive, isolate yourself. What’s the matter? That this can make many people go Olympian from confinement and continue with their life despite the positive, with the risk that it entails.
The authorities justify these decisions by referring to the fact that “we must adapt to this new phase of the pandemic”, but the reality is that the economy already takes precedence over health. Because Pedro Sánchez’s forecast of growing 10% this year it will stay in less than half and the forecasts for 2022 are getting lower and lower.
Therefore, the conclusion is clear: neither Ómicron nor any new variant is going to cause an economic stoppage if it is not extremely serious. And the next thing will be to see the quarantines even shorter, because in the US they are five days. At the time …
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