Malaga health care workers urge residents on the Costa del Sol not to let their guard down although isolation is now paying off in Spain.
CARE workers are urging residents not to let their guard down whilst also positively conveying the message that their effort to stay at home is paying off against the Coronavirus.
After three weeks of isolation, the pressure in the ER and ICUs have begun to relax slightly. Although doctors and nurses still insist home confinement measures must be respected and not relaxed.
“The data is contained, for the moment; but precisely now the key is not to let your guard down,” pointed out a regional health source. This hospital has, for now, free beds on the floor and in the ICU. It is true that because it has stopped its non-urgent activity and has taken specialities from Materno, Civil and private hospitals such as CHIP or Vithas Málaga.
“The healthcare pressure seems to be slowing down. The hospital is full, but now we don’t have the feeling that the situation is going to overwhelm us. But this must be said with caution,” said a professional from the Regional.
A Clinic worker stated “There are ICU-free beds, also on the floor because there have been discharges and unfortunately because there have been some deaths, and in the ER there are about 15 suspected cases of coronavirus when before 50 or 60 daily,” he assured.
But he insisted, like all the professionals consulted, that this lower healthcare pressure as a result of a decrease in the spread of the virus can be ruined if home confinement is not respected. “This is the result of confinement. Incubation of the infection is 14 days, we have been confined for three weeks and therefore there are fewer infections,” he explained.
But in case this downward trend is only temporary, the Ministry of Health already has other resources ready. The Pascual Hospital is ready for start-up and would provide almost 200 beds.
The auxiliary Carranque hospital is also ready. Although it has a capacity of 400 beds, if necessary, it would be launched in the first phase for up to 185 patients.