Walk Home: Vote With The Next Door Epidemiologist

2021-02-14   |   by CusiGO

In the strict Indian queue, about 100 people wait for fresh wine at the entrance of escola d’art in Barcelona’s escola industrial district. In the team, there are as many umbrellas as as masks. Election Sunday in Catalonia’s capital was a bad day. It rained in the morning. On this cold and unpopular noon, it may rain again. Tony trilla, director of preventive medicine at Barcelona Clinical Hospital, dipped his hand in water alcohol gel as he walked through the gate of the building, which is about to enter the polling station of Catalonia’s parliamentary election.

This is the third election in Spain during the pandemic, following Galicia and Basque autonomous region in July last year, but Catalonia is still getting rid of the third coved wave and health facilities have been upgraded to minimize risks. Epidemiologists believe that the first impression is very favorable: “the tail is outdoors, and we’ve been trying to keep our distance. Now, everything is fine. ”

Line up until you come to the door of a hall with four polling stations. “They could have made more marks on the distance between people on the ground, instead of making them their own citizens, which means a lot to people on the other hand, it’s wise for them to keep the distance,” trilla said. There is no sign on the ground to separate the voters, only a few arrow shaped labels draw the input and output circuits.

Before we went in, there were several tables with envelopes and votes. “In a normal election, maybe we’ll be furious at these strange parties that you don’t know exist and are interesting. Smiling, the doctor took out his vote and ID card from his pocket. Trilla glanced at the room and at the window. “They’re open, which has solved enough ventilation,” he celebrates. The transmission of virus through aerosols has been identified as one of the most important routes of transmission. Proper indoor ventilation is the key to eliminate any particles in the air. In fact, an open window is more important than gloves, just like the people on the desk at escola Academy of art. “It’s better to wash your hands regularly. The epidemiologist explained that “everything on paper has little persistence, and the correlation of transmission through folic acid (an infected surface) is smaller than we thought.”.

The government’s protocol on these elections recommends that the voting time be from 9:00 to 12:00, then to 19:00, and the rest of the population, the last hour, from 19:00 to 20:00, are quarantined by kovid (infected persons, close contacts and suspected cases), but they are not Enforcement. In fact, they were at the art school at 12:30, and an old man in a wheelchair just voted. “First of all, it’s raining harder and people will wait. Bad weather is a bit of a disadvantage, “trilla argued.

There is a small funnel in the voting room. There seems to be only one table in this row. Although the other tables are empty, no one dares to jump in the line. Terrira asked the president at the polling station two months later if he could vote or if he had to wait for the whole team. You can go now. At the dinner table, three women wore the prescribed FFP2 efficient masks and gloves to check the doctor’s ID card.

Trilla went on to vote. Only 30 seconds to get in close contact with your electoral college members. “As long as we keep our distance and avoid gathering, there will be no greater risk for people. We have to be consistent with what we say: distance, masks and hand hygiene. It’s done well. If these measures are well implemented, it’s enough, “the epidemiologist insisted.

According to trilla, in fact, some measures stipulated in the government protocol are unnecessary. For example, during the time period when the quarantined person is called in, put personal protective equipment (PPE) on the members of the dining table. “No need to wear PPE. Good ventilation and moving people can’t prove that you have to protect yourself in this way. You always have an idea that you’ll get more protection, but strictly speaking, it’s not necessary: a masked activist, you’ll also have 45 seconds. A lot of people are coming, yes, but the exhibition time is very short. I don’t think many people will come. In addition, there is a paradox that there may now be positives and quarterbacks in this team, and that people are not wearing PPE, “the epidemiologist pointed out.

He added that there was no need to measure the temperature of the members of the bureau at the beginning of the day, or to test them for antigens – they were asked to do voluntary tests between February 9 and 12. Neither measure is decisive. “In terms of temperature, 30% to 40% of people don’t have a fever, or have a fever for other reasons. What they’ll tell you is that you didn’t get infected three or four days ago, but it doesn’t have any greater value, “trilla explained. In addition, antigen detection has a high error range in asymptomatic population.

Catalonia is facing an unfavourable epidemiological situation. Although the infection curve does decline – 12000 new infections were reported last week, half of what was reported 15 days ago– The cumulative incidence is still high – 384 per 100000 residents – and the pressure of care is putting pressure on hospitals: there are 638 patients with cowid in the intensive care unit, a number who have to cancel normal activities from other diseases to make room. You can’t let your guard down, trilla insists. “It’s important that people don’t use voting to unite. Walk home, “he said.

Over the next two weeks, the epidemic curve will determine the impact of the election. Clinical epidemiologists warn that although it is difficult to measure the impact of voting on the eventual rebound in cases. “We hope there are no infectious diseases, and if there are, they will arrive on time. Starting from here, we have to see it in 14 days. But it’s also true that the measures in Catalonia have been relaxed a little, and we are also in full development of the British variety, which is more infectious. We hope there will not be a very big rebound in infectious diseases, but if we have, it is difficult to know that it is due to one or more of these situations. All of these exclude the possibility that we may have a direct relationship with a school

It’s been an afternoon, and the voting line at escola d’art is even longer than at noon. Before going home, trilla, who is in charge of coordinating the El clinic vaccination in the hospital, has been nagging the idea all morning: “I thought five million Catalans were called into the ballot box today. If we have five million vaccines, maybe it’s a good idea to call on people, like the electoral college, to get vaccinated. On election day, if I accept 80% of the vote, that’s great, and it’s widely distributed, “the doctor said with a smile. Now, “it’s just an idea.” Catalonia has vaccinated 240000 people since the start of the vaccination campaign, but only 167600 people have completed the vaccination program. The vaccine is still dripping, and trila’s vaccine school program will have to wait.