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Home confinement is the only possible solution to this health drama

Home confinement is the only possible solution to this health drama

D. Cruz (@DCruzPeriodista)

According to the statistics of deaths published this Wednesday by the INE, between mid-March and the end of December 2020, 391,398 people died; In the same period of 2019, 311,196 lost their lives, hence the difference between the two values ​​is the excess we have talked about: 80,202. It is true that not all the people who are counted in this happy friday 1xbet interval will have died from the coronavirus, but a large part of them have (many without having been detected from Covid-19).

The most critical moment was recorded from March 30 to April 5, thus coinciding with the peak of the first wave of the pandemic: 20,767 deaths, when in 2019, in the same week, 8,807 people died. This 135% rise is a direct consequence of the coronavirus, like the 38% increase that was registered in the second highest rebound: 10,599 citizens lost their lives from November 2 to 8, 2,922 than the same week in 2019.

One of the keys to controlling the coronavirus pandemic in the short or medium term is to achieve herd (or herd) immunity, that is, that around 60-70% of the population cannot contract Covid-19. Vaccines are responsible for achieving this ambitious goal, and one of the hopes was to achieve it before the end of 2021. Now, does the World Health Organization believe that there is enough time to achieve it?

Jan 12, 2021 at 16:30 CET

D. Cruz (@DCruzPeriodista)

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan commented on Monday that "we will not achieve any level of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021", and even if it is achieved in certain countries or regions, it will be insufficient for the SARS-CoV-2 to stop circulating around the world. The reason is the lack of a totally massive production of vaccines and the slowness with which immunization has begun in most territories.

Swaminathan assures that the most urgent thing is "scale dose production, not just to millions, but billions", since the current ones are scarce. Of course, he believes that vaccines will reach all countries sooner or later.

France was one of the European countries that did not hesitate to decree a national confinement in the second wave of the coronavirus to try to stop the advance of the epidemic. And now, at the height of the third wave, which is becoming even more virulent, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, is raising the possibility of a new national lockdown.

Jan 24, 2021 at 15:15 CET

According to the Journal du Dimanche, the strain of the coronavirus that appeared in the United Kingdom could motivate Macron to decree a new confinement, at least for the next 21 days. The decision would be given in the next few days, and it would be a closure similar to that of last March and October. France accumulates today about 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of accumulated incidence, half of Spain, where at the moment the Government does not contemplate a strict confinement.

The objective of this confinement would be to reduce infections, but especially hospital pressure, which right now is close to collapsing the French health system.

Spain is heading for a dramatic situation due to the enormous number of coronavirus cases that has been registered for approximately a week; this Wednesday, January 13, a new maximum of infections has been recorded in our country, 38,869 that have been added to the historical series in the last 24 hours, and hospital pressure continues to increase. This figure has never been reached before, although in the first wave the number is manipulated by the underdiagnosis that occurred at the height of the pandemic.

Jan 13, 2021 at 19:43 CET

D. Cruz (@DCruzPeriodista)

In hospitals there has not been time to empty the patients from the second wave, so there are already 18,215 people admitted (570 more than yesterday), of which 2,744 are in the ICU (an increase of 93 in the last 24 hours). The death toll also increases: 195 who have been added to the list from yesterday to today. That is, the epidemiological curve in all cases increases without seeming to have a brake.

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– Miguel Ángel Reinoso (@mianrey) January 13, 2021

Although the situation is not the same in all the autonomous communities, and it is of particular concern in Extremadura, with 1,131.02 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, 713.37 cases in Murcia or 627.59 in Madrid. Only Asturias, the Canary Islands and Cantabria have around 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, or less. Is home confinement the only possible solution to this health drama?

Today, although many media do not say it, it is one of the most important days for humanity, the day in which the Pfizer vaccine has begun to be inoculated in its first patients outside the clinical trial in the United Kingdom. This country, because Brexit is no longer part of the European Union, should not wait for the supranational body in charge of validating drugs in the Old Continent to start using the long-awaited vaccine against Covid-19.

12/08/2020 at 1:39 PM CET

D. Cruz (@DCruzPeriodista)

Dozens of photographers have captured the moment in which Margaret and William Shakespeare, two elderly people who fall within the risk group, undergo the prick of the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Now they will have to wait 28 days to receive the second and last dose to consider themselves completely immune to Covid-19, provided they manage to develop antibodies.

Second patient to get the COVID jab at University Hospital Coventry – would you believe it …. William Shakespeare from Warwickshire pic.twitter.com/y0LzxgbJ9w

– Hugh Pym (@BBCHughPym) December 8, 2020

 As a curiosity, William Shakesperare, this 81-year-old man, not only shares his name and surname with the playwright: both are originally from Warwickshire, and for this reason, throughout the morning he has been the protagonist in social networks of comparisons between one and the other. A nice coincidence on a historic day.

In March, when the world began to slow down its daily hustle and bustle due to the pandemic, parameters were analyzed in various parts of the world to decide what the first steps to follow should be to move towards a certain level of normality.

07/08/2020 at 18:09 CEST

Juan Arango @JuanG_Arango

That has not happened in the United States, much less in Florida, or as it could be called “The Upside Down World” lately. This state, which has only been a great facade, is nothing more than a 19th century swamp turned into majestic and seductive cities.

Many things are hidden behind the buildings that are combined with the varied shades of blue of the sea and the different shades of skin resulting from sunbathing.

There are realities that are far from the sight of the tourist such as the poverty rate and economic inequality. Florida is one of the worst states when it comes to education and job opportunities. When the political factor is added to this, we could say that it is nothing more than a “first world banana republic”.

Although Miami is home to some of the richest neighborhoods in the country per capita, paradoxically it is one of the poorest cities in the United States. On the other hand, Florida is one of the preferred destinations of many companies due to its low taxes and the possibility of finding workers for wages below the average wage in the United States.

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Those who live in Miami or Tampa know that the main industry in the area is deception, not tourism. It can be said that deception is the “unofficial industry” of the state.

From Ponce de León searching for the Fountain of Youth to pirates attacking and smuggling merchandise around the Caribbean; from Al Capone and the liquor ban to the 1980s and drug trafficking and more recently, financial fraud in homes that partly caused the 2008 economic crisis in the United States. All this inexorably marked the state.

Nor can we forget that one of the FIFAGate epicenters was Florida, Miami to be more specific.


But let’s stop talking about these issues and focus on where the eyes of world sport will be set in the coming weeks: Orlando.

This city, which is currently suffering greatly due to the pandemic as it is one of the most visited tourist places in the world, was also created based on illusion.

Orlando, which in the 1830s was nothing more than a fortress created to protect the new inhabitants of the area, became a century later the site of the most famous amusement park in the world.

Starting this July, and despite currently being one of the epicenters of the pandemic worldwide, this city will host three simultaneous sporting events of soccer, basketball and wrestling.


Wrestling has been present in the city since April. MLS is almost hours away from kicking off the “MLS is Back” tournament celebrating the long-awaited comeback of soccer. And the NBA will resume at the end of the month.

However, the numbers of coronavirus in Florida have exceeded 10,000 cases per day. It should be noted that the population of this state (approx. 22 million) is less than half that of Spain. At the time this note was published it had approximately 90,000 fewer cases than all of Spain.

In the last week, intensive care centers have seen a drastic increase in occupied beds and fear of a possible health collapse arises.

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