In the uncertainty generated by the evolution of a global epidemic whose devastating effect has left more than 69,000 dead throughout the planet and more than 1,200,000 official infected, the next question inevitably consists in knowing what our life will be like after the crisis. With due caution because we are not talking about math, experts agree on some details. They will change our social and health habits without a doubt and, above all, it will be convenient to know exactly the number of infected in Spain through massive detection tests. Fewer face-to-face meetings, more hygiene, restriction of mass, sports or leisure events, and little transfer between communities. This is how life can be gradually after the pandemic.
Diagnostic tests, which should number in the millions, would let citizens know if they have had the virus and therefore can enjoy at least some degree of immunity. This would give health services the ability to isolate new outbreaks as they arise.
The Spanish government is already preparing action protocols to follow once the confinement ends and citizens take to the streets gradually, according to health sources consulted by ABC.
“The reintegration into the workplace will have to be done with a lot of reinforcement in epidemiological surveillance, to put out any contagion fire,” says Daniel López Acuña, a government adviser, former director of crisis situations at the WHO and professor at the Andalusian School of Public Health. -. After there is no transmission, it will be necessary to pay attention to the most vulnerable groups, sealed from residences, elderly people with pathologies. The school year should be virtual and not face-to-face. And it will be convenient to restrict all massive, sporting, artistic manifestations, parties, concerts … They will be factors of possible surprise ».
Whatever happens, the future is uncertain everywhere. No one knows what will happen. Antoni Trilla, head of preventive medicine at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona and advisor to the Government, expressed in a videoconference at BBVA that “after this epidemic it will cost a lot to return to a normal life. And to some extent it is good. Let’s think about things that maybe we should not continue doing. Telework, telemedicine, reduction of face-to-face meetings, hygiene habits will have to improve…. We will return to normal life, to be sure, but some reflection would be appropriate. ”
The specialist stresses the obligation to strengthen public health. “This will help to understand that the health system must be strengthened, in research, in technological methods to make better the follow-up of infections and the surveillance services. It will not be the last epidemic and for the next we will all have to be more aware and more prepared. ”
«Social activity, bars, terraces, congregations, will have to be done under fire, little by little, to know that we are not taking risks. If we do it gradually, we can assess whether there is a more normal reintegration of consumption, and if in mid-June we return to normality, “says Professor López-Acuña.
More disturbing is the opinion of the Brazilian doctor Luciana Borio, adviser to the White House, who predicted on the British BBC: «When we resume normal life, the cases of contagion will rise again. The most important thing is that we find a way to make it easier for patients to carry out diagnostic tests and for the results to be disseminated to the health authorities. ” .