Vaccination against COVID-19 as many people as possible and as quickly as possible can prevent further victims of the coronavirus pandemic and economic losses. This was stated in its public statement by the initiative of Slovak scientists and experts Veda pomoc, which also advises to set up the best possible anti-epidemic tools.
Under statement of scientists more than 40 experts signed, including Robert Mistrík, Boris Klempa, Silvia Pastoreková, Mária Bieliková and Radomír Masaryk.
The initiative recommends that older people be vaccinated as soon as possible, especially in environments where the risk of rapid spread of infection among such groups is highest (social services facilities, hospitals). “They are the most common victims, even though there are few of them in the population, and their preferential vaccination can save many lives and quickly relieve hospitals,” the researchers said. The public is assured that vaccines used in Slovakia are approved by the European Medicines Agency, which uses reliable scientific methods to assess the efficacy and side effects of vaccines.
Science helps welcome the government’s efforts to find better testing solutions, but points out that the new measures include significant risks that can be avoided by using more effective tools abroad. “We recommend ensuring a sufficiently high capacity of continuous free testing for the population so that it is as accessible as possible for everyone who wants to test. People with symptoms of COVID-19 should be able to be tested immediately, including weekends and evenings, and those who have come into contact with an infected person or need confirmation of a negative test should be able to book in advance, “she said. initiative.
According to scientists and experts, any testing must be accompanied by continuous verification of the parameters of the tests used, in order to avoid unnecessary mistakes and a reduction in the public’s confidence in testing. The initiative reminds people that even if they test negative for COVID-19, they should remain vigilant and avoid risky behavior. “We recommend prompt and repeated intensive testing in the identified local outbreaks of the epidemic and their immediate surroundings. We recommend identifying outbreaks by strengthened regional public health authorities by analyzing data from routine testing, ”advises Veda. In a very bad situation, he recommends combining testing with local mobility restrictions and strict control.
According to the initiative, the tracing infrastructure of the regional health authorities should also be prepared so that an effective tracing and indication system for tests can be re-launched as soon as possible after the number of new cases falls to the tolerable level. According to experts, electronic shared applications could be used for tracing as well as abroad. They consider it necessary to analyze the available test data and to actively search for local foci of infection.
According to the Science Helps initiative, schools should be opened as soon as the situation allows. “We consider this to be the highest long-term priority of our society after saving lives,” the scientists said. In the current pandemic situation, open schools can only imagine in combination with the priority vaccination of teachers and regular testing of pupils and school staff. They therefore recommend continuing to prepare for regular testing in schools.
The initiative called on people to continue to adhere strictly to measures to reduce mobility and contacts.
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